Ask a Curator

Ask a Curator

What’s the most valuable piece of artwork in the AGO? Who decides what dinosaurs to feature at the ROM? What’s the most obscure item in the collections of the Bata Shoe Museum? One of the coolest ideas I’ve heard of in ages has just come across my metaphorical desk via Twitter. Today, September 17th is #AskaCurator day. Just use the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter to ask participating curators of galleries, museums and public institutions...

Read More

Walk the solar system

Walk the solar system

One of the joys of living in a city like Toronto is the wonderful discoveries that you make during your daily routine. One of these is the walkable planets projects in the Christie Pitts area. Artist Jode Roberts (more here) has created a series of signs and installed them along Grace Street and Gore Vale Avenue. The signs are similar stylistically to typical street parking signs in an attempt to fly-under-the-radar with city hall because no...

Read More

If you can’t beat them, join them

If you can’t beat them, join them

Living in a downtown neighbourhood can be pretty frustrating at times. A group of neighbours at Ossington and Queen found that out the hard way. No matter how many times they painted their garage doors they were constantly being re-faced by unwanted graffiti. Through a community initiative supported by the city and the Toronto Police, street artists were recruited to make over garage doors facing lane way with sanctioned murals which will not be...

Read More

The Goonies on guard

The Goonies on guard

What are neighbourhood watch signs supposed to do? The ubiquitous red and black, big-brother eyes are meant to warn bad guys that this neighbourhood is a place where we watch out for one another, we take care of our own and will foil any potential wrong-doing by our amateur sleuthing and nosiness. There is a small town homespun cosiness to the watch program and that’s why a new installation project in central west Toronto has hit such a...

Read More

16 million dollars worth of inspiration in the Don Valley

For years we noticed the rainbow painted tunnel south of Lawrence Avenue when we drive or bike the Don Valley and thought it was a charming landmark but not much more. Well, apparently it is more… potentially $16 million more! Peter Doig’s painting Country-Rock (wing-mirror) based on this same rainbow tunnel is the centre piece of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on June 30. A link to that event can be found here. There...

Read More

The war on Toronto’s streets

The war on Toronto’s streets

There is a full blown battle happening in Toronto’s streets and you may not even be aware of it. In one corner is Toronto’s infamous mayor Rob Ford and in the other corner are a stealthy group of street artists. Rob Ford has vowed to eradicate graffiti from the streets of Toronto and was even photographed removing paint with a water sprayer. There has been some push-back from street artists and ever since the “video incident” the push...

Read More

Lyrical poem in Riverside

Lyrical poem in Riverside

Have a seat. Lean back on the grass and look up. On the edge of Jimmie Simpson Park on Queen Street East you’ll find the third of a three-part art installation by Eldon Garnet called Time: and a Clock. There are four posts each bearing a word on a pennant that make up a lyrical poem. Coursing, Disappearing, Trembling, Returning The first stage of the installation is further west above the Queen Street viaduct over the Don Valley and...

Read More

Time is Money

Time is Money

You are standing at the corner of Queen and Broadview… look down and there among the dots of chewing gum and the cigarette butts stuck to the sidewalk you’ll see part two of a three-part 1996 art installation by Eldon Garnet called Time: and a Clock. There are four expressions dealing with time that make up this stage of the installation, one on each corner of the intersection. The four read: Time is Money Money is Time Too Soon Free...

Read More

Time: and a Clock in Riverside

Time: and a Clock in Riverside

Do you recognize this? It’s on the longest street car route in Toronto, the 501 Queen. Ever drive across the Queen Street bridge over the Don Valley and try and make sense of the saying over the roadway? It is part one of a three-part 1990 art installation by Eldon Garnet called Time: and a Clock and reads, “This river I step in is not the river I stand in”.  The other two parts can be found at the corner...

Read More

To market, to market…

To market, to market…

Kensington Market has a set of four aluminum and steel sculptures created by David Hlynsky and Shirley Yanover that mark the primary entryways. “To Market, To Market” located at Spadina and Baldwin is a globe with orbiting food products that represent things we need to survive and which can be found in the market. “Home Again, Home Again” is at St. Andrew and Spadina and is a cat on a kitchen chair...

Read More