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Bing Thom & The Rubell Collection, in…Washington?

I was impressed by the Vancouver architect Bing Thom, who I heard speak last week at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. Vancouver architect Bing Thom. Image: vancouverism.ca Thom’s Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre. Image: archdaily.com Not only has Thom just designed an improbably well-received Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre in Washington
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Art Lights up the Night Sky in Kitchener, Ontario

Over the past few years, I’ve often mentioned, and championed, regional art galleries in Ontario and Canada. Artist Luke Painter and one of his works. Image: blogto.com CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area) is a regional not-for-profit arts organization whose mission it is to “present innovative art within a public space.” It has evolved from a small, regional festival
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Theartmarket.ca – A Game Changer?

I just got a press release from theartmarket.ca, a newly launched website that bills itself as “a game changer”. Image: VoCA The idea, conceived by two friends, Merete Kristiansen and Kate Barron of Vancouver, is to provide “an innovative and comprehensive guide to the Canadian art world”, by hosting free profiles of artists, galleries and related events.I hope that they
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Sol Lewitt in Toronto!

I went to the preview opening of the excellent new exhibition by famed American minimalist artist Sol Lewitt at the Toronto artist-run centre Mercer Union last night. The installation at Mercer Union. All images: VoCA Another view of the installation. Lewitt’s wall drawings, which are painted directly on walls, and for which buyers purchase the instructions, caused quite a sensation
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The VAG move: Roy Arden Responds

There’s a brou-ha-ha brewing in Vancouver over the Vancouver Art Gallery’s proposed move. Some Vancouverites have suggested that the VAG should not move, but instead remain – with an expansion – in its downtown location. The VAG. Image: bcheritage.ca Earlier this month, the Vancouver Sun posted an article written by the late Abraham Rogatnick, a professor at the school of
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Public Art comes to…Ikea!

Piotr Uklanski, Jeppe Hein and Jim Lambie are among the artists who will create art works for the public to interact with, at a new IKEA store in Moscow. Jim Lambie’s floor at MoMA. Image: apartmenttherapy.com The art is part of a mixed-use plan for IKEA, where new developments will “fuse culture, commerce and leisure.” Plans for the site includes
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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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Loved: Michel de Broin’s Monument in Winnipeg

A new sculpture by the 2007 Sobey Award-winning Montreal artist Michel de Broin was unveiled in Winnipeg a few days ago. Michel de Broin, Monument, 2009. Image courtesy Denis Prieur. The granite work, titled Monument, is the inaugural sculpture for the Jardin de sculptures at Le Maison des artistes visuels francophones in Saint-Boniface, in Winnipeg. Up to 20 sculptures will
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Saturn Return: Support Your Local Art Scene!

Saturn Return 30th Anniversary party Mercer Union, Toronto Friday July 10, 2009 Earlyish ’til lateish These days, when it’s so important to think local, it’s especially important to support your local art scene. Mercer Union Artist Run Centre in Toronto is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary on July 10 with Saturn Return. Come out and support Toronto’s artists – Mark your
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