Archive for December, 2007

VoCA says Happy Christmas & Happy Holidays

In the spirit of reflection over a year gone by so quickly…and despite our recognition of the overall futility of ‘Best Of’ lists, we have nonetheless gone ahead with VoCA’s Best of 2007, in the hopes that it may provide for some spirited discussion over the holidays: BEST OF 2007 Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Corpus, c. 1650 Image: cbc.ca 1. Bernini’s
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2 Articles: Beauty in Art & Seven Tips for Art Collectors

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TONIGHT: Love, More Love at Mercer Union, Toronto

Love, More Love is the annual Mercer Union members exhibition.. ..where all works are sold for $100 on a first-come first-served basis. The show features photographs, paintings, drawings, bookworks, multiples and sculptural works. Participating artists include: Dean Baldwin, Christine Baigent, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Diane Borsato, Krista Buecking, Corinne Carlson, Trudie Cheng, Taku Dazai, Michel de Broin, Janis Demkiw, Dave Dyment, Kenneth
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Big and small

BIG: Renzo Piano has been announced as the winner of the 2008 Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects. The Centre Pompidou, Paris. Image: greatbuildings.com The Italian architect is best known for some of his museums, including the Pompidou Centre, which he designed with Richard Rogers and for the Menil Collection in Houston.

WEST COAST FORESIGHT:

Philanthropist Michael Audain. Image: protocol.gov.bc.ca 1. From the Globe and Mail: Vancouver philanthropist Michael Audain donates $2 million to endow an Indigenous Art Curatorial Chair at the National Gallery of Canada: Read the full article HERE Mr. Audain recieved the order of British Columbia in 2007. He has a long history of activism and generous support for visual arts and
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On the Authentic

The search for the authentic in contemporary art Gustave Le Gray, The Great Wave, Sete, 1857. Image courtesy of Harry Malcolmson The art world has been subject to vast changes over the last half-century, from the increased popularity of art as a career, to the rise of commercial galleries, to the power of the collector. At the same time, the
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L’Animateur video

L’Animateur – courtesy of tech.no.lo.gic. Check it out: L'animateurUploaded by nicop

Arty Christmas Gifts Part Two

6. PLUG IN ICA – WINNIPEG Neil Farber, Farber Drawing 683, 1999. Image: plugin.org One of the members of the Royal Art Lodge, Neil Farber’s work features an odd cast of characters that includes waif-like children, cats, dogs, and ghosts, combining innocence with a complicated and often foreboding sense of the absurd. Farber’s drawings remind us that among the range
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Arty Christmas Gifts Part One

Although VoCA won’t be thinking of Christmas shopping for at least another week, here are some ideas for arty presents that support Canadian museums, artists and artist-run centres. After all, art has been “the new fashion” for quite some time… 1. PRESENTATION HOUSE GALLERY – VANCOUVER Lynn Valley #2/Kleenex Mathematics. Image: presentationhousegall.com Lynn Valley is an ongoing series of publications
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Steven Shearer at The Power Plant, Toronto

Steven Shearer, Andrea Bowers and Stephen Andrews at the Power Plant from December 1 – 10 February, 2008. Steven Shearer, Window, 2005. Image: renaissancesociety.org VoCA saw the Power Plant’s winter exhibition this weekend. Steven Shearer, whose work takes up the main gallery spaces, is the Vancouver artist who has made a name for himself by making art about death metal
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