Archive for the 'Vancouver and region' Category

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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Where is Ai Weiwei?

It’s been over one week since Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was arrested by the Chinese government at Beijing airport. He has not been heard from since and the government is accusing him of ‘economic crimes’. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Image: Where is he? And why aren’t Canadians demanding to know? Ai Weiwei is best known for his installation Sunflower
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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: 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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Steven Shearer at the Venice Biennale: Details

So, Vancouver artist Steven Shearer will represent Canada at this year’s Venice Biennale, which opens June 4 and continues until November 27, 2011. Steven Shearer, Nash, 2005. Image: Torontonians might recall an exhibition of Shearer’s work at the Power Plant in 2007, which I believe was curated by former Power Plant curator Helena Reckitt (now critic/curator in residence at
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If You’re in the Hood…Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal

If You’re in the Hood…. Scott Massey, Two Yellow Lines, 2006. Image: In Vancouver, I just got word of a video projection exhibition that will happen on March 18 at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova. The show is the work of a new not-for-profit called Drop Out Video Arts that has brought together artists, artsworkers and musicians to create
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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: 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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Art Films at the Reel Artists Film Festival!

As some of you probably know, I do the publicity for the Reel Artists Film Festival, which is put on each year in Toronto by the Canadian Art Foundation. Shooting the film Picture Start, showing artist Rodney Graham. Image: courtesy Helen Yagi. This year, four days of films on art and artists take place at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, and
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Works of Art for Christmas!

Art makes a great gift. People don’t always realize how inexpensive some books and multiples are, and isn’t it better to support local art scenes than buy from major corporations? I think so. Here are my top picks for Canada’s best art shopping: 1. ART METROPOLE. Started by General Idea in 1974, Art Met continues to specialize in the sale
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Bing Thom & The Rubell Collection, in…Washington?

I was impressed by the Vancouver architect Bing Thom, who I heard speak last week at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. Vancouver architect Bing Thom. Image: Thom’s Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre. Image: Not only has Thom just designed an improbably well-received Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre in Washington
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Art & Urbanism

Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca in Vancouver. Image: This Thursday, I’ll be at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. While it’s not about art, it will feature many architects and urban planners discussing the future of our communities, which has an impact on art.