Canadian Art (magazine)

Canadian Art was a quarterly art magazine published in Toronto[5] and focused on Canadian contemporary art. The magazine published profiles of artists, art news, interviews, editorials, and reviews of modern art exhibitions.[6] Established in 1943 it was known as artscanada between 1968 and 1983.

Canadian Art
EditorJayne Wilkinson (to April 2021)
Former editorsDavid Balzer[1] Richard Rhodes[1][2]Robert Ayre (1944-1949)[3]
Total circulation
(December 2011)
Year founded1943
Final issueMarch 15, 2021 (2021-03-15)
CompanyCanadian Art Foundation
Based inToronto


With assistance from the Carnegie Corporation, Acadia University professor Walter Abell established the Maritime Art Association's publication Maritime Art in 1940. Violet Gillett was also instrumental in the creation and production of the magazine.[7] With assistance from the National Gallery of Canada the magazine changed its name to Canadian Art in 1943 focusing on Canadian and international art. Under the editorship of Paul Arthur and Barry Lord the name was changed to artscanada in 1967.[8][9] In 1983, the publisher Society for Art Publications ceased operations and the name was changed back to Canadian Art.[10]

Struggling financially, the magazine was purchased by Maclean Hunter and Key Publishers in 1984.[11] Canadian Art has been owned by the Canadian Art Foundation since 1991, receiving charitable status in 1992.[9] Richard Rhodes edited the magazine for 25 years, retiring in 2015.[12][13] In the following year, David Balzer was appointed the interim editor-in-chief.[14] Balzer stepped down at the end of March 2019[15] and Jayne Wilkinson was named Editor-in-Chief in May 2019. [16]

In 1998 the magazine began co-sponsoring an art award, the Canadian Emerging Artist Prize, with Connor Clark Private Trust.[17] For over a decade, the Canadian Art Foundation had organized the annual Reel Artists Film Festival, featuring documentaries on visual arts and artists.[18][19]

On October 5, 2021, the Canadian Art Foundation's board of directors announced that Canadian Art was immediately ceasing all operations, citing financial concerns and revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic as driving factors for the organization's closure; it had already ceased publication earlier in the year.[20][21] The final issue, Spring 2021, had been published on March 15, 2021.[22]


  1. ^ a b Houpt, Simon (15 January 2016). "Canadian Art magazine's new editor David Balzer looks at bigger picture". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ "Rhodes leaving as editor of Canadian Art magazine". Globe and Mail, James Adams, August 24, 2015
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  4. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines." Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis Group. 2004. p. 1025. ISBN 978-1-85743-254-1. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "The female gaze is here". Cult Montreal, July 27, 2015. By LISA SPROULL
  7. ^ edited by Huneault, Kristina; Anderson, Janice (2012). Rethinking professionalism women and art in Canada, 1850-1970. Montréal [Que.]: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 64–66. ISBN 978-0773586833. Retrieved 10 November 2017. {{cite book}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ "About Us". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  9. ^ a b "Canadian Art / artscanada". Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Ann Davis. "Art Writing and Criticism". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Magazine man Lloyd Hodgkinson was a staunch nationalist". Diane Peters, The Globe and Mail, April 28, 2017
  12. ^ "Six dazzling new art galleries to check out this winter". Toronto Life, By Emily Landau | February 6, 2017
  13. ^ "On the Wall: Raymond Boisjoly, Josh Thorpe and Winnie Truong". Toronto Star, Murray Whyte, April 12, 2016
  14. ^ "Canadian Art Editor Richard Rhodes Announces His Departure". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  15. ^ "David Balzer to Step Down As Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Canadian Art". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  16. ^ "Jayne Wilkinson Named Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Art". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  17. ^ "The RBC Canadian Painting Competition: Banking on emerging artists for 15 years". The Globe and Mail, James Adams | September 30, 2013
  18. ^ "Toronto – Reel Artists Film Festival". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  19. ^ Cinello, Elizabeth (2015-03-23). "Reel Artists Film Festival". LIVING TORONTO. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  20. ^ "Statement from the Canadian Art Foundation Board of Directors". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  21. ^ Taylor, Kate (2021-10-05). "Canadian Art magazine shuts down amid financial losses and internal conflict". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  22. ^ "Current Issue". Canadian Art. 15 March 2021. Archived from the original on 15 January 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.

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