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  CANADIAN ART Weekly May 17 2012

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214 9th Ave., New York, NY, United States 2010 Courtesy Angell Gallery

Landing 1973 Courtesy Heffel Fine Art Auction House

Der Spiegel 2007 Video still Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery London

Betty Daybird’s Vision Quest 2012 Courtesy the artist

“Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise)” 2012 Installation view Courtesy the artist and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

Jon Rafman, 214 9th Ave., New York, NY, United States, 2010 Courtesy Angell Gallery

Jon Rafman
Mapping Google

Jon Rafman’s work enjoys a deservedly high profile at this year’s Contact Festival. As Saelan Twerdy observes in this review, Rafman’s stunning, and often funny, Google Street View scenes demonstrate how the Internet is making everything public, from information to intimacy. Read more…


Spring Auctions
Going Once, Going Twice…

The auction record for contemporary Canadian art was broken earlier this month in New York with Christie’s $3.6 million sale of a Jeff Wall photograph. This week, Canada’s top houses head into their spring sales hoping to break more records. Read more…

Christopher Pratt, 
Landing, 1973 Courtesy Heffel Fine Art Auction House


Abbas Akhavan “Beacon” 2012 Installation view with (from left) Envelope, 2012, Mortar, 2012 and Like a Bat Afraid of its Own Shadow. 2012 Courtesy the artist, Darling Foundry and The Third Line Gallery / photo Josée Pedneault

Keren Cytter
Video Virtuoso

"Based on a True Story" in Oakville boasts the largest North American survey to date of Keren Cytter, the Tel Aviv–born artist known as one of today’s most intriguing video practitioners. Mariam Nader reviews, finding greatest hits and unexpected delights. Read more…


Lori Blondeau, Betty Daybird’s Vision Quest, 2012 Courtesy the artist

Sovereign Acts
Painful Histories, Terrific Performances

The history of indigenous people performing for colonial audiences inspires "Sovereign Acts," a current Toronto group show. As Max Mosher writes, the show—featuring Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson and others—is both campy and contemplative. Read more…


Dil Hildebrand
In the Green Room

Dil Hildebrand is one brave painter. In his new show “Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise),” he stares down the old adage that no one wants to look at a green painting, let alone buy one. There’s not just one green painting here—there’s a room of them. Read more…

Dil Hildebrand “Back to the Drawing Board (Reprise)” 2012 Installation view Courtesy the artist and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

Opening & Event Highlights
May 17 to 23

17.05.12 HALIFAX “Sounding Selves” opening 8pm Dalhousie Art Gallery 6101 University Ave

17.05.12 VICTORIA Rick Leong opening & artist talk 7:30pm Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1040 Moss St

18.05.12 EDMONTON Alex Janvier / Brendan McGillicuddy first day Art Gallery of Alberta 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq

19.05.12 MONTREAL Tom Wesselmann first day Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal 1380 rue Sherbrooke O

19.05.12 ETOBICOKE "60 Painters" opening 12-5pm Humber Arts and Media Studios 300 Birmingham St

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