Tag Archives: Surrealism

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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ALEX COLVILLE AND THE QUESTION OF EVERYDAY LIFE

In face of the vast and fascinating output of paintings emanating from painter, Alex Colville (1920-2013), no one could miss its premium upon embracing a “mysterious,” unfamiliar side of familiar life. His strategy, in raising this matter, would seem to … 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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MAKING A BEAUTIFUL MESS—KONTAKTHOF BY PINA BAUSCH

One of the most magic moments of the fare provided by the Toronto Luminato Art Festival every June came our way a few days ago, in the form of the Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theatre performing one of their classics, … 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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“GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM” THE DAVID BOWIE SHOW

The Art Gallery of Ontario, deftly following up on its Surreal Things show, has tapped into London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s rampage of a show, a wild and wonderful bundle of entities, pertaining to singer/songwriter PLUS, David Bowie (b. 1947). … 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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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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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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