Archive for the 'Calgary and region' Category

Sobey Art Prize Longlist & Nuit Blanche Toronto Curators Announced

1. Canada’s $70,000 Sobey Art Award has announced its longlist Stay tuned for the shortlist announcement on May 1. Ilan Sandler, Tactlility, 2005. Image: Ilansandler.com WEST COAST AND YUKON Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky; Luanne Martineau; Keith Langergraber;Evan Lee; Julie York PRAIRIES AND THE NORTH Paul Butler; Marcel Dzama; Sarah Anne Johnson; Jon Pylypchuk; AltheaThauberger ONTARIO Shary Boyle; Christian Giroux
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Toronto: Films on Art and Artists

We have been busy promoting the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival, which launches this weekend in Toronto, with fourteen films on art and artists. An installation shot from David Lynch’s art exhibition. Image: re-title.com Below, we recommend our top three festival highlights: The Canadian premiere of Herb and Dorothy, about New York collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel, who, in
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VoCA Wonders…Jeffrey Spalding Mysteriously Leaves the Glenbow Museum

Why would curator Jeffrey Spalding, described as “a genius…a guy who actually gets things done and makes things happen” in THIS Globe and Mail article, recently hired to head up Alberta’s Glenbow museum, leave and be replaced so suddenly? With no explanation? Jeffrey Spalding. He seems a nice enough fellow, no? Image: cbc.ca It once seemed a perfect fit. Curator
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VoCA Recommends…Public Art Interventions in Grande Prairie, Alberta

Here Now or Nowhere Throughout January 2009 Grande Prairie, Alberta Presented by the Prairie Art Gallery Jon Sasaki, The Destination and the Journey, 2007, video still Here Now or Nowhere and is an exhibition of temporary public interventions taking place throughout downtown Grande Prairie, in Alberta. Where is Grande Prairie? It’s located 456 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. The population of
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VoCA Recommends…Graffitti Art, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Max Dean and Truck Gallery

1. “Word Up?”: Ghost, Papermonster, Dixon, Omen, Scam and Case. January 9th – Febuary 1st 2009 Le Gallery, Toronto A work by Omen. Image: Omen514, Montreal/graffitti.org LE Gallery and Simon Cole of Show & Tell Gallery are pleased to present this exhibition of work by some of the best – world renown – artists whose primary practice is street based.
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2008 – The year in Canadian Art

1. Prime Minister Stephen Harper ignores the arts. Consequently, art becomes a political issue across the country as Quebec gives Harper the hairy eyeball. 2. The new AGO opens – Frank Gehry’s renovation of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario is deemed an unqualified success, perhaps partly due to the budgetary constraints he was under. It’s simple in material, but opulent
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VoCA Recommends…David Hoffos at SAAG, Paul Butler and Suzanne Swannie

1. David Hoffos: Scenes From the House Dream October 04 – 30 November, 2008 The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge David Hoffos, Scenes from a House Dream. Image: saag.ca This exhibition, curated by Shirley Madill presents one of VoCA’s favorite Canadian artists, David Hoffos’ master work, Scenes from the House Dream. The House Dream project has formed the nexus of
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VoCA Loves…Christie Blatchford

Charles Pachter, The Painted Flag, 1981. Image: cpachter.com Food for thought by Ms. Blatchford from a recent issue of the Globe and Mail… “…Artists, while precious and important to the nation, are not fragile and ought not to be infantilized. They don’t need coddling and protection from government; they don’t need their work to be judged only kindly or only
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News: Canada’s Anti-Harper Department of Culture sees results

There are 5 days to go until the election…. [youtube]h1jOczj7Mmo[/youtube] The Toronto Star says: As Tuesday’s election looms, artists across Canada have a message for culture lovers: Don’t get mad, get Stephen. Read the rest of the article HERE On Torontoist.com, Johnnie Walker writes: “In retaliation against the positively terrifying notion of a Conservative majority government, groups like Vote For
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Alberta: Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival

Calgary’s TRUCK GALLERY presents three performance-based artworks in conjunction with Alberta’s Mountain Standard Time Performance Art Fest – which also features work by artists including The Cedar Tavern Singers, Jenn Goodwin and Jessica Rose, David Hoffos, Istvan Kantor, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Camille Turner and David Zack. Click HERE for the festival website: 1. STEPHAN SCHULZ: Equally Distant From Both Sides Second
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