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Book Review: Harold Town by Iris Nowell

Harold Barling Town, Canada’s “enfant terrible” over the course of an artistic career that spanned the 1950s to the ’80s, was a celebrity in his day. A compulsively prolific artist with a theatrical, over-the-top personality, Town was known as a master printmaker, but would go on to produce more than 9,000 paintings, collages, assemblages, sculptures, and murals in a huge
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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: Ms. Dickenson comes fresh from 18 months at the Canadian Museum of
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Steven Shearer at the Venice Biennale: Details

So, Vancouver artist Steven Shearer will represent Canada at this year’s Venice Biennale, which opens June 4 and continues until November 27, 2011. Steven Shearer, Nash, 2005. Image: Torontonians might recall an exhibition of Shearer’s work at the Power Plant in 2007, which I believe was curated by former Power Plant curator Helena Reckitt (now critic/curator in residence at
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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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One to Watch: Brendan Flanagan

Recently decamped from Toronto’s excellent Le Gallery to Angell, we like Brendan Flanagan’s ‘jolie laide’ aesthetic. We also like how his modelly use of paint bears some similarity to the Group of Seven‘s thick sketches. And we think this young painter is one to watch. Brendan Flanagan, Owl, 2009. Acrylic enamel on wood. Image: Glenn Brown, Some Velvet Morning
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VoCA Recommends…4 women painters in Kingston, Ontario

Soft Abs November 08 – December 06, 2008 Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston Ontario Sizzle Reel, Melanie Authier, 2008. Image: VoCA contributor Catherine Toews reports on a painting show in Kingston: The most surprising thing about Soft Abs, currently on display at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is the lack of large abstract paintings on canvas in the main room
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News: Jeremy Hof wins RBC Painting Competition

Vancouver painter Jeremy Hof has won the 10th annual RBC Painting competition for his work entitled layer painting red. Jeremy Hof, layer painting red, 2008. Image: courtesy RBC. Amanda Reeves of Oakville and (VoCA favorite) Wil Murray of Montreal were revealed as honourable mentions for their work Untitled 08 2008 and Sexe Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac.

VoCA loves…Women Artists: Louise Bourgeois and her sisters

It’s no secret that women artists have been notoriously overlooked throughout the course of white, male-dominated art history. Christiane Pflug, Kitchen Door with Esther, 1965. Image: There are many reasons for this, not least of which is that women’s ability to express themselves was seriously limited before they won the right to vote. For non-asian and non-First Nations women
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News: RBC Painting Competition shortlist

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition, a barometer of emerging painters from across the country, has announced this year’s shortlist. Eli Bornowsky, Untitled 2008. Image: