Archive for the 'Art Market' Category


Arts Community: Embrace the Condo!

If you don’t often walk along Queen Street from Bathurst to Gladstone, you would be surprised by the amount of new development in the area. Over the last few years, small brick single or two-storey buildings have given way to larger, glass-fronted retailers anchoring mid-rise condominiums. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. Image: Among the community, there has
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MONTREAL ARTISTS: Submit your work to Artbomb!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ARTBOMB IS NOW OPEN TO MONTREAL ARTISTS. Beginning in June 2012, ARTBOMB will make occasional road trips to Montreal to pick up work. We will meet artists at a specific location to assess and receive their work. Artists will sign a contract and we will return with the works to Toronto, where they will be photographed and
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ARTBOMB: Behind the Scenes

My daily online art auction project, ARTBOMB, has been up and running – very successfully! – for over three months now, so I thought I would give you a peek inside the studio. The view of our photographer’s set-up, from the side. ARTBOMB is a project by myself with my incredibly brilliant partners Jim Shedden and Carrie Shibinsky. We scour
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Artbomb! Buy what YOU love.

ATTENTION ARTISTS: I’m thrilled to announce that I’m looking for artists for a brand new art project that I’m involved with. It’s called Artbomb and it’s a daily online art auction delivered to your inbox. Patrick Hughes, Colour Process, 1984. Image: I have one of these prints for sale, incidentally. Here’s how it works. People subscribe for free and
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Government Grants: Preaching to the Choir?

I’ve been thinking recently about Canada’s arts granting system. With all this talk of financial reform, from the global to the municipal levels (hello, Rob Ford), maybe it’s time we looked at whether the granting system in Canada could use some reform of its own. Image: Federal, provincial and municipal arts councils are all arms length agencies of the
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Post No Bills: Winnipeg’s Pop Up Art Gallery

While it’s clear that Canada has some thriving art scenes in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, the issue continues to be the comparatively weak market for contemporary art. We have Nuit Blanche in Montreal and Toronto (which is a good start) and we have art fairs for collectors, but the question is how to get the average non-art person visitng
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Canadian Artists Abroad: ADAC celebrates ‘Northern Lights on the East River’

Although I stopped going to art fairs a while ago, after having been to many over the years both as a ‘gallerina’ and as a critic including Art Basel, Basel Miami, Art Chicago and Frieze, they remain popular venues for collectors, curators and, of course dealers and artists to hang out and do business. Kristine Moran, Sidestep. Image: New
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The Art Market: Explained

I came across a funny, smart article called “A guide to the market oligopoly system”, which is a piece by Felix Salmon that uses a drawing by the artist William Powhida to deconstruct the complexities of the American art market. William Powhida, A Guide to the Market Oligopoly System. Image: It makes interesting reading, particularly the part of the
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Art Lights up the Night Sky in Kitchener, Ontario

Over the past few years, I’ve often mentioned, and championed, regional art galleries in Ontario and Canada. Artist Luke Painter and one of his works. Image: CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area) is a regional not-for-profit arts organization whose mission it is to “present innovative art within a public space.” It has evolved from a small, regional festival
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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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