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THE MEDITATIVE ARCHITECTURE OF MARLON BLACKWELL

St. Nicolas Eastern Church  Fayetteville, Arkansas   In a hive of architectural design like Toronto, you get the distinct impression that we’re blasting away from life as it was until quite recently. Sheer glass, astronomical size and eye-popping details comprise … Continue reading

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TORONTO’S NUIT BLANCHE and ART AS A PARTY!!

  This past Saturday night in Toronto was the occasion for the annual display of installations (hopefully wild), called Nuit  Blanche (White Night,12 hours non stop til 7 a.m.). We start with a dolled-up sales center to suggest how far … Continue reading

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ARCADE FIRE—DON’T DREAM OF MISSING THEM!

Many rock and roll bands pride themselves on a punchy rhythm section. Those Montreal-based, world-renowned rockers, Arcade Fire, true to their Surrealist captivation, take percussive fire to startling dimensions! Their numerous pistons, deftly digitalized, do not simply get your toes … Continue reading

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SURREALIST GRAPHIC ART—BIGGER THAN YOU THINK!

We’ve gotten together before, on this blog site, to mutually marvel at the impact of original vintage poster art with a Surrealist twist, as an ardent exponent of some of the most incisive reflections upon the subject and lifeline of … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED? BALLET’S BIG SURPRISE!

We tend to think of ballet as a field of design effort—not unlike original vintage posters—as a bastion of antiquated ways. We know how inaccurate that supposition is, when it comes to vintage graphic art as whipping up a tornado … Continue reading

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VINTAGE GRAPHIC ART AND GREAT EXPOS–MAKING SOMETHING BIG EVEN BIGGER

Atherton; 30″ x 20″ Modern technology has enabled a proliferation of international events focussing upon excellence and the changes going on in current history. This poster graphic from one of the most memorably iconic attention getters deftly thrills to a … Continue reading

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TIGHT SPOTS—AS SEEN BY VINTAGE GRAPHICS

We’ve had a (3-point) shot of excitement and dashed hopes these days, courtesy of the basketball Raptors of Toronto (“WE THE NORTH”). Playoff fever is a phenomenon worth thinking about, at an historical juncture where professional team sports have, to … Continue reading

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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 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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NERI AND HU, JOINING WHO’S WHO!

Architects and industrial designers, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, have managed, ever so quietly (in a field not known for its diffidence), to provide us with a fascinating new slant on design’s speaking to questions of innovative cogency. Having been … Continue reading

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