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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part Two – Paul McCarthy WS

It’s taken me a while to digest the enormous, grotesque installation that California artist Paul McCarthy has installed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and that I travelled to New York a few weeks ago to see. The exhibition flyer. Image: It is certainly an amazing installation, it’s like being in a film set. It’s completely excessive and I
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part One

I’m just back from a ‘Museum Marathon’ weekend in New York. We saw lots, but my favorites were the Claes Oldenburg: The Street & The Store at MoMA, Ken Price at the Metropolitan and James Turrell’s Aten Reign at the Guggenheim. Claes Oldenburg, at MoMA. A sandwich soft sculpture, with ‘pleather’ olive. A shop window selling women’s undergarments. I’ve long
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One Week in London & Geoffrey Farmer at the Barbican

I’m just back from a week’s holiday in London. I skipped the Venice Biennale this year – you can’t do everything, though I hear it was pretty great – and instead we spent time with our friends. A full week in London was a rare treat. The St. Martins College building at King’s Cross, with cool silver zig zag. All
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Review: TRACES at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Here’s another review from Victoria-based contributor Catherine Toews. Catherine is an artist, graphic designer, writer, and cultural sector worker. TRACES is on view at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until April 21, 2013. Daniel Barrow, installation view, The Thief of Mirrors, 2012. Mixed media projection installation. Photo courtesy of the artist When I was an art student in Winnipeg,
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Loved: Zhang Huan’s Ash Paintings & Memory Doors

Today I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario, just in time on the last day of the excellent exhibition by Chinese artist Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors. I had been told it was an impressive show, and it really was. Not only were the enormous works strong in terms of technique, subject matter and concept, but they
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Loved: The Toronto Museum goes Online

In recent years, among Torontonians, there seems to have been increased interest and passion for the city. I heart Toronto. Image: Spacing magazine, Yonge Street, Blog TO, Torontoist, Murmur, the ROM and the AGO, Waterfront Toronto‘s plans for the city (heavily covered by the Globe and Mail’s Lisa Rochon), they all speak to wanting to better our urban environment.
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Restoring Art: Veronese’s Petrobelli Altarpiece

Paolo Veronese and the Petrobelli Altarpiece 29 MAY – 7 SEPTEMBER 2009 The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Paolo Veronese, The Petrobelli Altarpiece (reconstruction). Image: If you’ve ever wondered about how paintings are restored, there’s a great video on the National Gallery of Canada website where Stephen Gritt, Chief Conservator explains the history of Veronese’s The Dead Christ Supported
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Branded Culture: The Abu Dhabi Louvre

France sells the Louvre’s illustrious name to the UAE for $555 million as Abu Dhabi begins construction on the Jean Nouvel designed museum. Jean Nouvel’s design for the Louvre in Abu Dhabi. Image: Read Carol Vogel’s article in today’s New York Times, HERE. Despite the fact that France may have prostituted herself, the curator’s mandate is to create a
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Exhibitions on Curating: AMAPGTSA in Montreal

As much as possible given the time and space allotted is an exhibition at the Leornard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia Unviersity in Montreal. It was curated by Rebecca Duclos and David K. Ross, who VoCA featured as an artist to watch from the Quebec Triennale last year. As much as possible given the time and space allotted,
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Troubled Economy: Good for Art?

Is the economic shakedown the best thing that could have happened to the art world? It seems that amid the upheaval and uncertainty, survivors will emerge and we reckon they will be old masters, mid-century and contemporary masters, as well as lesser-known, high quality works. Works that were representative of certain turns in the history of art, despite having fallen
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