Month: May 2017

29/150: Dil Hildebrand – Scenographer

Montreal artist Dil Hildebrand (b: 1974) worked as a set painter for theatre and TV before moving into the international mainstream with his large format paintings, some of them inspired by ancient Roman trompe l’oeil frescoes. Lorem Ipsum is his first New York solo exhibition, showing new paintings through June […]

Lorenzo Quinn – Hands on the Grand Canal

Lorenzo Quinn’s new installation for the Venice Biennale is called Support.  The renowned Italian sculptor created two large hands emerging from the Grand Canal to protect and support the historic building of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The hands symbolize tools that can both destroy the world, but also have the […]

28/150: Joyce Wieland – The Feminist

The legendary Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was a mixed-media artist, experimental filmmaker and Canadian nationalist whose feminist art made use of sewing, knitting, rug hooking and embroidery. She had a powerful influence on modernist art, and her 1971 retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada was the first ever for a woman artist.

A record $110-million for a Basquiat

MAY 18, 2017 – Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting of a skull has sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting an auction record for American artists and providing a windfall for the daughter of two collectors who purchased it for $19,000 in 1984. The work by the […]

27/150: George Dunning – Animator

Toronto-born animator George Dunning (1920-1979) is best known for his role as director of  The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine but he had a significant impact in Canada, especially at the National Film Board. In Britain, he’s regarded as the father of British commercial animation.

Art of the Noodle

Who would have thought the instant noodles we’re all familiar with could turn up as art.  This Yokohama museum celebrates the iconic noodle cup in a series of  galleries. The museum is a tribute to Momofuku Ando, who revolutionized eating customs all