Friday, December 30, 2011

"Chagall and the Russian Avant-garde"

 The exhibition "Chagall and the Russian Avant-garde" is on till January 15th 2012, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

The exhibition includes major works of art from collections held by Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris - among which paintings by Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, Antoine Pevsner, Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay and sculptures by Archipenko and Jacques Lipschitz.

A plethora of cultural and artistic themes, finely orchestrated through the walk-about of the exhibition, help narrate the evolution of a generation of artists, held together by fortuitous artistic encounters and watershed historic events.

From this mash-up of modernism and techniques, Chagall’s unique artistic vision emerges as a fascinating focal point, rooted in a charismatic universe.

The presentation of the exhibition on AGO’s website, the audio guide and the Chagall documentary on site, help mediate the exciting encounter with an artist of impressive vitality and imagination.

Chagall’s surprising, humorous and liberating art, which transcends artistic currents and techniques, leaves us with a perpetual sense of well being.

" In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. "


Friday, December 2, 2011

Antonio Nunziante: Landscapes of Light - Palazzo Ducale, Genoa (November 2011 to January 2012)

Antonio Nunziante's exhibition, Landscapes of light (Nov 12, 2011 - January 22, 2011) is now on at Palazzo Ducale in Genova, in parallel with another high caliber exhibition:  Van Gogh and Gauguin's trip. 

Antonio Nunziante was born in 1956 in Naples.
Nunziante's art, as  described by Antonio Paolucci, director of Vatican Museums, is both Carravaggesque and "metaphysical":

"...Antonio Nunziante uses the language of the past, that of Caravaggio and Bocklin, of Naturalism, Baroque and Symbolism. It is the language given him by the academies, the books, the museums, which he has investigated, experimented, perfected in his work, making it his own, mastering it like a mother tongue, transforming it into his modus operandi."

This  "language of the past" shapes modern creations that we follow with interest.
Here are some images that introduce us to Antonio Nunziante's art.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Art Toronto 2011

 The international art fair Art Toronto 2011 was held between October 28th and October 31st, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. 

Canadian and international galleries brought to the show contemporary art that simply dazzled through its variety and accomplishments. 

It was an opportunity to view up close and personal the seminal work of established artists such as Jeremy Annear and David Andrew  (Messum’s Gallery), Soíle Ylí-Mäyry (Walter Wikiser Gallery), Keld Moseholm (Bruno Dahl Gallery) and to discover new artists such as Rámon Urbán, Jenaki Lennie, Calum McClure and Nicole Katsuras through other vibrant gallery exhibits.  
Here are some images from Art Toronto 2011:



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Poems in French in Canadian Literature

Issue # 207 of Canadian Literature, A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, published by The University of British Columbia is now available in print and online. It's a special issue on Mordecai Richler.

Two of my French poems are included in this issue and can be accessed ->here (in the Poetry section).

The first poem is titled "Galanterie" (Gallantry) -  an odd ode to feelings that bind us and eventually set us free.

The second one is titled  "Marécages à Bruges" (Bayous in Bruges)
Bayous in Bruges is a medalion of several hours spent in the Belgian city on a day of sunshine and drizzle mixed with the distant menace of storms and clouds rolling in from the sea.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Paintings from the art exhibion LINIE-FLÄCHE-RAUM (LINE-SURFACE-SPACE) at Kesselhaus Museum in Berlin, 2011

As promised in the previous post, here are some of Tatiana Burghenn-Arsénie's paintings that were part of the exhibition LINIE-FLÄCHE-RAUM (LINE-SURFACE-SPACE) open from end of June to 12th of July 2011 in Berlin in the Blankensteinsaal of the Kesselhaus Museum.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Images from the art exhibition LINIE-FLÄCHE-RAUM (LINE-SURFACE-SPACE) in Berlin

The art exhibition LINIE-FLÄCHE-RAUM (LINE-SURFACE-SPACE) open from end of June to 12th of July 2011 in Berlin in the Blankensteinsaal of the Kesselhaus Museum has been one of the highlights of the summer for one of co-authors of this blog, Dr. Tatiana Burghenn-Arsénie.

The exhibition featured some of Tatiana's newest paintings and graphics creations.
It was also an opportunity for her to connect with friends and art lovers from Berlin and out of town.

Now that the magic moments of the Opening night (June 29th, 2011) and the Long night of the paintings (July 2nd, 2011) are behind her, Tatiana has taken a moment to reflect on what this experience has meant for her, and to select several images from these events.

First off - this was a hectic work period, but a vibrant and exciting one. 

Secondly, it was time of  reflection, as Tatiana worked to integrate her creations within the theme of the exhibition.

And thirdly, it was a time of joy - the joy to meet new friends and to get their perspectives on art.

We hope you enjoy the images from this event and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

In our next post we will include the images of three of Tatiana's newest paintings that were part of the exhibition.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

"The Roving Iconist" by Bogdan Luca - the images

Bogdan Luca’s newest exhibition, The Roving Iconist, is now open at LE Gallery in Toronto until July 17th, 2011.

Bogdan Luca is a  Toronto based artist; he has graduated from the Master of Visual Studies program at University of Toronto in 2010.                  
In The Roving Iconist Luca presents a new series of paintings whose themes coalesce in a hyper reality of interrupted narratives & whose transitions from one realm to another we are invited to explore.

                The Roving Iconist by Bogdan Luca  at LE Gallery Toronto, June 2011

Luca’s June 2010 show, Unmoorings, had drawn its viewers inside an uncanny sensorial experience, built on the platform of an eerie palette:  a unique blend of euphoric colors that appeared to lift the viewer into a puzzling and overflowing visual scenery.

In the fall of 2010 a baroque & flamboyant palette of deeper, richer, earthen tones had turned  Luca’s mural Reverberations, commissioned by Brock University, into a one of a kind modern painting on the War of 1812.                

Most of paintings included in The Roving Iconist retain the large canvas format Luca has created for Reverberations.

The palette Luca employs in his newest exhibition appears however to have subtly shifted.

 It’s a shift meant to accompany the mood of the paintings: a stark, brooding universe on the verge of waiting for both movement and hiatus to be reconciled inside a suspenseful fracture of reality.

But can this reconciliation really happen?

Let’s take a closer look at some the paintings in the series.

In It’s Me The Moron, a rickety  funicular appears to be gliding out of control towards an entrance at the base of a glacier. Three children, oblivious to the impending catastrophe, are immersed in a playful interlude inside a red circle.
Out of the icy depths, an enigmatic character emerges - a bluish, spectral incarnation of the netherworld.


                                                    It's Me, The Moron - detail

In Unknown Knows a team of prospectors are taking aim at a central piece which is an entry to a tunnel. The black turbulence of the tunnel may be described in this blog post and seen in the picture, yet little compares to the sensation one experiences up close.

The tunnel is an aura of death, darkness and unknown from which nothing much emerges. There is no grief or hopelessness associated with it. It is its cold, agitated umbrage that makes us halt: a dark Hades looms on the horizon.

                                               The Unknown Knowns - detail 

Two hooded figures appear to be taking measures and getting ready to advance into the unknown.

Fast asleep, the two characters at the front of the painting are oblivious to the entire scene, as if on a different plane, perhaps dreaming up the events, perhaps feeling excluded from what came to pass.

No One Is Really Listening is a  composition in which the margins of reality come tumbling down through rusty & broken railways.

It is also the piece that has been chosen to epitomize The Roving Iconist series - for several reasons perhaps.

                                                 No One Is Really Listening - detail

There is one I could discern - a sidereal explosion of color at the base of the painting that acts as a clarion call to our senses. A hard to ignore and supremely surprising call that attunes us to a half witnessed story.

In A Matter of Circumstance, a structure resembling a bridge and a sluice through which water is gushing out marks the upcoming transformation that we sense. Up front, an island of burnt rubber acts as a deserted continuous present, from which a group of runners attempts to distance itself.    

Articles on the web on The Roving Iconist by Bogdan Luca:


Bogdan Luca
June 22 - July 17
Opening June 24, 2011,  7-10 pm
1183 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1X6 
Director: Wil Kucey
Telephone: 416.532.8467 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"The Roving Iconist" by Bogdan Luca - Opening at LE Gallery in Toronto on June 24th, 2011

The Roving Iconist, Bogdan Luca's most recent exhibition opens on June 24th, 2011 at LE Gallery in Toronto.

Here are some extracts from the invitation to the exhibition:
"The Roving Iconist experiences the world as a visual range where images of conflict, disaster, spectacle and entertainment become the basis of personal mythologies. 

In this space of possibility the Iconist encounters figures that interact with structures of movement which are usually only experienced as time intervals between destinations: bridge, tunnel, railroad. 

Bodgan Luca is a recent graduate from the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto. 

The Roving Iconist marks his second solo exhibition with LE Gallery."

Bogdan Luca
June 22 - July 17
Opening June 24, 2011,  7-10 pm
1183 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1X6

From Bogdan Luca's secret laboratory the gallery!

I'm hoping to post some images from this event in my next post.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Puddicombe Poetry Reading

"Puddicombe Poetry Reading",  an event that, in the words of its organizer, Mr. Conrad DiDiodato, is dedicated to a "unique Canadian rural poetics" will take place in Winona, Ontario from 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday June 19th. 

Set in beautiful Niagara Peninsula, the event has attracted the participation of over a dozen writers.

The organizer of this event, Mr. DiDiodato, poet, blogger and teacher is the author of two blogs:

Word-Dreamer: blognoscenti sources.

Here is the address: 

Puddicombe Estates (in the Banquet Room) at 1468 #8 Highway in Winona, Ontario.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

2011 Griffin Poetry Prize

The 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize winners are Heavenly Questions by Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Ossuaries by Dionne Brand.

On Monday 31st, 2011, the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings took place in downtown Toronto in the Telus Center for performance and learning.

The Shortlist Readings began with readings from the 2011 international shortlist which included:

After the intermission a surprise: the French poet Yves Bonnefoy (b.1923) was presented with the Griffin Lifetime Recognition award - the address was delivered by Carolyn Forché.

The second part of the Readings included the Canadian shortlist, and the authors read from their books:

 Here are some images from the venue:

267 Bloor St. West, Toronto, where the  2011 Griffin Prize Shortlist Readings were held 

Irish novelist Colm Toíbín (right), one of the three judges for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize arriving at the Shortlist Readings.

The event is about to begin: