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The Guardian: Criticism Starts with Love and Hate

Well, we’re pleased to see that critical debate is alive and well across the pond. Witness the Guardian’s art critic, Jonathan Jones, who says that “The truth is that overanalysing art, as opposed to intuitively rating it, carries its own dangers. You can convince yourself of anything by study and sympathy.” Jones’ article in the Guardian. Image: VoCA The article
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Artist Spotlight: Scott Treleaven

Scott Treleaven was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in 1996. Scott Treleaven, My Ever Changing Moods, 2009, ink, photographs, watercolour. Image: kavigupta.com Now based in Paris, he has shown in Chicago at Kavi Gupta, in New York at John Connelly Presents and has had a limited edition book published by
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Loathed: Art as Advertising

If you’re in Toronto, have you noticed these strange statues popping up all over town? Advertising uses the language of art! The Wind Mobile ad, in front of the Black Bull pub at the corner of Queen and Soho Streets. Image: VoCA Created in the same vein of Molson’s legendary campaign, Joe Canadian’s “Rant”, this statue is pitched as an
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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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Less Billboards, More Art! Please Support This Cause

This just in from the Department of Culture, a community of artists and arts professionals who organized themselves in the wake of the Harper Government’s brutal cuts to the arts in the past year, in order to ensure “the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the
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In the Air…

…In London: Sales were up at Frieze art fair in London apparently, but collectors are bargain-hunting. Artists continue apace, and you’ve got to hand it to Swiss artist Christoph Buchel for bravely exhibiting a pair of his old, worn socks on the floor of Hauser & Wirth, for sale at €20,000. Not sure if they sold. Christoph Büchel Socks, 2009.
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One to Watch: Maria Flawia Litwin

A reader recommended to us this article about an art exhibit that was on view at Toronto gallery Board of Directors a few weeks ago. Wishing to explore the issues that artists face in regard to government funding, artist Maria Flawia Litwin wrote numerous rejection letters and sent them off to Canadian museums and even the Canada Council for the
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Art Books: The New Luxury Collectible

With so much writing being done online, books have taken on a precious new meaning. That’s no different in the art book world, or more specifically, the luxury book market as defined by Benedikt Taschen, the German publisher who in 1999 famously published SUMO, a retrospective of the work of iconic photographer Helmut Newton. It was the largest book produced
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News: Films on Art at Toronto International Film Fest

For the third year, from September 10 – 19, 2009 TIFF will feature a program of art films as part of its Future Projections series, at venues throughout the city. The programme was initiated to call attention to video art, and the upcoming Bell Lightbox building will continue this goal with a street-level gallery that, we hear, will screen video
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