Andrea Carson Barker
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Andrea Carson Barker writes on contemporary art, architecture and design.

She returned to Toronto in 2003 after having spent six years in London where she managed several art galleries and received her Masters degree in Art Criticism from City University (UK). Carson has curated a number of projects, including Revealed: New Canadian Video, a screening at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London (2003) and Four Directions, in collaboration with No. 9: Contemporary Art & the Environment at Toronto’s Brickworks (2010). Her broad range of interests includes video and feminist artwork, new and social media, design, architecture, cultural administration and most of all, promoting Canadian contemporary art.

Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and on, in Azure, ARTnews, Art Review, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, CV Photo, DesignLines, the Globe and Mail, Monocle, Quill & Quire, Toronto Life and other publications.

She works part-time with Profis Communications and consults on art and architecture. She sits on the board of ArtsScene, Toronto and on the City of Toronto Public Art Committee.

Entries by Andrea Carson Barker

Toronto's Alternative Design Week: TO DO Festival

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:58 AM

As a freelancer and blogger, I've occasionally had the pleasure of writing about some of the many amazing young designers in Toronto. From a bespoke cobbler who apprenticed with a Florentine shoemaker to a group of custom guitar makers and an artist who works with neon, not to mention...

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A New Take on the Group of Seven

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:35 PM

I went up to the opening of a new exhibition at Toronto's McMichael Gallery today. The exhibition was called You are here: Kim Dorland and the Return to Painting and it's on until January 5th, 2014. I recommend you make the trip to see it. It's a big...

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Digital Entertainment 'Booster' Program Enters Round Two

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:47 PM

There's a new round of digital entertainment companies participating in round two of ideaBOOST, the Canadian Film Centre's startup business bootcamp that began on May 21st.

Scott Dyer, chief technology officer of Corus addresses the audience. All images courtesy ideaBOOST.


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Canadian Program Launches Hot New Creative Startups

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:36 PM

I first wrote about ideaBOOST, the Canadian Film Centre's exciting program for digital entertainment startups when it launched back in November, and now the first phase of the four-month intensive "bootcamp" has come to a successful close.

CFC Chief Digital...

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The Canadian Program Giving Creative Startups a Boost

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Last week, the Canadian Film Centre's CFC Media Lab launched a fantastic new program called ideaBOOST, designed to assist artists and companies exploring the frontier in digital entertainment.

ideaBOOST. Image courtesy CFC.

For those that aren't familiar with the term,...

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Marina Abramovic: Being an Artist Means "Lots of Lonely Hotel Rooms"

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2012 | 12:14 PM

I sat down with legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic who was in Toronto recently for the Canadian premiere of The Artist Is Present, a documentary on her work, which screened at the Reel Artists Film Festival. She is also setting up an institute for the preservation of performance art,...

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Necropolis: The Rebirth of Video Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Tasman Richardson's immersive installation at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, is on until April 1st in Toronto and I recommend you see it.

Tasman Richardson, Memorial. All images courtesy the artist.

Conceived in collaboration with curator...

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Hits and Misses at Maurizio Cattelan's NYC Show

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 4:13 PM

I was in New York last weekend, to see friends but also to see the Maurizio Cattelan retrospective the day before it closed. It has gotten quite a bit of attention for its unusual installation. The work was hung entirely from the ceiling, down the central atrium, with absolutely...

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An Artist's Studio: Rob Davidovitz

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 6:04 PM

I stopped by the studio of young painter Rob Davidovitz the other afternoon. Rob doesn't paint in the traditional sense, though. Instead he uses paint to create these textile/painting hybrids.

A woven painting by Rob Davidovitz. All images: VoCA

He mixes paint...

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Eve Sussman's Control Issues

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 1:22 PM

I came across a quote from the Young British Artists godfather, Michael Craig-Martin in the Financial Times recently. Speaking about the practice of being an artist, he says, "What interests me is the part of you that you are stuck with, that you can't control, and it comes...

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Patriotism and Nationalism in Art: 10 Years After 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 1:57 PM

Patriotism is defined as a "love of one's country." Nationalism is a more complex thing, referring I suppose to one's nationhood, as distinct from one's homeland. It's a topic explored in the new show at MOCCA in Toronto, which opened on Sept. 9, days before the anniversary of Sept....

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Hunter & Cook: The Hub of Toronto's Art Scene

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 11:03 AM

With all the condo development going on in downtown Toronto recently -- the good, the bad and the embarrassingly ugly (Hello there, Bohemian Embassy -- what is with that sign?!) has come a smart new wave of Toronto's downtown art scene.

Hunter &...
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Visit to Canoe Lake: Tom Thomson's Grave

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 1:06 PM

Last weekend, we went up to a friend's cottage on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park.

You may recognize the name -- it's well known as the lake where Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson mysteriously died at age 42 in July, 1917. He had left to go on a fishing...

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Government Art Grants: Preaching to the Choir?

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 1:30 PM

I've been thinking recently about Canada's arts granting system. With all this talk of financial reform, from the global to the municipal levels (hello, Rob Ford), maybe it's time we looked at whether the art granting system in Canada could use some reform of its own.

Federal, provincial and...

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Haute Culture: General Idea at the AGO

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Today, I went to the media preview of Haute Culture, the retrospective of famed Canadian artist collective General Idea, which opens this Friday with a free party at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

AIDS (Gold) 1987, acrylic and gold leaf...
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What Makes Public Art Good?

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 1:09 PM

Although I don't blog about public art in Toronto, since it could create a conflict with my position on the City of Toronto Public Art Commission, that doesn't stop me from blogging about public art elsewhere.

The entrance to the new Sofitel Hotel in Vienna.


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Post No Bills: Winnipeg's Pop Up Art Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 2:12 PM

While it's clear that Canada has some thriving art scenes in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, the issue continues to be the comparatively weak market for contemporary art.

We have Nuit Blanche in Montreal and Toronto (which is a good start) and we have art fairs for...

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Canada at the Venice Biennale

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 11:58 AM

It's better late than never for some highlights from this year's Venice Biennale.

Flying into Venice. All photos: VoCA

Having been to several Venice Biennales in my life, I almost always prefer the pavilions where the artist addresses the architecture of the...

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