Archive for September, 2009

VoCA Rumour…

This year’s Sobey Art Prize shortlist is Luanne Martineau (West Coast & Yukon); Marcel Dzama (Prairies & The North); Shary Boyle (Ontario); David Altmejd (Québec) and Graeme Patterson (Atlantic) Shary Boyle, To Colonize the Moon, 2008. To Colonize the Moon. Porcelain, enamel, gilt, diamond, mirror. Image: sharyboyle.com The Sobey Art Prize is around the corner, and while this year it’s
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Toronto: Nuit Blanche 2009, Part Two. Parkdale.

Artist and curator Dave Dyment curated Zone C at last year’s Nuit Blanche. Among his installations were Michel de Broin’s waterfall and Jon Sasaki’s jaded mascots at Lamport Stadium, both of which helped make Liberty Village the undeniable hit of NB 2008. Dyment is involved again this year, if rather less officially. He’s curating No Melatonin, a mini-zone in Toronto’s
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Toronto: Nuit Blanche 2009, Part One

Nuit Blanche 2009, which will take place on the night of October 3 from sunset onwards, looks to be excellent again this year. Perhaps more serious than past years, many of the pieces are designed to make you consider the meaning of your surroundings. With more performance-based work than previous years, there are lots of ways for you to get
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Art and Shopping: Gagosian, Hirst, Art Metropole

Superstar art dealer Larry Gagosian is certainly tapped into the zeitgeist, with his high-profile stable of artists, mini-empire (New York, Beverly Hills, London, Rome, Hong Kong, Athens) and recently, with his new shop that sells multiples by big-name artists in New York. The shop is new for a dealer, but not so new for the art world. It began with
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Loved: Michel de Broin’s Monument in Winnipeg

A new sculpture by the 2007 Sobey Award-winning Montreal artist Michel de Broin was unveiled in Winnipeg a few days ago. Michel de Broin, Monument, 2009. Image courtesy Denis Prieur. The granite work, titled Monument, is the inaugural sculpture for the Jardin de sculptures at Le Maison des artistes visuels francophones in Saint-Boniface, in Winnipeg. Up to 20 sculptures will
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From Vancouver With Not-so-Much Love…

We were just forwarded this letter by the excellent Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia. It was sent by the gallery’s director and curator, Scott Watson. According to an article in The Tyee, there has been a decline in core funding over two years of more than 88 per cent in British Columbia, from
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Canadian Artists Abroad: Reverse Pedagogy in Ireland

The nomadic art school Reverse Pedagogy moves to The Model Satellite in Sligo, Ireland. The project will bring together artists from Canada, Iceland and parts of Ireland and will culminate in a visual art exhibition opening on Friday 25th September. Reverse Pedagogy in Banff, Alberta. Image: canadianart.ca From the Model::Niland blog, which is maintained by the Model Arts and Niland
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Toronto: Schedule a Workplace Interruption

Chris Barr: Bureau of Workplace Interruptions September 17 – 1 November, 2009 The Art Gallery of Mississauga, Toronto Chris Barr, Bureau of Workplace Interruptions, installation. Image: mississauga.ca This is a show in the grand tradition of conceptual art. It transforms the gallery space – itself fast becoming a tradition: see Phil Collins, Elmgreen & Dragset, Rirkrit Tiravanija and many others.
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Save Goodwater Gallery!

VoCA is sad to report that one of Toronto’s most unusual and unique galleries will close. Image: Goodwatergallery.com Goodwater, a small store-front space on a non-descript stretch of Queen Street at Sherbourne run by John Goodwin, was unique in that it allowed artists to create special projects that they might not have the opportunity to do otherwise. The work wasn’t
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Art School Ph.Ds Make the Blood Run Cold

In THIS article in the New York Times, Roberta Smith notes that “The recent inflated art market has created the illusion that being an artist is a financially viable calling.” Art school. Image: educationuk.org “…The growing interest among art schools and universities (mostly abroad so far) in offering a Ph.D. in art makes the blood run cold. It also seems
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