Press / Speaking

November 25, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Art Canada Institute: A True North Art History, Online and Free

Sara Angel, an art scholar at the University of Toronto, started the Art Canada Institute, a grand name for a modest pet project, from scratch three years ago with the goal to produce ebooks by leading scholars on seminal figures in Canadian art, like Michael Snow, Yves Gaucher, Harold Town and Emily Carr, to name a few, at the breakneck rate of one every six weeks. Did I mention with no public funding? And here’s the great part: They’re all free.

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November 14, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Sara Angel at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

In conjunction with the special exhibition PICTURING THE AMERICAS: LANDSCAPE PAINTING FROM TIERRA DEL FUEGO TO THE ARCTIC, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is hosting an International Symposium November 13 and 14, 2015, featuring scholars from both North and South America. Panel discussions will focus on topics central to the themes of the exhibition, including “Land, Icon, and Nation,” “Art and Exploration,” and “Modernity in the Landscape.”

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September 18, 2014Comments are off for this post.

Connecting Canadians with their Painted Past

Sara Angel wants Canadian artists to be famous for much longer than 15 minutes — she wants them to become household names. That’s why the PhD candidate and Trudeau Scholar created Art Institute Canada, an organization devoted to disseminating and promoting Canadian art history.

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March 25, 2014Comments are off for this post.

Beyond the Group of Seven

Most Canadians can name at least a few stars of our national literature – major award-winners such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. But what about Canada’s visual artists? While every school child learns who Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven are, such pivotal figures as Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland and Jeff Wall remain largely undiscovered in their own country.

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December 17, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Sara Angel Brings Art into the 21 Century

In November 2013, an accessible biography and overview of the late painter Jack Chambers — a London, Ontario artist of great significance to the Regionalist movement, whose life was cut short in 1978, and who”s gone underrepresented until recently — emerged through an unlikely portal: online, and for free. The article was written by regarded scholar Mark Cheetham, and published on the new platform The Art Canada Institute. The ACI plans to publish six similar texts this year, eight the next, and then ramp up to an even more prolific pace, where it promises public programming and contemporary analysis, in addition to its coverage on artists ranging from Michael Snow to Emily Carr.

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December 13, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Canadian Art E-book Series Spotlights Homegrown Artists

A new online project hopes to expand Canadians” knowledge of homegrown artists beyond familiar names like Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.

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November 29, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Ready to Art

Starting this week, the Art Canada Institute will release a free, bilingual e-book about a major figure in Canadian art history six to 12 times a year. Far from your typical Kobo offering, each one is interactive and dynamic.

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November 27, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Project Illuminates Canadian Art History for 21 Century Audience

Adjectives like “indefatigable” are made for people like Sara Angel. A publisher, Trudeau doctoral scholar and active arts journalist (who has contributed to Canadian Art, in addition to the Walrus, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail and others), Angel recently spoke to me at University of Toronto’s Massey College about her ambitious new project, the Art Canada Institute (ACI), which launches this Thursday evening at the college. It’s nothing less than a comprehensive, multi-tiered, online-based resource for the general public on Canadian art history.

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November 25, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Bringing Canadian Art Books Online with the Art Canada Institute by Julie Baldassi

“I am very hopeful that some day my art will be rediscovered,” wrote Canadian visual artist Kathleen Munn in her notebook in 1974, the year she died. But while art historians have since recognized Munn as an important modernist painter, she remains elusive for most Canadians.

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November 22, 2013Comments are off for this post.

How the Art Canada Institute is Breathing Digital Life into Canadian Art

The idea for the Art Canada Institute, a bilingual, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of Canadian art history “to as broad an audience as possible,” didn’t come as a sudden revelation, but rather as the result of an accumulation of “several moments of inspiration.”

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November 17, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Meet Canada’s first celebrity photographer

William Notman—one of Canada’s pioneering and now near-forgotten artists—sailed from Glasgow to Montreal in 1856, one step ahead of the law. There had been a certain artistic licence in his bookkeeping as he tried to keep the family business afloat; the term “fraud” was levelled by those holding the company’s debts. It was decided that Notman would take one for the clan by shouldering the blame, get a clean start in the new world, and spare prison time for the rest of the family.

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August 25, 2013Comments are off for this post.

The Lawren Harris–Georgia O’Keeffe Connection

See the latest issue of The Journal of Canadian Art History(Vol XXXII: 2), featuring Sara J. Angel’s essay “Two Patrons, An Exhibition, and a Scrapbook: The Lawren Harris–Georgia O’Keeffe Connection, 1925-1926”

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August 6, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Fights of Our Lives by John Duffy, produced by Otherwise Editions under the editorial and creative direction of Sara Angel, is nominated as one of Canada’s best political books

At the end of June, Samara (a charitable organization that studies citizen engagement with Canadian democracy) in partnership with the Writer’s Trust,  announced its nominations from people across the country—and the political spectrum—on their picks for the Best Canadian Political Books of the Last 25 Years.

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May 27, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Sara Angel details the career of Canadian artist Shannon Bool in the upcoming Summer issue of Canadian Art

The work of BC-born, Berlin-based artist Shannon Bool is rife with oppositions. Whether it’s in a collision of cultural legacies and social realities or in the material contrasts between what is seen and unseen, Bool’s intricately wrought and subtly coded sculptures, paintings, photograms and video works lend fresh perspective to the aesthetic hierarchies and hidden narratives of everyday life.

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May 7, 2013Comments are off for this post.

Sara Angel Debates in The Fourth Annual Walrus National Gallery Debate, “Does Canadian culture still need protecting?”

A lively public debate about culture, patriotism, and Canada”s place in the world. Debaters include Sara Angel, Governor General”s Literary Award winner Charles Foran, Author and critic Randy Boyagoda. Peter Simpson, arts editor and writer for the Ottawa Citizen, will moderate this lively debate, and will be joined by provocateurs including National Gallery of Canada director and CEO, Marc Mayer.

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May 15, 2012Comments are off for this post.

Sara Angel wins Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation announced today that Sara Angel was one of the 15 recipients to win a 2012 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, the most prestigious doctoral award of its kind in Canada. The scholarship “supports brilliant social sciences and humanities doctoral students who are focused on researching and sharing innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.”

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April 25, 2012Comments are off for this post.

Sara Angel moderates the Canadian Journalism Foundation and BMO Financial Group J-Talk “The Walking Dead: Do Traditional Art Critics Have a Future

Sara Angel moderates this talk featuring Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic, The New York Times; Robert Cushman, theatre arts critic, The National Post; and Peter Schjeldahl, arts critic, The New Yorker. With armchair art and theatre critics proliferating online, media cutbacks reducing the number of those who critique for a living, and celebrity news trumping cultural coverage, is the relevance of the traditional art and theatre critic less–or greater–than it once was? This discussion explores the Internet”s impact on art criticism, and what it means for the arts and its audiences.

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January 12, 2012Comments are off for this post.

Unfinished Business

See the January/February 2012 issue of The Walrus, featuring Sara Angel’s story “Unfinished Business” on the mystery of the painting “Lunch” by artist Jack Chambers, who died of leukemia in 1978, leaving behind this incomplete painting that he had worked on for over a decade.

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September 16, 2011Comments are off for this post.

Globe and Mail recommends “True Patriot Love: 40 Years On”

The fall issue of Canadian Art magazine is on the stands.The Globe and Mail recommended the issue and its article “True Patriot Love: 40 Years On” by Sara Angel

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