Archive for the 'Underrated Canadian Artists' Category

Sobey Art Award Longlist: Spotlight Atlantic Canada

Well it’s that time of year again. The long list for Canada’s major annual art prize, the Sobey Art Award has been announced. Zeke Moores, Axes, 2009. Image: It’s true that many of Canada’s fine young artists remain hidden from media attention or public view in other parts of the country. So I look forward to the Sobey longlist
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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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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: 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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Loved: Women Rule in Oakville

I went out to Oakville for the opening of Un-home-ly, director Matthew Hyland’s first major exhibition with the gallery. Paulette Phillips, Homewrecker, 2004. All images: VoCA I am told that Matthew’s background is in feminist studies, so it seems fitting that his curatorial career at the gallery should begin with a show of feminist work. The show is the first
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R.I.P Kananginak Pootoogook

The Inuit artist Kananginak Pootoogook has died. Kananginak Pootoogook A work by Kananginak Pootoogook. Image:

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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Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven

Here’s my review of Ross King‘s excellent book on the Group of Seven, in the current issue of Quill and Quire. It’s also at the Quill and Quire website, HERE. Image: Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King From a young age, Canadians learn about our country’s most famous painting movement in art
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David Hoffos Speaks!

I spoke with Lethbridge artist David Hoffos a few days ago on the eve of his excellent, magical exhibition Scenes from a House Dream, a long term, five-phase series of illusionary installation works that premiered in 2008 in Lethbridge, Alberta at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, before going to the National Gallery in Ottawa (where I saw it.) The show
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Artist Spotlight: Sandra Hawkins

Often, the spotlight eludes excellent artists who aren’t showing with the right galleries, or for that matter, any gallery. So…here’s an off-the-radar artist who is doing lovely, sensitive work about place and memory. All photos courtesy Sandra Hawkins. We met Ottawa-based artist Sandra Hawkins M.E.S., B.F.A., C.F.A., B.A. soc. through Facebook, and have been interested in her work for some
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