Archive for the Andrea Carson Tag

Surreal Things: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Surreal Things May 9 – August 30, 2009 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto This is an excellent show, well worth seeing. Salvador Dali, Ruby Lips brooch, 1949. Image: ago.net It comes from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and is filled with marvelous objects that demonstrate the creative cross-fertilization between surrealist artists and designers. There are stunningly modern Schiaparelli dresses, ceramics,
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Loved: Renzo Martens, Enjoy Poverty

Last night we saw Enjoy Poverty at Hot Docs, the documentary film festival currently on in Toronto. The neon sign. Image: fadwebsite.com Seeing as how it was sponsored by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, we were surprised to recognize only two artists – Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak – in the audience. The film sees Dutch artist Renzo Martens
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Two Exhibitions – Highly Recommended: Toronto, Vancouver

Here are two exhibitions worth checking out on either side of the country this month: 1. Toronto South Asian Visual Arts Centre at the University of Toronto Arts Centre The One Year Drawing Project: May 2005 – October 2007: A Sri Lankan artists’ collaboration 25 May – 1 August 2009 Image: savac.net In May 2005, four artists simultaneously created four
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On Art and Patronage: Miuccia Prada

“Money and art: it’s a difficult question,” (says Miuccia Prada.) “But art has always been about very rich people – think of the great popes and princes of the Renaissance.” The Prada Transformer, Rem Koolhaas’s incredible re-think of what architecture is. Image: gadget.ca We think Ms. Prada is on to something here. Today, we were at a talk sponsored by
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Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination

Karen Engle’s book Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination takes an intriguing, and – she argues – much needed look at the artworks and ephemera that surrounded September 11. Eric Fischl, Tumbling Woman. Image: artnet.com You probably haven’t given much thought to Eric Fischl‘s sculpture Tumbling Woman, which was placed and quickly pulled from Rockefeller Centre when it became
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News: Sobey Art Prize 2009 Shortlist Announced

Well, it’s down to five. Who will win the $70,000 Sobey Art Prize this year? After last years win by Vancouver superstar Tim Lee (stolen, we think, from Winnipeg’s excellent Daniel Barrow) and won the year before by Montrealer Michel de Broin (who we interviewed HERE and whose pedal powered Buick we covered HERE), this year it’s down to this
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Arts Journalism is Sinking…

…So what are we going to do about it? Image: afonline.artistsspace.org The Art Newspaper has some excellent thoughts on the subject. Check out this highly recommended article, right HERE

Sign as Space + Space as Sign = Architecture as Art

This is wild: For the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the Korean architectural firm Mass Studies has created a phenomenal layering of signs and symbols that transforms the Korean pavilion into first, a curious and bewildering puzzle, then a tasteless, junky theme park and finally an impressively well-conceived interactive, multidimensional space. The rendering for the Korean pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. Image:
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VoCA Recommends…3 exhibitions: Vancouver, Edmonton, Oakville

1. NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim Reece Terris: Ought Apartment Vancouver Art Gallery May 6 – September 20, 2009 Reece Terris, Concept drawing for Ought Apartment. Image: architecturewanted.blogspot.com Vancouver artist Reece Terris is building a 60-foot architectural installation straight up through the heart of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Ought Apartment is an “apartment tower” with
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VoCA Loves…Jonathan Jones on Criticism

Guardian art blogger Jonathan Jones defends criticism, reflecting a stance that VoCA has long championed: “There is an opportunity for critics again – and a need….It really is time to stand up for what is good against what is meretricious. And it really is possible to find examples of excellence as well as stupidity. In other words, this is a
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