Archive for the art criticism Tag

The Guardian: Criticism Starts with Love and Hate

Well, we’re pleased to see that critical debate is alive and well across the pond. Witness the Guardian’s art critic, Jonathan Jones, who says that “The truth is that overanalysing art, as opposed to intuitively rating it, carries its own dangers. You can convince yourself of anything by study and sympathy.” Jones’ article in the Guardian. Image: VoCA The article
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Loved vs. Loathed at the Drake Hotel

Well.  Last night I did a “Face the Critic” at the Drake, with Leah Sandals and Richard Vaughn and it was…interesting, to say the least. I didn’t feel able to properly articulate my views – there were some big personalities in the room. But I learned a lot, and it’s always good to have your foundations shaken a little. Brendan
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Face the Critic! Tonight at the Drake Hotel, Toronto

Join us TONIGHT for a FREE evening of art criticism as Leah Sandals, RM Vaughn and myself debate works by Judy Chicago, Kent Monkman and Vanessa Beecroft, among others. Loved vs. Loathed. A Louis Vuitton-inspired work by Vanessa Beecroft. Art?…..or hype? Image: femka.com Are you ready? More HERE.

More Thoughts on Art Criticism

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Lincoln / Booth. Image: beautifuldecay.com For those of you who are interested in the ‘what is art criticism’ debate, there’s recently been a lively discussion among my fellow Canadian bloggers, sparked by THIS post that VoCA wrote a few weeks ago. Check out Gabby Moser’s blog HERE for her thoughts, Jennifer McMackon’s blog Simpleposie HERE, for another
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How Does One Measure Great Art?

On Friday, I blogged about an exhibition that I had gone to see. I gave it a hasty, dismissive review and got some interesting and passionate comments in return. Abramovic/Ulay, Imponderabilia, 1977. Image: emanuelesbardella.com The reason for my review was less about the actual exhibition itself – the art wasn’t, strictly speaking, bad – than about how frustrated I am
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Thoughts on Art Criticism: Gopnik and Jungen

The Washington Post’s influential art critic, the Canadian Blake Gopnik, offers some thoughts on critical opinion. He is “quite certain that the works of…Canadian Brian Jungen are about as good as it gets in contemporary art,” he says. “I’m sure I must have been right. My memory and instincts tell me I was.” Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #1,
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Patagonia: Fire and Ice at the Rivoli, Toronto

“Photography for me is about awe in our world brought to us through nature.” -Ariel Estulin Friend of VoCA and traveling nature photographer Ariel Estulin will debut his work at the Rivoli Lounge in Toronto, from Sept 6 – 7 November. A scene in Patagonia. Image courtesy Ariel Estulin. Estulin draws inspiration from two great North American photographers, the late
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Edmonton: Surveillance and Shopping as Art

Thomas Kneubühler: Tresspass Act and J. Stanton: Art Paraphernalia for a Modern World Latitude 53, Edmonton 7 August – 5 September, 2009 Thomas Kneubühler, Access Denied, Le Black Jack Resto Bar (Guard#7) Image: thomaskneubuhler.com Kneubühler’s artist project comprises a traditional gallery show, and more interestingly, a series of large billboard-sized outdoor photographs of security guards displayed on the sides of
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Who is Doug Wright?

Doug Wright’s most famous character, Nipper. Image: calgaryherald.com The graphic artist Seth has designed and co-edited a gorgeous coffee table book on the erstwhile celebrity cartoonist, whose Nipper comic strip became a huge hit across the country in the 1960s. This book is a wonderful object and a highly entertaining read, even if you’re not into graphic novels, or comics.
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Surrealist Films: Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, Germaine Dulac and more

In conjunction with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s excellent exhibition Surreal Things – which we reviewed HERE, Cinematheque Ontario is screening an impressive series of Surrealist films. A still from Un Chien Andalou, 1929. Image: midnightcafe.com The films include Un Chien Andalou (1929), Surrealism’s most famous film, by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel. Billed as “a staggering assault on beauty
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