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ArtsBeat: Gumhead

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Contemporary artist and writer, Douglas Coupland, has a couple of shows going on in Toronto at both the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art.  Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: Art Of Bugs

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You can’t help but marvel at the idea of personalizing a vehicle to this extent, and admittedly, I’m a wee bit jealous. But car leases being what they are, my vehicle will have to be returned with no bugs attached. The Art of Bugs van is a fixture in midtown Toronto, and I’ve been catching glimpses of it for years. It’s owned by Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: The Heidelberg Project

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Artist, Tyree Guyton, has used art to breath new life into the run down, impoverished Detroit community of McDougall-Hunt.  Since 1986, he began transforming vacant houses with recycled materials, found objects and paint. Other artists and community members

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ArtsBeat: Punk And Patti

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Punk…because a new show will be opening this May at the MET called Punk: Chaos To Couture. From punk’s origins in New York and London, to its ongoing influence on high-end fashion, the show promises to take us on an interesting journey through these two worlds.

Patti…because “the patron saint of punk”, Patti Smith, came to town recently to promote her exhibition Camera Solo at the AGO.  The legendary musician, artist, and poet also gave a concert to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the death of her friend Robert Mapplethorpe. It was Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: Larger Than Life

Evan Penny‘s silicone sculptures are amazing explorations of the human form. This  Canadian artist uses digital technology, along with traditional methods of sculpting, to create lifelike representations that leave you in awe of the level of craftsmanship. They have such a remarkable level of detail, you can’t help but get lost in the pimples, moles  Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: Memento Mori Madness

Still-Life With A Skull by Phillippe De Champaigne, early 17th century. (Photo)

Skulls have been used by artists through the ages, to remind us of our mortality. Here’s a small selection of what they’ve been doing with the beloved cranium and mandible combo. It’s Halloween, after all…

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ArtsBeat: Nuit Blanche 2012

All sorts of interesting experiences await you on this wonderful, all night celebration of the arts. It’s a free event that runs from dusk ’til dawn, and if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, I highly recommend bringing along your kids and a bunch of their friends. Not only do they have tons of fun, but it opens up their minds about what art can be. They get to see some pretty unusual stuff, some of it interactive, and share their opinions about it. They also get to stay up later than usual, drink plenty of hot chocolate to stay warm, and wander the streets with thousand of others, in what is a very festive atmosphere. How cool is that?

Over 1oo cities are participating, although not necessarily on the same night. I’ll be checking out a few things here in Toronto, and hopefully you’ll have an opportunity to do the same near you.

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