Archive for February, 2009

The Canada Prize: A Good Thing for Canada

The Canada Prize for the Arts may be the most important thing to happen to the cultural landscape in this country, ever. …And yet many in the arts, especially in Quebec, are crying. Image: Considering that our country’s visual arts have been viewed as a cultural backwater (probably by ourselves, mainly) ever since the American Armory Show of 1913
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Public Art: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One of Toronto’s more interesting public artworks, Douglas Coupland’s War of 1812, at the corner of Fleet and Bathurst streets. Image: At meetings of the Toronto Public Art Committee (of which I’m a member), we hear art consultants propose the latest public art projects for the city. These projects can present a challenge to both the consultant and the
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On Corporate Art Collections

As investment banks grapple with billions of dollars in losses…they are facing growing pressure from shareholders and the taxpayers who have bailed them out to justify their often sprawling art collections… Art market confdence graph. Image: Read the full article, which includes info on some of the world’s top corporate collections, HERE Click HERE for a more in-depth analysis
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VoCA Recommends…Art Power by Boris Groys

We read this book last year, and are now are using it as a reading in a critical writing class. It engages some fascinating questions about art, and criticism. Boris Groys writes, in his excellent book Art Power: “In place of the critic in the name of society arose social critique in the name of art: The artwork doesn’t form
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Report: Canadian Artists Getting Poorer

Writing in the Globe and Mail on the recently released report by Hill Strategies Research for Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, James Adams says: The poorest-paid Canadian artist category is that of female visual artist, with average earnings in 2005 of $11,421… The Starving Artist’s Survival Guide, by Marianne Taylor, Laurie Lindop,
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VoCA Recommends…Judy Chicago in Toronto

When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread The Textile Museum, Toronto Feb 11 – Sep 7, 2009 Judy Chicago, Judy Chicago Birth Tear 1982. Image: woodman VoCA loves feminist art, and VoCA loves Judy Chicago. We last saw her work at the WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the VAG in December (click HERE for VoCA
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A Good Idea: The Upper Trading Post

Following on from our recent question of whether artist flea markets are the new art fairs, Winnipeg artist/dealer Paul Butler has launched a website, which is “a collectively determined, autonomous art economy where economic value is determined through the consensus of peers. It exists to facilitate connections and to create a network through which artists can trade their art.” Work
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Report from New York

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926 – 1933 on at the Whitney until February 15, 2009 is a small and perfectly formed show on the seven years in Paris that defined the artist’s career. Image: Watch the video: [youtube]t6jwnu8Izy0[/youtube]