More Nuit Blanche -- new and improved with more me!
Ahem. I forgot to mention -- which is fine, because I'll be mentioning it a lot this week -- that me and a gang of art critic types will be pulling a 12-hour stint of mano-a-mano art criticism for the full freakin' 12 hours of Nuit Blanche in Parkdale. The deal is this: Bring your work, or just bring your beefs (because nobody's expecting flowers, believe me) and we'll talk. 15 minutes per person to solve all the art world's problems. Sounds do-able, right?
Anyway, it's a great line-up with many of my esteemed colleagues pitching in to help out (see the flyer for all of us; I think I'll be the earlier part of the evening, wrapping up around 11:30 or so). Then, the very next day, I have to drag my bedraggled self down to the Drake for a panel discussion ominously titled "When Critics Speak" (is it me, or does that remind you of those low-rent wildlife TV shows: "When Animals Attack!").
Aaaaanyway, it's me, Leah Sandals (who writes about art for the National Post, Now and Canadian Art, among others), novelist Russell Smith, James Bradshaw of the Globe and Mail, and Peggy Gale, in whose presence I will likely quiver and die. Anyway, we're being moderated by Francisco Alvarez of the ROM's Institute for Contemporary Culture.
It's a lot of bodies, true, which makes discussion a little unwieldy -- especially seeing as we'll either be blind from exhaustion or vibrating from over-caffeination -- but hopefully we can hold it together to provide some insight. Or, you could just come down for the train-wreck spectacle of watching us drool on ourselves in public. Could happen.
THIS JUST IN: CONFIRMED CRITICS' SCHEDULE
I'm designated as a "floater" due to some uncontrollable circumstances (those being my wife being 8.96 months pregnant and liable to birth any second) but barring that, I'll be there early-ish.
7-10pm: Dan Adler (Artforum) and
David Balzer (Artforum, Canadian Art, EYE WEEKLY)
10pm-1am: Otino Corsano (artUS, otinocorsano.blogspot.com) and
Sarah Milroy (The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art)
1-4am: Amish Morrell (C Magazine) and
Elena Potter (planforamiracle.wordpress .com)
1-7am: Bill Clarke (Modern Painters, ARTnews, Border Crossings, Magenta) and
Leah Sandals (National Post, Canadian Art, NOW)
FLOATER (likely earlier): Murray Whyte (The Toronto Star, Canadian Art, ARTnews, The New York Times)