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Beirut Graffiti Art: A Selection

I was in Beirut, Lebanon last week on holiday. What a fascinating city! I had originally planned to visit galleries in search of art by Middle Eastern artists. I didn’t have a chance, but it didn’t matter since I quickly realized how interesting and beautiful the graffiti was. Here is a selection, including a few shots of some very well
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One Thought about Luminato Festival

One thought about Luminato Festival. Image: new.pentagram.com Founded by by Tony Gagliano and David Pecaut, the first festival took place in 2007 with a $15-million-dollar reserve fund. (I blogged about Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s piece that year.) Now, as this recent article in the Globe and Mail states: “the festival is without guaranteed long-term funding from the province and has a looming
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Maximal vs. Minimal (or Matthew Barney & Terence Koh)

For Luminato this year, Toronto’s annual––incredible––arts festival, I took in two very different works of art. The first was Matthew Barney’s latest film, a grandiose, operatic 6 hour long endeavor titled River of Fundament. The second was the first Canadian solo show by New York based Chinese Canadian artist Terence Koh. Matthew Barney, from River of Fundament. Image: Artspace.com I’ve
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Art Star: Sarah Robayo Sheridan in Flare Magazine

Flare Magazine, a Canadian fashion mag, has been increasing the art related content in its pages. Following the lead of other publications, under the watch of new editor Cameron Williamson, it has developed a monthly piece called ‘Art Star’, which profiles a ‘mover and shaker’ in the art world who also happens to have interesting personal style. I wrote the
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Grow Op: Art & Landscape at the Gladstone Hotel

The second annual Grow Op, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual design exhibition that explores issues around landscape, is on this weekend. I’m a fan of the show (and a long time fan of Grow Op’s sister exhibition, Come Up to My Room) which I blogged about last year. Windfall, by Rebecca Houston. All images: VoCA There are some wonderful, must-see installations.
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Art, Design & Sustainability

I’ve been thinking about art & nature for a while now (see my previous post HERE.) Now that spring seems to have pretty much almost sprung in Ontario, I am even more aware of the importance of nature to our wellbeing and the need to protect it. An image from last year’s Grow Op exhibition, at the Gladstone Hotel. Image
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Book Review: Christopher Pratt: Six Decades by Tom Smart

Christopher Pratt is widely acknowledged as an important Canadian painter, but he has long been viewed in the shadow of his better-known East Coast compatriot, Alex Colville. This gorgeously designed book seeks to redress the imbalance with a thoughtful journey examining almost the entirety of Pratt’s artistic practice. Christopher Pratt, Four White Boats: Canadian Gothic, 2002. Image: mayberryfineart.com Read the
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The Importance of Nature: Art on Film

I’ve been thinking a lot about nature lately. Particularly since the activist fashion designer Vivienne Westwood started promoting a petition “to adopt legislation to prohibit, prevent and pre-empt ecocide – the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems,” in the EU. Susumu Shingu, Luminous River, 2009. Image: re-title.com/galerie Jeanne Bucher. I think we should start a similar petition
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What TO DO for Design Week? Toronto Design Offsite Festival!

As a freelancer & blogger, I’ve occasionally had the pleasure of writing about some of the many amazing young designers in Toronto. From a bespoke cobbler who apprenticed with a Florentine shoemaker to a group of custom guitar makers and an artist who works with neon, not to mention exciting cross disciplinary art/design hybrid collectives I can tell you that
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Henri Fabergé: A Collaborative Exploration

I’ve been wanting to tell you about this Toronto artist whose work I discovered a while ago, and now he’s having a holiday show! All images courtesy Henri Fabergé. Cock-up on St. Creskin’s Monday December 16 at Comedy Bar Toronto 9 pm $10 Presented by Henri Fabergé Feint of Hart Written and performed by: -Henri Fabergé -Kayla Lorette -Alex Tindal -Miguel
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