Archive for the Royal Ontario Museum Tag

Finally! African Sculptor El Anatsui at the ROM

I just – finally – got the press release announcing the world premiere retrospective of El Anatsui, the African artist whose shimmering, decadent textiles made from metal bottlecaps are stunningly beautiful. The artist El Anatsui. Image: ethicarts.org This is going to be THE exhibition to see in Toronto, if not Canada, this fall. I’m sure of it. El Anatsui: When
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What Would Gehry and Libeskind Say?

Great curatorial minds think alike, it seems. After what seems like an interminably long period of preciousness with Toronto’s starchitect-designed art spaces at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum, the gloves are off. Both institutions have invited artists to literally destroy gallery walls. The gorgeous, Frank Gehry-designed AGO. Image: seanjohn.com At the AGO, the glorious collages
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VoCA Recommends Joshua Neustein, the Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM, Toronto

VoCA was at the opening of Joshua Neustein’s contemporary response to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the fascinating new show now open at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Despite having had some trouble with the powers at the ROM, who apparently wanted to place stanchions everywhere, the artist and curators were able to get the installation up and it looks great. Margins,
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The Museum: A Doc on the ROM

“This is a story of a man’s ambition: for a museum, for a city, and ultimately, for himself…” Thus begins The Museum, Kenton Vaughn’s insider glimpse into Daniel Libeskind’s controversial extension to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. The documentary, which is released on dvd this weekend, is a revealing look at the process of building the ROM crystal, from the hubris
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VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that video artist extraordinaire Bill Viola will be part of a three-person exhibition coming to the Royal Ontario Museum in June 2009! Bill Viola, Five Angels for the Millennium [detail] Departing Angel, 2001. Video/sound installation. Image: Kira Perov/tokyoartbeat.com The exhibition will, apparently, be mounted by the ICC at the ROM in response to the upcoming exhibition of
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Contemporary Art and Islam

Christie’s President Jussi Pylkkänen speaks to Business 24/7 about the auction house’s move into the UAE: Christie’s president Jussi Pylkkänen. Image: timesonline.co.uk “In 2006, when we started our auctions here, we covered regional art from 18 countries and our buyers were also from the region. Since then, in subsequent auctions we have noticed a steady rise in the percentage of
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