In Walter Benjamin’s analysis of Paul Klee’s “Angelus Novus” in his oft-quoted essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History” (1940) from Illuminations (New York, Schocken Books, 1969), the storm of progress blows an angel into the future with such force that he can no longer use his wings. Keep Reading
Mid-career Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle (born Belo Horizonte, 1974) first came to my attention for photographs she’d made together with the South African artist Jean Meeran, in which Marcelle disappeared into the landscape, dressed in a cape with matching colours so that self and city elided (“Capa Morada”, 2003). Keep Reading
The sheer number of artists (47) and works (85), the historical context of exclusion and misrecognition of Nunatsiavut artists and craftspeople, the formidable work of curator Heather Igloliorte, the intricacies, histories, intergenerational connections and intelligence within the individual works themselves and the installation make it a challenge to write about “SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut” in the space available. Keep Reading
All the knowledge in the world is still here. You just have to access it in parts, at points throughout your life. These lines are a close paraphrase of something Vancouver-based artist Meghann O’Brien said during a fascinating panel discussion at the Kelowna Art Gallery (KAG) this past July. Keep Reading
The fourth edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial/La Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone 2018 (BACA) spanned four main locations: Art Mûr, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, La Guilde and Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, with further programming at the McCord Museum. The four exhibitions were replete with a rich program of performances, screenings and roundtables. Keep Reading
Destiny films presents ‘North Korea Singapore Summit Video,’ Directed by Donald Trump, produced by the National Security Council
I have been the film columnist for this magazine for 15 years and for many years before that was the film critic for CBC television in Winnipeg. I admit that I had become jaded watching Hollywood producers, year after swampy year, pull from their filmy top hats the same old tired cinematic rabbit tricks, so I take special delight in being able to review a movie masterpiece.
An Interview with David Lynch
David Lynch, a painting student in 1967 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, was working on an all-black painting of a night garden when he sensed that a wind, mysteriously generated from within the canvas, stirred the leaves he had just rendered.
An Interview with Laura Owens
Is it too early to refer to the Owens Effect? I’m describing what happens when a single artist gathers up the traceries of what an art form has been and the trailings of what it has become in the digital age and presents what she makes out of the commingling as some kind of new and generative pictorial language.
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