Author: Elena Senechal-Becker

Ur Room: students open up their home to showcase Toronto’s emerging artists

The art world is cutthroat. As any young artist will tell you, it can be difficult to break into an industry where everyone seems to know exactly what to do and how to do it. Not only is it hard to gain exposure for your work, it can also be challenging to make lasting, friendly connections with other artists in a world where everything seems so competitive. This is what the five artists, students, and creators of Ur Room are trying to change. Ur Room, inaugurated in November, is a multimedia space showcasing up and coming Toronto designers, artists, and...

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A creator of mystery: The J.M.W. Turner Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario

As consumers of art, it can sometimes be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of contemporary art we see all around us. However, it can sometimes be useful (or even enjoyable) to take a step back and witness what has brought us to the present day: the indelible contributions and legacies artists have forged that have been the catalyst for so much change and innovation. The exhibit on J.M.W. Turner, at the AGO from October 31 to January 31, allowed me to do just that.  J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was one such catalyst of artistic revolution. Turner, a...

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Nuit Blanche Retrospective: Art vs. Audience

Nuit Blanche was launched in 2006, and since then, the multi-media art event runs annually for one night from dusk ‘til dawn. It showcases the best and brightest artists from Toronto and around the world in street installations—and it’s free! Since its inception, “Nuit,” as it has come to be affectionately nicknamed, grew from 300 artists to approximately 400, with installations all around the city. In 2014, the sleepless night attracted a million people, including around 200,000 visitors from out of town. Though this might sound exciting, some Torontonians say that Nuit Blanche has become too big for its...

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