Tag Archives: Surrealism

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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FRIDA KAHLO

Diego Rivera could be termed a happy chef, mixing many gifts of nature and history into revealing and joyous adventures of taste and travel (hard or otherwise). His far less happy partner, Frida Kahlo, was something else. And yet, you … Continue reading

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PICASSO

The name, Picasso, seems to rush us into the imagery of painting, having zipped right past his output of sculpture.

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SURREALIST GRAPHICS by LUCIEN BOUCHER

Surrealism stems from French sensibility, that special carnal fastidiousness to be discerned in Impressionist painting (and so many other modern forms of art— Fauve, Cubist and post-Impressionist), Proust, Absurdist theatre and a gamut of design ranging from architecture to cuisine. … Continue reading

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A LITTLE STORY

Here’s a little story that begins in what seems to be firmly fixed in the heart of the performing arts—specifically dance—but actually extends to contemporary fiction, music and the whole galaxy of Surrealism, including Surrealist graphics. In 1986, the great … Continue reading

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