ArtStars*: Gary Michael Dault
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ArtStars*: Gary Michael Dault

ArtStars* is the TMZ of the Toronto art scene, in the good way: easily digestible, super-short, qualm-less videos about what the city’s self-proclaimed artisans have on offer. Torontoist is teaming up with ArtStars* to bring you one new episode a week (more or less).

Love him or hate him, Globe and Mail art critic Gary Michael Dault is known for his art reviews—not his art.
But that will soon change: news broke last week that after twenty years of being the Globe‘s go-to city critic—and after the Globe‘s national critic Sarah Milroy left in February—his column is canned come May 1, which means that Dault might have more time to paint the cereal boxes he is (sort of) known for and update his website. (Full disclosure: ArtStars*’ Nadja Sayej occasionally freelances for the Globe.)
We caught up with Dault in February at Index G to talk about conflict of interest in the art world and how he deals with the haters (“what haters?”). The only thing we regret leaving out is Dault calling it like it is: “The art world is all bullshit anyway.”
But this beatnik can snap—to all the bad art reviews he might be getting now that he’s just a painter. Not a critic.