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Hot Art: Canada, Conceptualized

The University of Toronto Art Centre's portion of "Traffic"

TO NOVEMBER 28 Individual works of art often defy definition, so when it comes to taking stock of an entire genre, comprehensiveness is key. Thus, the major survey exhibition titled Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 gathers a whopping 70-plus pieces by homegrown artists including Michael Snow, Lisa Steele and Jeff Wall. The sprawling show groups its subjects by city across four galleries: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery features Montreal-based artists; Doris McCarthy Gallery highlights Toronto; Halifax is represented at Blackwood Gallery; while Vancouver and the Prairies are found at the University of Toronto Art Centre. It’s a highly ambitious undertaking that succeeds in charting the development of an artistic field that continues to be a wellspring of visual expression in this country.

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