Archive for July, 2008

Damien Hirst’ shenanigans

VoCA’s fasination with British artist Damien Hirst continues with a review of Toronto author Don Thompson’s book, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. Check it out HERE. Look for our review in an upcoming issue of Quill and Quire – we’ll post it on VoCA, too.

News: Mark Lewis to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale

London-based film artist and VoCA favorite Mark Lewis will represent Canada at the 2009 Venice Biennale! Mark Lewis, Isoceles, 2007. Image: marklewisstudio.com Click HERE for the full article.

VoCA loves…the Art Gallery of Ontario? (Iain Baxter&)

Iain Baxter& Landscape with Sea Boats, 1999, (from the series Television Works). Image: corkingallery.com Over the years, we’ve loved the AGO (the Yoko Ono exhibition in 2002, the acquisition of David Almejd’s 2007 Venice pavilion installation, the Henry Moore sculpture gallery with the Julian Opie pole dancers, Swing Space) and we’ve loathed them (Nuit Blanche 2006, their lack of innovative
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VoCA goes up North

Tom Thomson, Byng Inlet – Georgian Bay But we’ll be back next week with: -What’s upcoming at the new, improved AGO -More on Nuit Blanche Toronto -Canada’s representative at the 2009 Venice Biennale -Are auction houses set to take over from galleries? -VoCA speaks at the Power Plant’s summer exhibition on Sunday, July 20 at 2 pm in Toronto …and
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Nuit Blanche Toronto: Critic’s Picks (Part One) Project Blinkenlights, Luis Jacob, Jillian McDonald

We now know what this year’s 4 curators have planned for this year’s Nuit Blanche Toronto, which will take place on the night of OCTOBER 4, 2008. Click HERE for the full list Here are the first of VoCA picks for the night. Stay tuned for more over the coming weeks. ZONE A: Curated by Gordon Hatt. 1. Without Persons,
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Canada’s best young painters 2008? Part Three

Here are the final five of all fifteen semi-finalists in Canada’s RBC Painting Competition. Who do you think should win? Let VoCA know! (Post comment below) Martin Golland, Prism Burn, 2008. Image: rbc.com

Canada’s best young painters 2008? Part Two

Over the next three days, VoCA will be featuring work by all fifteen semi-finalists in Canada’s RBC Painting Competition. In the meantime, here is the second group of finalists, continued from below (in alphabetical order.) Who do you think should win? Let VoCA know! (Post comment below) Emmy Skensved, Mirror, 2008. Image: rbc.com

Canada’s best young painters 2008? Part One

VoCA features work by all fifteen semi-finalists in Canada’s RBC Painting Competition – see below. Amanda Reeves, Untitled 03 2008. Image: rbc.com Here is the first group of finalists, (in – almost – alphabetical order.) The second and third groups of finalists will come in the next few days…winner to be announced by Governor General Michaelle Jean in September 2008
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VoCA Recommends…Barbara Probst & Bettina Hoffmann

Courtesy of Designboom, we have found an interview with German photographer Barbara Probst, whose work is represented by Jessica Bradley Art & Projects in Toronto. Read the full article HERE Barbara Probst, Exposure #27, N.Y.C. 249 W. 34th Street, 05.25.04, 9:27p.m., 2004. Image: themorningnews.org

Canadian Artists Abroad: Janet Cardiff, Royal Art Lodge

1. Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller 31 July – 28 September 2008 The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Killing Machine, 2007. Image: e-flux.com