Category Archives: Performance Art

HIGH DRAMA— DANGEROUSLY THRILLING MOMENTS IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

                                  Harper’s Bazaar (March, 1940) A.M. CassandreFashion that was really edgy! Here we behold the business of exciting beauty coming up against the shadows of death-dealing military forces. Staying cool in face of the horror of the imminent Nazi Occupation, … Continue reading

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HOME ON THE FREEWAY: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI’S LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Shown here is one aspect of Tokyo today, the one, as it happens, which exiled Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, takes a remarkably close look at in his recent film, Like Someone in Love (2012). The Bar Rizzo is headquarters for … Continue reading

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MURAL ART: A CALL TO PARADISE

Since the time of cave-dwellers, there has been mural art. Installing imagery on a much-frequented structure has, through the ages, elicited much-needed focus upon what makes life worth living. From caves to cathedrals, the setting would act as a complement … Continue reading

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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN : LIFE AS POETRY

Though it won this year’s Oscar for Best Documentary, Malik Benjelloul’s  Searching for Sugar Man might well have been awarded the Oscar for Best Picture, period. How so? It’s complicated. But let’s make it quick this time. (A full review … Continue reading

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JEAN COCTEAU: AN ARTIST NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

During the German Occupation of Paris, Jean Cocteau, assisted by his friend, Jean Marais, shook off a decade-long oblivion due to opium addiction, and wrote the script for Robert Bresson’s film, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1944/1945).

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“LET’S GO, BOYS!” GENTLEMEN IN ADVERTISING

Whereas promotional graphics featuring women tend to zero in on the physical and intentional presence of their person, with men it’s the scope of the activity that is (usually) paramount.

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MILANO, THE SUPERB CITY

Milano is an ancient centre with an ultra-modern heart. Just as its cathedral is the most stunningly designed instance to be found, its artisans continue to generate all manner of products at a level of instantly recognizable excellence.

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THE LADY VANISHES, BUT THE POSTERS DON’T

In 1938, Alfred Hitchcock (later, settling in Hollywood, to become widely known for classics like Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window and Psycho) put together a “comic thriller,” called, The Lady Vanishes. Very much in the throes of anxiety about … 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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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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