Category Archives: Current Events

A BUTTERFLY STORY!

We found, in a Noel 1933  issue of L’Illustration, a lithographically illustrated article concerning a fabulous German collection of butterflies from around the world. The writer was an expert at Paris’ Museum of Natural History, ensconced in the unforgettable Jardin … Continue reading

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HERMES, BEING TOUCHED BY HEAVEN!

For a full week, the Design Exchange was graced by artisans in action and in interaction, from that Centre of the Sublime, Hermes.

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SHEILA AND NICHOLAS PYE: SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND THEN SOME

Sheila and Nicholas Pye are an art partnership like none other. Married to each other, until a few years ago, they continue to produce videos and photographs that depict difficulties of love. But here we should drop all vestiges of … Continue reading

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BACK TO SCHOOL: PUTTING ONE’S BEST FOOT FORWARD!

                                                     A 50’s co-ed, working late!

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A REAL DEAL THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT : KIM NGUYEN’S WAR WITCH

In 2011, Montreal filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, traveled to the Democratic Congo Republic to film his scenario/screenplay, War Witch. In 2012, it garnered Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture and Best … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF LEOS CARAX

The past few days we’ve been at TIFF many times to see the full output of a largely unappreciated film master, Leos Carax (b. 1960). Here we shall only try to briefly get to the nub of this complex, incisive … Continue reading

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THE LABEQUES: CLASSICAL MUSIC AND A CHANGING WORLD

Katia and Marielle Labeque, sisters, duo pianist virtuosos and celebrities, turned many heads in the classical music orbit of the 1980’s and 1990’s with their vivacious musicality coming out of a strong commitment to the music of George Gershwin. At … Continue reading

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YANG FUDONG’S NEW WOMEN: COMMUNING WITH NEW FILMMAKING

Amidst all the buzz of anticipation about the Toronto Film Festival in September, something very quiet and very engaging has settled into the exhibition space at TIFF. Chinese visual artist and filmmaker, Yang Fudong, was commissioned by TIFF to develop … Continue reading

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LOLA, AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL IN A NEW-FASHIONED FILM

Today we’re looking at a movie more than fifty years old, and as fresh as the day it was introduced in 1961. The fact that it has vanished from view as far as the world at large is concerned, lends … Continue reading

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THE EDGY SHOES OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN—DESIGNING FOR BALANCE

You may think designing shoes would be a fairly straightforward craft. But one designer in that field has chosen to make it a mystery. And we can thank our lucky stars he has!

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