Archive for February, 2010

TRIBUTE to Swiss Art Dealer Ernst Beyeler

Tomorrow, Sunday, February 28, in Toronto, the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival will host the first tribute to the legendary Swiss art dealer and founder of Art Basel, Ernst Beyeler, who died Thursday at his home, aged 88. Ernst Beyeler in his gallery office, 22 May 1982. Image:

Loved vs. Loathed at the Drake Hotel

Well.  Last night I did a “Face the Critic” at the Drake, with Leah Sandals and Richard Vaughn and it was…interesting, to say the least. I didn’t feel able to properly articulate my views – there were some big personalities in the room. But I learned a lot, and it’s always good to have your foundations shaken a little. Brendan
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Face the Critic! Tonight at the Drake Hotel, Toronto

Join us TONIGHT for a FREE evening of art criticism as Leah Sandals, RM Vaughn and myself debate works by Judy Chicago, Kent Monkman and Vanessa Beecroft, among others. Loved vs. Loathed. A Louis Vuitton-inspired work by Vanessa Beecroft. Art?…..or hype? Image: Are you ready? More HERE.

Reel Artists Film Fest: El Anatsui, Ernst Beyeler & Sam Keller, Alex Colville

In the midst of promoting the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival, which opens this Wednesday night, Feb 24th with a big gala screening and then to the public from Friday Feb 26th to Sunday 28th in Toronto, there are three under-the-radar highlights that you should know about: A wallhanging by El Anatsui at the Venice Biennale. Image: 1.
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Bikes on the Wall: Greg Curnoe in the Toronto Star

From the Toronto Star, Murray Whyte writes about the bicycle art of the late, great artist Greg Curnoe: “On the wall at Cherry Bomb Coffee on Roncesvalles Ave., a slight, royal-blue CCM track bike with curled handlebars dangles from the wall, held at a sharp angle by a slim cable…” Greg Curnoe, Mariposa T.T., 1978-9. Image: “As an artist,
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A lost opportunity for Toronto’s Arts and Culture

It’s frustrating that the powers that be in Toronto seem to have such little interest in placing value on arts and culture. A billboard by the Economist. The light is triggered by a motion sensor. Image: Sure, we’ve got Nuit Blanche and the amazing Luminato festival, both of which are truly wonderful, but when it comes to an innovative
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Ooh, Edmonton! The New Art Gallery of Alberta

Here are some photos take this past weekend in Edmonton by friend-of-VoCA, Qasim Virjee of Design Guru. For info on the gallery, including The Murder of Crows by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as well as Francisco Goya’s infamous print suites: Los Caprichos (1799) and The Disasters of War (1810-1820), which traveled from the National Gallery of Canada, please
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Vancouver Olympics: The Art of the Downtown East Side

In Vancouver and want to see something other than the Games? World Tea Party, by Bryan Mulvihill. Image: You would undoubtedly be in the minority,  but you would have a lot to choose from. Bright Light is an interesting-sounding initiative between the City of Vancouver and a number of arts organizations in the Downtown East Side. Projects range from
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In the Studio with artist Dennis Lin

This weekend, VoCA paid a visit to the studio of Toronto artist Dennis Lin. The installation, no. 1 – 60, currently on view at 47 Gallery. Image: Flack Another view of no. 1 – 60, Image: VoCA Lin, who works mostly with wood, creates huge installations, many commissioned by the likes of design firm Yabu Pushelberg for their hotel
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Oh, McQueen….You will be missed.

Some excerpts from a fantastic article on Alexander McQueen: Image: “…anyone who cares about the culture at large — should take note of the death of Alexander McQueen. For every 1,000 so-called designers who pin a piece of jersey around a mannequin and call it fashion, there’s only one McQueen, an explosively imaginative designer…”