Recap: Studio: Luke Painter and Faith La Rocque

Ministry members were invited to an intimate and informative studio visit at the home of artists Luke Painter and Faith La Rocque. Each working in an entirely different manner in terms of their chosen media and conceptual concerns, the artists toured The Ministry around their home, discussing their art practices and providing an illuminating perspective of their work.

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Recap: Tour: Art Toronto 2012

The Ministry of Artistic Affairs held their third annual guided tour of Art Toronto, offering members the opportunity to experience the fair through the eyes of experts in the contemporary art market and art theory. With stops at the booths of important galleries and engaging discussions about the significance of various pieces, it proved to be an insightful experience for both dedicated collectors and general art enthusiasts alike.

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Case Study: Toronto’s War on Graffiti Gets Increasingly Ridiculous

In their most recent effort to extend the spindly arms of bureaucracy to every conceivable aspect of the city while simultaneously proving just how out of touch they are, Toronto’s City Council will call a meeting of the newly formed “Graffiti Panel” (…seriously) to discuss whether certain murals will be allowed to remain on the private property on which they were painted. If it is deemed that the works in question are cases of vandalism and not art, they will promptly be painted over. The fact that the graffiti in question is on buildings whose owners either commissioned or entirely appreciate the work on their walls seems to be of little to no consequence for the Panel, who will debate the aesthetic value of the pieces in a meeting on November 2.

Click here for an article by the Torontoist and to see photos of the pieces in question.

Case Study: Art Fair Expense Breakdown

Artinfo published a breakdown of some of the various expenses associated with participation in an art fair, comparing booth prices for several events (the upcoming Toronto Art Fair not included) along with estimated costs for things like hotels, airfare, and art shipping costs. The resulting figures are, like anything else to do with contemporary art, staggering, but unsurprising. For an up-and-coming artist or gallery, is the exposure garnered through participation in an art fair worth the hefty price tag?

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Exhibition: Man Ray at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in London has announced they will be holding the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Man Ray’s portraiture. A pioneering and influential Surrealist, he was also an accomplished portrait photographer with work often published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. The exhibit will feature hundreds of his portrait images that span nearly five decades, including both his commercial and more experimental pieces.

Man Ray: Portraits
February 7-May 27 2013
The National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin’s Place, London

Exhibition: Dee Dee Ramone at Subliminal Projects

On the 10th anniversary of the death of Dee Dee Ramone, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery will host a retrospective exhibition celebrating a lesser-known artistic outlet  of the punk rock genius. Unbeknownst to many, Dee Dee was also an avid painter, quietly creating works on canvas throughout his lifetime. A substantive collection of these rare pieces has been provided by his estate to be put on public display for the first time, and are described by Fairey as reminiscent of, “…Warhol’s Pop art, Basquiat’s street scrawl, and Punk’s sense of humor and antagonism.” The paintings will be shown at Subliminal Projects along with purchasable prints by Dee Dee and Fairey.

Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition
Oct. 26-Nov. 17, 2012
Subliminal Projects
1331 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Recap: Access: Dominic Nahr at O’Born Contemporary

This past Wednesday, Ministry members were invited to an exclusive preview of acclaimed photographer Dominic Nahr‘s latest exhibition, Fracture, at O’Born Contemporary. Members were given a private tour of the show a day before it opened to the public, accompanied by Nahr who answered questions and spoke about his extraordinary career and experiences as an international photojournalist.

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Exhibition: Frieze London

One of the larger and more significant art events in the UK, Frieze Art Fair takes over Regent’s Park in London this month for it’s tenth year. Over 175 contemporary galleries are represented at the fair, which also presents films, a sculpture park, panel discussions and symposiums. Running concurrently with the contemporary fair is Frieze Masters, also held in Regent’s Park, which features over 90 galleries with a focus on art from ancient to modern

Frieze Art Fair & Frieze Masters
October 11-14, 2012
Regent’s Park
London, UK

Exhibition: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012

Toronto’s annual Nuit Blanche returns this Saturday, September 29, with over 150 commissioned and public projects to take in from sundown to sunrise. With 3 zones spanning nearly all of downtown, it’s a good idea to formulate somewhat of a game plan for the evening to ensure you make it to all of the venus you wanted to explore and don’t miss out on anything spectacular.

Here are the Ministry’s recommendations of some of the best shows to check out tomorrow night!

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Case Study: Saunders’ Drug-Induced Self Portraits

It has been oft disputed whether drugs hamper or heighten creativity. Both sides of the argument have been supported by scientific study, and it has been a subject of contention in the artistic community for as long as people have been doing drugs and making art.

Washington, D.C.-based artist/musician Bryan Lewis Saunders sought to visually map the effects of drugs on his creative process.

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Case Study: Pixmaven’s Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator

“…With regard to the issue of content, the disjunctive perturbation of the spatial relationships brings within the realm of discourse the distinctive formal juxtapositions…”

Art history majors, MFA students, and general art snobs, rejoice! Website Pixmaven has come up with a brilliant algorithmic solution to all of your art-critiquing needs. Just enter any sequence of 5 numbers into it’s Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator and you will find yourself with a ludicrously-worded description that is so convoluted and wordy it will leave even the most discerning of critics in awe of your mastery of the fine art lexicon, or at the very least, distract them from your lack of knowledge with a smokescreen of big words.

Recap: Studio: Anders Oinonen & Susy Oliveira

Earlier this week, members of the Ministry were invited into the studios of contemporary Canadian artists Anders Oinonen and Susy Oliveira. Each artist spoke about their recent work, inspirations, and thematic concerns, and answered questions. It was an insightful evening, and it was especially interesting to view the two artist’s work simultaneously as they both deal with representations of the natural world in their art practice but in entirely different methods and mediums.

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