Making art on Superior’s shore

Everyone’s familiar with that great opening line from Neil Young’s Helpless: “there is a town in north Ontario…” I can’t hear it without getting a shiver because for me, that line is literally true. And the town is named Silver Islet.It’s been called a “ghost town”...

Duchamp’s Urinal Hoax

“Described in the British press in 2004 (Sandra Smallenberg, 2018, NRC.nl) as “the most influential modern work of art ever” Marcel Duchamp’s famous ready-made known as “Fountain” may not have been made by him at all. The original is now lost, and its provenance is...
Big Heads

Big Heads

Big heads have been a big thing for a very long time it seems. We have well-known examples from history such as Egypt’s Sphynx, the giant Olmec heads in Mexico, and the inscrutable stone heads of Easter Island. Totalitarian governments seem to have drawn inspiration...
Dispatch from Guanajuato

Dispatch from Guanajuato

We are just back the Cervantino Arts Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, a hillside colonial town which is both the state capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We took a day trip to Leon to see a show of contemporary Latin American art from the FEMSA collection at the...
Australian Aboriginal Art at the Audain

Australian Aboriginal Art at the Audain

Our mission at the Audain was to see an exhibition on loan from the Seattle Art Museum: “Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan and Levi Collection.” The show was a blend of contemporary works on stretched canvas, traditional paintings made with...
The New Audain Museum

The New Audain Museum

November 11, 2018Tucked into a stand of towering fir trees on Blackcomb Way, the museum is barely visible from the street. If it weren’t for its sloping metal roof, and a sign at sidewalk level, it would be easy to miss. A long ramp leads to the entrance where a...