Archive for the Andrea Carson Tag

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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Conservative Cultural Spending and Museum Struggles

We’ve wondered about the Conservative Government’s plan for cultural spending for some time now. It has started to seem like a sinister re-evaluation of cultural priorities and this scares VoCA. Ken Lum, What an Idiot. Image: burnaway.org Few people are talking about it, but here is an excellent piece by David Akin in the National Post: “The argument, it seems
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News: Ian Wallace Wins $50,000 Molson Prize

Conceptual artist Ian Wallace is a very big deal in Canada, particularly in Vancouver where he is regarded as the father of the conceptual photography movement – his students included Jeff Wall and VoCA favorite Rodney Graham. Wallace has won the Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. His works often bring together the photo, the painting and
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Pointlessness and Relevance in Art

At first glance, you can’t help but wonder about the point of it all. A group of artists travel to the world’s biggest art party to…well, party, paddle around in canoes, drink lots of prosecco and generally live it up in a rambling palazzo. Oh yes, and make whatever ‘art’ takes their fancy. The Canadian off-pavilion contribution, Reverse Pedagogy, was
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Two Summer Exhibitions: Quebec & Halifax

Confluences: Rencontre entre Montreal et le Bas-Saint-Laurent June 14 – 13 September, 2009 Musee Regionale de Rimouski Should you find yourself in Quebec this summer, this exhibition seeks to bring together a rencontre between Montreal and the lower St. Lawrence. The show looks promising! Guillaume Lachapelle, Manege 16, 2004-06. Image: guillaumelachapelle.com Featuring work by 13 artists (who you may not
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Who is Doug Wright?

Doug Wright’s most famous character, Nipper. Image: calgaryherald.com The graphic artist Seth has designed and co-edited a gorgeous coffee table book on the erstwhile celebrity cartoonist, whose Nipper comic strip became a huge hit across the country in the 1960s. This book is a wonderful object and a highly entertaining read, even if you’re not into graphic novels, or comics.
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Reverse Pedagogy: Canadian Artists in Venice!

Reverse Pedagogy is an experimental, nomadic art school started by Winnipeg artist Paul Butler at the Banff Centre last year, in which participants were asked to direct the residency collectively. The canoes, before leaving for Europe. Image: reversepedagogy.com The goal – which VoCA loves, see our post on art schools HERE – was to create an experiment in which students
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On Art Schools

How relevant are art schools today? Do artists really require education beyond basic technical training? Do art institutions hinder, rather than help the creative expression of artists today? Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967. Image: truthinart.wordpress.com And what does Bruce Nauman think? Read my opinion piece on the brand
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VoCA Loves…Kerri Reid

We were struck by Toronto artist Kerri Reid’s dust drawings when we saw them at Red Bull gallery, as part of the excellent exhibition What It Really Is, curated by the hot young curator Nick Brown, in Toronto back in January. We’ve seen artwork in this vein before, but we’re always impressed by work that is so well produced and
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The Recession: Best or Worst for Art?

In the current issue of VoCA’s favorite magazine, Art + Auction, Jori Finkel tries – without success – to present an opposing argument to what we have been saying for months (along with other critics, including the fabulous New Yorkers Holland Cotter and Jerry Saltz): That the economic shakedown is the best thing that could have happened to the art
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