Welcome to the ACI

We want you to be a part of the conversation on Canadian art history and to enjoy it as much as we do, regardless of how much you know about the subject or your access to a bricks-and-mortar museum. 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

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The Essay

A Champion
of Abstraction

Jock Macdonald sought
a new expression in art

By Joyce Zemans

Defiant Spirit

Quebecois artist Ozias Leduc drew on Europe but created a Canadian ideal

Cinematic Turn 

Movies gave Joyce Wieland’s art a new direction

By Johanne Sloan 

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The Canadian Art Library

After viewing ACI books online, you’ll soon be able to hold the print-edition versions in your hands.

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Calling all art history buffs! You've heard of #photorealism, #hyperrealism, and #socialrealism — but what about "perceptual realism" a theory coined by London, ON's very own, #JackChambers (1931–1978)? Author Mark Cheetham explains: https://bit.ly/2IZUQ3K

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Art Book Trailer:

“Paterson Ewen was unmistakably original. His work bridged figurative and abstract, fused painting and sculpture to create a whole new medium, and broadened the definition of Canadian landscape, revitalizing national interest in this art.” John G. Hatch

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Glossary of Canadian Art History

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


Art of Rapture and Reminiscence

Curated by Andrew Kear

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald

Quintessential Western Canada

Curated by Michael Parke-Taylor

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