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Toronto Design at the Gladstone Hotel: CUTMR

I stopped buy the Gladstone Hotel this afternoon to preview the works in this year’s tenth anniversary of Come Up To My Room, Toronto’s ‘Alternative Design Show’. It’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and it’s always been a nicely condensed little show in which designers pair up to collaborate on room-sized installation on the hotel’s first floor. Andrew Ashbury
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Tropical Gothic: VoCA Visits Francisco Gomez

The other day, I stopped in at the studio of Toronto artist Francisco Gomez. A detail from Empire of Dust, Macca, 2009. All images: VoCA Born in Caracas Venezuela, he moved to Canada in 1991 and studied at OCAD. Gomez generally works in ink and pastel on mylar – an unusual combination that Gomez tells me is difficult, since the
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The ‘Hub’ of Toronto’s Art Scene

With all the condo development going on in downtown Toronto recently – the good, the bad and the embarrassingly ugly (hello there, Bohemian Embassy – what is with that sign?!) has come a smart new wave of Toronto’s downtown art scene. Hunter & Cook, the magazine. Image: Little galleries – The Department, Tomorrow, Erin Stump, General Hardware, the Feminist
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VoCA Featured in ELLE Magazine!

I’m happy to report that VoCA is featured in this month’s issue of ELLE Canada. The article on art collecting, subtitled ‘How to turn your living room into un petit Louvre’, is by Katie Addleman. The March issue of ELLE Canada. Image: In the article, she says: “A better bet is to spend on the established by still young:
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3 New Galleries: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver

There’s a lot of movement in the Canadian art scene, with galleries opening (and closing) regularly in Toronto alone, so here are three from across Canada that I think are worth a visit. One of Nicholas Galanin’s book sculptures. Image: 1. In Vancouver, Trench Gallery has recently opened – in the former Helen Pitt Gallery space – with a
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Artist Spotlight: Hugh Scott-Douglas

The other day, I did a studio visit with the young artist and very recent OCAD grad (2010) Hugh Scott-Douglas. I had seen his ceramic sculptures at a collectors home and fell in love with them. They were mid-sized, off-balance ovals and loopy shapes that were roughly modeled but heavily and sophisticatedly glazed. Some, he showed at Clint Roenisch’s gallery
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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: 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: “Best Show in Years”

Daniel Borins and Jennifer Marman: Project for a New American Century 28 January – 29 March 2009 Art Gallery of York University, Toronto A curator friend of ours, whose opinion we value, called this show “the best thing I’ve seen in Toronto in years..” The first gallery. Image: