Archive for the art blogs Tag

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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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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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 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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Troubled Economy: Good for Art?

Is the economic shakedown the best thing that could have happened to the art world? It seems that amid the upheaval and uncertainty, survivors will emerge and we reckon they will be old masters, mid-century and contemporary masters, as well as lesser-known, high quality works. Works that were representative of certain turns in the history of art, despite having fallen
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The Role of the (Art) Critic

There’s an interesting piece in the Guardian on the future of theatre criticism, HERE. The role of the (art) critic is on our mind quite often (naturally) and one of the comments on the article – reproduced below – raises some good questions: Putting the purpose, form and teaching of theatre criticism under the microscope is absolutely vital, but before
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One to Watch: Brendan Flanagan

Recently decamped from Toronto’s excellent Le Gallery to Angell, we like Brendan Flanagan’s ‘jolie laide’ aesthetic. We also like how his modelly use of paint bears some similarity to the Group of Seven‘s thick sketches. And we think this young painter is one to watch. Brendan Flanagan, Owl, 2009. Acrylic enamel on wood. Image: angellgallery.com Glenn Brown, Some Velvet Morning
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Oh Dear…A Cultural Nickname?

This just in: An email from Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture announcing their brand new initiative: NOTE: VoCA has made a (very rare) mistake. We were so appalled by the possibility, that we neglected to notice that although the email we received appeared to have been sent by the Ontario government, it was in
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News: AGO Revenue Falls Short of Expectations

Any thoughts on this article from today’s Globe and Mail? Facing a huge revenue shortfall, and with too few people passing through its doors, the Art Gallery of Ontario is considering laying off 61 permanent and 47 contract employees next month…. The view from the back. Image: architecturepeanuts.blogspot.com ..Less than three weeks before the end of its fiscal year, AGO
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