Category Archives: Performance Art

“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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A RANGE OF VIOLENCE

The recent catastrophe in Connecticut has driven all thoughtful people to reconsider the issue of violence. 

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A NOTABLE FILM FROM 2012

We’re going to look at several of the movies produced in the past year, with a view to what they tell us about where we are and where we’re going. Not long ago we touched upon Holy Motors, divulging very … Continue reading

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BOOKS—WHERE ARE THEY GOING?

For many centuries, books were the virtually sole way to find out what others in other places were thinking about. Since the dawn of printing, artisans of book design and artisans of discursive design have found indescribable gratification in being … Continue reading

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PARIS, OF COURSE (First of a series on Paris, and other great cities)

Rue de l,arbre sec (Street of the Dry Tree), the site of the gallows in medieval Paris, and also the site of the once-glorious Art Nouveau department store, La Samaritaine, now shut down (just off the right foreground of the … Continue reading

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THE SAGA OF JACQUES DEMY:PAUL AUSTER’S “THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS”

© 2010 James Clark I’ve introduced this piece, before dealing with “The Elephant Man” and “The Straight Story,” because it provides a look at someone else, besides Lynch, who has become haunted by the energies of French Surrealist artists. Moreover, … Continue reading

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