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A Female Perspective: Catherine Toews

I quite like these drawings by Victoria, B.C. artist Catherine Toews. They have a classic elegance to them, with a modern attitude and a hint of sadness. They are very well done, and I’m sure they’ll resonate with lots of ladies. Most of all I think they’d make wonderful, very affordable gifts. Some of the more fashion-y ones are available
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part Two – Paul McCarthy WS

It’s taken me a while to digest the enormous, grotesque installation that California artist Paul McCarthy has installed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and that I travelled to New York a few weeks ago to see. The exhibition flyer. Image: armoryonpark.org It is certainly an amazing installation, it’s like being in a film set. It’s completely excessive and I
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part One

I’m just back from a ‘Museum Marathon’ weekend in New York. We saw lots, but my favorites were the Claes Oldenburg: The Street & The Store at MoMA, Ken Price at the Metropolitan and James Turrell’s Aten Reign at the Guggenheim. Claes Oldenburg, at MoMA. A sandwich soft sculpture, with ‘pleather’ olive. A shop window selling women’s undergarments. I’ve long
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Art & Nature: A Call to Action

With the recent flooding in Calgary, the oil spill in Quebec and heat waves in other parts of the world, there’s been much recent discussion that’s gotten me thinking about our environment. And of course, I like to relate it to visual art. Edward Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #1 (Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007) Image: artobserved.com If you look at
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Marina Abramovic: Is the Artist Present?

Each year, I look forward to the art, contemporary dance and performances that Luminato brings to town. For me, it’s Toronto’s best festival, in that the quality of programming is so high, much is free and it’s so multi disciplinary. Marina Abramovic, in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Image: thestimuleye.com So I was thrilled to discover that The Life
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One Week in London & Geoffrey Farmer at the Barbican

I’m just back from a week’s holiday in London. I skipped the Venice Biennale this year – you can’t do everything, though I hear it was pretty great – and instead we spent time with our friends. A full week in London was a rare treat. The St. Martins College building at King’s Cross, with cool silver zig zag. All
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The Archive of Modern Conflict: CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto

This year’s CONTACT photography festival kicked off with a bang at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s show, Collected Shadows: Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). An arrangement of images on the deep purple wall at MOCCA: Image: VoCA I had never heard of the AMC, even though it is Toronto
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Grow Op: Landscape at the Gladstone, Part Two

This is part two of my blog post about Grow Op, the exhibition on this weekend at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. Artists and designers have created installations – one in each room – on the second floor of the hotel, in the same way as they do for the well-known alternative design show, Come Up To My Room. I always discover
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Grow Op: Meditations on Landscape at the Gladstone Hotel, Part One

I stopped by the Gladstone Hotel‘s latest design exhibition last night. Curated by landscape architect Victoria Taylor, it’s the inaugural year of Grow Op, a landscape-based exhibition of experimental works that seek to ‘uncover new ways of expression and meaning through projects that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral.’
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Design Writing: The Rise of the Mid-Rise

I’ve been freelancing in design circles again – here’s a piece I did for the Toronto Star’s Luxury Homes supplement. It’s on the new luxury lower-rise condos that are popping up around established downtown Toronto neighbourhoods. This kind of luxury means fewer neighbours, bigger units often overlooking a park, and convenient access to amenities. I focused on three: ABACUS, ORIGAMI
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