Archive for the art blog Tag

On Design: Time for a change?

HERE is Designboom’s preview of Milan’s furniture fair – arguably the best, most prestigious event of its kind in the world. While we’re looking forward to the beautiful objects by emerging young designers, we’re a little uncomfortable. Now that the ideas behind Bruce Mau’s ahead-of-its-time exhibition MASSIVE CHANGE are filtering into public consciousness and ‘cradle-to-cradle‘ is becoming a more popular,
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Michael Dudeck Speaks!

VoCA has long championed Winnipeg as a hotbed for contemporary artists – Guy Maddin, Sarah Anne Johnson and Paul Butler among them. Since he was included in AA Bronson’s School for young shamans at John Connelly Presents in NYC last year, along with other VoCA favorite Item Idem, young Winnipeg artist Michael Dudeck is fast emerging as one of the
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The New Art Buyers?

“When the empires fall — Roman, Greek — all that is left is the art.” The Mugrabi family, from left: Alberto, David and the patriach, Jose. Image: nytimes.com As private dealers, the Mugrabi (family) do not own a gallery or represent artists. They buy or sell works in about 100 art auctions annually, nearly one every three days (sometimes, with
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NUIT BLANCHE MONTREAL: Part Two

Montreal’s Nuit Blanche is a night of arts, culture and entertainment that takes place in the middle of a week-long Montreal High Lights Festival, which runs from February 19 – 1 March 1, 2009. Nuit Blanche takes place from the evening of February 28 through the morning of Sunday, March 1. The event is divded into zones – Click HERE
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Toronto: Films on Art and Artists

We have been busy promoting the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival, which launches this weekend in Toronto, with fourteen films on art and artists. An installation shot from David Lynch’s art exhibition. Image: re-title.com Below, we recommend our top three festival highlights: The Canadian premiere of Herb and Dorothy, about New York collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel, who, in
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NEWS: John Baldessari, Yoko Ono win Venice’s Leone d’Oro

The 53rd Golden Lion awards for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Yoko Ono and John Baldessari at the opening of the Venice Biennale in June. The unbelievably fabulous Yoko Ono. Image: arstechnica.com Curator Daniel Birnbaum says: “Yoko Ono and John Baldessari have shaped our understanding of art and its relationship to the world in which we live. Their work
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Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part One

A few weeks ago, we recommended artist books as a more affordable (and under appreciated) alternative for art collectors. Imagine our surprise to discover that art collector and friend of VoCA Bill Clarke was also a collector of art books. Here, he gives us a tour of his bookshelves: Robert Indiana: Trilove (1969). All images: courtesy Bill Clarke 1. TRILOVE
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VoCA Recommends…Judy Chicago in Toronto

When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread The Textile Museum, Toronto Feb 11 – Sep 7, 2009 Judy Chicago, Judy Chicago Birth Tear 1982. Image: textilemuseum.ca/donald woodman VoCA loves feminist art, and VoCA loves Judy Chicago. We last saw her work at the WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the VAG in December (click HERE for VoCA
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VoCA Recommends…Jeppe Hein, Jon Sasaki, Tonik, Patrick Bernatchez

Jeppe Hein The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver January 30 – March 29, 2009 Jeppe Hein, Moving Neon Cube, 2004. Image: euroassistance.com This is Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s first exhibition in Canada. His work often appears Minimalist, but then goes on to engage the viewer in surprising ways, reminding us of Max Dean’s robotic chair and other pieces. Jeppe Hein trained
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VoCA Recommends…Canadian design in Cambridge, A New Take on the G7 and Anthem in Halifax

1. RADIANT DARK August 26 – October 19, 2008 Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge Ontario Loyal Loot Collective’s Log Bowls. Image: loyalloot.com Just when we were wondering when a multi-disciplinary exhibition would come along that combines art, design and architecture, here it is, courtesy of Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of MADE in in Toronto. MADE is a design shop in Toronto
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