Archive for the 'Vancouver and region' Category

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Book Review: Emily Carr – From the Forest to the Sea

A strong affinity for the natural beauty of western Canada and First Nations culture is clearly visible in the work of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s best-loved artists. Her point of view resonates strongly today, and it seems to have inspired this fresh take on her work, edited by Ian Dejardin, director of London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, and Sarah Milroy,
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A Female Perspective: Catherine Toews

I quite like these drawings by Victoria, B.C. artist Catherine Toews. They have a classic elegance to them, with a modern attitude and a hint of sadness. They are very well done, and I’m sure they’ll resonate with lots of ladies. Most of all I think they’d make wonderful, very affordable gifts. Some of the more fashion-y ones are available
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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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Guest Post: Bartels vs. Rennie and the Vancouver Art Gallery

Kathleen Bartels vs. Bob Rennie: Both right. By Robert Labossiere It is further evidence of the increased public awareness and popularity of the visual arts that the Globe and Mail should publish a cover feature story this past weekend about the effort to get a new building for the Vancouver Art Gallery (The Collector’s Gamble, G & M, August 11,
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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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Better Late than Never: Canada at the Venice Biennale

It’s better late than never for some highlights from this year’s Venice Biennale. Flying into Venice. All photos: VoCA Having been to several Venice Biennales in my life, I almost always prefer the pavilions where the artist addresses the architecture of the pavilions in which the art is housed. The first Biennale was held in 1895 and there are only
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Summer Exhibitions: The Must-Sees

As the summer gallery season gets underway, here are my picks for the country’s best blockbuster exhibitions: THE COLOUR OF MY DREAMS: THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN ART Vancouver Art Gallery Through September 25, 2011 Man Ray, close up of The Kiss, 1930. Image: ultraorange.net The VAG has organized the most comprehensive survey of Surrealist art ever to be shown in
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