Archive for August, 2008

News: Town Hall Meeting in Toronto Regarding Cuts to Cultural and Heritage grants

Fuse magazine editor Izida Zorde and publisher Heather Haynes (of Toronto Free Gallery) are organizing a Town Hall meeting in Toronto to address the recent and upcoming budget cuts to the arts. Valuing Culture: TOWN HALL REGARDING CUTS TO CULTURAL AND HERITAGE GRANTING PROGRAMS Who should come? Everyone concerned about the Federal Government’s blatant contempt for arts and culture. Who
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Cuts to Arts Funding – Harper’s Slash and Burn Continues…

This Globe and Mail article quotes Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner: “Culture is an essential element of the identity of a nation and in that sense, will always have its unfailing support,” And yet… “The Stabilization Projects, to be shut down in April, were established in seven cities from Victoria to Charlottetown to provide financial and administrative support to arts
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VoCA Recommends…Works on Paper at the Albright Knox, Buffalo

Works on Paper: The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection August 15 – October 19, 2008 The Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York Afterstudy for Marianne Moore, 1976. Planographic lithograph. Image: artsearch.nga.gov.au VoCA Recommends a trip to Buffalo – especially for new collectors, or collectors interested in works on paper. More than 130 works on paper by 40 artists from the
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Compare and Contrast: Martin Creed and the Movement Movement

Martin Creed, Work No. 850, 2008. Image: daylife.com A runner speeds through Tate Britain‘s neo-classical sculpture galleries as part of a live art installation entitled ‘Work No. 850‘ by British artist Martin Creed, in London, on June 30, 2008. The choreographed live performance centres on a simple idea: that a person will sprint as fast as they can every 30
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News: Prize Money for Sobey Art Award Increases to $70,000

Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1981. Image: smh.com.au “Starting in 2008 each of the four runners up for the Award will receive a prize of $5,000…” Read the full article HERE, but the title pretty much says it all.

VoCA loathes…The Conservative Government – That’s you, Mr. Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, hitting the arts where it hurts. Boo. Image: boontastic.com VoCA finds it depressing – no, it’s deplorable – to think, that at a time when virtually EVERYONE not living under a rock recognizes the importance and value of the arts, from former British PM Tony Blair (Cool Britannia, anyone?) to Toronto’s mayor David Miller (Nuit Blanche,
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Montreal: MACM Purchases Work by Hot Canadian Artists

The Musée d’art contemporain, with the generous support of its Foundation, has purchased 37 works by 24 artists participating in The Québec Triennial. Additionally, many of the pieces are currently on loan pending eventual gifts, while others are in the process of being purchased. Please note the names of the following artists as ones to watch: -David Altmejd – click
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Toronto: Sobey Art Award finalists – Tim Lee, Terence Koh, Daniel Barrow, Raphaelle de Groot, Mario Doucette

An exhibition of work by this year’s Sobey Art Award Finalists opens August 27, 2008 at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Tim Lee, Goldberg Variations: Aria, BWV 988, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1741 (Glenn Gould, 1981) 2007. Image: canadianart.ca This exhibition features over 50 contemporary artworks, including paintings, sculptures, performance art, video installations and photography, by the Award’s finalists, five of
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News: Joseph L. Rotman appointed Chair of Canada Council

Joseph L. Rotman, well-known for his gift of $36 million to U of T’s business school, now the Rotman School of Management, has been appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. Joseph L. Rotman. Image: rotman.utoronto.ca Mr. Rotman, a great champion of Canada and Toronto in particular, brought Richard Florida to the city.

VoCA loves…Tracey Emin

Speaking of women artists, one of VoCA’s very favorites, Tracey Emin, has a retrospective exhibition on now in Edinburgh. The typically outspoken artist Tracey Emin. Image: fawcettsociety.org.uk Watch this brilliant, fascinating BBC newsclip of Emin doing a walkthrough of the exhibition HERE