Archive | March, 2012

Who’s that Lady?

30 Mar

The Archives of American Art takes a look at a few women that were movers and shakers with successful careers in the art world. For the complete list, follow the above link.

Men in suits standing with a woman in a pink dress, 196-?. Honoré Sharrer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution



29 Mar

There’s a new exhibition that begins today at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), a pluri-disciplinary presenter of professional contemporary art (dance, theatre, music, interdisciplinary, visual and media arts) mandated to promote intercultural artists (emerging, and established), and their intercultural artistic practices. The exhibition, curated by Emmanuel Galland, is called Prémices/Open-Ended and features the work of Haitian-born artist Manuel Mathieu, a graduate from UQÀM in Visual and Media Arts.  The series of medium and large-scale paintings depicts a deconstructed universe populated by distorted figures, between abstraction and figuration, who are ever changing. The feeling is that of a post-disaster world and a path towards renewal.

Manuel Mathieu, "Sans titre", 5 x 6 feet, 2012 - Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux

Manuel Mathieu, "Sans titre", diptych, 2012 - Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux

If you wish to learn more about the artist, please visit his website at

Also, two articles on Manuel Mathieu:

Collectionner: Propositions

28 Mar

Gigi Perron, Femme assise, 1993, Photo credit: Nathalie Tremblay

Here’s a third exhibition that’s taking place during the event Collectionner, at the Verdun Cultural Centre. The art collection of Paryse Taillefer offers a variety of works from contemporary female artists, mainly from Québec. You can visit the exhibition from March 28th to May 11th and the entrance is free. For details, please visit Accès Culture.

Happy 126th Birthday Mies van der Rohe!

27 Mar

S.R. Crown Hall (1956) by Mies van der Rohe, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA

For more on Mies van der Rohe’s biography and legacy, please visit The Mies van der Rohe Society

Photo [Via artnet Magazine]

Song of the Day: Bouvier bernois by Panache

26 Mar

Here’s a lovely animated video for the song Bouvier bernois by Montreal rock band Panache. For all those lovers of old school video games and 8-bit graphics.

[Via YouTube]

Who Was Casanova?

23 Mar

A detail from an oil painting of Giacomo Casanova (1725-98) by Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-79). Photograph: Bridgeman Art Library.

An up-close and personal look at Giacomo Casanova’s hand-written memoirs, located in the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. For the complete article, please visit Smithsonian Magazine.

Collectionner: Travers – L’art de collectionner

22 Mar

Arsenal-Contemporary Art

Here’s another exhibition that’s taking place during the event Collectionner. This time, it’s at the Arsenal, an exhibition space in Griffintown, dedicated to contemporary art. Many works from various Quebec collections will be on display from March 17th to May 25th, 2012, including the collections of François Odermatt and Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan (Majudia Collection). For details, please visit Accès Culture and the Arsenal.

Photo [Via The Arsenal].

Collectionner: La collection branchée de M. Tremblay

21 Mar

Yannick Pouliot, Empire : possessif, 2007, Photo credit: Guy L’Heureux

Are you an art collector? Than this event might interest you. For 13 weeks (March 13th – June 17th, 2012), Montreal will be hosting the event Collectionner, where nine passionate art collectors will be exhibiting their personal art collections to all art lovers. The first exhibition is from March 13th to April 22nd, at Maison de la culture Frontenac. Alain Tremblay’s art collection will be on display and entrance is free. For details on this event, please visit Accès Culture (in French only).

First Day of Spring!

20 Mar

I was pleasantly surprised to discover this fun Google doodle by Marimekko today to celebrate the first day of spring. This Finnish company is known for its brightly-colored printed fabrics, used in garments and home furnishings. Here are a few more pictures:

Karkuteillä fabric

Karkuteillä fabric

Ryijy fabric

Ryijy fabric

Apila dress

Apila dress

Rairai fabric

Rairai fabric

All photos [Via Marimekko]

Pardon My French: Episode 8

19 Mar

Here’s the final episode of this season of Pardon My French. I hope you all enjoyed them as much as I did!

[Via Garance Doré]