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Art & Dinner, plus Canadian Art History in a Box

Here are some things I suggest checking out, if you can. Montreal art duo Maryse Larivière and Robin Simpson of Pavilion Projects regularly host art-plus-dinner series, and in a few weeks they will bring the series to Toronto with a screening by the artist Rosa Barba‘s 2007 film Outwardly from Earth’s Centre. Rosa Barba, a still from Outwardly from Earth’s
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Charles Saatchi Speaks! (To the Guardian)

The article, which you can read HERE, is a highly entertaining read, designed to promote Saatchi’s new book, My Name is Charles Saatchi and I Am an Artoholic, out in the UK on Sept 8. An image from The Revolution Continues at the new Saatchi gallery. Image: guardian.co.uk Some nice quotes from the article: “There’s no crime in art being
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Edmonton: Surveillance and Shopping as Art

Thomas Kneubühler: Tresspass Act and J. Stanton: Art Paraphernalia for a Modern World Latitude 53, Edmonton 7 August – 5 September, 2009 Thomas Kneubühler, Access Denied, Le Black Jack Resto Bar (Guard#7) Image: thomaskneubuhler.com Kneubühler’s artist project comprises a traditional gallery show, and more interestingly, a series of large billboard-sized outdoor photographs of security guards displayed on the sides of
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VoCA Recommends…2 summer shows: Montreal, Calgary

It’s summer, and you don’t want to get too serious…so here are some easy shows to check out throughout July. Swing by for free nighttime screenings in Montreal, or get outside for public art interventions in Calgary. La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Montreal In Montreal, stop by La Centrale’s window to see these screenings, which are about appearance and transformation. From
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News: Serpentine Pavilion Unveiled

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion was unveiled yesterday – it’s the annual temporary architectural commission in the gardens of London’s Serpentine Gallery. This year’s pavilion, seen from above. Image: serpentinegallery.org The pavilion was designed by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA (architects of New York’s New Museum) and will be on view until October 18. Events, lectures and parties will
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News: Four Canadians Make List of Top 200 Art Collectors

The annual ARTnews collectors list is out, and there are no big surprises. Over half the major collectors featured are from the United States, followed by Germany, the UK, Switzerland and other Western European countries.Most focus on contemporary and modern art, though Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Old Masters are also popular.Jativa Master (also known as the Master of the Seven Sorrows
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VoCA Recommends: Sarah Anne Johnson at the AGO, Toronto

Sarah Anne Johnson: House on Fire Art Gallery on Ontario, Toronto July 4 – 23 August, 2009 Sarah Anne Johnson, House on Fire, 2008, Chromogenic Print. Image: bulgergallery.com Winnpeg-based artist, Yale grad and 2008 Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson debuts a new exhibition titled House on Fire at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The last time we saw Johnson’s
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News: Ian Wallace Wins $50,000 Molson Prize

Conceptual artist Ian Wallace is a very big deal in Canada, particularly in Vancouver where he is regarded as the father of the conceptual photography movement – his students included Jeff Wall and VoCA favorite Rodney Graham. Wallace has won the Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. His works often bring together the photo, the painting and
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An Investors’ Guide to the Art Market from the NYT

The picture is bleak for art bought recently, says the New York Times. At the four auctions that Christie’s and Sotheby’s held in New York this spring, the return on 32 paintings that had been held for less than four years was a negative 16.8 percent. By contrast, the average return for 55 paintings that had been held for more
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Surreal Things: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Surreal Things May 9 – August 30, 2009 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto This is an excellent show, well worth seeing. Salvador Dali, Ruby Lips brooch, 1949. Image: ago.net It comes from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and is filled with marvelous objects that demonstrate the creative cross-fertilization between surrealist artists and designers. There are stunningly modern Schiaparelli dresses, ceramics,
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