Visual Arts

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ART ON THEMART

CYNTHIA NOBLE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

"We’re unique in terms of the singularity of scale, and the outdoor location in the heart of the city. It is a city of neighbourhoods, where we can all convene together, an opportunity to be a place of convergence."

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HYDE PARK ARTS CENTRE

KATE LORENZ - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

"Our space is quite large so when looking for new work by 
Chicago- based artists, we are looking for artists who can take on very bold projects. Essentially we want to provide a platform to offer a pivotal moment for artists to allow them to do something they’ve never been able to do before."

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THE LATEST ON ROUTE 66

VITTORIO GUIDOTTI & LUCA LONGOBARDI

"Our space is quite large so when looking for new work by 
Chicago- based artists, we are looking for artists who can take on very bold projects. Essentially we want to provide a platform to offer a pivotal moment for artists to allow them to do something they’ve never been able to do before."

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"Incorporating the digital experience in the art world is inevitable. Regardless of a pandemic, technology will continue to evolve and it is important for the arts to find their way into this medium. Through things like virtual museum tours, online courses, and when conditions allow, Immersive Exhibits, we are reinventing the experience of art and making it accessible to all in a new and fresh way."  

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
PIA KLEBER - CENTRE FOR COMPARITIVE LITERATURE

"I think that the Canadian government, the provincial and city – all governments – should understand how important art is. It’s vital for people at the moment when we are so isolated. I think they should support artists as much as they can."

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NEXT STOP: ROUTE 66

MASSIMILIANO SICCARDI - CREATIVE DIRECTOR & ITALIAN FILM PRODUCER

“This French philosophical treatise and Route 66 have a lot in common. The show is, in fact, a praise of escape. An escape that, in this tough historical moment, many people need. Including myself…. I guess that by evading reality, I could somehow survive the horror of social distancing.”

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SAVING CHAGALL

NATASHA ABRAMOVA - NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, OTTAWA

"Late in the morning of April 26th (I will remember this minute and second until the end of my life) it was all over the news and in the newspapers; Byrna called me in tears. The sale was cancelled."

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ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEM

JUDITH JOHN - VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

"I think we are all about connecting people, to history and each other. That is the role of a museum: you can walk through the halls of the ROM and see civilizations that have peaked and crumbled, but the remnants help you understand a kind of continuum."

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"To see The Potato Eaters and feel how each figure’s complexity as a human is profoundly captured. To see his self-portraits marking his life’s evolution, from his straw hat, his 1889 piece in Saint-Rémy, his bandaged ear. "I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer,” he said, with 43 self-portraits made in his artistic career. He wrote, “People say, and I am willing to believe it that it is hard to know yourself. But it is not easy to paint yourself, either.”

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"In order to prepare for this daunting role, Douglas began exploring oil paint. He felt it of the utmost importance to have some experience with painting, so he began painting crows. According to Anne, (Douglas’s wife), he would often return home from shooting still in character and remained so until his role as Van Gogh ended."

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WINTER WONDERLAND
OLGA NOBATOVA - 3D VR ARTIST, SCULPTOR

 “As soon as we will have a universal augmented reality app for viewing art, this kind of AR exhibition will be everywhere. And I see how new VR and AR tools are being used for public art, like my animation for this piece was made in virtual reality.”

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IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBITION

DANNY SMITH - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

"My job as artist-in-residence is to be at the exhibition all-day painting live, making collages live, and stencils and acrylic portraits live at the show. When you exit the exhibit, you enter the gift shop and I'm right there. I'm covered in paint, loving life. I'm like a little kid in a sandbox playing all-day and making stuff, and people can then buy it in the gift shop."