Archive for the montreal art scene Tag

Loved: Really, Really Good Public Art

Although I don’t blog about public art in Toronto, since it could create a conflict with my position on the City of Toronto Public Art Commission, that doesn’t stop me from blogging about public art elsewhere. The entrance to the new Sofitel Hotel in Vienna. Image: VoCA/Scott Barker I was in Vienna, Austria recently and saw the most fantastic use
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Better Late than Never: Canada at the Venice Biennale

It’s better late than never for some highlights from this year’s Venice Biennale. Flying into Venice. All photos: VoCA Having been to several Venice Biennales in my life, I almost always prefer the pavilions where the artist addresses the architecture of the pavilions in which the art is housed. The first Biennale was held in 1895 and there are only
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Toronto Biennale? Montreal Biennale!

Last night in Toronto’s Kensington Market, a group of about 60 or so gathered to hear two panel discussions – one on the city’s annual “All Night Contemporary Art Thing”, Nuit Blanche, and the other to discuss the idea of a Toronto Biennale. The TAAC panel last night. Image: P Elaine Sharpe. The event was organized by the Toronto Alliance
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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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Dance, Art and Edgy Women

I wanted to do a blog post about contemporary dance, partly because I love dance and see a lot of it in Toronto. The water scene in Un peu de tendresse, bordel de merde. Image: accel21.com But also, because the other night I saw Montreal choreographer Dave St. Pierre‘s company performe Un peu de tendress bordel de merde, the second
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3 New Galleries: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver

There’s a lot of movement in the Canadian art scene, with galleries opening (and closing) regularly in Toronto alone, so here are three from across Canada that I think are worth a visit. One of Nicholas Galanin’s book sculptures. Image: nippertown.com 1. In Vancouver, Trench Gallery has recently opened – in the former Helen Pitt Gallery space – with a
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Meanwhile, in Montreal…

Three artists – all women – have been awarded prizes by the City of Montreal. Alana Riley, At the Blackwatch, 2004-2007. Image: redbull381projects.com Alana Riley is an artist whose work I’ve been keeping an eye on.  She has won the Prix Pierre-Ayot, which is presented by the city in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association (AGAC), to an artist under
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Fashion, Art: It’s all about Denis Gagnon

Is fashion art? Or ‘only’ craft? The Montreal fashion designer Denis Gagnon. Image: bestioledemode.com It’s a discussion that comes up every once in a while, usually when an exceptionally talented fashion designer comes onto the scene. And it presumes that craft is somehow lesser than fine art. But I don’t think it’s any less relevant or important, it is just
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Mirror, Mirror in the Trees

Here is another example of how art and life – through design – are drawing closer together all the time. Mirror has a long history in art going back to at least the Renaissance and of course more recently the wonderful pieces by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Michael Snow, David Altmejd and Jeff Wall, among many, many others. Over the past
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Talks, Podcasts, Books and More: Catching up on Canadian Art

There’s so much happening in the Canadian art world, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Here’s a reminder of some places you can hear excellent talks, watch videos and read thoughtful commentary. On OCAD’s website, check out videos from their excellent speaker series, including talks by the critic Hal Foster, Jamelie Hassan and Vandana Shiva. Jamelie
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