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December 18, 2017
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Ottawa’s big art show

The 2017 Canadian Biennial is open now until March 18, 2018 at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada. The fourth edition showcases recent acquisitions of Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art as well as, for the first time, international pieces. It features 50 artists and more than 100 works: paintings, photographs, sculptures, and large mixed-media installations. Kent Monkman’s Casualties of Modernity is on view; the Canadian artist of Cree and Irish ancestry was profiled in DR’s September issue. Nick Cave’s Soundsuit is another showstopper: it consists of a mannequin, gramophone horn, ceramic birds, metal flowers, strung beads and more. Cave’s first Soundsuit was created in 1992, as a reaction to the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police. BGL’s Canadassimo (Dépanneur) (2015) is on view too; the Quebec artist group represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Adults $15, ages 24 and under/students $7. gallery.ca.

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