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

William Kentridge: Shape-shifting charcoals

Renowned South African visual artist William Kentridge, best known for his animated films of shape-shifting charcoal drawings, has won the prestigious Princess of Asturias award, Spain’s top art honour. What’s remarkable about his works are that they’re “as beautifully drawn as a Rembrandt, but they also come to life,” […]

Controversy: Is this art cultural appropriation?

A Toronto gallery has cancelled an exhibit over criticism the artist is inappropriately “borrowing” from spiritually significant indigenous art. The Visions Gallery, where work by Amanda PL was to open this month, said the gallery was “immediately criticized” when the show was announced, and within 24 hours the event was cancelled. (Read […]