Archive for June, 2010

Loved: Curator Peter Eleey’s Video Talk

The Canadian Art Foundation––where I work––recently hosted Peter Eleey, curator at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, for a lecture when he was in Toronto. David Lamelas, Limit of a projection I, 1967. Theatre spotlight in darkened room. Image: spruethmagers.net In THIS excellent video, Eleey, formerly curator at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, gives a fascinating account of his curatorial influences
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Canadian Stage, Meet Canadian Art

Last week, we attended a cocktail party in honour of the new director of Canadian Stage (CanStage) – Matthew Jocelyn. He has just announced his programme for the 2010-2011 season in Toronto, and it sounds FANTASTIC. Merce Cunningham dancers performing against a backdrop by Robert Rauschenberg. Image: nytimes.com I spoke briefly with Mr. Jocelyn, who is interested in encouraging multidisciplinary
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ART! Stars at the G8 and G20 Summits

Curator William Huffman of the Toronto Arts Council has, in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) organized some 200-odd Canadian artworks to be displayed to foreign dignitaries during the G8 and G20 summits. After the fake lake brouhaha, this comes as a better bit of G20 art news, as my fellow blogger Leah Sandals acknowledges in her
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Lady Gaga vs. Cindy Sherman

Here’s a quote from Nancy Bauer’s opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday, which asks Are Lady Gaga and the women who identify with her confusing sexual power with self-objectification?: Lady Gaga. Image: ftweekly.com “There is nobody like Lady Gaga in part because she keeps us guessing about who she, as a woman, really is. She has been praised
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Empire of Dreams: Toronto Artists on view at MOCCA

Alex McLeod, Twilight Terror, 2010. Image courtesy MOCCA. We’re looking forward to this Saturday’s opening of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s summer exhibition in Toronto. Titled Empire of Dreams: Phenomenology of the built Environment, Contemporary Artists from Toronto, it will be on view from June 19 to August 15, 2010. Prepare for much debate and derision, as is always
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Who will win the Sobey Art Prize?

The finalists for the 2010 Sobey Art Award were announced today. The artists, selected by a jury from each region of Canada, are competing for the Award’s $50,000 top prize. Bendan Tang may be the newest kid on the block, but our money’s on Duke & Battersby or the excellent Daniel Barrow, who was passed over in 2008.  Do we
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The State of (Canadian) Art Criticism

Michelle Kuran has written an excellent article on the state of Canadian art criticism, in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Read the article HERE. Young, and determined critic Naja Sayej. Image: torontoist.com Though Ms. Kuran did contact VoCA for our perspective, we were out of town and didn’t manage to make the interview happen. Quoting everyone from R.M Vaughn to
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Today’s Art: Small, Superficial and Self-indulgent

Here’s a fascinating article by Ben Lewis from Prospect magazine. It’s definitely worth reading. In it, he presents the case for “compelling parallels between much of the contemporary art of the last two decades…and French rococo, a movement that extolled frivolity, luxury and dilettantism, patronised by a corrupt and decadent ancien régime.” Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in
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Power Ball Toronto: Best Ever?

The 2010 Power Ball, the annual fundraiser for Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery, took place June 3, and took as its theme ‘The Ball that Started it All‘, which, it turned out, worked well! All photos VoCA/Scott Barker. Billed as “a carnivalesque line-up of amazing art, extraordinary entertainment, and spectacular prizes“, it aimed to “remix the best of the best from
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