Kerry James Marshall at the VAG

September 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

The grandiose and touching exhibition of Kerry James Marshall at the VAG makes it to the pages of Art Forum. Kudos to Kathleen Bartels (and our Jeff Wall) for putting together one of the most beautiful exhibitions of the year so far and for her overall brilliant work as the head of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Kerry James Marshall

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
VANCOUVER
Through January 3 2011
Curated by Kathleen Bartels and Jeff Wall

Kerry James Marshall’s 1993 canvas De Style, a vibrant, large-scale, multifigure painting of an African-American barbershop, was a breakthrough for the artist and set the basic parameters of his ensuing practice. In the years since, he has updated the ostensibly moribund genre of history painting with an important corpus of visually complex narrative tableaux. For the Chicago-based painter’s first solo show in Canada, De Style will join some twenty more recent works, including examples from his iconic series “Garden Project,” 1995, which richly reimagines the representation of public housing projects.(read more)

The Games are Open

September 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

August 5, The Games Are Open

Photo by Vancouver Sun

wheatboard announcement

Now that the Games are over The Games are Open can be viewed from Friday, September 10th.

A project by German artists Folke Kobberling and Martins Kaltwasser, this massive sculpture representing a bulldozer is made of 1,000 wheat board panels liberated from the neighbouring 2010 Olympic and Paralympic

Presented by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. The Games are Open is curated by Barbara Cole and is the second project of When the Hosts Come Home, a series of artists’ works that address issues of sustainability in the development of South East False Creek and will deteriorate gradually, becoming fodder to be offered to the gardens throughout the neighbouring development.

The constructing crew is formed by students of UBC, Emily Carr and Langara.

Julian Schnabel at the AGO

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Julian Schnabel:  Asia, 2007 oil on map mounted on linen

Julian Schnabel: Art and Film

September 1, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Art Gallery of Ontario

American art superstar Julian Schnabel has spent his life pushing the limits of painting and crossing artistic boundaries as an award-winning filmmaker. Now, for the first time, a major retrospective examines the connections between painting and film in Schnabel’s work, tracing how his paintings exist in dialogue with the cinema and revealing the rich interplay between the two media. Julian Schnabel: Art and Film surveys Schnabel’s work as a painter from the mid-1970s to the present and features more than 25 key works. The exhibition will occupy the entire fifth floor of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art.

Tha Canadian Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment


Via designboom

‘Hhylozoic Ground‘, Canada’s official national pavilion for this year’s La Biennale di Venezia, is an experimental piece of architecture that explores the qualities of contemporary wilderness. Designed by Canadian architect and sculptor Philip Beesley, the installation is constructed out of an intricate system of transparent acrylic meshwork links, covered with a network of interactive mechanical fronds, filters, and whiskers. (read more)

Rodney Graham is The Guardian’s Artist of The Week

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Rodney Graham's Good Hand Bad Hand (2010)

Shady dealing … Rodney Graham’s Good Hand Bad Hand (2010), courtesy of
the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Ken Adlard

Rodney Graham is artist of the week in the London’s Guardian. In Vancouver, his piece Dead Flowers in My Studio can be seen at the Contemporary Art Gallery until August 22nd, part of the group show Triumphant Carrot. The exhibition includes works by the likes of Jeff Wall (another Canadian legend) and Sam Taylor-Wood.
You may remember my comments on the Rodney Graham band at the Candahar during the Olympics.

From The Guardian:

Why we like him: For his film The Phonokinetoscope from 2001, Graham took acid and rode a bicycle backwards. While the soundtrack that accompanies this feat suggests 1970s-style delirium, the everyday footage suggests a chasm between inner states and outer reality.

Art rock: Graham formed new-wave band called UJ3RK5 (“you jerk” – the five is not pronounced) in his twenties with Jeff Wall, while his current ensemble, the Rodney Graham Band, morph between country rock, folk and psychedelia.

(read more)

RootsXDouglas Coupland Pop-Up Store Launch in Vancouver

July 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

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“I want people to get in here and say: Is this an art gallery or what is this?” said Douglas Coupland of the Roots pop-up store last night. The cocktail party was pretty much like any gallery opening. I saw many of the faces I usually see at art events around town, there were art and colours everywhere and wine was served ( Unoaked Chardonay from No99 Wayne Gretzky Estates). Kris Krug was my ‘plus one’ for the evening and took a great shot of me against a background of colourful targets.

The store will be open through the 28th  – “or longer” added Laura Simpson, PR of the brand.

With that I am done with local celebrities I wanted to meet in person. The list was Arthur Erickson (who I had the luck to meet before he passed), David Suzuki, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Douglas Coupland.

Canada Goes Electric – Roots x Coupland

July 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Roots had a good reason for giving the design of a clothing and accessories collection to an outside designer for the first time: they got renowned Canadian  writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland to do it. Coupland’s first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized the title term, which refers to Americans and Canadians who reached adulthood in the late 1980s. Coupland is a prolific artist and his work comments on Canada and pop culture.

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“For more than 10 years I’ve been intimately exploring what it means to be Canadian,” says Coupland. “This partnership with Roots is an amazing opportunity to keep that dialogue going with an even wider, more diverse audience.”

The collection, called Canada Goes Electric, hits selected stores July 8th. I bought a tote through the Facebook pre-sale page, and you can see that and other images in the slide show above. This alliance makes perfect sense to me, as Coupland’s blend of national inquiry and commercial instinct is in just the right balance here. The effect is playful, provocative, and most importantly, the clothes look terrific.


The Canadian Pavilion at Venice Biennale

June 15, 2009 § 3 Comments

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I am not sure if it’s true for every one of the sixty national pavilions throughout Venice, but Canadian Pavilion represents a lot of this country’s qualities, its love and respect for nature, its clean and transparent organization. The beautiful glass and brick structure was built in 1958 by Milanese architecture firm BBPR as part of Italy’s WWII reparations to Canada. This year, for the 53rd Biennale, it shows the work of Ontario artist Mark Lewis curated by Barbara Fischer. The project is a series of short silent movies called Cold Morning using the technique he became known for: rear projection.

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Jack Shadbolt – Works on Paper

May 26, 2009 § 2 Comments

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Image in Cedar Slash, 1947 Oil on wood board, 58.0 x 73.0 cm

Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) is one of Canada’s most important artists. He is known for his paintings and murals that draw from his personal experiences and from the social and political conflicts that have taken place in British Columbia’s and world history such as the struggles of the First Nations, the Second World War, and environmental movement. Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings is a celebration of the artist’s centenary and includes over 150 drawings and sketches from the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery [more]

Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery
http://www.belkin.ubc.ca/
May 1 – August 23, 2009

Arthur Erickson dead at 84

May 21, 2009 § Leave a comment


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Arthur Erickson and Lili Vieira de Carvalho

One of the most influential Canadian architects, Arthur Erickson was known for his use of glass in very elegant buildings. I had the pleasure and honour to have met him last December during the celebration of Diane Farris Gallery’s 25th anniversary. We chatted about Brazilian architecture and the adventure of building a modern city from scratch in the 60s, Brasilia. A gentleman and a very talented man.


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