Been there, done that, got a commemorative plate
I'm sure it hasn't escaped your attention that this week marks a couple of major fundraisers in the local art world. Sadly, they're on the same day: MOCCA's bi-annual MOCCA award (Ed Burtynsky this year) and the AGO's annual Massive party both go on Thursday night.
Massive is always flashier, and bigger (it can be, given the building and the relatively modest $150 ticket), while MOCCA is pricier and more subdued. And what do you get for your $700? Well, aside from Susur Lee's canapes, each ticket buyer receives a limited edition commemorative plate. And here I was thinking the Royal Family had some kind of standing patent on the concept; silly me -- MOCCA has issued plates for each winner of the award, including Michael Snow and Matthew Teitelbaum.
Let me just say: Really? Burtynsky's big oil show is up at the ROM, and the Steidl monograph is readily available for signing. Which would you rather have for your $700?
Am I the only one who finds this weird?