Archive for July, 2010

Finally! African Sculptor El Anatsui at the ROM

I just – finally – got the press release announcing the world premiere retrospective of El Anatsui, the African artist whose shimmering, decadent textiles made from metal bottlecaps are stunningly beautiful. The artist El Anatsui. Image: ethicarts.org This is going to be THE exhibition to see in Toronto, if not Canada, this fall. I’m sure of it. El Anatsui: When
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Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part Four

VoCA contributor and artist book collector Bill Clarke is back with a third installment from his collection, this time of books that take the form of exhibition catalogues. Check out parts one and two HERE and HERE, and part three, below. “Recent Snow”: Michael Snow That/Cela/Dat, 2000. Image: canadianart.ca

Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part Three

VoCA contributor and artist book collector Bill Clarke is back with a third installment from his collection, this time of books that take the form of exhibition catalogues. Check out parts one and two HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for part four, coming this week. Moderna Museet exhibition catalogue, 1968. Image: courtesy Bill Clarke. Bill Clarke edits Magenta Magazine
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Is Art Replacing Religion?

Are art galleries and museums the new churches? What is the relationship between art and faith? Does art that can inspire us to that degree even still exist? The Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Image: artblat.com Emily Carr, Wind in the Tree Tops, c. 1936-1939. Image: heffel.com I was marveling with a friend the other day at how in the
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Six Degrees of…Lord Beaverbrook

“Maximillian?…No, Maximultimillion” is the response attributed to Lord Beaverbrook, a.k.a Max Aitken, when he was once asked his name.  It gives you a sense of the grandeur with which the Canadian media baron must have swirled about London social circles in the early 20th century. Lord Beaverbrook. Image: photobucket.com I noticed, the other day in the Art Newspaper, THIS article
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Sol Lewitt in Toronto!

I went to the preview opening of the excellent new exhibition by famed American minimalist artist Sol Lewitt at the Toronto artist-run centre Mercer Union last night. The installation at Mercer Union. All images: VoCA Another view of the installation. Lewitt’s wall drawings, which are painted directly on walls, and for which buyers purchase the instructions, caused quite a sensation
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The Democratization of Art

There seems to have been a lot of talk about the democratization of art lately.  Recently in the Globe and Mail, columnists Russell Smith and Lynn Crosbie have both offered their thoughts on recent developments in the cultural sphere. Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1658-60. Image: navigo.com In THIS article, Smith focuses on an online movement known as “folksonomy …or
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