Monthly Archives: August 2010

Update on the CAG Auction

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I have spent the past three months compiling the catalogue for the Annual Gala Dinner and Art Auction—an event that will take place November 6 at The Vancouver Club. I’m just putting the finishing touches on the manuscript and, since this is my last week here, it seems like a good time to bring everyone up to speed on how preparations are going.

Almost all the artworks have arrived by now and some of my favorites are those by Michael Morris, Roy Arden and Elizabeth McIntosh. The auction committee has also just finalized whose work will be included in the live auction that takes place at the beginning of the event.

Besides the works by the artists I just mentioned, there are also many by less well-known, but no less impressive, artists for whom the auction will provide good exposure. These run the gamut from critically engaged conceptual works to sculptures of silk and copper, to still lifes.

Some standout examples of the former would be: Andrew Dadson’s Tie Dye (2010), a black monochrome made by tie-dying a t-shirt with the same UV sensitive ink used in the recent Iraqi elections; or Fabiola Carranza’s Liberte Ou La Morte (2010), a replica of the recently rediscovered Declaration of Independence of Haiti (the original of which, had long thought to have been lost). Notable in the latter category is Mike Grill’s photograph, Bunch of Asparagus (2006)—a carefully observed detail from a quiet domestic scene.

Of course, this is only a small sampling since there will be another 40 artworks on the block that evening. If you are interested in finding out more of the details, or if you want to get tickets, write the gallery at auction@contemporaryartgallery.ca or call 604 681 2700.

Hope to see you there.

Jonah Gray

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Not enough Still Life in your life?

Can’t get enough of Still Life? Now you can take it home with you! This Saturday we will be launching the second publication in our petit genres series, in conjunction with Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life. Join us on Saturday afternoon from 4 – 6 pm for the launch event (many of the artists in the exhibition will be here too!) This book features essays by Curator Jenifer Papararo, and artists Evan Lee and Trevor Mahovsky.

You can also check out the super discounts on our other publications during our annual  sale – on all weekend!

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Feature on Elizabeth McIntosh

Canadian Art has a feature article with Elizabeth McIntosh, who will be exhibiting at the CAG this November. You can view the article here (and read about what she’ll be showing at the CAG) :

http://www.canadianart.ca/art/features/2010/06/01/done-not-done/

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