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August Editor’s Picks: Art

François Dalegret's Lumikiik lamp is one of many displayed works at the Design Exchange.

The Lumikiik lamp is one of many displayed works at the Design Exchange.

ON NOW If Canadian achievements are arguably underrepresented when it comes to cataloguing the international history of design, then those of Quebec have been largely ignored. Consider this: Quebec in Design, the latest exhibition at the Design Exchange, is the first ever large-scale showcase of the province’s long and fascinating design tradition. With two major components—the first examining the work of interior decorators in the 1930s to the whiz-bang wonder fostered by Expo ’67; the second a study of innovations from the 1970s to the present day—the survey employs such objects as François Dallegret’s Lumikiik lamp to reveal the vital role design has played in the enhancement of Quebec’s cultural identity.  —Alex Hughes


Shuvinai Ashoona's <i>Monster</i>

Shuvinai Ashoona's Monster.

TO AUGUST 28 As adults we tend to forget about the nightmares, anxieties and superstitions that kept us up at night when we were young. But celebrated Canadian artists Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle didn’t forget. At least, that’s the impression one gets from their Noise Ghost exhibition at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Through drawings like Monster, Ashoona depicts a world of man-eating creatures and disturbing landscapes inspired equally by Inuit legends and modern films, comics and television. On the surface, Boyle offers a more whimsical perspective with imagery full of childlike exuberance; look closer and you’ll see that a subtle, yet unmistakably dark narrative haunts these works, too.  —Alex Hughes

The Book of War is one of several Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at the ROM.

The Book of War is one of several scroll fragments at the ROM.

ON NOW Toronto’s temple of historical conservation, the Royal Ontario Museum, offers a religious experience with its display of the invaluable and controversial Dead Sea Scrolls. Fragments from eight of these 2,000-year-old antiquities comprising the sacred texts of ancient Israel—including the Book of Genesis and the non-biblical Book of War—will have you kneeling at the altar of cultural inquiry. More than 200 artifacts of Jewish, Hellenistic and Roman provenance—from ossuaries and coins to fragments of the Herbrew Second Temple—give context to the discovery of the scrolls and their enduring significance.  —Craig Moy

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