Tag: Art

  • A monthly dose of culture: Reviewing the AGO’s First Thursdays

    A monthly dose of culture: Reviewing the AGO’s First Thursdays

    If a regular person ever wanted the chance to feel like a cultural blue blood, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)’s First Thursdays are the time to do it. The series, which began in October and will continue the first Thursday of each month, is an after-hours gallery party complete with music, special exhibits, talks…

  • Art and document: A review of the ROM’s “Observance and Memorial: Photographs from S-21, Cambodia”

    Art and document: A review of the ROM’s “Observance and Memorial: Photographs from S-21, Cambodia”

    In 1975, Cambodian dictator Pol Pot began purging the country of citizens accused of undermining his Khmer Rouge party. By 1979, over 2 million people had been arrested, tortured and killed. During that time, 14,000 men, women and children had been filtered through Security Prison-21 (S-21), an old high school-turned-prison used for interrogating detainees. Of…

  • Mirabilia: A Miracle on Gladstone Avenue

    Mirabilia: A Miracle on Gladstone Avenue

    I’ve always wanted to go into St. Anne’s Church, tucked away on Gladstone Ave, just north of Dundas St. West, but not to feed religious urges, more out of art historical interest: the Anglican church, Canada’s only Byzantine-style edifice, is home to a series of religious paintings created by the Group of Seven. This past…

  • Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

    Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations By Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda. Introduction by Judith Thurman. New Haven and London: Yale University Press-Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. 324 pages; 206 illustrations.   This summer, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art juxtaposed the works of two influential Italian women in fashion design: Elsa Schiaparelli,…

  • OF NATURE: A Poem

    OF NATURE: A Poem

          a murder in The National Gallery the corpse evidence or art a bloodied face attracting files    

  • Christopher D’Arcangelo’s Occupations

    Christopher D’Arcangelo’s Occupations

    In recent months, the Occupy Wall Street splinter group Occupy Museums staged an alternative, barter-based art fair outside New York’s annual Armory Show, and released a fake press release under the guise of the Whitney Biennial disavowing the exhibition’s corporate sponsors and apologizing to the exhibiting artists “for allowing them to be exploited by the…

  • On Goldstein’s Novels of Ideas: Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince

    On Goldstein’s Novels of Ideas: Iris Murdoch’s  The Black Prince

    This piece continues a series of reviews highlighting philosopher-novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s list of the best “novels of ideas”. Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince was the fourth entry on her list. Reviewed in this essay: The Black Prince, Iris Murdoch. Penguin Classics, 2003 (Originally published: 1973) The Black Prince is the story of Bradley Pearson,…

  • The World’s Greatest Art Museum is in Hobart, Tasmania

    The World’s Greatest Art Museum is in Hobart, Tasmania

    Reviewed in this essay: Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania. Listen to the author read this piece: [audio: issue3/smiley.mp3] Visit the permanent collection of any national art museum and you will likely find an Impressionist room, with a Cezanne, a Monet, a Manet, and maybe a Pissarro. There will be an Abstract Expressionist…

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

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

    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. http://www.ago.net/jack-chambers-light-spirit-time-place-and-life. 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…

  • Time for Another Rewrite: The AGO’s General Idea: Haute Culture, A Retrospective 1969-1994

    Time for Another Rewrite: The AGO’s General Idea: Haute Culture, A Retrospective 1969-1994

    A review of General Idea: Haute Culture, A Retrospective 1969-1994, Art Gallery of Ontario, July 29, 2011–January 1, 2012, curated by Frédéric Bonnet, organized by ARC/Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario, catalogue published by JRP Ringier That a major survey of General Idea’s work is only now…

  • Knelman’s Hot Art: One Big Game

    Knelman’s Hot Art: One Big Game

    Stolen art—like a political sex scandal, corporate meltdown, or celebrity criminal trial—makes for a good story. Behind the thrilling headline of an $80-million Rembrandt heist, however, exists a complex network of thieves, dealers, auction houses and galleries. It is this network that Joshua Knelman traces in Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret…