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Underrated Canadian Artist: Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe was born in British Columbia in 1926 and was interned with other Japanese-Canadians in BC during World War II.  He studied in Winnipeg, London and Toyko, and in New York at the Brooklyn Museum Art School where he was taught by the famous German-born American abstract expressionist painter Hans Hoffman. The artist Takao Tanabe. Image: gov.bc.ca Takao Tanabe
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Art Books: The New Luxury Collectible

With so much writing being done online, books have taken on a precious new meaning. That’s no different in the art book world, or more specifically, the luxury book market as defined by Benedikt Taschen, the German publisher who in 1999 famously published SUMO, a retrospective of the work of iconic photographer Helmut Newton. It was the largest book produced
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Canadian Art Today: Circa 1970

“With their artists competing on an international stage, Canadians can no longer complain of their country as a cultural backwater nor luxuriate in the nostalgic charm of provincialism. In art as in political, social and economic activities, Canada is fully involved in the world of today,” – Dr. R. H. Hubbard, former Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada.
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Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part Two

Collector of art and art books (and friend of VoCA) Bill Clarke continues his tour of his bookshelves: A Young Man of Extraordinary Personal Beauty by Gareth Jones/Oscar Wilde; 2007 4. A YOUNG MAN OF EXTRAORDINARY PERSONAL BEAUTY by Gareth Jones; 2007. Published by Four Corners Press, London. This book is the first in a series of classic British novels
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Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part One

A few weeks ago, we recommended artist books as a more affordable (and under appreciated) alternative for art collectors. Imagine our surprise to discover that art collector and friend of VoCA Bill Clarke was also a collector of art books. Here, he gives us a tour of his bookshelves: Robert Indiana: Trilove (1969). All images: courtesy Bill Clarke 1. TRILOVE
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The New Art Gallery of Ontario: Part Two

After having seen the basement, first and second floors – see our post HERE – we returned last night to the AGO see the upper galleries. We took the elevator up to the fifth floor, where the soaring ceilings made the rooms feel spacious. The only criticism we had, really was the inescapable feeling that the galleries were overcrowded. A
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3 Exhibitions: Harun Farocki in Kingston, Feminist Ephemera in Vancouver, 100 Years of Film in Windsor, Ontario

1. HARUN FAROCKI: one image doesn’t take the place of the previous one 1 November 2008 to 1 February 2009 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston Ontario Some of you may have seen Farocki’s excellent film installation at last year’s Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Or perhaps when it was shown as part of Re-Enactments at Montreal’s DHC/ART Foundation. Harun Farocki Deep
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It’s All About Art Books

…Isn’t it? When art prices go stratospheric, many smart collectors turn to prints, ephemera, and…books. New York Art Book Fair at Phillips, de Pury and Co. October 24 – 26, 2008 New York City The cover of the One Cent Life portfolio, screenprint by Roy Lichtenstein, 1963. Image: artnet.com Collector and friend of VoCA Bill Clarke has been doing this
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Canada’s New Art Pioneers: One Year Later (Wedge, No.9, Goodwater, The Other Gallery, Clint Roenisch, Magenta, DHC/ART and CSA Space)

It’s been almost a year, and we’re wondering where these out-of-the-box thinkers are now. Click HERE to see what they were up to last year. Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto BECOMING: Photographs from the Wedge Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit September 12 – 28 December, 2008 Wayne Salmon, Mr. MacKenzie. Image: mocadetroit.org Wedge’s Kenneth Montague has been busy.
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Quebec: Commercial Galleries and Auction Houses collaborate

Following the trend of commercial galleries collaborating with the auction houses (lest the auction houses overtake them – see VoCA posts HERE and HERE ), in Montreal, the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) is going to be organizing an exhibition between its members and Ritchies Auction House. Massimo Guerrera, Au coeur du sujet, 2003-2006. Mixed media on paper mounted on
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