Sara Angel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute/Institut de l’art canadien, a non-profit organization based at the University of Toronto that is dedicated to the documentation and promotion of Canadian art history. She holds a PhD in art history and is a specialist in Nazi-era art restitution. Angel is also an arts educator and one of the country’s leading visual arts journalists.
The Art Canada Institute is a non-profit research organization based at Massey College at the University of Toronto. Launched in 2013, the ACI is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally.
Sara Angel wrote her PhD dissertation on Nazi-era art restitution and how it has become one of the most significant topics in the international art world since the mid-nineties. Through the framework of the Max Stern Restitution Project, Angel’s doctoral research explored how art-recovery cases have challenged jurists, impacted international cultural policy, and given museums public relations nightmares.
Sara Angel is one of the country’s leading visual arts journalists. She has written on contemporary visual culture for an extensive number of publications, including Maclean’s, Canadian Art, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail, making the world of art accessible to a broad audience.
Sara Angel’s academic writing has appeared in international journals and museum catalogues. It focuses on topics such as art restitution, network theory, Picasso’s Guernica, Canadian art history, and contemporary visual culture. It has appeared in multiple publications, including the Journal for Canadian Art History, Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, and exhibition catalogues from the country’s leading art galleries.