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20140223090224-jb Watchlist Artist: Zin Taylor  
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Zin Taylor at Jessica Bradley Gallery 2/23/14 Posted 2/23/14

Jessica Bradley Gallery is pleased to present Brussels-based Canadian artist Zin Taylor’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.Since 2012, Taylor’s ongoing body of work, The Story of Stripes and Dots, has been exhibited internationally. Spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, video and sound, Taylor’s storytelling begins with formal hallmarks of abstraction, the stripe and the dot. With an expansive and philosophical approach to art making, Taylor employs familiar... [more]

Sobey Art Award 2014: Call for nominations  
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2/10/14 Posted 2/10/14

Deadline: February 28, 2014 The annual total prize value for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award, has been increased to 100,000 CAD. In addition to the 50,000 CAD prize awarded to the winner of the Sobey Art Award, additional funding will increase the award to each of the four remaining short-listed artists to 10,000 CAD (previously 5,000 CAD) and to introduce a 500 CAD award to each of the remaining 20 long-listed artists. “The Sobey Art Awa... [more]

20131121082118-01_boudreau Watchlist Artist: Olivia Boudreau  
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Olivia Boudreau at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects 11/21/13 Posted 11/21/13

In The Steam Bath, a video installation by Olivia Boudreau, women appear and disappear through dissolving curtains of steam. Old and young, the women lie back, slouch, and sit on sauna benches. Within this life-size frame of blue tiled walls, Boudreau lulls us towards a sentient experience of an intimate interior. On the screen, the humidity is palpable: hair is wet and skin is slick. As the hiss of hot air clears for the first time, a lingering veil of performance settles in. In what feels like a carefull... [more]

Art Toronto Opens This Week: Our Upcoming Coverage of the Fair  
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10/21/13 Posted 10/21/13

Art Toronto is Canada's largest gathering of international contemporary art, a world-class affair that attracts the many collectors and arts professionals of Canada to its cultural hub. Our Art Toronto Special Edition, coming out this week, will give you an in-depth preview of what to see, which booths to visit, and what artists to watch out for at the fair and out in the city! *ArtSlant's Special Editions cover worldwide art fairs, biennials and the art world.... [more]

Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates opening week of 'David Bowie is' (Sep. 25 - Nov. 27, 2013)  
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9/13/13 Posted 9/13/13

(Excerpt from 'David Bowie is dressing up and staying out late during opening week at the AGO' posted on AGO website. Found here http://www.ago.net/david-bowie-is-dressing-up-and-staying-out-late-during-opening-week-at-the-ago) An exhibit of iconic British pop star David Bowie’s costumes, lyrics and other memorabilia will go on display at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, straight from the Victoria & Albert museum in London, England. The record-breaking exhibition David Bowie... [more]

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announces 2013 short list  
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8/31/13 Posted 8/31/13

(Excerpt from 'Art Gallery of Ontario' posted on e-flux. Found here http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/aimia-ago-photography-prize-announces-2013-short-list) The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada's largest photography prize and one of the largest arts and culture prize programs in the world. On August 27, Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading internati... [more]

20130530165044-cobain_lr FrameWork 8/13: Althea Thauberger on Duane Linklater  
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Duane Linklater at Susan Hobbs Gallery June 20th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

A STORY Upon stepping off Tecumseth Street and entering the gallery, a massive diagonal graphic stretching from ceiling to floor, like a cartoon lightning bolt, startles. It seems a bit funny. Overly dramatic or inappropriate. It is a bright, sunny, psycho yellow,[1] and sings, or zings, against the white. In the far corner, hang two prints with images you know. Out of habit, you glance left (where there is a framed print),[2] hesitate for a second, and walk towards it. The matte and frame are u... [more]

20130530165044-cobain_lr Duane Linklater - Artforum Review  
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Duane Linklater at Susan Hobbs Gallery June 20th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY 137 Tecumseth Street June 20–August 10 Growing up on the land of the Moose Cree First Nation near the tip of James Bay in northern Ontario, Duane Linklater had two choices in or out: by small plane or, more frequently, via the Ontario Northland Railway, which, until government cutbacks forced the closure of the southern segment of the line last year, ran some 530 (often desolate) miles between the town of Moosonee and Toronto. To call it a lifeline might be an overstatement, b... [more]

20130530165044-cobain_lr Duane Linklater: Two worlds, gently colliding  
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Duane Linklater at Susan Hobbs Gallery June 20th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

Ontario's Sobey Award finalist focuses on his Native identity through a thoughtful, thoroughly contemporary lens By Murray Whyte June 21, 2013 For decades, the Ontario Northland train rumbled north and south, a conduit between the hectic metropolis of Toronto to the far-flung communities on the shores of James Bay. Up, way up, in Moosonee, Duane Linklater had the railway's simple gold-and-blue logo imprinted on his brain from his youngest years. Up there, there's no road; over land, the train... [more]

Watchlist Artist: Eric Doeringer  
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8/8/13 Posted 8/8/13

This summer, NO FOUNDATION presents Survey, an exhibition by New York-based artist Eric Doeringer. Survey features Doeringer's artwork from the past five years, recreating works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, On Kawara, Edward Ruscha, John Baldessari, Richard Prince and Damien Hirst. The gallery will be re-hung every two weeks, with each mini-exhibition containing Doeringer's versions of works by a different group of artists. Doeringer has replicated artworks spanning movements... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Mirek Jan Bialy  
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7/6/13 Posted 7/6/13

(Image: Mirek Jan Bialy, Entry to a dream, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 36 X 7/8 Inches; © Mirek Jan Bialy) Mirek Jan Bialy (b. 1960, Sopot) My work is intuitive. I use form, shape, texture and colour to express my emotions. For many years I experimented with a number of different styles, including portraits, still lives, abstract paintings, landscapes and symbolic paintings. Now, I am committed to abstract, influence by many great artists such as Michael Goldberg, Marc Rothko, Willem... [more]

20130703152513-cdz_051513_005_prs Watchlist Artist: Chris Dorosz  
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Chris Dorosz at Katzman Contemporary 7/3/13 Posted 7/3/13

Molecular Portraits is the first in a new series of “mass” paintings that investigate form through molecular composition. The objective is to visualize a denuded reality, stripped of its narrative, offering the viewer a glimpse of the multifarious elements that comprise matter. Referencing his well-known three-dimensional paint drop sculptures, Dorosz flattens the scene and presents his perspective in two dimensions. The paintings are composed with irregular dots, constructed from carefully ca... [more]

AGO unveils monumental bronze sculpture series by artist Ai Weiwei in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square  
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6/21/13 Posted 6/21/13

(Excerpt from 'Art Gallery of Ontario unveils monumental bronze sculpture series by artist Ai Weiwei in Toronto' posted on Art Daily. Found here www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=63371#.UcQ--qxBPOc)   Crafted in China, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads recreates a series of sculptures designed in the 18th century by Italian artist Giuseppe Castiglione, which once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness), an imperial retreat outside Beijing. ... [more]

Geoffrey Farmer wins the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO  
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6/8/13 Posted 6/8/13

(Excerpt from 'Pioneering Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer wins the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO' posted on Art Gallery of Ontario. Found here http://www.ago.net/pioneering-canadian-artist-geoffrey-farmer-wins-the-2013-gershon-iskowitz-prize-at-the-ago)   A graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art And Design in Vancouver, multi-disciplinary artist Geoffrey Farmer is this year's winner of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Art Gallery of Ontario (... [more]

Art Gallery of Ontario presents Discursive Space Conference (20–22 Jun. 2013)  
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6/8/13 Posted 6/8/13

(Excerpt from 'Discursive Space Conference' posted on art and education. Found here http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:djhOamvLd8IJ:www.artandeducation.net/announcement/art-gallery-of-ontario-presents-discursive-space-conference/+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk)   The theme of the conference, “Discursive Space: breaking barriers to effective spatial communication in museums”,  provides a forum for deliberation concerning the integration of art, design, and architecture in the creation of memorable and immersive museum experiences, while balancing the pub... [more]

20130412182632-oliver_husain_pandan_cake_mix_lr Kathleen Smith on Oliver Husain - FrameWork 5/13  
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Oliver Husain at Susan Hobbs Gallery May 2nd, 2013 - June 8th, 2013
Posted 5/30/13

FrameWork 5/13 Kathleen Smith on Oliver Husain   gebimsel = in German, domestic decorations hanging from the walls or ceiling. A word is a feeling is a lifestyle is a socio-political analysis. On a day filled with wandering and shopping and lunching you may find yourself at Susan Hobbs Gallery just south of the Queen West strip on Tecumseth. In a skinny re-purposed building – a remnant of Toronto’s industrial past – is a tiny door set back from the sidewalk. Duck and enter. On the walls of t... [more]


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