Archive for the 'Performance art' Category

Congratulations to Sobey Award winner Daniel Barrow!

Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow has won the 2010 Sobey Art Award. The prize awards $50,000 to a visual artist under the age of 40. I had a feeling he’d win, having been passed up for the award in 2008. Daniel Barrow, Flaying, 2010, from his show at the Art Gallery of York University. Image: livewithculture.ca Daniel Barrow at work giving
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Women, Art, Celebrity

Some thoughts on the role of women in the visual arts: American artist Barbara Kruger makes the cover of W magazine’s Art issue, via the famous-for-nothing Kim Kardashian. The opening line of the article goes like this: “Kim Kardashian can’t sing, act, or dance, but she’s found the role of a lifetime in the fine art of playing herself.” Image:
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Loved: Guillermo Gomez-Pena & James Luna in Performance

Last night we went to a performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who we had seen a few years ago at MOCCA and blogged about HERE, this time together with the American First Nations artist James Luna. Guillermo Gomez-Pena with curator Philip Monk. Image: VoCA La Nostalgia Remix is the last in a series of projects called The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t,
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Alberta Art Scene Heats up: Part One

You may not imagine too much of a happening art scene when you think of Calgary, Alberta… Wednesday Lupypciw, Lucky Charmz Clubb (video still). Image: stride.ab.ca …but you’d be wrong. There’s a good art scene in Cowtown, as you can tell by a quick browse of VoCA’s ‘Calgary’ link, on the category sidebar on the left of the screen. Here’s
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Nuit Blanche Toronto 2010: Your Thoughts?

Did you go to Toronto’s “All Night Contemporary Art Thing” – Nuit Blanche this year? What did you think – Did you LOVE it or LOATHE it? Fujiko Nakaya’s fog installation at philosopher’s walk at Nuit Blanche 2006. Image: topleftpixel.com The organizers blocked of Yonge Street – was this a good thing? How did the art fare? Better or worse
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Artist Rebecca Belmore Sued by Toronto Dealer

By now it’s all over the web. The story began when Anishnaabe artist Rebecca Belmore yelled “I quit!” after a performance outside the VAG in Vancouver last Saturday titled WORTH (–statement of Defence), leading many in the art world to think that she may well do just that, frustrated as she is by an ongoing legal battle with her Toronto
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Lady Gaga dons Jana Sterbak’s Flesh Dress

Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Image: highsnobiety.com Well, ok not exactly. But Lady Gaga definitely channels Montreal artist Jana Sterbak, who made a huge splash when her piece Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic (1987) was first displayed at the National Gallery of Canada. The Vogue cover was shot – big surprise – by fashion provocateur Terry Richardson and styled
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Canadian Stage, Meet Canadian Art

Last week, we attended a cocktail party in honour of the new director of Canadian Stage (CanStage) – Matthew Jocelyn. He has just announced his programme for the 2010-2011 season in Toronto, and it sounds FANTASTIC. Merce Cunningham dancers performing against a backdrop by Robert Rauschenberg. Image: nytimes.com I spoke briefly with Mr. Jocelyn, who is interested in encouraging multidisciplinary
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Lady Gaga vs. Cindy Sherman

Here’s a quote from Nancy Bauer’s opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday, which asks Are Lady Gaga and the women who identify with her confusing sexual power with self-objectification?: Lady Gaga. Image: ftweekly.com “There is nobody like Lady Gaga in part because she keeps us guessing about who she, as a woman, really is. She has been praised
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Power Ball Toronto: Best Ever?

The 2010 Power Ball, the annual fundraiser for Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery, took place June 3, and took as its theme ‘The Ball that Started it All‘, which, it turned out, worked well! All photos VoCA/Scott Barker. Billed as “a carnivalesque line-up of amazing art, extraordinary entertainment, and spectacular prizes“, it aimed to “remix the best of the best from
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