Category Archives: Art, Architecture & Design

Kent Monkman: Our Shame, Our Prejudice, Their Resilience

I have just experienced Kent Monkman‘s show at the University of Toronto Art Museum, a series of paintings, textual passages and installations proposing something quite ambitious. As he observed in the Foreword (in a little brochure I picked up as … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design, Politics | Leave a comment

TSO’s happy midweek memorials

The second of the New Creations concerts by the Toronto Symphony Wednesday at Roy Thomson Hall was a wildly diversified program as Festival curator Brett Dean put a collaborative work by two Canadians between works by two Australian composers. Each … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design, Cinema, Music and musicology, Popular music & culture, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I Am Not An Answer at Cooper Cole Gallery

I suppose it depends on the question… If you were asking “what is art” you could find at least a couple of ways to answer that question at Cooper Cole Gallery. Art is a calling. It’s a business. It offers … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design | Leave a comment

Mr Turner: painter, paintings, movie

There is a scene in the first half hour of Mike Leigh’s recent film Mr Turner, juxtaposing the creative ambitions of amateurs and professionals. We see Timothy Spall as Turner, greeting a noble on his estate. Another person –likely another … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design, Cinema, video & DVDs, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

13 ways of looking at Pyramus and Thisbe

If a scientist could slice up love and loss into small specimens and put them onto slides and put them under a microscope it would resemble what we saw at the Four Seasons Centre tonight and in earlier performances from … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design, Music and musicology, Opera, Personal ruminations | Leave a comment

Painting set free by JMW Turner

When I was a teenager I discovered the great English painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) at around the same time that my infatuation began with the other romantic artists in other media. In poetry … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design, Personal ruminations | 2 Comments

Attila Keszei: the eco-warrior rides on

My friend Attila Keszei is back.  Attila, an engineer who offered heroic leadership in the quest for sustainability and reducing the university’s carbon footprint retired from the University of Toronto a few years ago.  But his creativity continues unabated,  retirement … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Architecture & Design, university life | Tagged | 2 Comments