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 »
Georgia O’Keeffe Country, New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe Country, New Mexico

My trip to Georgia O’Keeffe Country and the artist’s home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, was one of the most immersive and intensely felt in my life.  Here’s the story, first published on TravelandEscape.ca.*** We cross the Rio Grande west of Taos, New Mexico, and drive south, heading for the legendary landscape that inspired […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: · 13 Comments »
ArtSmart Roundtable: Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty at AGO, Toronto

ArtSmart Roundtable: Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty at AGO, Toronto

Welcome to the ArtSmart Roundtable! Our theme this month is Sculpture. I’m excited to talk about British sculptor Henry Moore and the major new exhibition Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty now open at the Art Gallery of Ontario. For more on the ArtSmart Roundtable and links to my colleagues’ articles, scroll to the […]

14.04.2014 · Filled under: Art, ArtSmart Roundtable, Canada, Toronto · Tags: · 12 Comments »
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