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S hifting Ground is a survey of art produced by Indigenous Canadian artists currently at the Nova Scotia Gallery of Art in Halifax. Note that I say art by Indigenous artists and not Indigenous art. There is an important difference. I have a problem with limiting artists’ work by categorizing them by expected subject matter. Artists are individuals and deserve respect as such. They should not be limited by themes. If an Indigenous Canadian artist wants to paint colour-field paintings in the Clement Greenberg post-painterly-abstraction tradition, so be it. I have nothing against thematic exhibitions, be they about Canadian realists, artists under thirty, the Painters Eleven, or this one. They bring art together to make a point, and Shifting Ground does make a point: there are excellent contemporary Indigenous Canadian artists.

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