Archive for the art blog Tag

It’s All About the Ladies: Paris, Toronto

Finally! In Paris, the largest all-female art exhibition in the world has opened at the Pompidou Centre. elles@centrepompidou will bring together a selection of over 500 works and over 200 artists, including Sonia Delaunay, Frida Khalo, Dorothea Tanning, Joan Mitchell, Maria-Elena Vieira da Silva beside contemporary giants Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Rachel Whiteread, VALIE EXPORT and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Katie Pretti,
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VoCA Recommends Joshua Neustein, the Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM, Toronto

VoCA was at the opening of Joshua Neustein’s contemporary response to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the fascinating new show now open at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Despite having had some trouble with the powers at the ROM, who apparently wanted to place stanchions everywhere, the artist and curators were able to get the installation up and it looks great. Margins,
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Floatation Devices: Venice Biennale

The Canadian artists from Reverse Pedagogy weren’t the only ones floating around the Venetian canals in the name of art last week. Is it a reflection of the returning trend toward urban interventions (thank you VoCA faves Oldenburg and Kaprow) and flashmobs, or a way of modernizing the biennale whose pavilions and divisions along national lines are terribly outdated? Mike
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Design (like you give a) Damn!

We’ve mentioned Cameron Sinclair, the guy behind Architecture for Humanity, before (HERE) when gave a brilliant talk at OCAD in January 2008. Architecture for Humanity’s Pallet House, a low-cost shelter for victims who lost their homes in natural disasters or war. Image: metropolismag.com Here’s a reposting of Cameron Sinclair’s brilliant TED Talk on how design can change the world. It’s
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Daria Zhukova’s Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow

Moscow-born, California-raised Daria Zhukova, 27-year-old daughter of an oil magnate and girlfriend of billionaire Roman Abramovich is the director of Russia’s newest contemporary art space, the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture. In this article, she speaks with the FT’s Peter Aspden: “I liked (art), I liked going to Tate Modern in London and then other galleries but I was never
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VoCA Recommends…Andrew Rucklidge

Andrew Rucklidge: The Fringes April 3 – 25, 2009 Michael Gibson Gallery, London Ontario Andrew Rucklidge, Accumulation Zone – Surging Glacier, 2008. Image: gibsongallery.com There’s something about Andrew Rucklidge’s paintings…it’s their grand, otherworldly energy, the way they refer to something greater and the way you could keep looking at them for hours. They just feel incredibly modern and more importantly,
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He Named Her Amber…

How do you define art? Well, the old definition, which many still adhere to, is that art is either a painting, drawing or sculpture exhibited inside an art gallery. Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917. Image: toutfait.com Others might expand the definition to include video, or anything exhibited inside an art gallery. After all, Marcel Duchamp made the point with Fountain, the
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The Art Expo: Yours to Discover

Check out my article on the Art Expo, Toronto’s “kinder, gentler art fair for tough times” in today’s Globe and Mail – click thumbnail after the jump. It’s a good place to discover work by artists who may not have gallery representation. Many are from abroad – expect to see work from India, Japan, Israel, Germany and Korea. A mixed-media
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Thoughts on the Art Economy

The more we’ve been thinking about the current state of the art market, the more we’re growing tired of it. Now that the economy is providing a much-needed shakedown in the art world, VoCA says it’s time to re-think where the value of art stems from. Value doesn’t come from some clever young art school grad who comes up with
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VoCA Recommends…João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva at Mercer Union, Toronto

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva: MAGNETIC RESONANCE ON ABISSOLOGIC EXPERIMENTS Mercer Union, Toronto March 06 – April 18, 2009 Get a preview of the artists who will represent Portugal at this year’s Venice Biennale. João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Colombo’s Column, 2006. 16-millimeter film, 3:02 min. Image: wattis.org This duo blends early silent cinema, archaeological dig, and late-60s
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