Andrew Morrow: Serious and ambitious, wildly cheeky and corrosively irreverent

Gary Michael Dault reports in the Globe and Mail that Andrew Morrow’s work is riddled with contradiction. “It is simultaneously both serious and ambitious, wildly cheeky and often corrosively irreverent (two of the small paintings in his current exhibition are called ‘Still Life Painted While Consciously Avoiding the Topic of Vasectomy’ and ‘Some Asshole Blocking … read more… “Andrew Morrow: Serious and ambitious, wildly cheeky and corrosively irreverent”

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Questioning Canadian painting’s carte blanche

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents “Carte Blanche/Vol. 2: Painting,” a comprehensive survey of contemporary Canadian painting; at Toronto’s Power Plant, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is underway. In the Globe and Mail, Sarah Milroy suggests that the idea of exhibitions limited exclusively to painting feels dated. “All-painting exhibitions seem, today, like hackneyed holdovers … read more… “Questioning Canadian painting’s carte blanche”

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Mara Korkola paints Toronto

Mara Korkola, whose current show is up at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, paints the humble, the everyday. Her weakness is for representational painting that dissolves into painterly abstraction, so naturally she counts Morandi, Celmins, Richter, Downes, and Tuymans among her favorites. In the Globe and Rail, Gary Michael Dault gives Korkola a mixed review. She may … read more… “Mara Korkola paints Toronto”

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Painting reviews from the North Pole

“Emmy Skensved,” Greener Pastures Contemporary Art Gallery.Through Jan. 13. “Nada Sesar-Raffay: Swing,” Edward Day Gallery.Through Jan. 6. “Lynne McIlvride Evans: Tourists Welcome–A Chapel of Recent Paintings,” David Kaye Gallery. Through Dec. 23.Snarky Gary Michael Dault reviews these Toronto painting shows in the Globe and Mail. Note to last-minute shoppers: The Globe and Mail thoughtfully includes … read more… “Painting reviews from the North Pole”

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A tricky balancing act in the hinterlands

“The Urge to Abstraction,”curated by Dr. Roald Nasgaard. The Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, Canada. Through Nov. 11. “The Art of Robert Bateman,” McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Canada. Through Oct. 28. Sarah Milroy reports in the Globe and Mail that “the vast majority of museums in Canada are set in small, rural communities, and they … read more… “A tricky balancing act in the hinterlands”

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