Archive for the 'Thoughts on art' Category

1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei: Toronto

Yesterday, a group of about 100 people from the Toronto art community gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Toronto, in support of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been detained by Chinese authorities. The event was organized by a group of local artists and art writers, and was part of 1001 Chairs that took place in Manhattan and in
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Fashion’s here but where’s the art? The AGO’s Massive Party, Toronto

If last night’s sold-out Massive Party, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s annual fundraiser, is anything to go by, fashion is most definitely the new art. The Marchesa. Image: flickr.com A Massive Party-goer. Image: VoCA This year’s theme was the slightly obscure Marchesa Luisa Casati, the celebrated Italian arts patron of the early 20th century. And at one point in the
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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: lamonodigital.net 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: scathinglywrongrightwingnutz.com 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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Thomas Hirschorn: Information Overload at the Power Plant

My experience with Thomas Hirschorn’s work is that it’s often about overkill. And It calls attention to the fake-ness of things, as if to suggest that what we assume is solid isn’t in fact all that stable. It’s just held together with tape, or made from cardboard. Thomas Hirschorn, Das Auge, at the Vienna Secession, 2008. Images: artnews.org Thomas Hirschorn,
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Toronto Biennale? Montreal Biennale!

Last night in Toronto’s Kensington Market, a group of about 60 or so gathered to hear two panel discussions – one on the city’s annual “All Night Contemporary Art Thing”, Nuit Blanche, and the other to discuss the idea of a Toronto Biennale. The TAAC panel last night. Image: P Elaine Sharpe. The event was organized by the Toronto Alliance
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The Power of Art

I recently became aware of two interesting charities in Toronto, both of which use art and artistic practice to encourage people in quite different ways. Interesting, because making art is a great way to get outside of one’s own head and creative expression is an important skill to learn, or re-learn as the case may be. The first charity is
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Dance, Art and Edgy Women

I wanted to do a blog post about contemporary dance, partly because I love dance and see a lot of it in Toronto. The water scene in Un peu de tendresse, bordel de merde. Image: accel21.com But also, because the other night I saw Montreal choreographer Dave St. Pierre‘s company performe Un peu de tendress bordel de merde, the second
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Marshall McLuhan Speaks!

In honour of Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday year, a new website, Marshall McLuhan Speaks, launched today, which allows viewers to literally hear the communications guru speak, through video clips. McLuhan’s Understanding Media. Image: canadiandesignresource.ca In the clips, you can hear McLuhan himself on his best-known sayings, “the medium is the message”, “global village” and others. And there’s an intro by
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Coffee with Jeff Melanson, Rob Ford’s Culture Man

This morning, I met with Jeffrey Melanson, Mayor Rob Ford’s special advisor on the arts. We were introduced through the wonderful Will Huffman, at the Toronto Art Council. Jeff Melanson. Image: 123nonstop.com Though we had originally planned an interview, he asked to wait to answer my questions and instead suggested that we meet for coffee. The first thing you notice
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