Archive for March, 2010

Public Art comes to…Ikea!

Piotr Uklanski, Jeppe Hein and Jim Lambie are among the artists who will create art works for the public to interact with, at a new IKEA store in Moscow. Jim Lambie’s floor at MoMA. Image: apartmenttherapy.com The art is part of a mixed-use plan for IKEA, where new developments will “fuse culture, commerce and leisure.” Plans for the site includes
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VoCA Predicts: The Rise of International Klein Blue

About 4 years ago, we predicted the importance of mirrors in art. Michelangelo Pistoletto breaks mirrors during a performance for the creation of his “Twentytwo less two” installation at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Image: inapache.boston.com And then we started to see it, slowly seeping in: David Altmejd’s mirror-covered pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Michelangelo Pistoletto, resurrected in Venice in
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Where will the Vancouver Art Gallery go?

In Vancouver, the VAG is negotiating with the city to obtain an entire block for their new, larger downtown building. The province has already contributed $50 million. The VAG. Image: discovervancouver.com The VAG board has voted unanimously to move the gallery to a prominent downtown location near the current one, rather than the one near the Plaza of Nations that
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Government Support of the Arts: Good or Bad?

In Edmonton, a writer’s despair over provincial arts cuts is both convincing and less so on Government arts support. “Alberta artists have taken the latest news of a 15-per-cent cut (to the arts) in their stride”, says Marliss Weber in SEE magazine. Andrew Rucklidge, Sleeper, 2009. Image: courtesy the artist. She continues, “Art allows us to express ourselves, which is
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The End of the Art Fair?

For a while now, VoCA hasn’t been trotting off to art fairs the way we used to. This year, the New York Amory almost went unnoticed to us. But then we noticed that some people, curators, dealers…are choosing to remain home this year, too. New York’s Armory Show. Image: thearmoryshow.com Is it the end of the art fair? A new
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VoCA Loves GG Michaëlle Jean: Connecting Citizens to the Arts!

VoCA loves our GG.  She understands the value of arts and culture.  Last week in Montreal, Governor General Michaëlle Jean gave this statement: “Culture must be able to express itself everywhere and always, and be accessible to as many people as possible, for it bears within it our choices, our hopes, our memory and our imagination.” I See What You
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