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1 | DAVID MILNE
A contemporary of the Group of Seven, David Milne was often overshadowed in his lifetime by the famous septet. In the past few decades, he’s gained a loyal following for his exuberant landscapes that hover on the brink of abstraction. This show tracks the evolution of his work, from early realist paintings to the dreamy watercolours done late in his life while he was in seclusion in a cabin on Baptiste Lake.
Sept. 15 to Oct. 13. Mira Godard Gallery
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2 | SHARY BOYLE
Before traipsing off to represent Canada in the 2013 Venice Bienniale, Boyle will showcase some new, gleefully macabre work. The exhibit comprises her trademark porcelain figurines—which look like your grandmother’s tchotchkes reimagined by the horror novelist Angela Carter—as well as a collection of twisted drawings inspired by a recent residency in Cape Dorset.
Sept. 22 to Nov. 3. Jessica Bradley Gallery
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3 | FRIDA AND DIEGO
The AGO’s fall showstopper is a huge, nearly all-inclusive exhibition of the works of Frida Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. Rivera’s overtly political works are worth a look, but this is Kahlo’s show in every way that counts—her famously hypnotic self-portraits (starring a stern-looking Kahlo covered in monkeys, birds, cats and other beasts) have not lost any of their impact through familiarity.
Oct. 20 to Jan. 20. Art Gallery of Ontario
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4 | CARA BARER
The Texas-based photographer takes a pile of old books, distresses the pages and manipulates them into ornate configurations full of filigree curls and rippling movement. The photos recreate the gloriously psychedelic effect of a Victorian kaleidoscope.
Nov. 10 to 24. Bau-Xi Photo
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5 | KOZYNDAN
The L.A.-based husband-and-wife team of illustrators Dan and Kozue Kitchens have adapted 17th-century Japanese woodcuts for the digital age. In one of their giddier post-modern riffs, they update Hosukai’s iconic Great Wave off Kanagawa by replacing the tips of the waves with jumping bunnies. The perfect remedy for the pre-winter blahs.
Nov. 16 to Dec. 23. Narwhal Art Projects
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6 | SAUL LEITER
The mid-century photographer was a member, along with Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon, of the New York School, a coterie of shutterbugs who pioneered street photography. His shots are full of beautifully shadowy silhouettes, fogged-up windows and intriguing washes of muted colour. They feel more like watercolours than photographs.
Sept. 13 to Oct. 6. Nicholas Metivier Gallery
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7 | ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ
The pioneering Hungarian artist dabbled in nearly every type of photography over his 70-plus-year career—proto-Fellini distended nudes, portraits, Instagram-like Polaroids, photojournalism from Paris and New York, magazine shots for House and Garden (what Kertész called his “lost years”). The Bulger Gallery’s retrospective focuses primarily on his self-portraits, which, like everything he created, demonstrate his wryly poetic eye and his knack for delightfully disorienting perspectives.
Oct. 27 to Nov. 24. Stephen Bulger Gallery
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8 | BIG
The fall exhibit at the ROM’s costume gallery is all about excess—a Christian Dior couture dress that took 500 hours to make, a gargantuan 18th-century boot, an enormous mordant-painted Indian cotton wall hanging. Every item in the show, which includes elaborate getups from Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela and Vivienne Tam, is huge in some way, whether in size or significance.
Nov. 3 to Oct. 2013. Royal Ontario Museum
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9 | ART TORONTO
The annual art behemoth turns its attention to Asia and some of the contemporary creators shaking up that continent. Thai video artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook hangs salacious images in Buddhist temples and villages and films audience reactions. Japanese artist Ken Matsubara places photos in front of a two-way mirror, causing the viewer’s own face to appear.
Oct. 26 to 29. Metro Toronto Convention Centre
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10 | JAMELIE HASSAN
The Lebanese-Canadian artist is as comfortable sculpting with ceramics and caribou jawbones as she is making neon-lit installations based on ancient Arabic manuscripts. Her fall show at the MOCCA is a gloriously inclusive retrospective.
To Oct. 14. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
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Best of Fall 2012: Art