Category Archives: Current Events

FRANCIS BACON AND HENRY MOORE ABSORBING TERROR

Two British artists, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, thriving within the mid-century avant-garde, have been linked in an exhibition (2014) organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ashmolean Museum of London. Bacon’s bona fides as a loyalist of … Continue reading

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THE BIG TOP—SURPRISINGLY AND CHARMINGLY SUBDUED

We’re looking forward to the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show in September. Having been thrilled by several of their shows, we know we can count on feats of dynamic marvel to send us home more alert than when we arrive.

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A VINTAGE GRAPHIC TOUR THROUGH NEW CARS & OLD CARS!

Electric cars are on the road right now and we have to pause and savor what a shift they bring our way. As you can see from the beautiful and critically acclaimed example shown here, namely, the Tesla Model S … Continue reading

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THE RISE OF PAIN IN DREAMS—PHARRELL WILLIAMS GETS SERIOUS

Billy Wilder made movies (like Some Like It Hot) and collected modern classical paintings. Pharrell Williams makes songs like “Happy” and collects figurines that could not be called happy. In fact they could be called Surrealist, with all the toil … Continue reading

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MEDAL-WINNING OLYMPICS POSTERS !!

Olympics posters come to us as  a very mixed bag. Last week we were pleased to see  First Canadian Place, putting up some medal-worthy graphics for the non-stop sport center popping up in the foyer. 

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PATRIZIA MOROSO—BRINGING MYSTERY INTO FURNITURE

At first glance you might find this an unremarkable glimpse of modern chairs at a design show. But look again, at the details of these two chairs. In the foreground, the chair’s coloration traces (from left to right) an ebbing … Continue reading

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MODERN ART AND THE HUMAN COMPONENT OF DYNAMICS

I think it’s worth revisiting the Guggenheim/Art Gallery of Ontario “Great Upheaval” show, to more closely consider the trajectory of its presentation of a world becoming unglued. There is, in a painting like the one shown here, by Kazimir Malevich, … Continue reading

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FERNET-BRANCA AND THE GLORIOUS RANGE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

Fernet-Branca (c.1895) ?Leopoldo Metlicovitz ; 73″ x 48″ This stunning and very unusual litho promoting (at the end of the nineteenth century) the Italian bitters which compose the product, Fernet-Branca, can carry us into an array of exciting considerations. 

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Dylan Thomas, James Herriot, and the Spirit of Christmas

You might think that having the likes of Dylan Thomas (he of, “Do not go gentle into that good night”) drop by at Christmas would be tantamount to exclusively broaching Scrooge’s Christmas Eves prior to that special one. Just in … Continue reading

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THE GREAT UPHEAVAL: ART PICTURING EARTHQUAKES

Over the past few years, there have been several exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario which excitingly provided close-ups of a plunge into a massive, disturbing and thrilling change in orientation from that of a longstanding mainstream rationality. Efforts … Continue reading

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