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Nuit Blanche Toronto: Curators & Artists Announced!

Get ready, Toronto! This year, the city’s much-loved “All Night Contemporary Art Thing”, Nuit Blanche, takes place on October 2, 2010 from 7 pm to 7 am. Agnès Winter, Monument to Smile, 2007. Image: hustlerofculture.com It should be good, with a great lineup of curators, each of whom will curate a section of downtown. We have high hopes for McMaster’s
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A Massively Massive Party at the AGO

Artistic Director and Toronto man-about-town Bruno Billio took control of this year’s Massive Party, the 6th annual fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Ontario, which took place last night at the Frank Gehry-designed space. Jon Sasaki’s installation. All images: VoCA The AGO has got a new Young Patrons group, AGO Next, many of whom were there last night. Judging by
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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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John Bentley Mays on Art Criticism

Here are some nice thoughts from one of Toronto’s most respected critical writers, John Bentley Mays, on his website.  Click right HERE to read his thoughts. The writer and critic John Bentley Mays, putting the intimidation back into art criticism. Image: kings.uwo.ca He brings up Baudelaire’s famous quote: “To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism
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Montreal: In the Trees at Battat Contemporary

In The Trees: Works from the Battat Collection Battat Contemporary, Montreal July 2 – August 15, 2009 Ed Pien, Night Gathering, 2005. All images courtesy Battat Contemporary. Montreal’s newest collector-led art space, Battat Contemporary, run by the collector Joe Battat, opened in March 2009 and has quickly made a name for itself by mixing Battat’s interest in Old Master drawings
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