Leitmotif Artist Profiles: The Toronto Alliance of Art Critics & Marcia Vaitsman

September 30, 2011

THE TORONTO ALLIANCE OF ART CRITICS | http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_276435113491&ap=1

Speed Art Criticism II will again redefine the notion of social networking in the arts community.  For one night only, visual artists will be invited to bring their artwork to a rental cube truck stationed at the Gladstone Café (http://gladstonecafetoronto.com) - 1181 Queen Street West, at the South West corner of Queen Street West and Gladstone Avenue. Artists’ work will then be critiqued by the country’s leading art critics during the all-night project. Follow the TAAC throughout the night with comments and critique on Twitter.  All are invited to bring work for a group critique, or bring images on mobile devices to spar and spur the dialogue!


TAAC was founded in 2009 by Nadja Sayej and six Toronto art writers. Since then, the TAAC has grown to include fifteen of the country’s leading art critics from: the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, artUS, Canadian Art, Magenta Magazine, Modern Painters, ARTnews, C Magazine, Border Crossings and Artforum (among others). The TAAC is committed to improving the standards of art criticism in Toronto and beyond. Their goal is “to give a voice to art criticism.” David Balzer, Rose Bouthillier, Bill Clarke, Otino Corsano, Sky Gooden, John Bentley Mays, Amish Morrell, Elena Potter, Leah Sandals, Murray Whyte, Stephanie Vegh are involved in the project for Leitmotif.


MARCIA VAITSMAN | www.khm.de/~marcia/

Nocturnal Encounters is a public artwork that presents TV as public space and how the community of Toronto is represented in the media.  The audio and video was compiled through a series of onsite workshops at The Parkdale Library during the summer. Over 75 people participated in the dialogue that is revealed in the final work. The artist feels that it is important to question how the media landscape in Toronto reflex the complex Canadian cultural plan. This project is funded by the Biennial of São Paulo Foundation.

Born in Brazil, Vaitsman studied media, art and photography at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil; Kunsthochschule fuer Medien KHM, Germany; and SCAD, Atlanta. Vaitsman has projects awarded and/or sponsored by the Sao Paulo Biennial Foundation; UNESCO-Ashberg, France; Ministry of Culture, Brazil; IAMAS, Japan; Prince Claus Fund, The Netherlands, among others. Her work has been shown in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.