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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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Four Canadian Women Artists to Watch (And One Man)

The Walrus magazine ran a good piece recently, highlighting five Canadian artists to watch. I was immediately intrigued, since it was great visual art coverage in a mainstream publication and FOUR of the five were women artists. Melanie Authier. Image: MARC FOWLER/thewalrus.ca One of Melanie Authier’s paintings. Image: thewalrus.ca I spoke with art director Brian Morgan who wrote and developed
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Get with the Program, Canada Council

This evening, members of the Toronto arts community gathered at the Four Seasons Centre for an “open reception” hosted by the Canada Council. The Toronto arts community, listening to speeches. Image: VoCA Luckily, I arrived late, mid-way through the interminably dull speeches in which speakers bandied about terms like ‘synergy’ and other corporate boardspeak. My first impression was that this
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Five

Here is the final part of an article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article, HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for last week’s post on VoCA. Roger Crait, Untitled, 2009. Image: umanitoba.ca The Power of Myth
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Should VoCA be More Critical? More Art Debate

The debate continues. Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire, 1967. Image: gala.univ-perp.fr Yesterday, VoCA reader Earl Miller posted a comment HERE in response to the post ‘Should VoCA be More Critical?’ He says that, given the amount of ‘bad’ art in the world, it’s important as an art journalist to find art that he likes or feels is important, but flawed.
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Two

Here is part two of fascinating article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article ,HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for previous posts on VoCA. Stay tuned as we publish it serially, every week. The City of
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AA Bronson: The Order of Canada

Artist and friend-of-VoCA AA Bronson with Governor General Michaelle Jean. Congratulations, AA.  Very well deserved. For more on AA Bronson, please click HERE

$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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Art & Dinner, plus Canadian Art History in a Box

Here are some things I suggest checking out, if you can. Montreal art duo Maryse Larivière and Robin Simpson of Pavilion Projects regularly host art-plus-dinner series, and in a few weeks they will bring the series to Toronto with a screening by the artist Rosa Barba‘s 2007 film Outwardly from Earth’s Centre. Rosa Barba, a still from Outwardly from Earth’s
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Should VoCA be More Critical?

Dear VoCA readers, Should VoCA be more critical? I’m starting to feel (again) that Toronto is one big artistic love-in, when the fact is that a lot of art being made today is just not very good. (Thank you Jerry Saltz for backing me up on this.) The danger is that really good work is being sidelined at the expense
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