Thursday, September 30, 2010

Meeting of the Styles is now Can You Rock


and it merely took them three weeks to get their promo video done... Guess I'm going to have to get down to Saint Patrick street to see what they did.

Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin on Jenny Schade and Adad Hannah


Ok, I'm going to have to start playing catch up, not only had I never heard of Jenny Schade before Stefan wrote about her, but I almost missed his post on the Art21 blog about her (something about Fridays I guess). Looks like I'm going to have to track her down.

Adad Hannah on the other hand is a very known quantity. But as usual, Stefan writes about him and his work very eloquently and clearly.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin on Yves Médam and The Kokoromi Collective


Surprise, surprise!! I'd never heard of Yves Médam before Stefan's interview with him on the Art21 blog but back in 2003 Zeke's Gallery exhibited the photography of James St. Laurent and their work is pretty gosh darn similar.

However me 'n' The Kokoromi Collective go way back... but Stefan's post about them is informative, entertaining and educational.

It almost makes me want to move to Indianapolis


No matter how much I get a kick out of seeing a promo video for the Association of Art Museum Directors 2010 Annual Meeting (especially since Marc Mayer has a starring role!), three months to edit and post is about two and a half months too long.

Good thing, as I really don't want to move to Indianapolis...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin on Shelley Miller and Paul Warne


Last week, over at Art21, Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin was the guest blogger.

I figured I'd wait a little bit and let the hubbub die down a little bit before posting links to what he wrote. So you'll be getting two/day for the rest of the week. And if you couldn't tell, I think they are fabulous, wonderful and amazing.

Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin on Shelley Miller
Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin on Paul Warne

Also, if you're interested, this is the interview I did with Shelley Miller back in 2009.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OK, I'll jump on the bandwagon


But only because it is hilarious!

If you want to see the original version, or the 'long' version click appropriately.

I gotta thank whomever wrote this article about Stephen Harper's political strategy in Québec for cluing me in.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is good


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer got an extremely nice write up in The Guardian last Friday.

Armand Vaillancourt is God!


I'm not quite certain who or what is, but I thank them from the bottom of my heart, as their brief blurb on Armand Vaillancourt reminded me of this two part interview he did earlier this year on CIBL. Part One, Part Two.

The man is amazing God!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Linda Covit and Marie-Claude Séguin getting respect in the rest of the world


I have yet to walk up them, but Linda Covit & Marie-Claude Séguin's Give Peace A Chance stairs got a very nice write up/picture show in Arch Daily on Tuesday.

Quatre Artistes Canadiens, a film by Albert Tessier


Unfortunately I can't embed it, so you have to click here to watch it. 13 silent minutes from 1939 that are more like home movies than what we would recognize as biographies - more like black and white portraits that are not still. Mostly on Rodolphe Duguay and Horatio Walker but Clarence Gagnon and Ozias Leduc make cameo appearances as well.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Why you should only buy art that you love...


Read the English translation here, or the original article in French, here.

More on Richard McClintock


Douglas Quan talks to Bonnie Czegledi because she has an article being published in next month's Canadian Criminal Law Review about Art Crimes, although the sentencing of Richard McClintock didn't hurt either. All that appears are a bunch of cliches.

Edward Hopper's New York at the National Gallery of Art, Washington


Yes, I know it has nothing to do with art in Canada, Quebec or Montreal. But gosh darn it, I like Edward Hopper's work.

But don't go getting all excited and making plans to travel down to Washington DC, somehow they just published the video on Art Babble, despite the show itself having been closed for more than two years.

And upon doing some more digging, there's a whole lot more...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Extreme niche podcasts for fame and fortune with Chris “Zeke” Hand


Thomas W. Gaehtgens visits Québec, I don't get a postcard


Read all about it here, because it ain't gonna make headlines anywhere else.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How many ways can you split $2,620,625?


A local artist, Pierre Pivet made 12 paintings of retired Canadiens players. Those paintings were transformed into limited edition silkscreen prints (875 of them) each set in a velour slipcase on arches paper.

[Insert obligatory "Ooooooooh" here]

If Danielle Caron and Galerie MX succeed in selling all of them, a bunch of people get to split $2,620,625. Or if you prefer $218,385.42 per painting.

Cart Before Horse


A press release from the city about how have hired five 'graffiteurs' last weekend to paint the Van Horne viaduct (why not a chicken?). The only problem being, that they name the DJ who will be playing tunes, but there is no mention of the names of the artists. Hmmm...

Hylozoic Ground: A suspended geotextile that gradually accumulates hybrid soil


Canadians getting respect abroad! Woo-Hoo!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Episode 111: Lev Bratishenko [Zeke's Alternate Art Interview]


Episode 111 [14:23]
MP3 18MB / FLAC 144MB / Ogg Vorbis 10MB or Stream

Chris 'Zeke' Hand interviewing Lev Bratishenko of The Canadian Centre for Architecture about a variety of topics relating to his work there.


Originally broadcast on the Monday Morning After on CKUT 90.3 FM, Montreal.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Richard McClintock, two years less a day


I'm not quite certain how to interpret this, but Richard McClintock got sentenced to two years in prison, less one day after being found guilty of forging a bunch of paintings.

The reason I am uncertain has everything to do with the nature of the reporting. In yesterday's Le Soleil, Guy Benjamin writes that he forged 90 paintings by more than 20 different painters, and that an art collector from Toronto spent $600 thinking they were getting a bargain.

But back in January, Sylvain Trépanier from the Journal du Quebec wrote that the 90 paintings had a value of $1,500,000, or about $17,000/each. And that he was being accused of selling two fake Marcel Barbeau paintings for $3,500/each.

Richard Hénault of Le Soleil wrote last January that McClintock forged 73 paintings by 25 different artists, but didn't mention prices or value.

Éric Thibault of the Journal du Quebec also writes about 73 paintings by 25 different artists, however he does mention certain details, such as the names of two galleries, who I presume bought the fake Barbeau's: Galerie Aux Maîtres Anciens and Galerie L'Art Ancien.

Rene Bruemmer, writing in The Gazette, mentions selling two paintings to unnamed Montreal art galleries at a price of $25,000/each, and increases the total amount of forged paintings to 80.

At some point I'm going to have to go find the judgment and corresponding documents and perhaps talk to someone involved with the Sûreté du Québec's équipe d’enquête sur les crimes en matière d’œuvres d’art if I want to get to the bottom of this and figure out what really happened.

[Update a couple of hours later: In Germany, Petra Kujau, was fined $380,000 this week and given a two-year suspended sentence for selling 300 fake forgeries! - via Museum Security Network]

Monday, September 6, 2010

American Art World Monopoly


It's a holiday Monday here, so you're going to have to go outside and play today... However, since I hear the weather isn't as nice in some other places as it here, for those of you who have rain and/or cold, stay inside and play American Art World Monopoly.

[via Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin from Joanne Mettera]

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tom Wesselmann coming to the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal


It is a good thing I read the fine print. According to Steven Rosen of Cincinnati's City Beat (their equivalent of the Montreal Mirror) we're going to be getting a major retrospective on the art of Tom Wesselmann. My guess would be fall 2011 or winter 2012.

But what a difference a museum director makes. With the previous director, Guy Cogeval, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal collaborated on major retrospectives with other museums like The Hermitage and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Now it does deals with places (no dis-respect intended) like the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (did you know that Cincinnati isn't even the largest town in Ohio? And Richmond isn't the largest town in Virginia, either)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Buying art on Kijiji


Came across this listing. Some red flags were waving and I figured I would share them here. A) Why is the smaller painting more expensive? B) In the same way that you wouldn't buy a used car without having a mechanic give it complete check-up, don't buy art without having someone familiar with the artist's work authenticate it (complete with guarantee) and C) definitely meet the seller in person and face-to-face so that you can see if the paintings are damaged in any way.

Garage Doors in Quebec City


There's a great blog about 250 km north east of here. It's called Monuments de Québec, and earlier this week they went into full on silly season mode and posted about some kick-ass garage doors up there.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Loaning pieces


From Centreville, Newfoundland to Montreal.

Loretta Fasan gets quizzed


The interview, Loretta Fasan's website, and Loretta Fasan's blog...