Archive for the 'Edmonton' Category

2010 Sobey & Iskowitz Prizes Announced

We returned from Vancouver to the news that Brian Jungen has won the $25,000 2010 Gershon Iskowitz award at the AGO, and that the $50,000 Sobey Art Prize longlist has been announced. Vanessa Paschakarnis, Shield for a Human, 2009. Bronze. Image: erhard-metz.de Most regions have a pretty clear shortlister for the Sobey (I’m thinking either Isabelle Pauwels or Jeremy Shaw
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VoCA Asks for Your Advice

Ok, ok people, you pummeled VoCA for THIS post, with many comments… Tell VoCA what you want. Image: smh.com.au Some agreed, saying “I feel like this this revulsion I’m experiencing is the desired effect: Trecartin would endeavour to highlight contemporary culture’s more outlandish aspects by combining them all into one loathsome beast” and “bad taste, as well as bad technique
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Government Support of the Arts: Good or Bad?

In Edmonton, a writer’s despair over provincial arts cuts is both convincing and less so on Government arts support. “Alberta artists have taken the latest news of a 15-per-cent cut (to the arts) in their stride”, says Marliss Weber in SEE magazine. Andrew Rucklidge, Sleeper, 2009. Image: courtesy the artist. She continues, “Art allows us to express ourselves, which is
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Ooh, Edmonton! The New Art Gallery of Alberta

Here are some photos take this past weekend in Edmonton by friend-of-VoCA, Qasim Virjee of Design Guru. For info on the gallery, including The Murder of Crows by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as well as Francisco Goya’s infamous print suites: Los Caprichos (1799) and The Disasters of War (1810-1820), which traveled from the National Gallery of Canada, please
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Art Gallery of Alberta Collaborates with National Gallery of Canada

It’s kind of interesting that the new Art Gallery of Alberta, which is slated to open on January 31st, will be collaborating with the National Gallery of Canada to bring works from the NGC to Alberta audiences. Goya Disasters of War, 1810 – 20. Image: tate.org.uk It’s a great idea that bridges the Canadian geographic gap nicely and brings excellent
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In the Air…

Here are a few good art-world happenings coming up: Edward Burtynsky, Oil Fields #22, Cold Lake Production Project, Cold Lake, Alberta, 2001. Image: arttattler.com Photographer Ed Burtynsky is planning a new traveling exhibition on the theme of Oil that will be on at the soon-to-be opened Art Gallery of Alberta in 2010

Canadian Art Today: Circa 1970

“With their artists competing on an international stage, Canadians can no longer complain of their country as a cultural backwater nor luxuriate in the nostalgic charm of provincialism. In art as in political, social and economic activities, Canada is fully involved in the world of today,” – Dr. R. H. Hubbard, former Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada.
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Edmonton: Surveillance and Shopping as Art

Thomas Kneubühler: Tresspass Act and J. Stanton: Art Paraphernalia for a Modern World Latitude 53, Edmonton 7 August – 5 September, 2009 Thomas Kneubühler, Access Denied, Le Black Jack Resto Bar (Guard#7) Image: thomaskneubuhler.com Kneubühler’s artist project comprises a traditional gallery show, and more interestingly, a series of large billboard-sized outdoor photographs of security guards displayed on the sides of
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News: Curator of 2010 Alberta Biennale Announced

Richard Rhodes, editor of Canadian Art magazine, will curate the 7th Alberta Biennale at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. Walter May, History, 1989. Image: ccca.ca Rhodes, who is planning a series of studio visits with artists from the province, commented on how many great and overlooked artists are living and working in Alberta. He plans to mix in
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Edmonton: Public Art Director Shakes Things Up

An inspiring story from Edmonton on how artist Kristy Trinier is shaking things up in Edmonton as the Public Art Director for the Edmonton Arts Council. Kristy Trinier and Davide DiSaro, Inkognito, 2005. Image: skewgallery.com The above work by Kristy Trinier was a collaborative sound and light installation for an exhibition of paintings by Sverre Bjertnaes at the Trondheim Kunstmuseum
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