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Steven Shearer at the Venice Biennale: Details

So, Vancouver artist Steven Shearer will represent Canada at this year’s Venice Biennale, which opens June 4 and continues until November 27, 2011. Steven Shearer, Nash, 2005. Image: Torontonians might recall an exhibition of Shearer’s work at the Power Plant in 2007, which I believe was curated by former Power Plant curator Helena Reckitt (now critic/curator in residence at
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Pointlessness and Relevance in Art

At first glance, you can’t help but wonder about the point of it all. A group of artists travel to the world’s biggest art party to…well, party, paddle around in canoes, drink lots of prosecco and generally live it up in a rambling palazzo. Oh yes, and make whatever ‘art’ takes their fancy. The Canadian off-pavilion contribution, Reverse Pedagogy, was
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Floatation Devices: Venice Biennale

The Canadian artists from Reverse Pedagogy weren’t the only ones floating around the Venetian canals in the name of art last week. Is it a reflection of the returning trend toward urban interventions (thank you VoCA faves Oldenburg and Kaprow) and flashmobs, or a way of modernizing the biennale whose pavilions and divisions along national lines are terribly outdated? Mike
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It’s All About Yoko (Ono)

One of VoCA’s favorite artists, Yoko Ono, speaks with the FT on the eve of being awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement – along with John Baldessari – at this year’s Venice Biennale, which opens this week. Read the full article HERE. John and Yoko. Image: Her exhibition sounds well worth seeing, if you’re in Venice.
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Reverse Pedagogy: Canadian Artists in Venice!

Reverse Pedagogy is an experimental, nomadic art school started by Winnipeg artist Paul Butler at the Banff Centre last year, in which participants were asked to direct the residency collectively. The canoes, before leaving for Europe. Image: The goal – which VoCA loves, see our post on art schools HERE – was to create an experiment in which students
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VoCA Recommends…João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva at Mercer Union, Toronto

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva: MAGNETIC RESONANCE ON ABISSOLOGIC EXPERIMENTS Mercer Union, Toronto March 06 – April 18, 2009 Get a preview of the artists who will represent Portugal at this year’s Venice Biennale. João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Colombo’s Column, 2006. 16-millimeter film, 3:02 min. Image: This duo blends early silent cinema, archaeological dig, and late-60s
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NEWS: John Baldessari, Yoko Ono win Venice’s Leone d’Oro

The 53rd Golden Lion awards for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Yoko Ono and John Baldessari at the opening of the Venice Biennale in June. The unbelievably fabulous Yoko Ono. Image: Curator Daniel Birnbaum says: “Yoko Ono and John Baldessari have shaped our understanding of art and its relationship to the world in which we live. Their work
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The Rise of Cambridge, Waterloo: Shirin Neshat

Is Cambridge/Waterloo the new arts capital of Canada? With rumours of the Venice Biennale crossing the pond, the Musagetes Foundation, the excellent Cambridge Galleries – currently showing a nice exhibit of Italian design maverick Enzo Mari‘s work – and the Perimeter Institute, the region is getting behind the arts in a way that leaves other regions in the dust. Enzo
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VoCA Loathes…Ads in St. Mark’s Square, Venice

In a turn of events that was bound to happen eventually, advertising agencies have realized they can exploit a recent change in the law to sell space in St. Mark’s Square, Venice and make a large profit. An enormous billboard-sized watch ad featuring the villain of a James Bond film dominates the square opposite the Doges’ palace. The colonnade surrounding
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News: Mark Lewis to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale

London-based film artist and VoCA favorite Mark Lewis will represent Canada at the 2009 Venice Biennale! Mark Lewis, Isoceles, 2007. Image: Click HERE for the full article.