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Ai Wei Wei: “Everything is art. Everything is politics”

There’s no doubt that Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei is a game changing artist. In fighting for freedom of expression in his homeland of China alongside several other artists, he has drawn the world’s attention to the importance of art and the ability to create. That’s huge. Ai Wei Wei, Study of Perspective, 1995 – ongoing. Images: All VoCA
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part Two – Paul McCarthy WS

It’s taken me a while to digest the enormous, grotesque installation that California artist Paul McCarthy has installed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and that I travelled to New York a few weeks ago to see. The exhibition flyer. Image: armoryonpark.org It is certainly an amazing installation, it’s like being in a film set. It’s completely excessive and I
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Review: TRACES at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Here’s another review from Victoria-based contributor Catherine Toews. Catherine is an artist, graphic designer, writer, and cultural sector worker. TRACES is on view at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until April 21, 2013. Daniel Barrow, installation view, The Thief of Mirrors, 2012. Mixed media projection installation. Photo courtesy of the artist When I was an art student in Winnipeg,
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VoCA in NYC: Maurizio Cattelan

I was in New York last weekend, to see friends but also to see the Maurizio Cattelan retrospective the day before it closed. It has gotten quite a bit of attention for its unusual installation. The work was hung entirely from the ceiling, down the central atrium, with absolutely nothing on the walls of the notoriously difficult gallery. It transformed
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Report from Chicago

VoCA loves Chicago. There is architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, the Hancock Tower, the Sullivan Auditorium….. …There is art: Chinese sculpture in Millienium Park, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, and Olafur Eliasson at the MCA… Shen Shaomin, Kowtow Pump, 2007. Image: picasaweb.google.com We enjoyed the Kowtow Pump, 2007 by Shen Shaomin, which are large oil rigs painted in camouflage.
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