Arts Top 10: Volume 9
Kicking off 2017 with arts and culture stories from Canada and beyond.
Inside the Hard Life of the Modern Bee (Fast Co.Exist)
"An exhibit called Nectar: War upon the Bees explores the damage we're doing to our pollinators."
"It’s easy to think of the winter as a miserable slog, especially after the holidays have passed. But it can also be the perfect time to focus on what’s truly important in life, including taking care of yourself! To help you slow down and take a breath, the AGO is adapting the highly successful mindfulness programs based on our hit exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more and engaging with other works of art in the Gallery."
Visit Museums to Boost Your Empathy (LifeHacker)
"Empathy is overwhelmingly important to success. It’s a skill you have to build, and Greater Good suggests that one way to build it is by visiting museums."
London's Grand Theatre announces new community projects (The London Free Press)
"It’s all part of a grand plan to create a generation of Londoners who love professional theatre."
"... if you like The Devil Wears Prada, you should clear your schedule. The beloved book-slash-movie is being developed into a musical by none other than Elton John and Paul Rudnick."
First Look: Royal City #1 by Jeff Lemire (Comic Book Critic)
"Image Comics is pleased to reveal interior preview artwork from the forthcoming ROYAL CITY—a new ongoing monthly series written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth) and set to launch in March 2017."
"Meet Wilfrid Wood. He’s an artist who specializes in sculpting heads and figures that are never boring because they go far beyond the safe and traditional look many of us are used to seeing. Wood’s sculptures are often wacky, definitely fun, and always wildly expressive, like he’s managed to capture a person’s very specific reaction and emotion and feeling in each piece."
NEW FOUND LANDS MAGNIFIES THE MARGINS (Visual Arts News)
"Marginalia are the informal notes written to the side of official texts. They are additions, corrections, interpretations. They are also expressions of ownership. With New Found Lands, curators Pamela Edmonds and Bushra Junaid expertly note an omission in the official texts of Newfoundland. In their exhibition at St. John’s Eastern Edge Gallery (September 9-October 18, 2016), they have reimagined a narrative by magnifying its margins. The attention of the reader shifts and, with that, the story."
Survival and resistance, with a cheeky sense of humour (The Hamilton Spectator)
"An exhibition of significant works of art from the 1980s by 11 foundational contemporary indigenous artists — Carl Beam, Bob Boyer, Robert Houle, Gerald McMaster, Shelley Niro, Ron Noganosh, Jane Ash Poitras, Edward Poitras, Pierre Sioui, Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun." On until March 25th.
Lawren Harris documentary opens Friday on Canadian big screens (Ottawa Citizen)
"Toronto-based documentarian Peter Raymont has focused his lens on a range of great Canadians over the years, from retired general Roméo Dallaire to genius pianist Glenn Gould to iconic artist Tom Thomson."