Archive for the contemporary art Tag

Haute Culture: General Idea at the AGO

Today, I went to the media preview of Haute Culture, the retrospective of famed Canadian artist collective General Idea, which opens this Friday with a FREE party at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. AIDS (Gold) 1987, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas. Katharina Faerber Collection, Geneva Image: VoCA I had a few minutes to chat with AA Bronson,
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Bing Thom & The Rubell Collection, in…Washington?

I was impressed by the Vancouver architect Bing Thom, who I heard speak last week at the Sustainable Suburbs conference in Toronto. Vancouver architect Bing Thom. Image: vancouverism.ca Thom’s Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre. Image: archdaily.com Not only has Thom just designed an improbably well-received Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre in Washington
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Darren O’Donnell: SmallTalks

SmallTalks is a series of very short podcasts hosted by the fascinating artist Darren O’Donnell, who, “like a log drifting downstream, will snag people on the bank to slow his progress toward death, and chat with them about their aspirations.” Artist Darren O’Donnell. Image: 2.bp.blogspot.com Created in response to a life with too much time spent on the road, Darren
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Four

Here is part four of fascinating article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article, HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for last week’s post on VoCA. Stay tuned as we publish it serially, every week. Winnipeg’s Border
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Two

Here is part two of fascinating article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article ,HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for previous posts on VoCA. Stay tuned as we publish it serially, every week. The City of
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Michael Snow Steals the Show: Power Plant, Toronto

Nothing to Declare: Current Sculpture from Canada PLUS Recent Snow: Projected Works by Michael Snow 11 December, 2009 – 7 March, 2010 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto Michael Snow, still from SSHTOORRTY, 2005. Image: Arttorrents.com We went to the Power Plant’s opening last night of two exhibitions. The first, a fairly simple display of new sculpture, gave us
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More Thoughts on Art Criticism

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Lincoln / Booth. Image: beautifuldecay.com For those of you who are interested in the ‘what is art criticism’ debate, there’s recently been a lively discussion among my fellow Canadian bloggers, sparked by THIS post that VoCA wrote a few weeks ago. Check out Gabby Moser’s blog HERE for her thoughts, Jennifer McMackon’s blog Simpleposie HERE, for another
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John Bentley Mays on Art Criticism

Here are some nice thoughts from one of Toronto’s most respected critical writers, John Bentley Mays, on his website.  Click right HERE to read his thoughts. The writer and critic John Bentley Mays, putting the intimidation back into art criticism. Image: kings.uwo.ca He brings up Baudelaire’s famous quote: “To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism
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In Search of Excellence: Raising the Bar for Artistic Output

Check out my article in the new aggregate news website The Mark News – it’s about why cities, and Toronto in particular, need to develop a culture of excellence. It’s because whether cities are great or mediocre has a significant effect on quality of life for citizens. And cities that pursue excellence end up with a highly developed, sophisticated cultural
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How Did Winnipeg and Its Art Become such a Big Deal?

Here is part one of fascinating article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article HERE, (under Related Essays) or stay tuned as VoCA publishes it serially, every weekend. A work by the Royal Art Lodge. Image: booooooom.com The
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