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20140301194557-jennifer Successfully Safe Sculptures: The Attraction of the Familiar   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Iris Häussler, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, An Te Liu at Daniel Faria Gallery February 13th - March 22nd
Posted 2/27/14

There's a dubious trend in contemporary art in North America right now that seems to be flying under the radar, likely due to its pleasant appeal and harmlessly inoffensive nature. It's typically a combination of two seemingly nice things: nostalgia and sentiment. This three-person show at Daniel Faria gallery is an example of a sentimental rehashing of modernist sensibilities, and it succeeds on certain levels, in that it looks just like art we know and love. On those same levels it fails. An Te... [more]

20131220155149-gleizes-headinalandscape The Guggenheim’s Early Treasures at AGO   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso at Art Gallery of Ontario November 30th, 2013 - March 2nd
Posted 12/20/13

Before even getting to a description of this exhibition I am advising you to see it. At the risk of exposing my tastes as those of an old white man, “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918” curated by the Guggenheim’s Tracey Bashkoff and on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario until the 2nd of March, is among the best major museum shows I’ve seen in the past few years. Granted, I’m into the canon, and furthermore, the exhibiti... [more]

20131110182205-breitz Broken Mirror Narcissus   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Candice Breitz, James Coupe, Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Shaw, Jamie Shovlin, Laurel Woodcock at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) September 5th, 2013 - December 29th, 2013
Posted 11/10/13

Perhaps the best place to begin is with a simple metaphor. Imagine you are looking into a broken mirror, not in any dramatic or troubled way, but such that your reflection takes on multiple vantage points: the nape of your neck matched against your ear, a singular eye inset against the cheekbone, the edge of your mouth framed without either a smile or a frown – disembodied, disassociated with the idea of a “whole,” and ultimately transformed by the very nature of fragmentation. This pro... [more]

Special Edition: Art Toronto   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/24/13

CANADIAN CONTENT Is Art Toronto too regional? By Joel Kuennen In 1968, the idea of Canadian Content was set down as law in the Broadcasting Act of Canada. It ensures that “each broadcasting undertaking shall make maximum use, and in no case less than predominant use, of Canadian creative and other resources in the creation and presentation of programming.” As Ryan Edwardson aptly points out in his book Canadian Content: Culture and the Quest for Nationhood (2008), Canadian Content is a... [more]

20131023223025-2934 Canadian Content   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) October 25th, 2013 - October 28th, 2013
Posted 10/23/13

In 1968, the idea of Canadian Content was set down as law in the Broadcasting Act of Canada. It ensures that “each broadcasting undertaking shall make maximum use, and in no case less than predominant use, of Canadian creative and other resources in the creation and presentation of programming.” As Ryan Edwardson aptly points out in his book Canadian Content: Culture and the Quest for Nationhood (2008), Canadian Content is a cultural response to a very determined approach to country-b... [more]

20131004081318-lexier_3 Heads and Tails   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Micah Lexier at The Power Plant September 21st, 2013 - January 5th
Posted 10/4/13

The overlap between artist and curator has a long history in Toronto – perhaps because of a lack of regional support, a need for more established art institutions, schools, and non-profits that hold curatorial positions, or the subsequent absence of a collector base for young artists – and this can sometimes sometimes prove problematic. A current exhibition by Micah Lexier, One, and Two, and More Than One, at The Power Plant comes the closest to what I have seen as striking a working balance between the two p... [more]

20130706161344-animals_sharpies_detail3 What Comes After the Royal Art Lodge?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Neil Farber & Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Adrian Williams at Division Gallery June 27th, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 7/6/13

“After the Royal Art Lodge,” which opened last week at Division Gallery, is not for the myopic. It requires a lot of close looking. The group show of new work from Adrian Williams, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Neil Farber, and the duo of Farber and Michael Dumontier, and slightly older pieces from Marcel Dzama, features 23 works in diverse media — paint, ink, watercolour, wood, old sweater — of which the majority are either small or elaborated with pictures and words. The work is... [more]

20130412174031-08_iris_haussler A Portrait of Obsession   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Iris Häussler at Daniel Faria Gallery April 3rd, 2013 - May 11th, 2013
Posted 4/12/13

To encounter Iris Häussler’s sculptures in a white box gallery is a rarity, as the artist’s work is usually found in immersive site-specific installations involving fictive narratives and incredibly detailed staging. On view at Daniel Faria Gallery is something of a retrospective grouping of the artist’s concept drawings, along with the sculptures she created under the auspices of various fictional characters: Mary O’Shea, Joseph Wagenbach, and Ted Wilson. Now Iris Häussler “invites” us to view... [more]

20121219101520-the_villa_at_hve_zda__belvedere__ Sublime Vision   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Josef Sudek at Art Gallery of Ontario October 3rd, 2012 - April 7th, 2013
Posted 12/19/12

It is difficult not to be moved by the work of Josef Sudek. The Czech photographer, who died in Prague in 1976 at the age of eighty, had such a way with light and eye for composition that common things commonly arranged became testaments to the idea that beauty is everywhere, available to those who can see it. Curated by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Maia Sutnik, Josef Sudek: The Legacy of a Deeper Vision pulls entirely from the gallery’s own collection, which includes almost 1,000 prints by the ph... [more]

20121105042415-the_bride_s_last_encounter_with_her_lovers_48_x_84 Oh Those Colours!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kristine Moran at Daniel Faria Gallery October 26th, 2012 - November 24th, 2012
Posted 11/7/12

Kristine Moran’s work looks good on websites. It looks good in magazines and on gallery flyers. But oh, my god, it looks great in person. Maybe that’s why everyone and everyone’s mother turned out to see it at the opening of Between Life and Death at Daniel Faria last Friday. We were all there, local high rollers and sloppy art fans, clumped about on the gallery’s expansive floor space, trying and failing to talk to each other about something other than the pictures. Speaking of space: Daniel F... [more]

20121024191628-geoffrey_pugen_-cheers Why Toronto?: Focus on Toronto International Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) October 26th, 2012 - October 29th, 2012
Posted 10/24/12

If ever asked to conjure up a list of international art fairs I would bet Art Toronto is pretty low on that list (that’s even if the fair makes it on the list at all). With such heavy hitting art fairs like Frieze, Hong Kong International Art Fair, The Armory Show, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami, it’s obvious why Art Toronto could be overlooked on an international art market platform. However, Art Toronto does fill a necessary hole for Canadian collectors. One could literally walk around this fair and... [more]

20121024204644-4thpathway5 The City Wants Art: Gallery Offerings During Art Toronto   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/24/12

Even if you don’t go to the swanky preview party at the Art Gallery of Ontario, even if you don’t make it down to Metro Convention Centre at all, you will feel Art Toronto in the city this weekend. The biggest art fair in the country, it will accommodate some 100 galleries and 20,000 attendees (watch them stream in over land, air, and water!) and prove, as always, a crucial moment in the yearly calendar of artists, their handlers, and the patrons who feed, clothe, and make stars of both. Knowing the... [more]

Siblingtopics-112 A Dialogue in a Trecartian Tone   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Peter Campus, Joachim Koester, Sharon Lockhart, Ryan Trecartin at The Power Plant March 26th, 2010 - May 24th, 2010
Posted 5/4/10

      This dialogue, derived from texts by art critic Hal Foster and physicist Richard Feynman, among others, has been mediated by the internet personas of Hunter S. Thompson, Edgar Allan Poe and Raymond Chandler. In a post-humanistic stasis, and based on Ryan Trecartin's major exhibtion at the Power Plant in Toronto, the mode of dialogue gains a Trecartinian tone. Written and regurgitated with Mathew Timmons.   1: For the non- initiate public the situation is quite different (as opposed to trans... [more]

Mutu-thisyoucall-288 Toronto: Year in Review by curator David Moos   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wangechi Mutu at Art Gallery of Ontario February 24th, 2010 - May 23rd, 2010
Posted 2/7/10

David Moos-- "2009 unfolded with a vibrant decentered logic..." There were great projects and exhibitions happening in all parts of the city—from larger institutions to private galleries and art festivals. In the summer of ‘09 Mark Lewis represented Canada at Venice and by late August audiences could encounter his films at the University of Toronto’s Barnicke Gallery where pavilion commissioner Barbara Fischer assembled Lewis urban films into a coherent portrait of the modern city. That coincided... [more]

01 From the ArtSlant Archive: An Epic Exploration   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Adel Abdessemed, Franz Ackermann, Angela Bulloch, Mircea Cantor, Cerith Wyn Evans, The Otolith Group, Henrik Håkansson, Antonia Hirsch, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Kimsooja, Jed Lind, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Josiah McElheny, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Tania Mouraud, Gabriel Orozco, Adrian Paci, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Fred Tomaselli, Keith Tyson at The Power Plant June 12th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009
Posted 8/15/09

Editor's Note: In honor of the opening of ArtSlant Toronto, we dug through our archives of Toronto reviews from the past few years. We're featuring the following review from David Yu, for its particular celebration of the Toronto scene, which remains cutting edge and experimental.   I’ve been away from the Toronto art scene for a number of years and was looking forward to revisiting the city that served as backdrop to the cultivation of my love for contemporary art. What I miss most about the T... [more]

Pulp003 Made in Canada   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marc Bell, Tasha Brotherton, Mark Delong, Barry Doupe, Shayne Ehman, Liz Garlicki, James Kirkpatrick, The Lions, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jennie O'Keefe, Seth Scriver, Peter Thompson at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) June 27th, 2009 - August 23rd, 2009
Posted 8/15/09

Pulp Fiction is a great exhibition that showcases a uniquely North American trend in art practice which sprung out of the 1990’s and continues on to this day.  It arose out of the need for emerging Canadian talent to find spaces and networks in order to collaborate and create new work. Because of a lack of funding and available exhibition spaces, artists sought out like-minded others, self-organized exhibition spaces and created opportunity for themselves. This led to the development of a c... [more]


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