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ANNIE CLARK (ST. VINCENT) AND THE SLIPPERY ROAD TO THE NEXT THING

Sometimes we learn more from what disappoints us than from what excites us. For instance, there is a pop music phenomenon, recently lauded by the Smithsonian Magazine (and awarded, by them, an America Ingenuity recognition, in Performance Arts), who calls … Continue reading

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GEORGE BARBIER AND THE NECESSITY OF EXTRAVAGANCE

Paris’ reputation as the center of brilliant elegance was the upshot of a long history of ruthless efforts to, if not obviate a critical mass of rustic obtuseness, at least circumvent it. Versailles and the chateaux of the Loire valley … 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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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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