Thursday, March 31, 2011

OK, so that's who can be blamed


Last month Place des Arts finally finished construction on Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme. As I was wandering around it (more on what I think about it later) I kinda wondered to myself, who the heck was Georges-Émile Lapalme? Neither the French or English Wikipedia pages give much detail. But last week Isabelle Paré wrote a wonderful article in Le Devoir explaining in detail who he was and why they named it after him.

As long as today is criticize the Gazette day...


Last Friday (yes, I know... I'm a slow reader, so sue me!) Peggy Curran wrote about a kind of cool website that maps public art about literature. One small problem, they got the link wrong. See if you can spot the error. http://www/ doesn't quite cut it as a link...

302 words is not a review


At first I was kinda pleased to see some writing about the visual arts in the Montreal Gazette last weekend. But then I went and read the 302 words that John Pohl wrote about the Kent Monkman show at "Concordia's Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery" (seven words, right there, 2% of the entire article). Since newspapers are constantly complaining about not having enough money, I have one suggestion for the Gazette on how to save money.

Instead of pretending to care about the visual arts in town, and publishing what effectively is a reprint of a press release from the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery and then having to pay for it. I'm fairly certain that the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery would not mind one bit if the Montreal Gazette just went and reprinted the press release.

Instead of lines like "This striking show is buttressed by 19th-century paintings, photographs and artifacts borrowed from the collections of the McCord Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts." The Gazette could publish lines like "The exhibition brings together new paintings and objects... and a new video by Monkman presented alongside a selection of 19th century European, North American and aboriginal artifacts and paintings borrowed from the collections of the McCord Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts."

Or "Monkman appropriates the style of history paintings and adds sexual content, sometimes in the form of pornography, on beautifully painted canvases. But the mood stays sombre as the revisionist history sinks in." Could be replaced by "Monkman revisits North American historical events and cultural representations proposing alternative narratives and possibilities that mine the discourse of civilization and the ethos of foundational myths."

OK, perhaps "the discourse of civilization and the ethos of foundational myths" is a little bit much for the Gazette, but you get the picture.

The press release is 275 words and is free, the "review" is 302 words and costs good cash money. Which one would you prefer to read over your morning coffee?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PVM in academic goobledy-gook


What I initially hoped would be an informative article about the construction and history of Place Ville Marie, instead, by the seventh paragraph turns into something approaching a parody of someone with more academic degrees than brains trying to justify the amount of money they spent on tuition.

Its accretive logic unified all elements as though they were simply part of a single, continuous interior my eye.

Go! Jessica Alley, Go!!


Over at Forget the Box, Jessica Alley writes glowingly about the vernissage of Beauty in Obsession at Galerie Rye earlier this month.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

$100 million for international cultural projects.


So how much of the $100 million for international cultural projects announced in the Quebec government's budget earlier this month will be going to the Cirque du Soleil and other similar companies? And how much will be going to things like Extreme Gestures?

And speaking of Extreme Gestures how sucessful was it? I can 't find a darn thing about it in any New York based media outlet anywhere (Google News search, Yahoo News search, Bing News search). It did however make it The Rover and Le Devoir, ooooooohh!

More proof that Quebecois art is very undervalued


I don't know if you caught the news, but earlier this month Mzabab Bennani and Margareth Christopoulos were busted for using fraudulent credit cards to purchase art.

But what caught my eye was the line. "34 works of art, worth a total of $245,000." Or in simple math, an average of $7,205.88, each. Or in plain English, cheap.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fine writing from Amina Batyreva


Over at the McGill Daily, Ms. Batyreva (I presume that she is a she, but I could be wrong. If I am, apologies). writes a very nice review of Memento Mori / Bone Again the current exhibit at Art Mûr.

Remembering Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Anorectic Albino


Over at the Walker Art Center they have a great blog post about Michèle Steinwald modeling the piece, along with a scan of an article from the Montreal Gazette about the "furror" over it.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Leo Castelli was pretty cool


Who knew?!? The Art Gallery of Ontario podcasts! Annie Cohen-Solal gave a lecture on Leo Castelli in both Toronto and Montreal. The Toronto one is here.

A great line


"Pomp met circumstance..." And the video

- via Illicit Cultural Property and Museum Security network

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Go Shelley Miller


Shelley Miller makes the news in Victoria! Woo-Hoo!

Where are parts 1 and 2?


Bravo! to Canadian Art, Part 3 is right here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Betcha Mr. Brainwash ends up sharing


According to the Art Newspaper, Mr. Brainwash is being sued by Glen E. Friedman over his use of a photograph of Run DMC.

And more on why I think Mr. Brainwash is going to share his cash.

Ken Lum makes it onto Art21's blog


Right here, thanks to Raji Sohal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hamburgers and Art. What more do you need?


Bob's Burgers outdoes themselves this week. Click on the link to watch it.

Critical Failure


Monday, March 21, 2011

Montreal Gallery doing well in Maastricht


The lede from a Bloomberg news article over the weekend:

A unique 1945 Joan Miro wood sculpture, "Oiseau Lunaire," priced at $5 million, was confirmed sold today at the opening of the world’s largest art-and-antiques fair. The Miro had been put on reserve at the booth of the Montreal-based gallery Landau Fine Art Inc. during yesterday's VIP preview of Tefaf, the European Fine Art Fair, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird
Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird by supermayd
This is a cast version (the one the Landau's sold was wood) and this one is in front of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. But I presume that it looks kind of similar to the one that sold.

[Edit 10:25: And smaller, according to this article from ArtDaily it was only about 12" tall]

Sounds like something the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal would do...


Over in Ontario, the Art Gallery of Ontario has come up with something that they call The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art. And given how much prominence is given the the musicians (the artists aren't given any on screen credits until the end)

I'm completely surprised that it wasn't something shown at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.

A Year of Waiting by Max Dean


Canadian Art magazine (bless their heart) tries again, and misses by miles.

In no particular order:
+ If you're going to do a slide show during a conversation about objects, you might want to consider having the objects discussed be on screen at the same time as they are being discussed.
+ If the subject has taken care to make sure that the objects are level, you might want to try and get your images level as well.
+ Color correction (for part three) is your friend.
+ 10 minutes, 2 minutes, 2 minutes? How about 5 minutes, 5 minutes, 4 minutes?
+ It's always a good idea not to cut your subject off in mid-sentence.

Friday, March 11, 2011

On Vacation


And will return March 21st.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Studio Visits, Zeke's Alternate Art Discussion 138


Episode 138 [13:43]
MP3 17MB / FLAC 63MB / Ogg Vorbis 9MB or Stream

Chris 'Zeke' Hand in discussion with Lisyan Pieries about another process in art collecting, the studio visit.


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

Friday, March 4, 2011

Crime Wave in Ottawa


Who would have thunk that Thomas Crown lived in Ottawa of all places? The Cube Gallery, the Terence Robert Gallery and the Gordon Harrison Gallery have all been victims of thieves. My favorite quote? "He said the culprits might be 'experts' who know how to case a gallery and are able to walk out of the shop without getting caught."

Emmet Walsh, Maudit Soit le Jour - Zeke's Alternate Film Discussion 137


Episode 137 [26:39]
MP3 37MB / FLAC 134MB / Ogg Vorbis 20MB or Stream

Chris 'Zeke' Hand and Ariel Fournier in conversation with Emmet Walsh about his film Maudit Soit le Jour.


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

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pretty Stamps


Last month Canada Post issued some wicked cool stamps based on the artwork of Daphne Odjig... No I had never heard of her before, either. But now I'm glad I did. Although I'm not so certain I should be learning art history from Canada Post...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Infomercial on Curating Contemporary Canadian Art


I don't know whether to jump for joy or recoil in horror...