One hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, we cannot escape comparing ourselves to our Belle Époque forbears. Writing in The Atlantic in July, Roger Cohen commented on the disturbing parallels between the present historical moment and that just preceding the outbreak of World War I, darkly but not unconvincingly warning of […]
I recently made the acquaintance of the Montreal-based photographer Jordan Weitzman and you should do the same by checking out more of his work on his website. I think these photos from his ongoing Uncertain Smile project speak for themselves.
I saw this entrancing video presenting Fast Company‘s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2012 at the recently inaugurated PHI Centre‘s party last Wednesday as part of the C2-MTL Commerce + Creativity conference. The video was created by the PHI group’s production unit, PHI Create. Renata Morales, who was part of the team that produced […]
The windows of the La Patrie building at 180 Saint Catherine Street East in Montreal, which is hosting the Fresh Paint pop-up gallery exhibiting graffiti art, reveal a series of jazz greats depicted with hagiographic reverence by artist Miss Me. Walk by to see Billie Holiday (holding a scroll with the lyrics to “Strange Fruit“), […]
The statue of the crying cartoon character in front of The Standard Hotel in this photo from last summer is by the artist Kaws.
A bust (1861) of Dante with his master and guide Virgil by Baron Henri de Triqueti at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Here are some images of the inventive, monochromatic graffiti done by MU & En Masse at the invitation of the Espace Go theatre in Montreal as a way to enliven an otherwise dreary loading dock.
You must read B.H. Fairchild‘s poem “The Book of Hours” from his 1998 collection The Art of the Lathe. I insist that you click on the title to read it in its gorgeous entirety. The poem weaves together the personal life of “the art historian, who has arrived frazzled/and limp after waking late in her boyfriend’s apartment” […]
The last comment in the above interview with artist Peter McGough about beauty’s place in art and life, about beauty’s role in “trying to make a life for yourself,” reminded me of what Alan Balfour wrote in his 1978 book Rockefeller Center: Architecture as Theater: Hitler, according to Albert Speer’s interpretation, appears to have waged war […]