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  • What Goes Up: Today’s Art Market and an Orange Balloon Dog

    What Goes Up: Today’s Art Market and an Orange Balloon Dog

    In his new book The Orange Balloon Dog — a title inspired by the stainless-steel sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange) by Jeff Koons — author Don Thompson explores the recent landscape of art speculation, from Qatar to Los Angeles. Taking the pulse of a phenomenon that is part Wild West and part South Sea Bubble, Thompson adopts an almost Cassandra-like approach to today’s art market.

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted May 01, 2017
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  • Art is Long, Life is Short: Art and the Human Body

    Art is Long, Life is Short: Art and the Human Body

    Throughout history, art has abounded in representations of the human form. From ancient hunters chasing aurochs across cave walls, to mind-bending performance-based works, the human body has long served as both medium and message.This interdependence of art and the body is evocatively explored in Phaidon’s new French-language book, L’Art et le Corps [Body of Art in English].

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted March 15, 2017
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  • Through a Glass Darkly: Landscapes by John Berger

    Through a Glass Darkly: Landscapes by John Berger

    Anyone who has ever studied art in a western educational institution has no doubt been assigned the late John Berger’s Ways of Seeing as required reading. Edited by author and curator Tom Overton, Landscapes: John Berger on Art (Verso, 2016) presents a much more expansive view of Berger’s world than in Ways of Seeing, through a selection of essays, poems, and literary excerpts from 1953 through 2015.

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted February 06, 2017
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  • Exploring the Life and Legacy of Louise Bourgeois

    Exploring the Life and Legacy of Louise Bourgeois

    Anyone who has visited the National Gallery of Canada will be familiar with the monumental Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) sculpture Maman on the plaza outside the Gallery’s front entrance. The sculpture has become so emblematic of the NGC that it is hard now to think of one without the other. But there was far more to the artist than works such as Maman. In the recent monograph, Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois, the life and career of one of the world’s most original artists is covered in exceptional depth. 

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted December 05, 2016
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  • Capturing the Decisive Moment: The Canadians

    Capturing the Decisive Moment: The Canadians

    Famous Canadians from the late 1940s through the 1980s are featured prominently in the new photography book The Canadians, but so too are everyday citizens. From suit-wearing men doing their laundry at a coin-op, to women playing bingo at the Canadian National Exhibition, to members of a motorcycle gang reacting to a police rebuke for “giggling,” this attractive volume captures moments in time from the photo archives of the Globe and Mail.

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted November 08, 2016
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  • From Pageant Queens to Baby Seals: The Genius of General Idea

    From Pageant Queens to Baby Seals: The Genius of General Idea

    In the recent e-book General Idea: Life and Work by Sarah E.K. Smith, published by the Art Canada Institute, General Idea’s work, and the lives of its core artists, are explored in impressive depth. “General Idea made enormous contributions to the contemporary art world with their conceptual projects across a range of media,” said Smith in an interview with NGC Magazine. “What stands out for me is their exploration of themes and topics in new and innovative ways.”

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted October 24, 2016
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  • Ai Weiwei: Iconoclast, Activist, Artist or Jester?

    Ai Weiwei: Iconoclast, Activist, Artist or Jester?

    In the new book, simply titled Ai Weiwei (Taschen, 2016), essays explore Ai Weiwei's artistic legacy to date, alongside the political activism that continues to inform his art. Lavishly illustrated, the book includes images of Ai’s work, both finished and in progress, as well as an extensive selection of personal photographs of the artist and his circle.

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted August 17, 2016
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  • Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes

    Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes

    At first it may seem like an odd pairing: one of the world’s best-known literary novelists discussing art and artists. Why should we care what a novelist thinks about art? Who does he think he is? Turns out that Barnes — the British author of such renowned works as Flaubert’s Parrot and the Booker-Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending — has a finely tuned artistic sensibility, an encyclopedic knowledge of the artists who take his fancy, and some very pithy things to say.

    by Sheila Singhal
    Posted June 30, 2016
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