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Report from New York

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926 – 1933 on at the Whitney until February 15, 2009 is a small and perfectly formed show on the seven years in Paris that defined the artist’s career. Image: Watch the video: [youtube]t6jwnu8Izy0[/youtube]

The Prado Masterpeices: Up Close and Personal

From Art Daily: The Museo del Prado and Google are today presenting the project “Masterpieces from the Prado on Google Earth”, which will allow users to see details invisible to the naked eye of 14 of the Museum’s masterpieces. Las Meninas, Gentleman with his Hand on his Breast and The Three Graces are among the paintings that have been photographed
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A Call for a Return to the Monumental in Art

Jerry Saltz, for one, bemoans the lack of good art being created and shown today, as do many other critics, VoCA included. The recent exhibition Unmonumental at the New Museum in New York (see VoCA post HERE) is a perfect example. As someone commented, it was art that’s being made for a market where people will buy anything. An installation
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Courage and Conviction in Art

In a recent article in London’s Financial Times, the cross-dressing potter (and Turner Prize winner) Grayson Perry bemoans the rise of the ‘conceptual’ in art at the expense of craftsmanship, something that VoCA has been bothered by for quite some time. Artist Grayson Perry among his pots. Image: “Perry launches into an impassioned discourse on our responsibility to hand
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Compare & Contrast

Miuccia Prada and the artist Carsten Höller “are to set up a “Prada Congo Bar” in London in the autumn, a four-month installation project that will contain two bars, one African and one European, and an “in-between area”. Fashion meets globalisation in the hedonistic metropolis.” Carsten Holler’s Upside-Down Mushroom Room, in the collection of the Fondazione Prada. Image: Read
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Is Quebec the new Vancouver?

Between Quebec City and Montreal, La Belle Province’s cozy little art scene is where it’s happening. Here’s only a partial glimpse of what’s on: COLLECTIVE: BGL – They’re about to launch a project on the lower Don river in Toronto for No. 9 (Stay tuned for VoCA’s report early next week) Click HERE for their website. The installation of BGL’s
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3 exhibitions: 2 in Vancouver, 1 in Toronto

1. AARON CARPENTER: THE ART OF RICHARD TUTTLE AT THE HELEN PITT GALLERY, VANCOUVER April 11 to Saturday May 3, 2008 VoCA loves the work of American artist Richard Tuttle. Now, the young Vancouver artist Aaron Carpenter is getting all Sturtevant and copying Tuttle’s oeuvre. (Elaine Sturtevant has made her name copying famous artist’s work – see her Warhol below)
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VoCA Recommends…Paulette Phillips at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto

Paulette Phillips is a conceptual artist worth watching. Her latest work, on view at Diaz Contemporary, presents sculpture, photographs and video based on the Modernist architecture and furniture design of the Irish architect Eileen Gray. Paulette Phillips, Details of Touche (magnetized books),2007. Image: Click HERE to read my full article, from today’s Globe and Mail or click below for
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Simon Starling at the Power Plant, Toronto

Simon Starling: Cuttings (Supplement) at the Power Plant, Toronto March 1 – 11 May, 2008 Simon Starling, Infestation Piece (Musselled Moore), 2007/8. Image: The Power Plant will open a retrospective of British conceptual artist Simon Starling with a newly commissioned work made for The Power Plant, part of the gallery’s Commissioning Program launched in 2006.

Canadian artists abroad: London, Paris

Shaan Syed, And When You’re (Really) High No. 6, 2007. Image: 1. Shaan Syed in London Shaan Syed: Arena November 24, 2007 – 12 January, 2008 Brown Gallery. For gallery website, please click HERE New work by this London-based Toronto painter, who is also represented by Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto.