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September 6 – Tonight at Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto:  Fogo Island Dialogues. An artist talk with an ambitious lineup of Canadian and International artists which I am really looking forward to hearing from….not least of all our beloved Abbas…!

September 5 – Welcome back people! Just read about this very cool exhibition in Winnipeg’s streets and parks, curated and produced by Plug In. It includes a stunning work by Abbas Akhavan. Abbas’ work and some other really punchy pieces are featured in a  review of the project in Hyperallergic.

August 29 – The City of Toronto announced today details of the 2017 Nuit Blanche program. The brilliant Barbara Fischer is curating one of the zones and has included two I Heart Your Work artists: Abbas Akhavan and Annie MacDonell!! Check out details here and plan to get out to see some good stuff, all night September 30th!

August 18 – starting today and until September 4, Max Streicher’s “Quadriga” is installed at Barrie’s Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of the Barrie Public Art Committee’s “Art in Unexpected Places” program, throughout town. Get your chariot up the 400 and check it out!

August 15 – That residency that Brendan is doing with Recess Gallery, that we mentioned? It got covered by Art Forum. Art Forum! Read it here.

July 30 – Last night, Brendan Fernandes’ “Still Move” was performed at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, as part of the current exhibition “Dancing to the Beat” which boasts an incredible list of artists. If you’re going to San Fransisco….

July 25 – Tonight and tomorrow, the American Ballet Theatre choreographer, Gemma Bond, presents “Impressions” at the Joyce Theatre as part of the Ballet Festival. Brendan Fernandes has created projections to accompany these performances.

July 24 – Brendan Fernandes is back in NYC for the rest of the summer, doing a residency with Recess Gallery, a storefront space for which Brendan has created “Steady Pulse” which includes a full roster of events including performances, open rehearsals and public talks.

July 23 – Abbas Akhavan’s work is included in Oakville Galleries’ summer exhibition “Propped“. Guest curated by Gabby Moser and on until September 2, this show has an amazing line up of mostly local artists. Abbas’ work is extraordinary. Here’s a hint: it has been realized with the support of volunteers in the St. John Ambulance Oakville-Milton & Halton Hills Therapy Dog Program….

July 16 – Brendan Fernandes has just completed a residency at the NSCAD Lithography Workshop, marking a historic re-opening of an institution that has been closed for 35 years, but has in the past hosted John Baldessari and Sol Lewitt among many many others. It has been reopened thanks to the efforts of the Anna Leonowens Gallery and Canada Council New Chapter funding. Brendan’s residency was written up in Canadian Art.

July 13 – Frieze Magazine (Frieze Magazine!) online edition includes a beautiful review of Brendan’s Free Fall 49, performed last month at the Getty Museum. Frieze Magazine.

July 12 – Tomorrow night, Annie MacDonell will be speaking, together with Zinnia Naqvi and Camille Rojas, at the AGO screening “Win Last, Don’t Care“, a program of films showing “gestures of failure and withdrawal as deliberate political acts”, part of EMILIA-AMALIA’s artist residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

July 11 – Brendan Fernandes is included in V Magazine‘s current print edition which features 57 of the city’s most influential creators and social stars! We knew this already, but now its in print!

July 10 – Every day this week, Brendan Fernandes’s “Révérence” will be performed for the public at the Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, Bay Street, Toronto. Previously shown at the Rainbow Room (NYC) and the Canadian Art Gala, Brendan has created a version of the piece specific to this public siting….take a bow!

June 30  –  Yesterday in Munich, the opening for Abbas Akhavan’s solo exhibition at Museum Villa Stuck. The exhibition includes older and brand new work,  that continue his studies of boundaries and borders, exclusion and inclusion, destruction and preservation.

June 20 – Katie Bethune-Leaman has her prototypes…and they are even more wonderful than we had hoped. Posting soon, your hat on.

June 16 – The Getty Museum (LA) kicked off their Friday Flights series, 2017 season, with a collaboration between Brendan Fernandes and musician How To Dress Well. Free Fall 49 is a dance, sculptural installation, and performance wherein dancers fall 49 times, once for every victim of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.

June 1 – Terrence Dick wrote a thoughtful review of Annie MacDonell’s show, The Levellers, for Akimbo and compares the work to Jeremy Deller’s masterful Battle of Orgreave as a portrait of resistance. Fierce.

May 20 – Solange Knowles did a performance at the Guggenheim last night. And our darling Brendan Fernandes is named as an influence on her work. Whaaattt!?!??!? Yes. Brendan and James Turrell…?!?!?!? Check it out. We have one piece left in Brendan’s edition. One. The final collector is the one who makes his project happen…email us if you think this might be you!

May 1 – This May the Futures are bright! Annie MacDonell has a show opening May 4th at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. “The Levellers” will include brand new collage and sculptural work as well as a recent two-channel video piece. Annie is giving a talk at the gallery on May 13th. ALSO, Annie’s collective Emilia-Amalia begins its residency at the AGO . For the next 3 months, Annie, together with the other members of the collective (which include Cecilia Berkovic, Yaniya Lee, Gabrielle Moser, Zinnia Naqvi, Leila Timmins, and cheyanne turions) will explore issues of trust in relationships between artists, curators, writers within a framework of public engagement and a feminist lens.

Max Streicher is featured in two publications (BLOCK Magazine gives a glimpse inside Max’s studio and talks a bit about his project with I Heart Your Work, and UK publication ANTENNAE has an in-depth and insightful interview conducted by Curator Matthew Brower).

AND Luis Jacob has a show opening Friday at Gallery TPW which is co-presented by CONTACT Photography Festival and which tops Canadian Art’s list of “don’t miss” projects this year.

April 6 – Our beloved Brendan Fernandes shares the galleries at University of Buffalo Art Galleries with two other artists in, The Language of Objects, opening April 22 …and we have only one more piece available in Brendan‘s edition…one.

March 28 – NEW PROJECTS! NEW PROJECTS! NOW LIVE! YAY! CHECK IT OUT: concepts by Katie Bethune-Leamen and Annie MacDonell now available for you lovely people to invest in and own, and a concept in development with Maxwell Stephens added to our Future Futures lineup. Check them all out. And invest in Art Futures!!

March 5 – Brendan Fernandes’ “Clean Labour” took place at the Wythe Hotel this afternoon. I wasn’t there , but it was by all accounts a success. I helped fund the project through Kickstarter and will be getting some awesome pins based on Brendan’s From His Hands neons. Can’t wait.

February 1 – Abbas Akhavan is living in rural France right now. Saché, to be exact. In the home of Alexander Calder! He is doing the prestigious Calder Residency/Atelier Calder, which offers artists the opportunity to pursue projects and create new work in the exceptional environment of Calder’s studio and home. The work Abbas produces during the residency will be presented to the public at the end of the session during an open studio weekend.

January 29 – The book launch at TYPE Books, for Brendan’s monograph, Still Move (published by Black Dog) was standing room only. Congratulations Brendan! A lovely event and a beautiful book!

January 19 – Annie MacDonell is in Saskatchewan giving a lecture on her piece Holding Still// Holding Together (2016), which kicks off an amazing looking program at aka-artist run. Curated by Lori Blondeau and Tarin Hughes, She is spitting a mouthful of stars, is a year long project about protest, resistance and activism. Annie’s project is on view until February 24.

January 18 – Brendan’s NYC show at Monique Meloche, Free Fall, gets an awesome review from Palliate Blog.

January 16 – BLOCK Magazine did a photo shoot with us. Max’s work space is going to be featured in their Spring issue…of course we’ll let you know when it comes out!

December 30 – Brendan Fernandes, was asked by Canadian Art about resolutions going into 2017. Check it out!

December 22 – We had a lovely evening with Brendan’s collectors this evening. Brendan guided us through his current exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, Lost Bodies, and then we enjoyed a cosy evening of drinks, apps and conversation, about Brendan’s work…and whatever else we wanted to discuss…a lovely evening. Thanks to Brendan, and of course thanks to our patrons who are making Still Life happen!

December 1 – Today is World AIDS Day and Art Futures artist Brendan Fernandes is in good company for the Poster Virus Panel Discussion, this evening at Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

November 17 – Brendan Fernandes is featured in Huffington Posts article “What it Means to be an Artist in the time of Trump”

November 11 – Brendan’s Fernandes’s solo show at the Textile Museum of Canada, Lost Bodies, opens tonight.

October 20 – The 2016 Montreal Biennale opened this week. Titled, Le Grand Balcon, the exhibition places Art Futures artist, Luis Jacob’s Sphinx centre stage when visitors arrive at MACM. The Biennale also dedicates a huge space to Luis’s Album IV, which showed previously at Documenta in Kassel Germany in 2007.

October 17 – Future Art Futures artist, Abbas Akhavan, winner of the 2015 Sobey Award, is giving a talk about his work at the National Gallery of Canada this Thursday evening (Oct 20). If you are in Ottawa, check it out!

October 10 – Brendan Fernandes’ work is included in a group show at the Koffler in Toronto, Yonder. The show has an amazing line up of artists exploring themes of intercultural translation and identity. On until November 27, check it out!

July 22 – Brendan Fernandes’ piece, Reverence, will be performed by the American Ballet Theatre company as a feature work at the Canadian Art Foundation Gala this coming September. You could show support by purchasing a tiket for $600 to attend what will surely be a wonderful evening…or you could directly support the creation of a new work by the same artist and own an exclusive piece forever for $1200..just saying..

July 15 – Max Streicher’s Sleeping Giant (Silenus) will be shown in an exhibition this fall at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. The museum acquired the piece for their permanent collection which also includes work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, William Kentridge and Ai Wei Wei.

May 4 – Annie MacDonell’s Holding Still//Holding Together opens at the Ryerson Image Centre as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival. Its a brand new video installation whose concept originates in images of passive political resistance gathered from the RIC’s Black Star Collection and other sources.

April 29 –  “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” opens at the Brooklyn Museum, the final leg of an ambitious travelling exhibition that includes work by Art Futures artist Brendan Fernandes.

April 18 – OK so last year, one of our artists took home the country’s most prestigious award for artists under 40, the Sobey  Art Award. And we just found out that another one of our artists, Annie MacDonell, is nominated for the prize this year!! This is good news for those of our patrons who have already expressed interest in supporting Annie’s work. Email us if you want to do so too!

April 11 –  We donated a work to the Soundstreams Silent Auction this evening. The one-of-a-kind work-in-progress proof resulted from Max Streicher’s research into the process of industrial embroidery which he is pursuing for his project with I Heart Your Work, “Momento Mori”. We worked with Superframe and finished this study in the same way we will be finishing the final Art Futures edition. It looks fantastic! Email us to take a look and find out more.

April 1 – Stunning new prototype images for our project with Brendan Fernandes. Still life, edition of 8. Email us for more images and information.

March 7 – Brendan Fernandes is featured this month in Studio, published by the Studio Museum in Harlem, with an article looking at his recent performance works (Winter/Spring 2016 issue, p 35). And Art21 Blog, will showcase Brendan’s collaboration with Nanna Debois Buhl called “In Your Words”, a piece written by Sky Goodden.

February 27 – Last night was our inaugural, I Heart Your Work Art Futures artist studio visit. Collectors who had invested in Luis Jacob’s piece, Veronica, came to his studio to speak with him about his work and the thinking behind his Art Futures project. We were also joined by esteemed members of Toronto’s art community who came to show their support for the initiative. It was a wonderful evening.

February 26 – The very first and very beautiful I Heart Your Work Art Futures edition, Veronica, is done!!

Jan 7 – Brendan Fernandes’ solo show, Lost Bodies, at Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Queens University, Kingston) opens this weekend and runs until April 10. The exhibition brings: “a world-renowned Canadian artist’s work into dialogue with two of the country’s best collections of African art”. Congratulations Brendan, this sounds amazing!

Dec 22 – Current Art Futures artist Brendan Fernandes is named one of “17 Artists to watch in 2016” by Huffington Post. Yay! Check it out here.

Dec 17 – Got out to the Varley Art Gallery to see Brendan Fernandes’ exhibition, In Position. This is wonderfully contemplative and quiet show, meditating on the power, potential and vulnerability of the female dancer’s body. The show is up until Jan 10, so you still have time to check it out. Or, if you happen to be in LA this winter, you can see Brendan’s work at the Fowler Museum, UCLA in the exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art.

Dec 10 – The Winter 2016 issue of Canadian Art is full of love for I Heart Your Work Art Futures artists!Luis Jacob has penned a feature piece within its pages and Abbas Akhavan is on the cover, with a wonderfully candid and thought provoking interview with Gabrielle Moser, “Every Artwork is a Trap”. On newsstands now.

Nov 23 – Just came from a fantastic production meeting with Luis and Mitch Robertson at Superframe. Veronica is moving full steam ahead and she is looking beautiful!

Nov 4 – For their 2015 gala at the Rainbow Room (Rockerfeller Centre, whaat?!), SculptureCenter, NYC will feature a performance by future Art Futures artist, Brendan Fernandes, who has been working with dancers from the American Ballet Theatre.

Oct 28 – Future Art Futures artist, Abbas Akhavan, wins Canada’s Sobey Art Award. Congrats Abbas! Canadian Art interviewed Abbas about the experience, which you can read here.

Oct 28 – A really good article on International Sculpture Centre’s blog re:sculpt, about future Art Futures artist, Max Streicher. Check it out.

Oct 23 – The AGO acquires 2 works by Luis Jacob at Art Toronto for their permanent collection. This is good news for out buyers!

Oct 21 – Veronica finds her final buyer and goes into production! A huge thanks and congratulations to our bold first collectors!

Oct 5 – Luis’ “Sphinx” is one of a handful of 2015 Nuit Blanche projects that will enjoy an extended stay. Installed at Allen Gardens (19 Horticulture Ave, Toronto) Luis gives us a contemporary take on classical statuary and a carefully chosen selection of texts about Toronto, to invite questions about the less visible elements of the City’s unabated growth, that is the social element, the human story. More here.

Sept 19 – Upcoming Futures artist, Brendan Fernandes, has a solo exhibition opening today at the Varley Art Gallery. It’s on until Jan 10, so check it out…more info here.

Sept 9 – Veronica is almost ready to go into production! Think you want the last one, but have a question or two? Don’t be shy, send us a note at ihyw(at)iheartyourwork.com.

August 30 – we are getting ready to announce our next Future Futures. Stay tuned.

June 14 – Luis Jacob is having a really busy summer, with shows in Toronto, New York and Annemasse, France. If you are in any of these spots on your summer travels…check it out!

May 14 – today is the first day of Luis’ epic rounding up of art thinkers and makers who will take a good look at Toronto through an art lens. This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto promises to deliver some really exciting talks and programs that look at the local context of artistic production and urbanism. We love Luis and we are so lucky that Luis loves Toronto. Taking place at University of Toronto, find out more here.

On May 11, we are on Akimbo. Check it out.

On April 2, Luis has a show opening at Scrap Metal Gallery here in Toronto. He is showing with Chris Curreri and Samuel Beckett. Check it out!

On March 23, we launched a publicity campaign to let everyone know about the exciting work we are doing. Download a copy of our press release here.

On March 16, 2015 we have a sample Veronica! You can take a peek here if you think you may want an exclusive Luis Jacob piece….but want an idea of what this might look like….

On February 28, 2015 we are starting work on our second Art Future and getting a fantastic slate of artists lined up for Future Futures. Watch for this announcement soon.

On February 21, 2015 we were on a panel moderated by illustrious Art blogger Andrea Carson Barker, at The Artist Project. A good crowd and great discussion about new models for collecting contemporary art….a lot of interest in Art Futures…. Read more about it here.

On November 14, 2014 we interviewed Luis Jacob about his project for I Heart Your Work Art Futures. Read the interview here.

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