Niall McClelland, We Lost The War, 2013. Metal, plastic, rubber and fabric. Courtesy the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto
The Nature Of Your Oppression Is The Aesthetic Of Our Anger
8 March — 13 April 2013
at Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto
Over the last five years Niall McClelland has built up a diverse body of work that mines the veins of arte povera, punk rock and urban minimalism. It is just as often started outdoors, left on a fire escape all winter, baked on a dock all summer or folded into his pockets, nabbed through a 3am hole in a fence, as it is made in the studio in explosive clouds of mercury dust and flying glass. There is certainly an alchemical aspect involved: from the crudest materials comes beauty and elegance, hungover on the surface, left like scars. Texture reigns. And process. Both run through his various series, the Tapestries, Skins and Stains to name a few. Often economic circumstance begats the best results, like the thrown-out toner cartridges scavenged from the back of Dufferin Mall. Read more
Melanie Authier, Over Eons, 2013. acrylic on canvas. 56 x 66 inches. © Melanie Authier. Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
Jostling Pictorial Oppositions
7 February – 16 March 2013
at Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
[…] in my painting practice, I’m referencing the histories of abstraction but I’m utilizing strategies of representation. So within my painting there are elements of traditional Landscape painting: foreground, middle ground, background, atmospheric space, texture, variety of texture, scale of the formal elements. These things I’m playing around with but I’m translating them through an abstract language. I think that allows for some really dynamic opportunities to take place. Read more
C New Critics Competitions
Submission deadline: Friday 19 April 2013
The C New Critics Competition is designed to help develop and promote the work of emerging art critics. Writers are asked to submit a review of an exhibition, performance, or site-specific intervention of between 800 and 1,000 words in length, by Friday April 19, 2013.
Oli Sorenson, Mapping Buren, 2012. Video Installation. Courtesy the artist and Angell Gallery. © Oli Sorenson 2012
3 November – 11 December 2012
at Angell Gallery, Toronto
Opening reception on Saturday 3 November 2012, 13.00 – 16.00
Oli Sorenson has always refused to define his production in terms of artistic discipline, as his body of work continually fluctuates between painting, video installation, digital printing, performance, and interactive projects. His choice of topics often focuses on identity and distributed authorship, as he first shot to international acclaim under the moniker “VJ Anyone”. Oli has collaborated with numerous bands such as Leftfield, MIA, Block Party and more, simultaneously to his studio production. Oli describes his approach as that of a remix artist: “I produce art as a DJ produces music.”
Image courtesy the artist and Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto
at Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto
13 September —13 October 2012
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, All Night Convenience, 2012 Courtesy of the artists and Pari Nadimi Gallery
Originally conceived in Paris in 2002, Nuit Blanche celebrates contemporary art in the span of a single night, from sunset to sunrise. This weekend is Toronto’s turn with Scotibank Nuit Blanche keeping the city awake all night long. In its seventh edition, the event showcases over 150 contemporary art projects headlined by the exhibition Museum for the End of the World at the City Hall curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow featuring 14 artist projects, including Douglas Coupland, Thomas Blanchardm, Iris Häussler, Dana Claxton, An Te Liu, Tania Mouraud and more. Another 29 commissioned projects feature Ceal Foyer, Catherine Yass, Oliver Husain, Kelly Mark, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Neil Campbell to name a few, in addition to 15 Open Call Projects, 4 Sponsor Projects and 96 Independent projects including Christian Marclay’s The Clock at The Power Plant, giving audiences a perfect opportunity for a sleepless night. Moreover, ‘Nuit Talks’ offers a series of free themed discussions for candid exchanges, for a overarching contemplation of the creative activities in Toronto as well as some behind-the-scenes peeks at the wealth of art and artists within one of North America’s largest contemporary art events.
Scotibank Nuit Blanche 2012
Saturday 29 September 2012
7.03 pm to sunrise
For more info: scotibanknuitblanche.ca
Toronto’s Power Plant is currently presenting Continuous Coverage, an exhibition by Berlin based Israeli artist Omer Fast showing three of his most significant projects spanning the last decade: CNN Concatenated (2002), 5,000 Feet is the Best (2011) and Continuity (2012). Canadian Art mag talked to the artist during his visit in Toronto.
David Roberts Art Foundation – one of London’s top private collection-based foundations – relocated from the increasingly buzzing area of Fitzrovia to more spacious accommodations in Mornington Crescent, Camden inaugurating with the exhibition The House of Leaves. Lorena Muõz-Alonso asks the curator Vincent Honoré (part 1 & 2) about DRAF’s new move and future vision.
Hugues Charbonneau, former front man of Galerie Division in Montreal has opened his own space in the Belgo gallery complex building (Espace 308, 372 Ste-Catherine, Montreal) with its inaugurating show by painter Jean-Paul Pouliot. huguescharbonneau.com
Posted in News, Visual Arts
Tagged Art Asia Pacific, Art iT, Canadian Art, David Roberts Art Foundation, Frieze, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Gillman Barracks, Gwangju Biennale, Hou Hanru, Jerry Saltz, London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Montréal, New York, Omer Fast, Roberta Smiths, São paulo Biennale, The Power Plant, Toronto
[from left] Emmanuelle Léonard, Citizens, protest, March 15, 2009, # 5137, 2009; Annie MacDonell, The present is the future of the past and the past of the future (The Fortune Teller) (detail), 2012; Jason Evans, Untitled from The Daily Nice, 2004-ongoing; Jo Longhurst, I Know What You’re Thinking (detail), 2003
The Grange Prize 2012 Shortlist
Jason Evans (Holyhead, Wales)
Emmanuelle Léonard (Montréal, QC)
Jo Longhurst (Essex, UK)
Annie MacDonell (Toronto, ON)
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan announce the four finalists for The Grange Prize 2012, supporting the artistic development of four photographic artists whose work has shown extraordinary promise over the past three years. The finalists receive international artist residencies, exhibitions of their work at the AGO in Toronto, Canada and Canada House in London, UK, and a chance to win the prize. The shortlist was selected by a jury of leading Canadian and British photography experts, and the winner will be chosen by public vote. Public voting takes place inside the exhibitions and online at thegrangeprize.com.
22 August – 30 October 2012 VOTE NOW !
Scott McFarland’s large-scale photographic mural “Corner of the Courageous, Repatriation Ceremony for Sergant Martin Goudreault, Grenville St., Toronto, Ontario, June 9th 2010″ (2012) in the courtyard of MOCCA. Photo by M-KOS
Toronto’s vibrant art scene and exuberant artist community package many artist-run spaces, a number of notable commercial galleries as well as important public and private art institutions. The annual Scotibank Contact photography festival testifies as a case study to the city’s cultural dynamism, currently showcasing over 100 artists under the theme: Public. M-KOS journeyed to Toronto for this occasion and more, featuring the Canadian metropolis within our regular Art Marathon.
Posted in Art Marathon, Visual Arts
Tagged Angell Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Artist-run centre, Birch Libralato, Contact Photography Festival, Diaz Contemporary, G Gallery, Gallery TPW, Gendai Gallery, Georgia Scherman Projects, Mercer Union, MKG127, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, O'Born Contemporary, Susan Hobbs, The Power Plant, Toronto
One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream, (pastel, 1895) fetched $119,9M (Sale price $107M + the buyer’s premium) at Sotheby’s New York on 2 May, a record for auction history. The sale was dominated by two telephone bidders, over a tense ten minutes period. Sotherby’s auctioneer Tobias Meyer was caught exclaiming “I love you!” to one phone bidder when prices soared up to $106M. You can watch an excerpt here. We are all curious to know who won the bidding match for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Petter Olsen, the seller of the painting personally hoped the bidding winner to be MoMA NY…
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Tagged Ai Weiwei, Auction, Berlin, Berlin Biennale, Contact, David Hockney, David Weiss, Ed Rucha, Edvard Munch, Fischil&Weiss, Frieze, Guggenheim, Hilton Kramer, Jeff Wall, Laurence Weiner, London, New York, Paris, Pompidou, Sobey Art Award, Sotheby's, Toronto, Turner Prize, Vancouver, Vanvouver Art Gallery, White Box