Archive for the art bloggers Tag

The Power of Art

I recently became aware of two interesting charities in Toronto, both of which use art and artistic practice to encourage people in quite different ways. Interesting, because making art is a great way to get outside of one’s own head and creative expression is an important skill to learn, or re-learn as the case may be. The first charity is
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AA Bronson vs. National Portrait Gallery: Raising the Stakes

If you haven’t heard about the AA Bronson brou-ha-ha by now…. Canadian artist AA Bronson. Image: flickr.com Well, let’s just say that the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, which is showing the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, exploring art by and about homosexuals, has caved to pressure by Christian activists and removed video piece, A Fire in
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My, my, Winnipeg: Cultural Capital of Canada!

Did you know that Winnipeg is the ‘Culture Capital for Canada 2010’? It was named so by Heritage Canada, though Winnipeg has long known it had special status as an art city. A still from Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin’s wonderful, bizarre film My Winnipeg. Image: tribute.ca And it’s clear, if you visit and hang out with the arts community –
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Go Go Gagosian: Lunch with the FT

I adore the Financial Times weekend edition, particularly its feature Lunch with the FT. Larry Gagosian. Image: nymag.com Last week, in case you missed it, mega-dealer Larry Gagosian, who was No. 1 in Art Review’s recent Power 100, had lunch with the FT’s art critic, Jackie Wullschlager. He comes across as surprisingly humble, for a man succeeding at art-world domination,
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Mirror, Mirror in the Trees

Here is another example of how art and life – through design – are drawing closer together all the time. Mirror has a long history in art going back to at least the Renaissance and of course more recently the wonderful pieces by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Michael Snow, David Altmejd and Jeff Wall, among many, many others. Over the past
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Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part Three

VoCA contributor and artist book collector Bill Clarke is back with a third installment from his collection, this time of books that take the form of exhibition catalogues. Check out parts one and two HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for part four, coming this week. Moderna Museet exhibition catalogue, 1968. Image: courtesy Bill Clarke. Bill Clarke edits Magenta Magazine
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Art is, Literally, Rubbish

You may remember the British artist Michael Landy from his piece Break Down, in which he destroyed all of his 7, 226 belongings, including his passport. Michael Landy’s Break Down, 2001. Image: artcornwall.org It was a project for Artangel and took place in a vacant shop on Oxford Street, in central London. Needless to say, it was a pretty controversial
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Less Billboards, More Art! Please Support This Cause

This just in from the Department of Culture, a community of artists and arts professionals who organized themselves in the wake of the Harper Government’s brutal cuts to the arts in the past year, in order to ensure “the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the
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Indians Meet Indians in Brantford, Ontario

There’s an interesting exhibition on up at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, Ontario from 29 November 2009 – 22 January 2010. It’s only about an hour’s drive from Toronto and VIA Rail goes there, too. Bonnie Devine, Reclamation Project, 1995. Image: ccca.ca The show, organized in collaboration with Toronto’s SAVAC, brings together work by First Nations artists with work
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$40 Million Dollar Warhol Marks The Return of the Market

Apparently, the art market has returned. Andy Warhol’s 200 One Dollar Bills. Image: nyt.com After a year of caution on the part of collectors, recent sales in New York and London have shown a dramatic return.  The other day, Sotheby’s New York sold Andy Warhol’s huge 1962 canvas 200 One Dollar Bills for $43.7 million (U.S.) – more than triple
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