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ArtsBeat: Toronto Graffiti Scene

Graffiti In The City: What Will Stick To The Walls is a recent article about the Toronto street art and graffiti scene. I’ve been photographing graffiti and street art for a few years now, and provided photos for this article. It’s an interesting read that touches on a number of issues including a progressive way to deal with what is being seen as a growing problem.

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ArtsBeat: Stealing Art To Make Art

Eva and Franco Mattes

Stolen Pieces by Eva & Franco Mattes. Photo: http://www.thedailybeast.com

Eva and Franco Mattes did just that. The ballsy, Brooklyn-based Italian artists spent 2 years stealing fragments from some really famous works of art by Kandinsky, Duchamp and Koons, among others. Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: Naked Museum Tours

Butt naked visitors at The MCA Australia. Photo: nytimes.com

Clothing can be so cumbersome when the warm weather hits, don’t you think? At The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, artist Stuart Ringholt is offering naked tours as a way of exploring the themes of fear and embarrassment. With that kind of distraction, I’m wondering how much attention the art would get. Focus people, focus!

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ArtsBeat: OCAD Grad Show 2012

Gross Reality by Mason Mummery

Every year, I look forward to seeing OCAD University’s graduate exhibition. On display is work from over 500 graduating students, from twelve undergraduate programs. I always leave inspired by what I’ve seen, and filled with ideas that I look forward to exploring with children. Here are a few things I loved. Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: McDonald’s Mummy

Mummy by Ben Campbell. Photo: now.msn.com/now/0425-mcdonalds-mummy.aspx

There are many interesting  tales about McDonald’s food and its inability to decay in a normal fashion. Enter artist Ben Campbell, who has been busy exploring the connection between modern society and ancient Egypt, and our ongoing quest for eternal life. Continue reading

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ArtsBeat: Alexa Meade Messing With Dimensions

Natura Morta by Alexa Meade. Image: http://www.mymodernmet.com

Have a really good look at this image before dismissing it as just another painting, because it’s not. The woman is real! Need some convincing? Click through to see another image of it.

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ArtsBeat: Yayoi Kusama The Polka Dot Princess

Yayoi Kusama at the Sepentine Gallery in 2000 with her work Dots Obsession. Image: http://www.guardian.ca.uk

The conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama has been painting dots and nets since the age of ten. The environments she creates are stunning, menacing, and overwhelming, providing a brief glimpse of the world she inhabits – one filled with hallucinations and visions. Her art has allowed her to manage and express her obsessive visions, and has been recognized with numerous awards and retrospectives. At the age of 80, she continues to produce work in her studio by day, returning to the mental institution where she chooses to reside by night.

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