The fancy ball events in late 19th-century Canada represented the great social gatherings of the country's rich and famous and attendees had the opportunity to commemorate their presence through portraits.
Spanning all regions of Canada, the five finalists of the prestigious 2019 Sobey Art Award have been announced.
Prominent in the 1960s and 1970s, photographer Nina Raginsky has created sensitive portraits of people from all walks of life.
In her art, Hajra Waheed explores themes of power, privilege, security and surveillance, addressing global issues that have preoccupied her since childhood.
The photographs by Brodie Whitelaw, Bruce Metcalfe and Max Sauer reflect the search for a "modern" style through the interplay of tonal and pictorial masses, texture, detail and patterning.
Ron Terada's "You Have Left the American Sector" resonates strongly in today's political climate and has a universal relevance across all borders.
Instead of capturing a true likeness, the portraits of Paul Gauguin are inventive investigations of the genre, the artist's explorations of the very idea of what a portrait could be.
In Italy in 1986 John Greer set a new path for his sculpture by returning to traditional techniques and materials while remaining true to the ideals of conceptual art.
American composer Rob Kapilow is writing a piece of music inspired by Louise Bourgeois' "Maman", the French artist's monumental sculpture of a spider.