Archive for the canadian blogs Tag

June: Wedding Season!

In honour of all the weddings taking place this June (including my own) I thought I would show the most famous wedding painting of them all: The Arnolfini Portrait, painted by the incredibly brilliant Flemish painter Jan van Eyck in 1434 and known to all first year students of art history as an excellent example of symbolism in painting. The
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VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that the newly released Creative Capital Plan, which makes a strong case for Toronto’s art and culture sector as a significant industry and revenue generator, may be short-lived. Image: ocad.ca The report, headed up by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, is billed as a partnership between the City
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Two Degrees of Andy Warhol

I thought I’d share with you a photograph that was recently given to me. It’s quickly become one of my favorite things. It’s a photograph of Andy Warhol examining a Polaroid. It must have been taken in the early sixties, and it was taken by a friend of mine, a German art collector, whose daughter Warhol was doing a silkscreen
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Fashion’s here but where’s the art? The AGO’s Massive Party, Toronto

If last night’s sold-out Massive Party, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s annual fundraiser, is anything to go by, fashion is most definitely the new art. The Marchesa. Image: flickr.com A Massive Party-goer. Image: VoCA This year’s theme was the slightly obscure Marchesa Luisa Casati, the celebrated Italian arts patron of the early 20th century. And at one point in the
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What Will the Future Hold for Toronto’s Beleaguered McMichael Gallery?

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection – famous for its works by members of the Group of Seven – has hired Dr. Victoria Dickenson as it’s new Executive Director and CEO as well as President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. Lawren Harris, Afternoon sun, Lake Superior. Image: blindflaneur.com Ms. Dickenson comes fresh from 18 months at the Canadian Museum of
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Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline Speaks!

From Winnipeg, VoCA contributor Whitney Light sat down with painter Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline to discuss the development of his painting practice, the importance of variation, biological systems and how he keeps it all interesting. Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Rot Samba, 2009, oil on canvas. All images courtesy the artist. VoCA: What is keeping you busy now? KK: I’m at the start of something
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If You’re in the Hood…Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal

If You’re in the Hood…. Scott Massey, Two Yellow Lines, 2006. Image: Helenpittgallery.org In Vancouver, I just got word of a video projection exhibition that will happen on March 18 at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova. The show is the work of a new not-for-profit called Drop Out Video Arts that has brought together artists, artsworkers and musicians to create
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Art Films at the Reel Artists Film Festival!

As some of you probably know, I do the publicity for the Reel Artists Film Festival, which is put on each year in Toronto by the Canadian Art Foundation. Shooting the film Picture Start, showing artist Rodney Graham. Image: courtesy Helen Yagi. This year, four days of films on art and artists take place at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, and
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Canada’s Portrait Award: The Kingston Prize

The third biennial national portrait competition, the Kingston Prize, is accepting submissions until April 29, and this year, the prize is being doubled to $20,000. Marina Dieul, Le défi, oil on panel. Image: kingstonprize.ca The prize is a wonderful project of the Kingston Art Council (and by the way, it’s supported by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.) Andrew Valko of
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Art & Urbanism

Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca in Vancouver. Image: jaunted.com This Thursday, I’ll be at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. While it’s not about art, it will feature many architects and urban planners discussing the future of our communities, which has an impact on art.