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Book Review: Christopher Pratt: Six Decades by Tom Smart

Christopher Pratt is widely acknowledged as an important Canadian painter, but he has long been viewed in the shadow of his better-known East Coast compatriot, Alex Colville. This gorgeously designed book seeks to redress the imbalance with a thoughtful journey examining almost the entirety of Pratt’s artistic practice. Christopher Pratt, Four White Boats: Canadian Gothic, 2002. Image: mayberryfineart.com Read the
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Art & Nature: A Call to Action

With the recent flooding in Calgary, the oil spill in Quebec and heat waves in other parts of the world, there’s been much recent discussion that’s gotten me thinking about our environment. And of course, I like to relate it to visual art. Edward Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #1 (Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007) Image: artobserved.com If you look at
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The Kingston Prize for Portraiture is Back!

The Kingston Prize is back! The national biannual prize for portrait painting, which I wrote about back in 2011 HERE, is again accepting submissions from artists. Michael Bayne, Kingston Ontario, Orange Grandma, oil on wood panel, 15 x 10 cm. Winner of The Kingston Prize 2011. Image: kingstonprize.ca The $20,000 prize is awarded to a painting of a specific Canadian
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Who will Win the 2012 Sobey Art Prize?

I visited the annual exhibition of five finalists in Canada’s $50,000 Sobey Art Prize today, which is about to open at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on Oct 24th and will continue to December 30th. (A launch party will be held on October 27 from 8-10pm.) As always, one artist has been shortlisted from each of Canada’s regions: West Coast/Yukon; Prairies and
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Guest Post: Cultural Espionage

Micheal Laverty writes about his soon-to-be-published satirical first novel, about a “21st century troupe of court jesters – a collective of artists dubbed Apollo’s Army.” Micheal Laverty graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and completed the School for Writers program at Humber College. His writing has appeared in various journals including The Fiddlehead and
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Oh, Canada…Seeing with New Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.“ – Marcel Proust Today, I swung by Feheley Fine Arts gorgeous new gallery at 65 George Street, where ADAC (the Art Dealers Association of Canada) was hosting a lunch in honour of the upcoming exhibition Oh, Canada that will open at Mass MoCA on
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The Role of the Art Critic, 1966

The other day I found a number of old Canadian Art magazines on sale for $2 each. I bought them, and found this questionnaire in the April 1966 issue. It’s interesting, reading over the questions how some remain relevant today and others, not so much… My vintage copies of Canadian Art. Image: VoCA On the following page were answers to
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Sobey Art Award Longlist: Spotlight Atlantic Canada

Well it’s that time of year again. The long list for Canada’s major annual art prize, the Sobey Art Award has been announced. Zeke Moores, Axes, 2009. Image: zekemoores.com It’s true that many of Canada’s fine young artists remain hidden from media attention or public view in other parts of the country. So I look forward to the Sobey longlist
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Slutwalk Toronto & the Third Wave

I was fascinated by yesterday’s Slutwalk that took place in Toronto, and sorry that I wasn’t able to attend. Slutwalk in Toronto yesterday. Image: scathinglywrongrightwingnutz.com The walk attracted around 1,000 people and was arranged in part as a protest against comments by police Constable Michael Sanguninetti who, while speaking to students at York Unviersity, said “Women should avoid dressing like
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Congratulations to the GG Award Winners!

Big congratulations to the 2011 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts! Robert Fones, Can-D-Man, 1971. Image: ccca.ca They are: Photographer Geneviève Cadieux, visual artist Robert Fones, performance and visual artist Michael Morris, filmmakers David Rimmer and Barbara Sternberg and painter Shirley Wiitasalo, each for distinguished artistic achievement. Metalsmith Kye-Yeon Son won the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in
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