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Congratulations to Sobey Award winner Daniel Barrow!

Winnipeg artist Daniel Barrow has won the 2010 Sobey Art Award. The prize awards $50,000 to a visual artist under the age of 40. I had a feeling he’d win, having been passed up for the award in 2008. Daniel Barrow, Flaying, 2010, from his show at the Art Gallery of York University. Image: livewithculture.ca Daniel Barrow at work giving
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Canadian Stage, Meet Canadian Art

Last week, we attended a cocktail party in honour of the new director of Canadian Stage (CanStage) – Matthew Jocelyn. He has just announced his programme for the 2010-2011 season in Toronto, and it sounds FANTASTIC. Merce Cunningham dancers performing against a backdrop by Robert Rauschenberg. Image: nytimes.com I spoke briefly with Mr. Jocelyn, who is interested in encouraging multidisciplinary
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Lady Gaga vs. Cindy Sherman

Here’s a quote from Nancy Bauer’s opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday, which asks Are Lady Gaga and the women who identify with her confusing sexual power with self-objectification?: Lady Gaga. Image: ftweekly.com “There is nobody like Lady Gaga in part because she keeps us guessing about who she, as a woman, really is. She has been praised
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Art is, Literally, Rubbish

You may remember the British artist Michael Landy from his piece Break Down, in which he destroyed all of his 7, 226 belongings, including his passport. Michael Landy’s Break Down, 2001. Image: artcornwall.org It was a project for Artangel and took place in a vacant shop on Oxford Street, in central London. Needless to say, it was a pretty controversial
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Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture

Just found this on Luxist.com: Louis Vuitton’s new book: Art, Fashion and Architecture. Image: luxist.com “A seductive anthology of the famed French fashion house’s collaborations with an international group of elite artists, architects, designers, and photographers, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Takashi Murakami (whose updated LV monogram is featured on the cover) Richard Prince and Stephen
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Canadian Art Today: Circa 1970

“With their artists competing on an international stage, Canadians can no longer complain of their country as a cultural backwater nor luxuriate in the nostalgic charm of provincialism. In art as in political, social and economic activities, Canada is fully involved in the world of today,” – Dr. R. H. Hubbard, former Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada.
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Conservative Cultural Spending and Museum Struggles

We’ve wondered about the Conservative Government’s plan for cultural spending for some time now. It has started to seem like a sinister re-evaluation of cultural priorities and this scares VoCA. Ken Lum, What an Idiot. Image: burnaway.org Few people are talking about it, but here is an excellent piece by David Akin in the National Post: “The argument, it seems
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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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