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Ai Wei Wei: “Everything is art. Everything is politics”

There’s no doubt that Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei is a game changing artist. In fighting for freedom of expression in his homeland of China alongside several other artists, he has drawn the world’s attention to the importance of art and the ability to create. That’s huge. Ai Wei Wei, Study of Perspective, 1995 – ongoing. Images: All VoCA
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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: museomadre.it 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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Canadian Artists Abroad: ADAC celebrates ‘Northern Lights on the East River’

Although I stopped going to art fairs a while ago, after having been to many over the years both as a ‘gallerina’ and as a critic including Art Basel, Basel Miami, Art Chicago and Frieze, they remain popular venues for collectors, curators and, of course dealers and artists to hang out and do business. Kristine Moran, Sidestep. Image: modto.com New
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Heads Up! Young Design in Toronto this Winter

Toronto is changing dramatically these days, as anyone who lives downtown can tell you. Seemingly hundreds of condo towers are going up, and the city centre is filling in nicely. Queen West. Image: realestatebrothers.com I was at an opening the other night and I could just tell that there were condo-dwellers scattered among the artists in the crowd. It made
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The Demise of Quality in Craftsmanship

It’s interesting to note, in light of Ryan Trecartin’s films and exhibitions such as the New Museum’s Unmonumental in 2008, that luxury goods makers have come together to lament the loss of quality in craftsmanship seen in recent years. Celine’s resort collection, 2010. Image: lefistnoir.com “All young people want to be designers and very few, makers. We want to try
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Loathed: Richard Serra’s Shift Endangered Again

This summer, VoCA set off to find a hidden sculpture by the great American sculptor Richard Serra, which was installed almost 40 years ago in a field near King City, outside of Toronto.  Read our earlier post about the piece HERE. Shift, in wintertime. Image: slowpainting.com Image: mcgill.ca Now, according to the Globe and Mail, “an important and controversial vote
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Report on London: Kapoor, Metzger, Kiefer

It’s art fair season, and VoCA was in London but opted out of the crowded, frenzied booths of Frieze and Zoo, choosing instead to focus on silent, monumental, brave and important art in the galleries. We also went to Copenhagen – but more on that soon. Anish Kapoor, Svayambh. Image: telegraph.co.uk In London, our favorite thing was the Anish Kapoor
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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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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: mmfa.qc.ca Her exhibition sounds well worth seeing, if you’re in Venice.
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VoCA Recommends…Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona, Toronto

Noise Ghost: Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona May 28 – August 23, 2009 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto Shary Boyle, self portrait, 2006. Image: sharyboyle.com Toronto artist Shary Boyle, who is well known for her delicate figurines (often championed on VoCA) is paired with Cape Dorset artist Shuvinai Ashoona, who first came to our attention a
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