Archive for the 'Art Market' Category

Theartmarket.ca – A Game Changer?

I just got a press release from theartmarket.ca, 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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Art Meets Fashion – Jeremy Laing Curates!

Fashion designer Jeremy Laing, it turns out, is also an avid art collector. Jeremy Laing’s exhibition. Sign by Derek Sullivan. Image: VoCA I discovered this on Saturday of the Toronto International Art Fair, when I led a tour for the Canadian Art Foundation’s young patron group, the New Contemporaries, and Laing took the time to show us around the installation
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Seen at the Toronto International Art Fair…

There was quite a good vibe at the art fair in Toronto this weekend. While Toronto’s fair pales in comparison to those in Miami or London or New York, it’s less useful to compare them, and better to focus on the fantastic young Canadian talent to be found. Mike Bayne, Untitled, from the series God, Shelter, Oil Painting and Hockey,
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Go Go Gagosian: Lunch with the FT

I adore the Financial Times weekend edition, particularly its feature Lunch with the FT. Larry Gagosian. Image: nymag.com Last week, in case you missed it, mega-dealer Larry Gagosian, who was No. 1 in Art Review’s recent Power 100, had lunch with the FT’s art critic, Jackie Wullschlager. He comes across as surprisingly humble, for a man succeeding at art-world domination,
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The New “IT” Curators…

A friend of VoCA recently drew my attention to this article in the Independent. So-called “It” curator Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld. Image: iwanttobeariotfeld.com The It curators: A new breed of young socialites are selling art is about the likes of Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, son of French Vogue editor and eternally glamorous woman Carine Riotfeld, Vito Schnabel (son of Julian) and Tyrone Wood (son
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Canadian Curator Abroad: Alissa Firth-Eagland

DECONSTRUCT – PERCEIVE – ACT – QUESTION Speaking of young artists, I recently ran into the young, formerly-Toronto based curator Alissa Firth-Eagland, who had been living in Europe for the past two years and who was back in town for a few weeks of studio visits before taking off again.Firth-Eagland, second from left, with her fellow participants of the Curatorial
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Artist Spotlight: Hugh Scott-Douglas

The other day, I did a studio visit with the young artist and very recent OCAD grad (2010) Hugh Scott-Douglas. I had seen his ceramic sculptures at a collectors home and fell in love with them. They were mid-sized, off-balance ovals and loopy shapes that were roughly modeled but heavily and sophisticatedly glazed. Some, he showed at Clint Roenisch’s gallery
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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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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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