Katie Addleman

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The Guggenheim’s Early Treasures at AGO   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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, 2014
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 exhibition’s organizers began with a... [more]
What Comes After the Royal Art Lodge?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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 not about fine detail... [more]
Sublime Vision   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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... [more]
Oh Those Colours!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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... [more]
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.... [more]
Say Something   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lalla Essaydi at Smithsonian National Museum of African Art May 9th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013
Posted 7/10/12
Lalla Essaydi, Moroccan-born, French-educated, resident of New York City by way of Saudi Arabia, wants very much to say something. Something specific, about immigration and the personal losses thus incurred, nineteenth-century Orientalist painting and its (mis)representation of Middle Eastern women, the particular condition of being female in Morocco. The National Museum of African Art has accorded her the space to do it with Lalla Essaydi: Revisions, a show concerned with presenting a complete... [more]
Beach and Beach   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Harry Callahan, Mitch Epstein, Nicholas Nixon, Aaron Siskind, Massimo Vitali, Garry Winogrand at Corcoran Gallery of Art June 9th, 2012 - October 14th, 2012
Posted 6/25/12
I grew up in Miami in the 1980s. “Beach” has a very distinct meaning for me: body oil, potato chips, neon smears of zinc oxide. Basically, a hazy public square veneered with general tackiness. Apparently, however, there are other kinds of beaches: isolated and clean; rocky and Soviet; grassy and suited to an Edith Wharton-style romance (white linen, straw hats, picnic baskets devoid of Pringles). All are on display, in works that represent more than 100 years of photographic processes and... [more]
Brute Materials   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Benjamin Sabatier at Galerie Jerome De Noirmont May 23rd, 2012 - July 12th, 2012
Posted 6/4/12
If for some reason you’d been worried that contemporary French art was turning into an overly-feminine affair (Grand Palais was so much more manly before Daniel Buren got in there to decorate), go see Benjamin Sebatier’s Hard Work. Bricks, cans, racks, nails, assorted construction-related instruments I’m too girly to know the name of — these are the artists’ materials in use here. The objects they compose seem, in their real or imagined dirtiness, vaguely out of place in the... [more]
Territory, Identity, Culture & Politics: Paris Triennale 2012   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Palais de Tokyo April 20th, 2012 - August 26th, 2012
Posted 5/5/12
It’s hard to imagine that there’s more than this — more than the hundreds of works currently filling the immense, labyrinthine new Palais de Tokyo as part of the 2012 Paris Triennale, Intense Proximity — but the event in fact continues at seven other locations in and just outside of Paris. It’s a dizzying thought. The exhibition at Palais de Tokyo is already more landscape than art show. I felt like I was wandering around some wonderful, unfamiliar country, snapping pictures of the exotic... [more]
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