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Maximal vs. Minimal (or Matthew Barney & Terence Koh)

For Luminato this year, Toronto’s annual––incredible––arts festival, I took in two very different works of art. The first was Matthew Barney’s latest film, a grandiose, operatic 6 hour long endeavor titled River of Fundament. The second was the first Canadian solo show by New York based Chinese Canadian artist Terence Koh. Matthew Barney, from River of Fundament. Image: Artspace.com I’ve
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Toronto Design at the Gladstone Hotel: CUTMR

I stopped buy the Gladstone Hotel this afternoon to preview the works in this year’s tenth anniversary of Come Up To My Room, Toronto’s ‘Alternative Design Show’. It’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and it’s always been a nicely condensed little show in which designers pair up to collaborate on room-sized installation on the hotel’s first floor. Andrew Ashbury
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How Does One Measure Great Art?

On Friday, I blogged about an exhibition that I had gone to see. I gave it a hasty, dismissive review and got some interesting and passionate comments in return. Abramovic/Ulay, Imponderabilia, 1977. Image: emanuelesbardella.com The reason for my review was less about the actual exhibition itself – the art wasn’t, strictly speaking, bad – than about how frustrated I am
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Report from Montreal

VoCA went to Montreal and by far the best thing we saw was Michal Rovner’s wonderful installation Particles of Reality, her first solo exhibition in Canada, at DHC Art Foundation. The exhibition, which opened in May and runs through September 27, begins with the same video works projected onto Petri dishes that the artist showed at the 2005 Venice biennale’s
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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: angellgallery.com Glenn Brown, Some Velvet Morning
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TONIGHT: Love, More Love at Mercer Union, Toronto

Love, More Love is the annual Mercer Union members exhibition.. ..where all works are sold for $100 on a first-come first-served basis. The show features photographs, paintings, drawings, bookworks, multiples and sculptural works. Participating artists include: Dean Baldwin, Christine Baigent, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Diane Borsato, Krista Buecking, Corinne Carlson, Trudie Cheng, Taku Dazai, Michel de Broin, Janis Demkiw, Dave Dyment, Kenneth
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