May
24

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours

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Mar
26

Jordan Weitzman

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.

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May

28

Most Creative in Business 2012

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 [...]

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Apr
15

Saint Billie

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“), [...]

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Mar
28

The Crying Cartoon Character

The statue of the crying cartoon character in front of The Standard Hotel in this photo from last summer is by the artist Kaws.

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Jan
11

Virgil & Dante

A bust (1861) of Dante with his master and guide Virgil by Baron Henri de Triqueti at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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Dec
05

Street Art

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.

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Jul

18

The Arc of Love

  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” [...]

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Jul
12

Inelegant Ruins

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 [...]

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Jul

10

The Paintings of Jin Xingshi

  Four years ago, I had the privilege of staying with the Chinese artist Jin Xingshi at his home in Tokyo, where his work has been exhibited at the National Art Center.  Living between Beijing and Tokyo, Mr. Jin paints using various media, but he is at his best in the realm of traditional Chinese [...]

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