Garage sale becomes Toronto's "Armory" show

Posted by Miklos Legrady | Wed Aug 31st 2005 1:27 a.m.

At the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art;

Istvan Kantor's benefit sale at MOCCA seems to be turning into a major event,
an important appraisal of Queen West art, circa 2005.

Kantor received the Governor General Award because he's a catalyst
who makes things happen; it's as though Queen street was waiting for
someone to bring artists together in a local Documenta... and they
came with their work.

The show changes daily as pieces are sold and new works go up on the wall;
a creative dynamic is taking hold, "buzz" of a vital social-cultural event.

As a local piece of art history, the show is being documented and
daily updated at this url;
http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/istvansite/art_sale/

A group show "of the best and the worst" it's taking on elements of a
Fellini movie as the square in front of MOCCA turns into performance
space... while the walls inside present every concept of styles and
ideas.

Worth attention are prices. Large paintings of the $10,000 + range
are priced at $400.
As a solidarity benefit for Istvan Kantor, everyone including major
collectible names
such as Napoleon Brousseau have priced their work mostly in the low $100,
with many artists contributing at least a few good pieces priced at $50.

Miklos Legrady's performance, slashing of a valuable portrait
painting with a box cutter,
will take place at the anti-reception: 6 o'clock thursday sept 1.

--

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art MOCCA
952 Queen Street West Toronto On M6J 1J8 (416)395-0067
mocca@toronto.ca
http://www.mocca.toronto.on.ca

artistic director: Napoleon Brousseau
propaganda minister: Miklos Legrady
produced by Istvan Kantor and MOCCA

Istvan Kantor
(416)516-3688
amen@interlog.com
http://www.istvankantor.com
  • Miklos Legrady | Wed Aug 31st 2005 1:29 a.m.
    At the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art;

    Istvan Kantor's benefit sale at MOCCA seems to be turning into a major event,
    an important appraisal of Queen West art, circa 2005.

    Kantor received the Governor General Award because he's a catalyst
    who makes things happen; it's as though Queen street was waiting for
    someone to bring artists together in a local Documenta... and they
    came with their work.

    The show changes daily as pieces are sold and new works go up on the wall;
    a creative dynamic is taking hold, "buzz" of a vital social-cultural event.

    As a local piece of art history, the show is being documented and
    daily updated at this url;
    http://www.ccca.ca/mikidot/istvansite/art_sale/

    A group show "of the best and the worst" it's taking on elements of a
    Fellini movie as the square in front of MOCCA turns into performance
    space... while the walls inside present every concept of styles and
    ideas.

    Worth attention are prices. Large paintings of the $10,000 + range
    are priced at $400.
    As a solidarity benefit for Istvan Kantor, everyone including major
    collectible names
    such as Napoleon Brousseau have priced their work mostly in the low $100,
    with many artists contributing at least a few good pieces priced at $50.

    Miklos Legrady's performance, slashing of a valuable portrait
    painting with a box cutter,
    will take place at the anti-reception: 6 o'clock thursday sept 1.

    --

    Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art MOCCA
    952 Queen Street West Toronto On M6J 1J8 (416)395-0067
    mocca@toronto.ca
    http://www.mocca.toronto.on.ca

    artistic director: Napoleon Brousseau
    propaganda minister: Miklos Legrady
    produced by Istvan Kantor and MOCCA

    Istvan Kantor
    (416)516-3688
    amen@interlog.com
    http://www.istvankantor.com
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