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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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THE INIMITABLE L’ILLUSTRATION!

Whereas now we have the internet to put us into a state of dazzlement about the creative energies of the whole wide world, 75 years ago there was L’Illustration, the flagship of the French fleet of vehicles of visual impact.  

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PARTIAL ECLIPSE AND THE ARTIST’S HEART

Two recent musical events bring front and center the disconcerting and provoking reality of remarkable creative powers attracting minuscule attention. Now, we’re all well-versed in the cliche that every contribution along these lines can be “personally” rewarding. But that truism … Continue reading

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LOOK OUT! CHICAGO’S CROWN FOUNTAIN

The Art Institute of Chicago has been a major world, as well as national, art museum for a long time now. Quite recently, however, it commissioned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, to produce a sculptural installation on the grounds of its … Continue reading

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LIVING WALLS

Architectural design is something city dwellers tend to be as addicted to as they are to the jolts from their coffee shops. A bemusing and most absorbing instance of this devotion is the proliferation of upgrading tired facades with scintillating … Continue reading

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iPOD POSTERS:THE BEAT GOES ON

Vintage graphics, so heavily indebted as they are to their Parisian roots, have had, through the past century, a pronounced tilt toward the chic and the discreet. But the radical energies which brought about Parisian distinctiveness had their wild side—as … 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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NEW THEATRICALITY—IT’S SO BIG!

Throughout its fairly long history, Toronto has been a beacon to those counting on safe bets. Though not altogether a bad thing, it has, until very recently, played out as altogether a boring thing. Capping off a recent plunge to … Continue reading

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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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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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