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Georgia Dickie, Ken Nicol Honoured at TFVA Awards

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts has announced its 2014 awards, recognizing artists, organizations and patrons in the Toronto area. Georgia Dickie, an artist born in Toronto in 1989 who is known for sculpture with a precarious or variable quality, won the TFVA Artist Prize of $10,000. The prize's press release noted that Dickie's "practice seems to transcend time and ordinary language and therefore propels us towards a future, where everything is malleable, where transformation is the only constant." Ken Nicol, who is known for applying a methodical, conceptual approach to the everyday—including counting all the grains of salt in a...

Six Canadian Artists Up for $50K Aimia | AGO Photo Prize

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Six Canadians have been longlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, a Toronto-based $50,000 award voted on by the public. In total, 23 artists from six continents are represented in the longlist. The six Canadians longlisted are Raymond Boisjoly, Robyn Cumming, Chris Curreri, David Hartt, Jean-Paul Kelly, and Owen Kydd. (Curreri and Kelly were also longlisted this week for the Sobey Art Award.) The other 17 artists longlisted are Takashi Arai and Meiro Koizumi of Japan; Talia Chetrit, Lucas Foglia and Lisa Oppenheim of the U.S.; Sabelo Mlangeni and Nandipha Mntambo of South Africa; Rodrigo Braga of Brazil; Elina Brotherus of Finland; Pradeep...

A Chat With Simon Brault, New CEO of the Canada Council

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Canada’s national arts funder, the Canada Council, will have a new leader come June 26. Yesterday, Simon Brault—currently CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal and recently vice-chair of the Canada Council’s board—was identified as the council’s next director and CEO. Here, in a brief phone chat with Canadian Art, Brault discusses some of the opportunities and challenges that the organization, and the arts in general, are facing right now. LS: Today and yesterday must have been very busy for you. How are you doing? SB: Yesterday and today have been not only busy, but also bearing a lot...

Slideshow: Sobey Art Award Longlist Revealed

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
This morning, the longlist was released for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, which will award $100,000 in prize monies to Canadian artists under the age of 40 in November. Among the 25 artists longlisted—five for each of five Canadian regions—is an artist who turns hay bales into sculptures (Becka Viau of Charlottetown), another who enlarges small beaded works to monumental scale (Nadia Myre of Montreal), and a duo that imagines how graffiti might be drawn by animals (Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber of Winnipeg). To view a slideshow of by all the longlisted artists, click on the Photos icon above. The five artists...

Mowry Baden & Mark Ruwedel Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Canadian artists Mowry Baden and Mark Ruwedel have won 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships. The list of fellows was released this morning by the Guggenheim Foundation. Overall, 178 scholars, artists and scientists received the fellowships this year. They were chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. According to his website, Baden was born in Los Angeles in 1936 and educated at Pomona College and Stanford University. He has lived and worked in Canada since 1971. He has practiced sculpture for nearly 50 years and has taught sculpture at UBC and the University of Victoria, from which he retired in 1997. Baden is known for works...

6 Lessons from Net-Art Talent Jennifer Chan

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
In the past few years, the Toronto- and Chicago-based Jennifer Chan has become one of the most noted artists of the post-Internet generation. In video, GIF and installation works, Chan melds early web kitsch (think Comic Sans, dance music remixes and swirly animation effects) with pointed critiques of gender, sex and corporate culture. This month, she is featured in a Canadian Spotlight screening at the Images Festival, which runs April 10 to 19 in Toronto. While Chan's maximalist approaches are—like the Internet itself—challenging to summarize, here are six key points gleaned from her recent phone and email conversations with Canadian Art. Geocities...

Matthew Barney, Terence Koh Premieres Highlight Luminato 2014

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Terence Koh's first Canadian solo showing since his student days and a live talk by American artist Matthew Barney are among the projected highlights of Toronto's 2014 Luminato festival, whose program was announced this morning. Beijing-born artist Terence Koh—who grew up in Mississauga and studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver—became known in the early 2000s for transgressive multiples sold online under the alias asianpunkboy. (These multiples included objects from zines to his own semen-stained underwear.) He later showed at the Whitney Biennial, the Vienna Secession and Art Basel, and he was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award...

Canada-US Border in Focus in Windsor Exhibition

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
As soon you get off the train, you can smell that Windsor is a border city. The Hiram Walker & Sons distillery, located next to the Via Station, gives off a yeasty, alcoholic odor—a civic cologne that Walker, an American, applied when he set up his booze empire in Windsor during U.S. prohibition. The odor has lingered long since. West of the distillery, there’s more evidence of Windsor-Detroit’s border culture: stops for Windsor Transit’s “Tunnel Bus”—a route that charges an extra $1.75 to take residents over (or well, under) the border to Detroit—and a view of the Ambassador Bridge. The skyscrapers...

Divya Mehra Troubles Stereotypes in Toronto

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Are stereotypes a renewable resource? They reproduce with ease, papering over nuanced, difficult presentations of reality. This justifiably leads to anger, cynicism, struggle and disenchantment on the part of individuals who bear out utopian hopes—or simply ones of basic decency—for Canada, the art world, and other places. Such were some of my thoughts when looking at Divya Mehra’s current show at Georgia Scherman Projects, titled “Pouring Water on a Drowning Man.” One of the works in the show is a large paper scroll of digitally printed carpets titled Contemporary South Asian Art (Conflicts of Perceptions | Oh hey she’s just too mainstream!)....

Inuit-Art Show in Venice a Target for Renewed Foundation

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Inuit Art Quarterly, a publication which folded two years ago, returned this winter thanks to a revived Inuit Art Foundation. According to William Huffman, the IAF's director of development and stakeholder relations, the magazine is just one project of the renewed foundation—which is the sole national body mandated to promote Inuit artists and art within Canada and internationally. The group recently created a biannual residency prize for Inuit artists; it is in the process of finding an exhibition, office and event space in Toronto; and it is exploring the possibility of creating an official Venice Biennale project related to Inuit and Arctic art. “There...
 

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