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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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