Archive for the 'Loved & Loathed' Category


Toronto Design at the Gladstone Hotel: CUTMR

I stopped buy the Gladstone Hotel this afternoon to preview the works in this year’s tenth anniversary of Come Up To My Room, Toronto’s ‘Alternative Design Show’. It’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and it’s always been a nicely condensed little show in which designers pair up to collaborate on room-sized installation on the hotel’s first floor. Andrew Ashbury
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Loved: San Francisco’s Spectacular Street Art

I was awed by beautiful San Francisco last weekend, when we went for Thanksgiving. What a city! We went to the SF MoMA, where we saw the Cindy Sherman retrospective that we missed in New York. A great show by one of my favourite artists, but it was almost eclipsed by the amazing architecture by Swiss architect Mario Botta. An
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Loved: Zhang Huan’s Ash Paintings & Memory Doors

Today I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario, just in time on the last day of the excellent exhibition by Chinese artist Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors. I had been told it was an impressive show, and it really was. Not only were the enormous works strong in terms of technique, subject matter and concept, but they
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Paris: Gerhard Richter at the Pompidou

This was a fantastic show. The Pompidou is such a great venue – somehow even the crowds don’t take away from the experience. Having seen the documentary Gerhard Richter: Painting, I was aware of the process that he uses to make the squeegee painting – it involves a lot of thinking and waiting – it was wonderful to see many
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Shout Out to the Art World: VoCA’s Top Ten

Here’s a ‘lil shout out to some people and things who have come across my desk recently, and who I think are making Toronto’s art and culture scene a better place. In no particular order: A work by Alex McLeod. Image: 1. ALEX MCLEOD: For his style, both personal and on his twitter feed (his more than 3,000 ollowers
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Loved: Nowheresville at General Hardware

The other week I dropped in to see one of my new favorite galleries, General Hardware Contemporary, in Parkdale. Not only was owner Niki Dracos super friendly, happily accompanying me in my rush around the gallery (I was late for a talk at Art Toronto) but I was really impressed by the work. Paintings by Anahita Rezvani-Rad. All images: VoCA
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Haute Culture: General Idea at the AGO

Today, I went to the media preview of Haute Culture, the retrospective of famed Canadian artist collective General Idea, which opens this Friday with a FREE party at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. AIDS (Gold) 1987, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas. Katharina Faerber Collection, Geneva Image: VoCA I had a few minutes to chat with AA Bronson,
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Loved: Really, Really Good Public Art

Although I don’t blog about public art in Toronto, since it could create a conflict with my position on the City of Toronto Public Art Commission, that doesn’t stop me from blogging about public art elsewhere. The entrance to the new Sofitel Hotel in Vienna. Image: VoCA/Scott Barker I was in Vienna, Austria recently and saw the most fantastic use
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Community Supported Design: PDA Speaks!

Toronto design collective Public Displays of Affection is bringing the ‘eat local’ concept of community supported agriculture to design. Their brand of community engaged design involves their members – mostly young furniture designers and artists including the up-and-coming Brothers Dressler, Dennis Lin (whose studio I visited last year) and MADE – working with local organizations and communities to build furniture
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VoCA Featured in ELLE Magazine!

I’m happy to report that VoCA is featured in this month’s issue of ELLE Canada. The article on art collecting, subtitled ‘How to turn your living room into un petit Louvre’, is by Katie Addleman. The March issue of ELLE Canada. Image: In the article, she says: “A better bet is to spend on the established by still young:
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