Toronto artist John Brown was holding court at Olga Korper Gallery Saturday where he unveiled his latest crop of abstract oil paintings. A steady stream of art scene habitués came and went throughout the afternoon in which more than half the works were sold or spoken for (the large, 6′ x 7′ oils on panel are fetching $46,000 each).
“I’ve done well selling,” Brown told me, “but not so much with the museums. But at this point, who cares really?”
Brown is very well established having started his career with the late Carmen Lamanna in the 1980s; he’s been represented in Toronto by Korper since 1995 and shows with Division Gallery in Montreal. He has maintained a studio in 401 Richmond since 1996.
Members of the media joined political dignitaries for today’s unveiling of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year blockbuster, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors. The show opens to the public March 8 and runs until September 1.
Divided into five sections, the exhibit features more than 200 treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. For over 500 years, the gates of the world’s largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. The Forbidden City invites us to cross the threshold, revealing rare artifacts that showcase how China’s emperors lived and ruled.
The City of Toronto’s Cultural Services office and Social Development, Finance and Administration department are teaming up to present an info session on upcoming Below-Market Rent (BMR) opportunities for arts and culture organizations.
Arts and culture groups in search of affordable space are invited to learn more about BMRs and upcoming opportunities Tuesday, March 18 from 10 am – 12 pm at 524 Oakwood Avenue.
The City of Toronto is currently seeking one or more organizations focused on youth services, arts and youth arts to occupy the former Public Health space at 524 Oakwood Avenue (pictured above); the March 18 event includes a site tour of the 7,000 sq. ft. space. To be considered for 524 Oakwood, organizations must attend this info session; application deadline is April 21, 2014.
For more information and to register for the info session, please contact Konrad Skorupa 416-392-9863 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about the City’s Below Market Rent policies and current and future opportunities please visit www.toronto.ca/grants
Poet Laureate of Toronto George Elliott Clarke wowed a full-house at the City Hall branch of Toronto Public Library yesterday afternoon. The poet read from a range of books both new and old as a celebration of Black History Month. The smiling faces in the audience tell the story of what was a fun and lively hour of poetry.
My photo sucks but the show didn’t. Mustafa the Poet (née Ahmed) killed at Daniels Spectrum last night where he dropped an EP of tough new material. The house was packed to the rafters as the poet cooed, cajoled and dreamed out loud. Alternating with other young poets from the ‘hood, Ahmed proved that poetry can really draw, even without the manufactured drama of a slam set up.