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One Thought about Luminato Festival

One thought about Luminato Festival. Image: new.pentagram.com Founded by by Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut, the first festival took place in 2007 with a $15-million-dollar reserve fund. (I blogged about Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s piece that year.) Now, as this recent article in the Globe and Mail states: “the festival is without guaranteed long-term funding from the province and has a looming
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VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that the newly released Creative Capital Plan, which makes a strong case for Toronto’s art and culture sector as a significant industry and revenue generator, may be short-lived. Image: ocad.ca The report, headed up by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, is billed as a partnership between the City
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VoCA Rumour…

We hear that national critic Sarah Milroy and Toronto ‘Gallery Going’ writer Gary Michael Dault are going freelance at Canada’s largest-circulation national newspaper the Globe and Mail, leaving a big dark hole where the visual arts writing used to be. Image: dspace.mit.edu However, R.M Vaughn, the writer/artist/poet/critic who currently writes a film/celebrity interview column for the paper, will take over
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VoCA Rumour…Vancouver Olympics Censoring Art

Rumour has it that some artists aren’t pleased with the way the Vancouver Olympics is being handled. Image: mediacoop.ca We’ve been hearing rumblings for some time now of artists being censored, their ‘anti-Olympics’ works removed or under threat of removal and constraints being put on artists who are being commissioned to make works to showcase Vancouver’s visual art scene. Much
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VoCA Rumour…

This year’s Sobey Art Prize shortlist is Luanne Martineau (West Coast & Yukon); Marcel Dzama (Prairies & The North); Shary Boyle (Ontario); David Altmejd (Québec) and Graeme Patterson (Atlantic) Shary Boyle, To Colonize the Moon, 2008. To Colonize the Moon. Porcelain, enamel, gilt, diamond, mirror. Image: sharyboyle.com The Sobey Art Prize is around the corner, and while this year it’s
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VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that video artist extraordinaire Bill Viola will be part of a three-person exhibition coming to the Royal Ontario Museum in June 2009! Bill Viola, Five Angels for the Millennium [detail] Departing Angel, 2001. Video/sound installation. Image: Kira Perov/tokyoartbeat.com The exhibition will, apparently, be mounted by the ICC at the ROM in response to the upcoming exhibition of
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VoCA Rumour…or Not

We were going to post a rumour that we have heard – that the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art has let go Sue Jeffries, their enthusiastic curator of Modern & Contemporary Ceramics. We also heard that they might be closing their entire contemporary department, but now we hear that this is NOT true and that they will continue curating contemporary
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VoCA Rumour…

VoCA is very sad about a rumour that we hope isn’t true. YDESSA HENDELES IS CLOSING HER ART FOUNDATION. One of Canada’s finest curators – if not the finest – has, apparently decided to focus her energies on curating in Europe, saying that it’s too expensive to maintain her eponymous foundation and to keep collecting. We can only hope that
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VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that the Venice Architecture Biennale is coming to Cambridge Ontario! Apparently, the Biennale Foundation has agreed to work with the University of Waterloo to create a ‘preview’ of sorts this coming summer. This show will become the basis for the next Architecture Biennale in 2010/2011.

VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that London-based film artist Mark Lewis will be selected as Canada’s representative for next year’s Venice Biennale. Mark Lewis, Rush Hour, Morning and Evening, Cheapside (2005). Image: marklewisstudio.com We sure hope this rumour his true – Lewis has long been one of VoCA’s favorite artists and we think he’d be brilliant. Stay tuned for the official announcement…
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