Archive for the 'Ottawa' Category

AA Bronson vs. National Portrait Gallery: Raising the Stakes

If you haven’t heard about the AA Bronson brou-ha-ha by now…. Canadian artist AA Bronson. Image: Well, let’s just say that the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, which is showing the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, exploring art by and about homosexuals, has caved to pressure by Christian activists and removed video piece, A Fire in
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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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Fairy Godmother of the Arts Dies

From this morning’s Ottawa Citizen, we learn that Shirley Thomson, the former director of the National Gallery of Canada, has died. Jana Sterbak, Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic, 1987. Image: Thompson is known for her staunch defence of the gallery’s decision to purchase Barnett Newman’s Voice of Fire for $1.8 million in 1988. You can’t help but
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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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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: 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: 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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Artist Spotlight: Sandra Hawkins

Often, the spotlight eludes excellent artists who aren’t showing with the right galleries, or for that matter, any gallery. So…here’s an off-the-radar artist who is doing lovely, sensitive work about place and memory. All photos courtesy Sandra Hawkins. We met Ottawa-based artist Sandra Hawkins M.E.S., B.F.A., C.F.A., B.A. soc. through Facebook, and have been interested in her work for some
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Roxy Paine Sculpture: Controversy in Ottawa

There’s recently been a brou-ha-ha brewing in Ottawa, over the decision by Marc Mayer, director of the National Gallery, to put a sculpture by the 43-year-old New York artist Roxy Paine on Nepean Point, the area nearby to the National Gallery. A sculpture by Roxy Paine. Image: Nepean Point is, more precisely, a hill in Ottawa overlooking the Ottawa
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A Rembrandt Lecture, Inuit Films and Vintage Photography

Presentation House Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia The Malcolmson Collection October 1, 2009 to December 20, 2009 Gustave Le Gray, The Great Wave, Sete, 1857. Image: Do not miss seeing these extraordinary vintage photographs from the collection of friends-of-VoCA Harry and Ann Malcolmson. Over the past twenty-five years, the Malcolmsons have assembled a rare collection of vintage and historic photographs
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AA Bronson: The Order of Canada

Artist and friend-of-VoCA AA Bronson with Governor General Michaelle Jean. Congratulations, AA.  Very well deserved. For more on AA Bronson, please click HERE