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Scouting the Blogs with Miklos Legrady

Whose agenda? Should we mourn the death of the artist, and celebrate the rise of the creative curator?  Do they set the agenda? I posed this question years ago and was asked if I realized how hard a curator’s job was? Really? As artist and writer we must write and paint what we want. Then it’s on us to create …

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Volume 33 no 4 March-April 2019

In this issue: Zero-Sum Culture: Jorge M Benitez The disease of Grade Inflation: Stephen Luecking Exhibit Heightens Gaugin Myth: Jane Addams Allen Ayn Rand – A Defence for the Indefensible: Frances Oliver Museum politics in Toronto:  Rae Johnson Frank Gehry at 90: Lili Lihting Your  letters. Editorial by Derek Guthrie Scouting the blogs with Miklos Legrady Recommended reading Bentonville: Daniel …

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Scouting the Blogs with Miklos Legrady

Art- Joseph Beuys said everyone’s an artist… which is hard to deny. I believe everyone’s a brain surgeon, which is equally obvious. The question is how good a brain surgeon, how good an artist? Anthropology shows that art is an instinct, a symbolic language of early humans since the dawn of time. It’s an achievement; there’s the art of carpentry. …

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Volume 33 no 2 November / December 2018

Features: 6 Bearing witness, not weapons Jill Gibbon interviewed by Daniel Nanavati 11 glenstone penitentiary Nancy Schreiber 15 van gogh in arles Jane Addams Allen, 1986, the marketing of the Metropolitan 20. All consuming beauty Rosanna Hildyard on John Berger and Naomi Wolf 27 white supremacy, benevolent institutions and shinola Rebekah Modrak 35. Dressing for that final journey Pendery Weekes, …

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Rae Johnson in Toronto, Painting in Canada

Have you ever seen a huge-mongous drawing? Rae Johnson’s paintings, average 48”, appear as pencil drawings writ large. Walk up to one; it introduces itself and shakes your hand as a painting, but it’s a painting that looks like a huge pencil work, or a watercolor. In an era where artists put their shoes on the table and call it …

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To the 750,000 Readers of MOMUS

and let’s not forget the readers of Canadian Art Magazine. Is MOMUS returning to art criticism? Is Canadian Art ignoring it? I offered MOMUS editor Sky Goodden first crack at publishing this critique of her own journal. My argument was that she’d raise MOMUS above the fray by enabling an uncomfortable discussion on the vulnerability of art magazines. The same concept was …

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A decade too much, Luis Jacob 10 years later

This is one of the posts that go me banned from akimbo, the Canadian art advertising network. There’s a smell of insider-trading, then censorship to silence the whistle-blower. If art is anything you can get away with, the worst you can get away with is always the best strategy, leading to a consistent degradation of the field. Postmodernism is the …

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Volume 32 no 4 March / April 2018

Dreams Denied,Defied and now Defined – striving for fame by European editor Daniel Nanavati Interview with Jo Clarke about curating in St Ives in the past 20 years, with Derek Guthrie Sol LeWitt Demystified by Toronto editor Miklos Legrady Jane Addams Allen on Georgia O’Keeffe in 1986 Carol Levin’s Battleground Horse by Carol M Dupré Plagiarism in the world of …

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Sol Lewitt Demystified

Behind the blind spot Sol LeWitt’s visual art shows the geometric complexity of dynamic expansions, and he’s also a highly respected art theorist whose statements on conceptual art establish him as one of the leading intellectual lights of that movement. Unfortunately Sol Lewitt’s writing makes no sense at all. Lewitt’s visual achievements none can doubt, he’s among the best, but his …

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Ydessa Hendeles, The Milliner’s Daughter, at the Power Plant, Toronto

Ydessa Hendeles is that rare curator-artist gifted with talent. The Milliner’s Daughter at the Power Plant was an original curio with haunting depth, I doubt anyone in town has such imagination. It’s just like Emily Carr described: “Oh, God, what have I seen? Where have I been? Something has spoken to the very soul of me, wonderful, mighty, not of …

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