On Hurricane Irma, and art of the Florida Highwaymen

On Hurricane Irma, and art of the Florida Highwaymen

Glued to CNN this weekend, following the progress of Hurricane Irma through the Caribbean and Florida, I was startled to realize that images on the news were mirrored by certain images in the book I’m reading: The Journey of the Highwaymen, by Catherine M. Enns. The Florida Highwaymen were a legendary group of  mid-century African-American artists who […]

10.09.2017 · Filled under: Art, Florida, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 5 Comments »
Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO

Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO

“I found I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe Lucky Toronto!  The city is the only North American stop for the blockbuster exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe, on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario until July 30, 2017.   The retrospective covers […]

03.06.2017 · Filled under: Art, Legendary Landscapes, New Mexico, Review · Tags: , , · 8 Comments »
Villa Palagonia, Sicily’s Baroque garden of monsters

Villa Palagonia, Sicily’s Baroque garden of monsters

  Monsters, mirrors and 18th century excess all meet at Villa Palagonia, one of Sicily’s strangest attractions.  Villa Palagonia is one of the earliest examples of Sicilian Baroque architecture, begun in 1705 by architect Tommaso Napoli as a summer residence for Don Francesco Ferdinando Gravina, fifth prince of Palagonia. Located in the seaside town of […]

24.12.2016 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Europe · Tags: , · 2 Comments »
CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way that they’ve never experienced.” – Dale Chihuly Opening this weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum, the first major exhibition in Toronto of spectacular glass sculpture by American master Dale Chihuly. CHIHULY at the ROM features new and early works in eleven installations designed […]

26.06.2016 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: , , , · 5 Comments »
J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free at AGO

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free at AGO

Romantic, innovator, traveler, genius. J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) was Britain’s greatest artist and the pilgrimage to see the collection of his work at Tate Britain is one I’ve made each time I’ve visited London. His luminous, vaporous paintings are mesmerizing, and surprisingly modern.  I’m incredibly excited that many of these masterworks have come to Toronto in […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Art, Review, Toronto · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic at the AGO

Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic at the AGO

On now at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the exquisite exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. Five years in the planning and scheduled to run concurrently with the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games 2015, the show takes visitors on a spectacular visual journey through the Americas. […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Toronto · Tags: , · 3 Comments »
Visions of Mughal India and Howard Hodgkin paintings at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Visions of Mughal India and Howard Hodgkin paintings at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Two brilliant exhibitions on now at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, reveal British painter Howard Hodgkin’s lifelong fascination with India. Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin features the artist’s own work inspired by the energy, light and colours of India. Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin displays extraordinary historical pieces from Hodgkin’s private collection. […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Toronto · Tags: , , · 7 Comments »
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time at the AGO

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time at the AGO

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat On now at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the blockbuster exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time. The retrospective is a rare opportunity to see 85 large-scale paintings and drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), one of art history’s most […]

08.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: · 7 Comments »
The Lost Dhow exhibition, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

The Lost Dhow exhibition, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

“…for I was a merchant and a man of money and substance and had a ship of my own, laden with great stores of goods and merchandise; but it foundered at sea and all were drowned except me who saved myself on a piece of plank which Allah vouchsafed to me of His favour.” – […]

19.12.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Toronto · Tags: , , · 12 Comments »
35 centuries of glass art at Corning Museum of Glass, NY

35 centuries of glass art at Corning Museum of Glass, NY

My fall foliage break was extra-colorful this year as our destination was the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. The four-hour drive from Toronto offered rural vignettes of pumpkin stands, cornfields, crows and Victorian homes decked for Halloween. As night and rain fell, we checked into our hotel and curled up with a […]

16.11.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, United States · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
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