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About George

My long-time interest in Canadian and international contemporary art has led me to write and reflect on the artists I've met, the exhibitions that I've seen and the catalogues that I've read (I've been told I'm the only person that actually reads exhibition catalogues cover to cover). My interest began in the mid-1960's when I was searching for easy credits and I stumbled upon "Art Appreciation 101", and the rest, as they say, is history...

GORDON SMITH: A Canadian Treasure

GORDON SMITH: A Canadian Treasure As Canadians reflect on our country’s 150-year anniversary, citing people and places that make us special, I decided that my contribution to the exercise would focus on a Canadian treasure – Gordon Smith. Not only … Continue reading

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VANCOUVER SPECIAL: Ambivalent Pleasures

  VANCOUVER SPECIAL: Ambivalent Pleasures WOW – talk about a full house! There are presently five exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) that I highly recommend. All of the exhibitions are unique in their own right but taken as … Continue reading

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Jonas Stonkus: Sculpture

Jonas Stonkus: Sculptor Sitting at our kitchen table looking out on the back yard on a cold, bright, sunny winter day made me think of our friend Jonas Stonkus and the landscape that he would be viewing from his windows. … Continue reading

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Ciara Phillips: Now For Something Completely Different – “Dazzle” a Ship

  Ciara Phillips: Now for Something Completely Different – “Dazzle” a Ship   When I wrote previously about my cousin, Ciara Phillips, she had been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2014 (https://artappreciation101.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/Ciara-Phillips-2014-turner-prize-nominee/).  Since that time she has not … Continue reading

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Audain Art Museum: Whistler, British Columbia

Audain Art Museum: Whistler, British Columbia Now, when you go to Whistler, in addition to the beauty of the great outdoors you can enjoy a museum that highlights the art of British Columbia. The Audain Art Museum, which opened in … Continue reading

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MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture Where to start?  The current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), running until June 12, 2016, is unlike any I have visited.  The scope is vast – The Birth of Modern Culture – … Continue reading

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Xu Bing: Phoenix

In an earlier post (Art Appreciation Marathon: Part 2 of 2), I reported on our visit to New York City to see Xu Bing’s installation Phoenix, 2008-10.  Using discarded construction materials Xu Bing created two 150 foot long phoenixes weighing … Continue reading

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