Archive for September, 2010

Mirror, Mirror in the Trees

Here is another example of how art and life – through design – are drawing closer together all the time. Mirror has a long history in art going back to at least the Renaissance and of course more recently the wonderful pieces by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Michael Snow, David Altmejd and Jeff Wall, among many, many others. Over the past
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Toronto Dealer Mira Godard Dies

This just in… Toronto art dealer Mira Godard has died. Until recently, no one had reported it, but now you can read more on BlogTO HERE and at the Globe and Mail HERE. Mira Godard. Image: torontolife.com From the Art Dealers Association press release: Her contribution to creating an art scene and art market in Canada cannot be underoverstated. The
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Artist Rebecca Belmore Sued by Toronto Dealer

By now it’s all over the web. The story began when Anishnaabe artist Rebecca Belmore yelled “I quit!” after a performance outside the VAG in Vancouver last Saturday titled WORTH (–statement of Defence), leading many in the art world to think that she may well do just that, frustrated as she is by an ongoing legal battle with her Toronto
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Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven

Here’s my review of Ross King‘s excellent book on the Group of Seven, in the current issue of Quill and Quire. It’s also at the Quill and Quire website, HERE. Image: mcmichael.com Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King From a young age, Canadians learn about our country’s most famous painting movement in art
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David Hoffos Speaks!

I spoke with Lethbridge artist David Hoffos a few days ago on the eve of his excellent, magical exhibition Scenes from a House Dream, a long term, five-phase series of illusionary installation works that premiered in 2008 in Lethbridge, Alberta at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, before going to the National Gallery in Ottawa (where I saw it.) The show
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Lady Gaga dons Jana Sterbak’s Flesh Dress

Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Image: highsnobiety.com Well, ok not exactly. But Lady Gaga definitely channels Montreal artist Jana Sterbak, who made a huge splash when her piece Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic (1987) was first displayed at the National Gallery of Canada. The Vogue cover was shot – big surprise – by fashion provocateur Terry Richardson and styled
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Art at Toronto International Film Fest!

The Toronto International Film Festival opens on September 9 and goes until the 19th. An image by artist Douglas Gordon. Image: ursusbooks.com This year, the buzz is bigger than ever, with TIFF’s new building downtown that is sure revitalize King Street near John. The small, old-Toronto style strip of buildings opposite, which house mostly touristy restaurants, have become TIFF’s poor
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New York, New York

So we went to New York for five days last weekend. It was the usual late August hot, humid weather but we had two amazing art experiences that made it all entirely worthwhile. 1. Big Bambu on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum. Doug and Mike Starn’s 40-foot high bamboo structure exemplifies what I always say about artists that do
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Four Directions: A Video Exhibtion at the Brickworks, Toronto

I’m working on a video exhibition with the public art organization No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment. It’s called Four Directions, and its opening will coincide with the opening of Evergreen at the Brickworks, Toronto. SUNDAY September 26, 2010 – December 31, 2010 The exhibition is designed to reflect the mandate of the public art organization No. 9: that contemporary
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Art Life: Part One

Every city is full of those little artistic gestures, those flourishes made – sometimes deliberately, often not – by people who take the time to do things a little differently.I think they are too often overlooked – and I find them inspiring. Not as high art of course, but possibly inspiring for architects or designers looking for ways to inject
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