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What Would Gehry and Libeskind Say?

Great curatorial minds think alike, it seems. After what seems like an interminably long period of preciousness with Toronto’s starchitect-designed art spaces at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum, the gloves are off. Both institutions have invited artists to literally destroy gallery walls. The gorgeous, Frank Gehry-designed AGO. Image: seanjohn.com At the AGO, the glorious collages
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News: Ydessa Hendeles Donates to AGO, Toronto

Leading art collector and philanthropist Dr. Ydessa Hendeles is donating an extraordinary collection of 32 Canadian and international contemporary artworks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, representing the most significant single gift of contemporary art in the AGO’s 110-year history. A work, by Barbara Kruger, currently on view at Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto. Image: akimbo.ca The gift includes works
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Art, Virtual Tourism, Mapping, Poetry = N8R TXT

It’s interesting to think about how new technologies are being used, particularly by artists. Google Maps is a tool for finding a location that we’re all familiar with; Google Streetview – recently introduced to major cities in Canada – is a tool for placing yourself, virtually, in a particular location (and being able to look around). Click HERE to check
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VoCA Recommends….Three Things in the New Year

Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Nul/Flirting with the Puck 2008. Image: canadianart.ca 1. Kinetic works by the former Sobey Art Prize winner Jean-Pierre Gauthier at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from December 18, 2009 to March 15, 2010. A drawing by Dan Perjovschi. Image: romanianculturalcentre.org.uk 2. The curators at the ROM finally see the light and bring in Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi
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Michael Snow Steals the Show: Power Plant, Toronto

Nothing to Declare: Current Sculpture from Canada PLUS Recent Snow: Projected Works by Michael Snow 11 December, 2009 – 7 March, 2010 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto Michael Snow, still from SSHTOORRTY, 2005. Image: Arttorrents.com We went to the Power Plant’s opening last night of two exhibitions. The first, a fairly simple display of new sculpture, gave us
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Urban Art: The Leona Drive Project, Toronto

Sadly, the Leona Drive Project is over. On from October 22 – 31, it was a very well curated project on a suburban street in Toronto that commissioned several artist projects for a site specific exhibition in a series of six vacant bungalows slated for demolition. All photos courtesy Scott Barker. We went at night, and instead on focusing on
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News: Shary Boyle wins $25,000 Iskowitz Prize

So she didn’t win the Sobey Art Prize this year…but Shary Boyle has won the 2009 Iskowitz Prize from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Shary Boyle, Lovers, 2009. Image: canadianart.ca Awarded for her outstanding contribution to visual arts in Canada, the $25,000 Prize includes an exhibition of her work at the AGO in 2010. Visit Shary Boyle’s website HERE and
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Toronto: Nuit Blanche 2009, Part One

Nuit Blanche 2009, which will take place on the night of October 3 from sunset onwards, looks to be excellent again this year. Perhaps more serious than past years, many of the pieces are designed to make you consider the meaning of your surroundings. With more performance-based work than previous years, there are lots of ways for you to get
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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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In the Air…

Here are a few good art-world happenings coming up: Edward Burtynsky, Oil Fields #22, Cold Lake Production Project, Cold Lake, Alberta, 2001. Image: arttattler.com Photographer Ed Burtynsky is planning a new traveling exhibition on the theme of Oil that will be on at the soon-to-be opened Art Gallery of Alberta in 2010