Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sign of the Times

When I first saw this sign I thought it said WELCOME TO WHITENESS.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

No Time to Waste

Much of what ails me about our contemporary condition can be found in this inadvertent artwork.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Final Walk-Through

Last Monday SFU Audain Gallery curator Amy Kazymerchyk, Western Front Executive Director Caitlin Jones, Griffin Art Projects Director Lee Plested and CSA co-founder and curator Steven Tong came together for a final walk-through of the VAG's Ambivalent Pleasures exhibition. It was my honour to hold the microphone and listen as the group spoke with eloquence, insight and honesty of a show comprised of artists that the four of them have worked with in the past (a number of the works on display were first shown at their galleries), but also of a curatorial frame that has more in common with expediency and brute pragmatism than lyricism and risk.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Museum is a School (2009-)

I am not sure what the conditions are for the display of Luis Camnitzer's The Museum is a School (2009-), but every time I see its text, the punctuation is different.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grand Piano Rattle: a Bosendorfer for Al Neil (1984)

Carole Itter graduated from Magee Secondary the same year as my mom. Carole is this year's recipient of the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. Congratulations Carole!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Le Piano (1955)

Another painting by de Stael. This one has a piano in it as well. (And a bass-shaped rug?)

Monday, April 17, 2017

"I have not the strength to complete my paintings"

So said Nicolaus de Stael in a note, written in French, before jumping to his death in 1955.

Le Concert (1955) was de Stael's largest -- and last -- painting.