Case Study: Artist Residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape at Toronto Island’s Gibraltar Point is now accepting submissions for their thematic residency program. Each two-week residency is mentored by a different contemporary artist, curator or critic, and gives the artist the chance to expand the scope of their practice through a variety of activities including independent studio time, lectures, and group discussions.

Read on for a link to apply and for more information on the different sessions, courtesy of Artscape Gibraltar Point.

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Case Study: Shepard Fairey Avoids Jail Time in Fair Use Trail

Artist Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years probation, a $25,000 fine and 300 community service hours at the conclusion of his court case with the Associated Press. Charged with tampering with evidence, Fairey had been embroiled in a Fair Use-centred trial with AP for the past few years over his 2008 Obama ‘Hope’ poster being based off of a wrongly credited image.

Although pleased that he managed to avoid jail time, Fairey is dismayed by his own actions. In a statement on his website, he conceded that he had “let down artists and advocates for artist’s rights by distracting from the core Fair Use discussion with my misdeeds.” This trial raises a number of significant ethical questions regarding intellectual and artistic property in the digital age.

Case Study: Magritte’s Illustrated Sheet Music Covers

Although better known as a Surrealist superstar, René Magritte was employed for many years as a commercial artist before he made it big. Among his odd jobs, he worked as a draughtsman at a wallpaper factory and as a graphic illustrator.

Read on for images of some gorgeous illustrations of his from the 1920′s, used as sheet music covers.

Photos courtesy of Brain Pickings.

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Exhibition: Maya Hayuk & Jacob Ciocci at Cooper Cole

The mind-bending visuals of Maya Hayuk‘s Multi Versus opens tonight at Cooper Cole gallery in Toronto, accompanied by Jacob Ciocci‘s multimedia installation, Experience the Creativity.

Multi Versus / Experience the Creativity
Cooper Cole Gallery
1161 Dundas St. W

Read on for more information, courtesy of Cooper Cole.

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Exhibitions: ARTINFO’s Most Anticipated Fall Openings

Click here to check out ARTINFO’s round up of the 40 best openings happening this fall in New York. The list contains a sprinkling of shows by world-reknowned artists like Gerhard Richter and Lucie Fontaine, but is nicely rounded out by a number of younger artists and galleries.

Not going to be in New York this season? Be sure to read the Ministry’s own round up of Toronto gallery openings.

Exhibitions: Toronto Gallery Listings

After the dry spell of summer, the Toronto art community is gearing up for a busy autumn season with the majority of galleries preparing for September exhibition openings. The following list presents The Ministry’s recommendations of the most hotly anticipated shows.

Get out your calendars then check out the list after the jump!

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Case Study: An Elderly Woman’s Misguided Foray into Art Restoration

Staff members of the Santuario de Misericodia church in Borja, Spain came across a rather unpleasant surprise in the archives of their art collection early last week.

A 19th-century painting by Elias Garcia Martinez, ‘Ecce Homo,’ had been amateurishly “restored” by an elderly woman who evidently has had zero formal training in visual art.

The noncommissioned touch-ups to the painting involved completely painting over the face of Jesus, obliterating any semblance to a recognizable human face.

The case is being taken in rather good humour because it is thought that the woman had set out with the best of intentions and only wished to bring the painting back to it’s former glory, not to destroy it; it has even sparked a petition to save her version of the work from being properly restored.

Click here for a report from The Guardian detailing the case.

Exhibition: BIGart at Navy Pier

Chicago’s Navy Pier has partnered with Gagosian Gallery to present BIGart, a free outdoor  exhibition along the waterfront. Featuring towering sculptures by the likes of Roy Litchenstein and Nancy Rubins, among others, and a pavement mural by Steed Taylor, the exhibition at the pier’s Gateway Park runs until October.

BIGart at Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL

Exhibition: Basquiat & Warhol’s Olympic Rings at Gagosian London

To coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s Gagosian Gallery is exhibiting Olympic Rings, a 1985 collaborative painting between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol inspired by the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. The duo had worked together on a number of pieces between 1983 and 1985, synthesizing Warhol’s Pop art aesthetics with Basquiat’s frenetic, graffiti-inspired line work.

Olympic Rings at Gagosian Gallery London is on display until August 11, 2012.

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Case Study: Saatchi’s 100 Curators 100 Days

An exciting initiative has just been launched by Saatchi’s online gallery: Each day over the course of the next 100 days, they will be unveiling a new collection of 10 pieces selected by top curators from all over the world. Saatchi has long been a leading organization in the democratization of art ownership and this latest project, developed by Saatchi Gallery London director Rebecca Wilson, is a fantastic way for artists to garner recognition on an international scale and for art enthusiasts to discover inspiring works from all four corners of the globe.

Click here to keep up to date on the daily collections and to learn more about the project.

Recap: Tour: The Galleries of Tecumseth Street

On Thursday, July 19, members of the Ministry participated in a walking tour of Toronto’s west end contemporary art mecca, the galleries of Tecumseth Street. Between Niagara and Queen St. W, five of the cities most exciting spaces opened their doors to Ministry members for private tours of their current exhibitions. Starting at Diaz Contemporary, the group then made their way to the Birch Libralato Gallery, followed by Georgia Scherman Projects, Susan Hobbs Gallery, concluding the excursion at Narwhal Art Projects/Magic Pony. 

See more photos from the evening after the jump.

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Exhibition: Edvard Munch at the Tate Modern

As talented as he was psychologically disturbed, Edvard Munch is deservedly hailed as a visionary and masterful artist. A new retrospective of his work is now being exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, foregoing the usual focus on his 19th-century Symbolist work in favour of a more modernist collection. The show is comprised of sixty of his paintings from the 20th century along with some of his lesser known works in film and photography.

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at the Tate Modern runs from June 28-October 14, 2012

Case Study: Gustav Klimt, The Musical

The tumultuous life of virtuoso painter Gustav Klimt is being written into a musical. The womanizing Austrian Symbolist would have turned 150 years old this July; the musical, opening this September, is meant to be a celebration of his life and work. If you understand German, check out the trailer after the jump.

Gustav Klimt: Das Musical runs from September 1-October 7, 2012 at Vienna’s Künstlerhaus.

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