Archive for the art critics Tag

If You’re in the Hood…Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal

If You’re in the Hood…. Scott Massey, Two Yellow Lines, 2006. Image: Helenpittgallery.org In Vancouver, I just got word of a video projection exhibition that will happen on March 18 at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova. The show is the work of a new not-for-profit called Drop Out Video Arts that has brought together artists, artsworkers and musicians to create
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Canadian Artists Abroad: ADAC celebrates ‘Northern Lights on the East River’

Although I stopped going to art fairs a while ago, after having been to many over the years both as a ‘gallerina’ and as a critic including Art Basel, Basel Miami, Art Chicago and Frieze, they remain popular venues for collectors, curators and, of course dealers and artists to hang out and do business. Kristine Moran, Sidestep. Image: modto.com New
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Marshall McLuhan Speaks!

In honour of Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday year, a new website, Marshall McLuhan Speaks, launched today, which allows viewers to literally hear the communications guru speak, through video clips. McLuhan’s Understanding Media. Image: canadiandesignresource.ca In the clips, you can hear McLuhan himself on his best-known sayings, “the medium is the message”, “global village” and others. And there’s an intro by
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Ontario: Entering the Creative Age

I was interested to read THIS article, from the Hamilton Spectator, about a recent symposium on culture and city-building. Like many cities worldwide, Hamilton – a steel town outside of Toronto – is hoping to reinvent itself through creativity and culture. Hamilton – Steeltown. Image: emeraldinsight.com The symposium was organized by the Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts, a not-for-profit
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Women, Art, Celebrity

Some thoughts on the role of women in the visual arts: American artist Barbara Kruger makes the cover of W magazine’s Art issue, via the famous-for-nothing Kim Kardashian. The opening line of the article goes like this: “Kim Kardashian can’t sing, act, or dance, but she’s found the role of a lifetime in the fine art of playing herself.” Image:
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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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The New “IT” Curators…

A friend of VoCA recently drew my attention to this article in the Independent. So-called “It” curator Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld. Image: iwanttobeariotfeld.com The It curators: A new breed of young socialites are selling art is about the likes of Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, son of French Vogue editor and eternally glamorous woman Carine Riotfeld, Vito Schnabel (son of Julian) and Tyrone Wood (son
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Alberta Art Scene Heats Up: Part Two

Harold Klunder, Invisible Plans ( Yellow Self-Portrait), 2007-2010, Oil on canvas. Image courtesy TrépanierBaer and Guy L’Heureux. 4. HAROLD KLUNDER – NEW WORKS – AT TREPANIER BAER New paintings by one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed painters, Harold Klunder go on view at Trapanier Baer Gallery from October 16 – 13 November. You’ve gotta love his self-portraits, no? I think
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Alberta Art Scene Heats up: Part One

You may not imagine too much of a happening art scene when you think of Calgary, Alberta… Wednesday Lupypciw, Lucky Charmz Clubb (video still). Image: stride.ab.ca …but you’d be wrong. There’s a good art scene in Cowtown, as you can tell by a quick browse of VoCA’s ‘Calgary’ link, on the category sidebar on the left of the screen. Here’s
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Nuit Blanche Toronto 2010: Your Thoughts?

Did you go to Toronto’s “All Night Contemporary Art Thing” – Nuit Blanche this year? What did you think – Did you LOVE it or LOATHE it? Fujiko Nakaya’s fog installation at philosopher’s walk at Nuit Blanche 2006. Image: topleftpixel.com The organizers blocked of Yonge Street – was this a good thing? How did the art fare? Better or worse
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