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Book Review: Harold Town by Iris Nowell

Harold Barling Town, Canada’s “enfant terrible” over the course of an artistic career that spanned the 1950s to the ’80s, was a celebrity in his day. A compulsively prolific artist with a theatrical, over-the-top personality, Town was known as a master printmaker, but would go on to produce more than 9,000 paintings, collages, assemblages, sculptures, and murals in a huge
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Book Review: Christopher Pratt: Six Decades by Tom Smart

Christopher Pratt is widely acknowledged as an important Canadian painter, but he has long been viewed in the shadow of his better-known East Coast compatriot, Alex Colville. This gorgeously designed book seeks to redress the imbalance with a thoughtful journey examining almost the entirety of Pratt’s artistic practice. Christopher Pratt, Four White Boats: Canadian Gothic, 2002. Image: mayberryfineart.com Read the
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Book review: Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Among Leonardo da Vinci’s writing and journals, one note in particular reveals his genius: his desire to paint “Man, and the intention of his mind.” Da Vinci’s constant search for new ways to reveal the world through art defined the Renaissance and set an artistic standard for centuries to come. Ross King’s excellent examination of one of da Vinci’s undisputed
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When a Writer Sues a Critic…

Did you know that UK-based Canadian author Sarah Thornton successfully sued a critic from the Daily Telegraph for a “spiteful” review of her book Seven Days in the Art World? Author Sarah Thornton, and her book. Image: inforrm.com I haven’t read the book, though I know many who have and who thoroughly enjoyed it. Her lawsuit resulted in Thornton winning
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Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven

Here’s my review of Ross King‘s excellent book on the Group of Seven, in the current issue of Quill and Quire. It’s also at the Quill and Quire website, HERE. Image: mcmichael.com Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King From a young age, Canadians learn about our country’s most famous painting movement in art
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No Culture, No Future?

The Walrus has a good interview with Simon Brault, author of No Culture, No Future, the new book that exploresthe fact that the arts are a necessity, not a luxury. As he puts it, the book is a “call to action” – for Brault, it’s up to everyone to communicate with one another to promote and encourage the arts. Image:
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Art Books: A Collector’s Bookshelf Part Four

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 part three, below. “Recent Snow”: Michael Snow That/Cela/Dat, 2000. Image: canadianart.ca

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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Alberta: Glenn Ligon, John Gerrard & Toronto: Dan Graham

Alberta is seeing a lot of cultural action these days. There’s Santiago Calatrava’s controversial bridge, Lethbridge’s own (and VoCA favorite) David Hoffos with a large retrospective coming up this fall at the National Gallery of Canada, and Nigerian artist El Anatsui giving a talk tomorrow at the Glenbow Museum, courtesy of the Canadian Art Foundation, to name just a few
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Charles Saatchi Speaks! (To the Guardian)

The article, which you can read HERE, is a highly entertaining read, designed to promote Saatchi’s new book, My Name is Charles Saatchi and I Am an Artoholic, out in the UK on Sept 8. An image from The Revolution Continues at the new Saatchi gallery. Image: guardian.co.uk Some nice quotes from the article: “There’s no crime in art being
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