Post image for This is What Accessible, Barrier-Free Curating Looks Like

Toronto, as a whole, is not a very accessible city. While institutions like the Art Gallery of Ontario have multi-sensory and ASL interpreter tours, there are still stairs everywhere, and it’s not uncommon for smaller galleries or artist-run spaces to apologetically note their washrooms aren’t wheelchair accessible.

Over the past five years, though, there’s been a rise in art that addresses disabilities and madness, not to mention a demand that its paces are truly barrier-free. Last month, Harbourfront Center mounted Cripping the Stage: A Disability Arts Cabaret featuring local disabled artists like jes sachse, Syrus Marcus Ware and Lynx Sainte-Marie.

The event was co-presented by the British Council and Tangled Art + Disability. The local performing arts cum multidisciplinary non-profit supports artists with disabilities, and now has a new exhibition space. And it’s not just any space. They’ve moved into 401 Richmond, a building filled with high profile artist-run centers like A Space, YYZ and Gallery 44. It’s an entrenched arts hub that’s doesn’t just give a gallery space to any organization.  

Post image for Is 2016 the new 1994? Feminism in the Art World

Is recent art history repeating itself? An increasingly long roster of new all-women group exhibitions and their corresponding press seem to suggest so. From blue-chip stalwarts Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and Saatchi to smaller project and artist-run spaces to last night’s Marc Straus opening If Only Bella Abzug Were Here, are all-female group shows an indication of a permanent commitment to gender equality in the art world or is it just another doomed-to-disappear trend?

Post image for Claire Danes to Host New Art21 Program

This is exciting. Claire Danes, Emmy and Golden Globe winner of My So-Called Life fame, will be hosting a new program from Art21: Art in the 21st Century.

Post image for Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate Modern Expansion Looks Straight Out of Star Wars

Following the trend of art museums expanding into weird pyramid shapes, the Tate Modern has completed a 10 story addition by Herzog & de Meuron. Today, they released images from architectural photographer Iwan Baan. And of all the art pyramids out there, the force is strong with this one.