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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...

Samizdat: Material Texts and Extra-Gutenberg Publics

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On January 20, 2011, University of Toronto Professor Ann Komaromi spoke in the Toronto Centre for the Book lecture series on “Samizdat: Material Texts and Extra-Gutenberg Publics.” (Samizdat is a form of grassroots and DIY publishing that circulated dissenting texts in Soviet Europe.) Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the...