New Official Olympic uniforms from The Bay

I kinda like the sweater the girl on the left is wearing. But we’re talking about one of the oldest company’s in THE WORLD, and this is the best they can do?? Roots, circa 94? Sigh.

I can’t think of a company that misunderstands its history as much as The Bay does. It’s sad and frustrating to watch it dwindle away to nothing. They released the Olympic uniforms today, and they’ve dropped the ball again.

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Jason Mclean  Nothing’s Going To Change Me World 2007

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The Faces of Vanity Fair



The Faces of Vanity Fair

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. AND JOAN CRAWFORD: Recently married and photographed in 1929, Fairbanks Jr. revealed in an essay for Vantiy Fair about his wife, “She will stand by a belief with Trojan ferocity.… When she is depressed she falls into an all-consuming depth of melancholy out of which it is practically impossible to recover her. At these times she has long crying spells.… She is extraordinarily nervous.… She is intolerant of people’s weaknesses.… She has a tendency to dramatize any anecdote which she may relate.… She is a ten-year-old girl who has put on her mother’s dress—and has done it convincingly.” They were married 4 years.

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Aurel Schmidt



Aurel Schmidt reinvents Modernist masterpieces in her new exhibition Man Eater at Deitch Projects.

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TJB



TJB

This show opens in London at Rough Trade East on Thursday. I’m not going to be around but it was already installed so I got to see it today. Check out all of the artists involved. All amazing.

Vancouver’s Luke Ramsey is in the show.

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Francis Bacon



Slide show of images from Francis Bacon’s retrospective at the Tate in London.

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BEN JACQUES - ARTS - COMICS



BEN JACQUES - ARTS - COMICS

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BEN JACQUES - ARTS - DRAWINGS



BEN JACQUES - ARTS - DRAWINGS

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BEN JACQUES - ARTS - DRAWINGS



BEN JACQUES - ARTS - DRAWINGS

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ART FAG

I’m not sure if it is something in the water all the curators and programmers drink, but like we’ve encountered other weeks, this week everything seems to follow a singular theme. The theme: get educated. Apparently the local epidemic of people talking out of their asses has come to the attention of the higher ups, so they’ve dedicated this week to fixing that. The problem is so rampant that I doubt the heavy roster of artist talks will eradicate this phenomenon, but it may shut up a few pretentious fuckers who run around spouting massive generalizations and poorly constructed arguments (and I’d probably have to include myself in this category from time to time). Anyways, the point is they’re on to us, so get out your notepad because I’ve got a dense list of events to attend.

First stop that is absolutely necessary to attend on this voyage to intellectual integrity is the UBC Art History Graduate Symposium, “Obsolete Concepts: Formative Lingerings”. This 2-day symposium starts today with lectures from Josh Cohen, Grace Johnstone and Regis Michel from 5-8pm followed by lectures on Saturday from 10am-5pm by Meghan Lowe, Abigail Susik, Paul Sutton, Anja Bock, Carla Benzan and Srimoyee Mitra. The dense line-up of talks have titles that range from Susik’s “Cities of Yesterday: Surrealism and the Harnessing of the Outmoded” to Sutton’s “Justice in Aesthetics/Aesthetics in Justice: what happens when ‘the beautiful’ and ‘the public sphere’ converge”. Boom. This mind bend all happens in Room 102 of the Lasserre Building (6333 Memorial Rd). I’m going to bring a pen (and hopefully a brain too).

If your mind hasn’t melted and you aren’t at academic capacity, then if you rush after the Friday’s lectures, you can make it to Artspeak to hear John Atkin, Mari Fujita and Meredith Quatermain speak at 8pm. The lecture series, “Speakeasy: Frontierism” confronts ideas surrounding Vancouver’s boomtown legacy and it’s unchecked urbanization. This is a very contemporary concern for Vancouver and I’m sure has sprung up in conversation on many an occasion, so this may be an important lecture to take notes at, especially for those half-drunk-semi-articulate-dinner-party-arguments (which I highly suggest you partake in after this insane day of mind expansion).

If on Saturday you just can’t sit through another spoken word, then I suggest cutting out of the UBC lectures early at 3pm to attend Robert Morris‘s opening at SFU called “The Birthday Boy” which is on until 5pm. Just don’t feel tricked when you arrive to a “dual-screen projection showing two simultaneous, 35-minute lectures on David, given by two ‘art historians’ – one male, one female.” If it’s any consolation though, you don’t have to sit and the lectures are in Italian with English subtitles. This exhibition also comes with a 1000 word essay written by Bill Jefferies and 3 lunchtime talks on Tues (12:35pm), Wed (12:35pm) and Thurs (12:05pm). Seriously, not one of us is getting off lightly. They are on to us.

There is another very viable, and interesting option for Saturday that I would suggest going to if any of these lectures are just WAY out of your league. It’s an artist tour starting at 2pm at the Richmond Art Gallery of Dan Starling‘s “Malcolm X / J.D. Salinger” and Charlene Vicker‘s “Brown Skin Before Red” exhibitions. There is still learning involved, but it involves physical movement (thank fucking whoever).

I’m excited. Aren’t you?

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