Archive for the 'Montreal' Category

Mirror, Mirror in the Trees

Here is another example of how art and life – through design – are drawing closer together all the time. Mirror has a long history in art going back to at least the Renaissance and of course more recently the wonderful pieces by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Michael Snow, David Altmejd and Jeff Wall, among many, many others. Over the past
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Lady Gaga dons Jana Sterbak’s Flesh Dress

Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Image: highsnobiety.com Well, ok not exactly. But Lady Gaga definitely channels Montreal artist Jana Sterbak, who made a huge splash when her piece Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic (1987) was first displayed at the National Gallery of Canada. The Vogue cover was shot – big surprise – by fashion provocateur Terry Richardson and styled
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No Culture, No Future?

The Walrus has a good interview with Simon Brault, author of No Culture, No Future, the new book that exploresthe fact that the arts are a necessity, not a luxury. As he puts it, the book is a “call to action” – for Brault, it’s up to everyone to communicate with one another to promote and encourage the arts. Image:
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Who will win the Sobey Art Prize?

The finalists for the 2010 Sobey Art Award were announced today. The artists, selected by a jury from each region of Canada, are competing for the Award’s $50,000 top prize. Bendan Tang may be the newest kid on the block, but our money’s on Duke & Battersby or the excellent Daniel Barrow, who was passed over in 2008.  Do we
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Talks, Podcasts, Books and More: Catching up on Canadian Art

There’s so much happening in the Canadian art world, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Here’s a reminder of some places you can hear excellent talks, watch videos and read thoughtful commentary. On OCAD’s website, check out videos from their excellent speaker series, including talks by the critic Hal Foster, Jamelie Hassan and Vandana Shiva. Jamelie
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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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Montreal: WLTWSAETLV

WE LEFT THE WARM STABLE AND ENTERED THE LATEX VOID (WLTWSAETLV) is an artist residency, lecture series and project space located in François Lemieux’s Montréal apartment. Michael Pohl, This Will Get Better, 2008. Image: michaelpohl.de We love the format – it’s somewhat like VoCA, except for the ‘last only 20 months’ bit. It is run collaboratively by exhibiting artists. It
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VoCA Loves GG Michaëlle Jean: Connecting Citizens to the Arts!

VoCA loves our GG.  She understands the value of arts and culture.  Last week in Montreal, Governor General Michaëlle Jean gave this statement: “Culture must be able to express itself everywhere and always, and be accessible to as many people as possible, for it bears within it our choices, our hopes, our memory and our imagination.” I See What You
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Urban Design: Toronto Steps Up

“Toronto is only beginning to evolve in the design of public space…the city feels like it was designed by the public works department.” The UQAM Residences, in Montreal. Image: VoCA Yes it does and it’s a real shame that it’s taking so long. After being in Montreal over the holidays, where the UQAM buildings off Sherbrooke are invigorating, challenging, high
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