Archive for the art criticism Tag

The Role of the Art Critic, 1966

The other day I found a number of old Canadian Art magazines on sale for $2 each. I bought them, and found this questionnaire in the April 1966 issue. It’s interesting, reading over the questions how some remain relevant today and others, not so much… My vintage copies of Canadian Art. Image: VoCA On the following page were answers to
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Hot New Design Firm: Reigo & Bauer

Check out my profile of the young design team Reigo & Bauer, in the current issue of DesignLines magazine. The Toronto couple has renovated a Deco-style building into a number of apartments, retaining many original details. They make the most of the space in their tiny apartment, which opens onto a fantastic roof deck. And they have set up their
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Artist Spotlight: Hugh Scott-Douglas

The other day, I did a studio visit with the young artist and very recent OCAD grad (2010) Hugh Scott-Douglas. I had seen his ceramic sculptures at a collectors home and fell in love with them. They were mid-sized, off-balance ovals and loopy shapes that were roughly modeled but heavily and sophisticatedly glazed. Some, he showed at Clint Roenisch’s gallery
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Artist Spotlight: Ryan Van Der Hout

Ryan Van Der Hout, Slide 17, 2007, Chromogenic Print I got a lovely email from a young artist Ryan Van Der Hout, a recent graduate of the Ryerson photography program in Toronto. He calls his phot-based work, which doesn’t involve the use of a camera, “photographic sketches that highlight the possibilities of the medium.” He’s got an exhibition on at
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Talks, Podcasts, Books and More: Catching up on Canadian Art

There’s so much happening in the Canadian art world, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Here’s a reminder of some places you can hear excellent talks, watch videos and read thoughtful commentary. On OCAD’s website, check out videos from their excellent speaker series, including talks by the critic Hal Foster, Jamelie Hassan and Vandana Shiva. Jamelie
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VoCA Rumour…

We hear that national critic Sarah Milroy and Toronto ‘Gallery Going’ writer Gary Michael Dault are going freelance at Canada’s largest-circulation national newspaper the Globe and Mail, leaving a big dark hole where the visual arts writing used to be. Image: dspace.mit.edu However, R.M Vaughn, the writer/artist/poet/critic who currently writes a film/celebrity interview column for the paper, will take over
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Staying Critical in the Digital Age

Last night, we went to a panel discussion, hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation, titled Arts Journalism: Staying Critical in the Digital Age. The panel: Taylor, O’Regan, Al-Solaylee and moderator Bronwyn Drainie. Image: courtesy Roger Cullman Moderated by Bronwyn Drainie, Editor of the Literary Review of Canada, the panel featured Kamal Al-Solaylee, Assistant Professor at Ryerson and former theatre critic
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Easter in International Klein Blue

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Loathed: Ryan Trecartin at the Power Plant

Though watching Ryan Trecartin’s films aren’t entirely a waste of time, it sure feels that way at the time. The hyper-intense mix of screeching voices, messily-costumed performers and banal scenarios come across like a reality tv show of drag queens on crack. Ryan Trecartin, Still from A Family Finds Entertainment, 2004. Image: kera.org Watch one of Trecartin’s videos on Youtube,
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A Debut Feature Art Film: You Are Here

So last week, we accepted an invitation to the “Cast and Crew” screening of artist Daniel Cockburn’s debut feature film, You Are Here at the Royal cinema in Toronto. All images stills from You Are Here. All courtesy Daniel Cockburn. Cockburn has, since about 2000, been at the top of VoCA’s list of ‘Most Promising Young Artists.’ He works in
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