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Dear ACI readers,

With our bricks-and-mortar museums closed, online access to Canada’s art is more important than ever. While the country is self-isolating and spending more time at home to protect each other and those on the front lines, we recognize the need for art-based emotional and educational healing. ACI offers comfort, inspiration, and thought-provoking content—accessible to all, for no charge, in both English and French. We are committed to putting forth our content when the world needs it the most.

We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art history and to enjoy it as much as we do. Before the ACI, there was no organization exclusively dedicated to Canadian art history research, education, and promotion. We launched in 2013 to fill this void in the cultural landscape. Today, the Art Canada Institute is dedicated to creating a multi-vocal, bilingual, comprehensive web resource on the subject. Based at Massey College at the University of Toronto, the Art Canada Institute is a not-for-profit educational organization and a registered Canadian charity. LEARN MORE >


Canadian Online Art Book Project

Visit our library to read or download our Online Art Books. Learn More >

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Cosmic Consciousness

The Art of Bertram Brooker

Curated by James King

Close to Home

Homer Watson’s Canadian Landscape Painting

Curated by Brian Foss

Now Available

The Canadian Art Library

After viewing ACI books online, can now hold the print-edition versions in your hands.

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Macdonald's Move to Vancouver

Jock Macdonald’s move west breathed new life into his art

By Joyce Zemans

Walking, Stacking, Dancing

François Sullivan’s conceptual 1970s

Glossary of Canadian Art History

A comprehensive dictionary of art movements, styles, and persons who have shaped the Canadian scene. Learn More >

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We’re getting into the spirit of April Fool’s Day looking at Montreal-born artist Claude Tousignant’s #OpArt painting “Chromatic Accelerator” (1968). The circular form is a signature motif in the work of this pioneer of geometric abstraction in Canada.

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Art Talk:

Kathleen Munn was a pioneer of modern art in Canada. Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, traces the artist’s journey through 1920s New York and Europe, and discusses her bold use of colour and advanced abstracts.

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