Archive for the 'Performance art' Category

Marina Abramovic Speaks! Part One

I sat down with legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic who was in Toronto this week for the Canadian premiere of The Artist Is Present, a documentary on her work, which screens at the Reel Artists Film Festival this Sunday. Click HERE for tickets. She is also setting up an institute for the preservation of performance art, in Hudson, New York.
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The Directed Lie: A Visit with Artist Paulette Phillips

The other day, I visited artist Paulette Phillips at her home in Toronto, to be interviewed for her upcoming artwork. Called The Directed Lie, it involved being put to the test – the lie detector test. Me with Paulette Phillips, undergoing the polygraph. All images: Scott Barker/VoCA Phillips has trained as a professional polygraph technician in the United States, and
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Nuit Blanche Toronto: In Retrospect

Last night was Toronto’s annual ‘All Night Contemporary Art Thing’, Nuit Blanche. Now in its sixth incarnation, the event has gone from inspiring wonder in audiences to inspiring complex plans on how best to navigate the crowds. Many people start out at 7 pm and go until 12 or 1, which makes sense but creates a frustrating logjam of people
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Cindy Sherman, Lady Gaga and the Process of Self-Design

Cindy Sherman, the American artist known for her Untitled Film Stills, 1977–1980 and subsequent self-portraits in which she transforms herself, through hair, makeup, prosthetics and costume, into various female characters from the seductive to the grotesque, is all about disguise. Cindy Sherman for MAC Cosmetics. Image: heartymagazine.com She’s been working this way for decades and is one of America’s best-known
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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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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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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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Canadian Artists Abroad: ADAC celebrates ‘Northern Lights on the East River’

Although I stopped going to art fairs a while ago, after having been to many over the years both as a ‘gallerina’ and as a critic including Art Basel, Basel Miami, Art Chicago and Frieze, they remain popular venues for collectors, curators and, of course dealers and artists to hang out and do business. Kristine Moran, Sidestep. Image: modto.com New
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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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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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