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The AGO’s “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting”: Something for everyone

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Let’s face the obvious first. Surrealism isn’t everyone’s bag, especially in its more nightmarish forms. And if that’s true of you, if the darker Dalis make you cringe and the chilling Ernsts give you the sweats, taking in the work of Frida Kahlo may not be the optimal way to spend an afternoon. Kahlo’s art, while compelling, rates a Nine on Surrealism’s scale of grotesquerie, on which One is a...

Highway 401 Revisited: On the Jack Chambers Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Reviewed in this essay: Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life. Curated by Dennis Reid, with Sarah Milroy. Until May 13, 2012 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. . I live in Toronto but hometown is still Windsor and though I’ve taken the train many times, flown the ridiculously short distance, and on one ill-advised trip even rode the bus, the only real way to get home is to...