Archive for June, 2008

Nicolas Baier in Art Review magazine

Montreal photo-manipulator Nicolas Baier is one of the hottest names on the Quebec art scene. Check out my review of his recent exhibition at Jessica Bradley Art & Projects, in Toronto: (Click on thumbnail to enlarge) For more info, visit the artist’s website HERE Baier is represented in Toronto by Jessica Bradley. Click HERE.

The Works festival, Edmonton

The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton Friday June 20 – July 2, 2008 This free, city-wide arts festival, sponsored in part by the city, the province and Canadian Heritage, sees over 400 artist’s work showcased in 28 sites housing 44 exhibitions. The original Fantastic Planet poster. Image: aquabooks.ca Highlights include: -The film Fantastic Planet (Click HERE for more on
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Thomas Hirschhorn: “Energy Yes, Quality No!”

Following on from VoCA’s diatribe on the monumental last week – see posting HERE, we’ve found a little clip of Swiss artist (and VoCA favorite) Thomas Hirschhorn expounding on what he believes art to be. Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Image: unipublic.unizh.ch

VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that London-based film artist Mark Lewis will be selected as Canada’s representative for next year’s Venice Biennale. Mark Lewis, Rush Hour, Morning and Evening, Cheapside (2005). Image: marklewisstudio.com We sure hope this rumour his true – Lewis has long been one of VoCA’s favorite artists and we think he’d be brilliant. Stay tuned for the official announcement…
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Article: (Really) young collectors

Image: pro.corbis.com Here’s a good article from the Washington Post on how to introduce your kids to art: Click HERE

VoCA Recommends…Geoffrey James, Ottawa and Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen

1. Geoffrey James at the National Gallery, Ottawa, May 30 – 19 October, 2008. VoCA was at the National Gallery in Ottawa this weekend, where we took in the photographs of Canadian photographer Geoffrey James. Geoffrey James, St. Cloud, 1989. Image: trepanierbaer.com The best works were in the first room, miniature snapshots of Italianate gardens, presented as panoramas against wide
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Art Basel 2008

Art Basel 2008: Art Basel, 2008. Image: gadmin.ch Read the article from the International Herald Tribune HERE

A Call for a Return to the Monumental in Art

Jerry Saltz, for one, bemoans the lack of good art being created and shown today, as do many other critics, VoCA included. The recent exhibition Unmonumental at the New Museum in New York (see VoCA post HERE) is a perfect example. As someone commented, it was art that’s being made for a market where people will buy anything. An installation
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Calgary’s public art…

…is in need of a revamp, writes Richard White in the Calgary Herald. Jeff De Boer, When Aviation was Young – Tower 1, 2002, Calgary International Airport. Image: jeffdeboer.com He spoke with Tom Tittemore, chair of the Calgary Public Art Board (CPAB) who has a plan.

News, Views and Previews

1. NEWS: CALGARY Dennis Oppenheim’s sculpture, Device to Root out Evil moves to Calgary from Vancouver. Dennis Oppenheim, Device to Root out Evil. Image: metamedia.stanford.edu Originally celebrated by the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale and arguably the most valuable piece of public art in Vancouver, Oppenheim’s compelling 22-foot glass, steel and aluminum structure became more than the Vancouver Public Parks Committee could
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