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Urban Art: The Leona Drive Project, Toronto

Sadly, the Leona Drive Project is over. On from October 22 – 31, it was a very well curated project on a suburban street in Toronto that commissioned several artist projects for a site specific exhibition in a series of six vacant bungalows slated for demolition. All photos courtesy Scott Barker. We went at night, and instead on focusing on
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Authentic Painting: Nikola Nikola, Toronto

Now that the contemporary art world has reached a point where even Damien Hirst seems tired of his own hype (he recently was quoted as saying “I don’t like conceptual art in the end…I’ve always thought that being a painter was better than being an artist or a sculptor“) and with the recent financial upheaval, we predict a turn away
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VoCA Recommends: David Hoffos at the National Gallery of Canada

David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa 6 November 2009 – 14 February 2010 David Hoffos, Scenes from the House Dream: Barnett Newman, 2004 Detail of diorama. Image: canadianart.ca “I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” — Gaston Bachelard (The Poetics of
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VoCA Goes to New York!

We’ll attend the opening of Untitled, a new movie about the art world. A still from the movie. Image: themusic.fm It’s a comedy, starring Adam Goldberg and set in Chelsea, Manhattan. The film tells the story of Adrian Jacobs, a difficult composer of equally difficult music whose sparsely attended performances involve musicians breaking glass and kicking metal buckets. In contrast,
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In the Air…

…In London: Sales were up at Frieze art fair in London apparently, but collectors are bargain-hunting. Artists continue apace, and you’ve got to hand it to Swiss artist Christoph Buchel for bravely exhibiting a pair of his old, worn socks on the floor of Hauser & Wirth, for sale at €20,000. Not sure if they sold. Christoph Büchel Socks, 2009.
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Art School Ph.Ds Make the Blood Run Cold

In THIS article in the New York Times, Roberta Smith notes that “The recent inflated art market has created the illusion that being an artist is a financially viable calling.” Art school. Image: educationuk.org “…The growing interest among art schools and universities (mostly abroad so far) in offering a Ph.D. in art makes the blood run cold. It also seems
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VoCA Recommends: Sarah Anne Johnson at the AGO, Toronto

Sarah Anne Johnson: House on Fire Art Gallery on Ontario, Toronto July 4 – 23 August, 2009 Sarah Anne Johnson, House on Fire, 2008, Chromogenic Print. Image: bulgergallery.com Winnpeg-based artist, Yale grad and 2008 Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson debuts a new exhibition titled House on Fire at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The last time we saw Johnson’s
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Restoring Art: Veronese’s Petrobelli Altarpiece

Paolo Veronese and the Petrobelli Altarpiece 29 MAY – 7 SEPTEMBER 2009 The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Paolo Veronese, The Petrobelli Altarpiece (reconstruction). Image: churchtimes.co.uk If you’ve ever wondered about how paintings are restored, there’s a great video on the National Gallery of Canada website where Stephen Gritt, Chief Conservator explains the history of Veronese’s The Dead Christ Supported
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Food and Art: Vancouver and Montreal

Cafe for Contemporary art: WE LOVE YOU COMRADE NAVIN 140 E Esplanade, Vancouver North Vancouver’s newest contemporary art space is a cafe and art gallery. It’s a clean space punched up with bright colours, great coffee and a ‘children’s corner’, which is presumably where you’ll find the artists. The Navin Party Bollywood poster. Images: artnet.com From March 23 to 24
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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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