Monthly Archives: January 2013

MORE UZELAC, MORE MARVELS

Even now, on Sundays, all around Paris, street musicians strive to keep alive the affection and wit of the City’s Belle Epoque and avant garde heyday. They pass around the lyrics of their songs to a loyal following; and, for … Continue reading

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STEFAN SAGMEISTER’S DESIGN OVER THE TOP

Rolling into the Design Exchange is the first instalment of a long-overdue revitalization of this Toronto facility. The initiative leads off with New York graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister, and his take on the heartbeat of design practice, which he calls, … Continue reading

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BAD TASTE/SUBLIME LITHOGRAPHY: A SUITE OF ILLUSTRATIONS BY UZELAC

In France, during the art deco era (1910-1939), there was an amazing output of lithographically illustrated books. A great example of this treasure is the grand format (20″ x 15 1/2″)    accompaniment, by Milivoj Uzelac, for a limited edition … Continue reading

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THE SEAGRAM MUSEUM: A SHORT BUT VERY SWEET DREAM

In the early 1980′s the Seagram Corporation developed a beverage museum on the premises of the first Seagram Distillery, in Waterloo, Ontario. This was a cavernous structure for ageing the spirits, replete with barrels in place as they were in … Continue reading

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PIERRE BONNARD AND THE BELLE EPOQUE

Not terribly unlike the situation for daring artists today, attempting to garner a critical mass of enthusiasts from out of a populace rabid for dubious sensations, Pierre Bonnard found himself on a slippery slope.

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DJANGO UNCHAINED (NOT WHAT YOU THINK)

Is there such a thing as a crazily violent movie that beckons an audience to the farthest reaches of reflection?

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THE LITHOGRAPHS OF PIERRE BONNARD

Pierre Bonnard was a French painter and print-maker acutely committed to avant-garde efforts as commonly designated Art Nouveau. His special take upon the matter became known as Les Nabis, a concentration upon delicate minutiae of figures and settings, and the … Continue reading

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PAUL DELVAUX, MASTER OF SURREALIST GLAMOR

When I was in High School, I came upon—by way of Time Magazine, of all things—the paintings of Paul Delvaux.

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