Archive for November, 2010

Loved: Women Rule in Oakville

I went out to Oakville for the opening of Un-home-ly, director Matthew Hyland’s first major exhibition with the gallery. Paulette Phillips, Homewrecker, 2004. All images: VoCA I am told that Matthew’s background is in feminist studies, so it seems fitting that his curatorial career at the gallery should begin with a show of feminist work. The show is the first
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R.I.P Kananginak Pootoogook

The Inuit artist Kananginak Pootoogook has died. Kananginak Pootoogook A work by Kananginak Pootoogook. Image:

Heads Up! Young Design in Toronto this Winter

Toronto is changing dramatically these days, as anyone who lives downtown can tell you. Seemingly hundreds of condo towers are going up, and the city centre is filling in nicely. Queen West. Image: I was at an opening the other night and I could just tell that there were condo-dwellers scattered among the artists in the crowd. It made
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Meanwhile, in Montreal…

Three artists – all women – have been awarded prizes by the City of Montreal. Alana Riley, At the Blackwatch, 2004-2007. Image: Alana Riley is an artist whose work I’ve been keeping an eye on.  She has won the Prix Pierre-Ayot, which is presented by the city in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association (AGAC), to an artist under
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Congratulations to Sobey Award winner Daniel Barrow!

Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow has won the 2010 Sobey Art Award. The prize awards $50,000 to a visual artist under the age of 40. I had a feeling he’d win, having been passed up for the award in 2008. Daniel Barrow, Flaying, 2010, from his show at the Art Gallery of York University. Image: Daniel Barrow at work giving
Read more… – A Game Changer?

I just got a press release from, a newly launched website that bills itself as “a game changer”. Image: VoCA The idea, conceived by two friends, Merete Kristiansen and Kate Barron of Vancouver, is to provide “an innovative and comprehensive guide to the Canadian art world”, by hosting free profiles of artists, galleries and related events.I hope that they
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Ontario: Entering the Creative Age

I was interested to read THIS article, from the Hamilton Spectator, about a recent symposium on culture and city-building. Like many cities worldwide, Hamilton – a steel town outside of Toronto – is hoping to reinvent itself through creativity and culture. Hamilton – Steeltown. Image: The symposium was organized by the Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts, a not-for-profit
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Fashion, Art: It’s all about Denis Gagnon

Is fashion art? Or ‘only’ craft? The Montreal fashion designer Denis Gagnon. Image: It’s a discussion that comes up every once in a while, usually when an exceptionally talented fashion designer comes onto the scene. And it presumes that craft is somehow lesser than fine art. But I don’t think it’s any less relevant or important, it is just
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Happy 90th Birthday, Alex Colville!

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will celebrate the life and art of Canada’s best known living painter with an exhibition of selected works that will showcase his prints and sketches – an important part of Colville’s practice. Alex Colville, Family and Rainstorm, 1955. Image: Alex Colville Through February 20, 2011 The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Rethinking Design

It’s good to hear that designers – and design curators – seem to finally be thinking more in terms of what we need, rather than just what we may want. Adaptive Eyeglasses. Joshua Silver (British, b. 1946), Adaptive Eyecare Ltd. and Oxford Centre for Vision in the Developing World_CVDW. Image: Now that the extreme overload of commodities in the
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