Archive for the 'First Nations/Inuit' Category

Four Directions: A Video Exhibtion at the Brickworks, Toronto

I’m working on a video exhibition with the public art organization No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment. It’s called Four Directions, and its opening will coincide with the opening of Evergreen at the Brickworks, Toronto. SUNDAY September 26, 2010 – December 31, 2010 The exhibition is designed to reflect the mandate of the public art organization No. 9: that contemporary
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ART! Stars at the G8 and G20 Summits

Curator William Huffman of the Toronto Arts Council has, in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) organized some 200-odd Canadian artworks to be displayed to foreign dignitaries during the G8 and G20 summits. After the fake lake brouhaha, this comes as a better bit of G20 art news, as my fellow blogger Leah Sandals acknowledges in her
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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Kent Monkman

Check out my piece on artist Kent Monkman’s home and studio in the current issue of Design Lines magazine. The studio, a former factory, was re-done by Jason Halter of boutique design firm Wonder Inc. You know Monkman for his traditionally painted landscapes into which he inserts contemporary figures of First Nations people, often doing rather unconventional things… Kent Monkman,
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Barbara Kruger at the AGO

Now’s a good time to check out the Art Gallery of Ontario again. Part of Barbara Kruger’s billboard on the facade of the AGO. Image: VoCA You can take in Barbara Kruger‘s magnificent billboard that lines the front of the gallery, (done for CONTACT photography fest, which in on throughout May.) The billboard reads LOVE IT-SHOVE IT-PRAISE IT-PLEASE IT-DOUBT IT-
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Loved vs. Loathed at the Drake Hotel

Well.  Last night I did a “Face the Critic” at the Drake, with Leah Sandals and Richard Vaughn and it was…interesting, to say the least. I didn’t feel able to properly articulate my views – there were some big personalities in the room. But I learned a lot, and it’s always good to have your foundations shaken a little. Brendan
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Five

Here is the final part of an article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article, HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for last week’s post on VoCA. Roger Crait, Untitled, 2009. Image: umanitoba.ca The Power of Myth
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VoCA Rumour…Vancouver Olympics Censoring Art

Rumour has it that some artists aren’t pleased with the way the Vancouver Olympics is being handled. Image: mediacoop.ca We’ve been hearing rumblings for some time now of artists being censored, their ‘anti-Olympics’ works removed or under threat of removal and constraints being put on artists who are being commissioned to make works to showcase Vancouver’s visual art scene. Much
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Indians Meet Indians in Brantford, Ontario

There’s an interesting exhibition on up at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, Ontario from 29 November 2009 – 22 January 2010. It’s only about an hour’s drive from Toronto and VIA Rail goes there, too. Bonnie Devine, Reclamation Project, 1995. Image: ccca.ca The show, organized in collaboration with Toronto’s SAVAC, brings together work by First Nations artists with work
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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: canadianart.ca 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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Thoughts on Art Criticism: Gopnik and Jungen

The Washington Post’s influential art critic, the Canadian Blake Gopnik, offers some thoughts on critical opinion. He is “quite certain that the works of…Canadian Brian Jungen are about as good as it gets in contemporary art,” he says. “I’m sure I must have been right. My memory and instincts tell me I was.” Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #1,
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