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Canadian poet Shane Koyczan, best known recently for his To This Day anti-bullying video-poetry, released another poetic critique of cyber-bullying appropriately titled Troll. It's one of the most poignant looks at the pain caused by online bullies.

Review: Joy Robinson — Bauhaus and beyond

Australian artist Joy Robinson is on a quest for original concepts inspired by modernism. Her exhibition, 'Bauhaus and Beyond' explores the autonomy of geometric abstraction as an aesthetic phenomenon in its own right.

Review: New frontier in graphic art — Hidden mystery of a water drop Special

If you’ve been noticing that visual art has simply blown away its own boundaries in recent years, a lot more is happening. Experimental visual art, notably “unique” imaging, is becoming the new frontier.

Exhibit: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe Special

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, I attended this exhibition that was held at the Brooklyn museum. Although, I openly admit that I have more of a hand-bag fetishist fascination this exhibition was intriguing.

Op-Ed: How to be a full-time poet

After 21 years, I still find it entertaining, watching the looks on people’s faces, when they hear that poetry has sustained me for two decades. I have sat on panels, and had countless discussions with poets who’ve wanted my secret, so here it is!!

Toronto-based artist uses everyday objects in her drawings Special

Hyemi Jeong is a 21-year old engineering student based out of Toronto. Inspired by illustrations by Javier Perez while in high school in South Korea, she began creating her own work incorporating everyday objects in drawings after moving to Canada.

Review: Barbara Kruger, an exhibition to question your mind

Between June and August, American conceptual artist Barbara Kruger was the very special guest of Modern Art Oxford, one of the UK’s leading venues for modern and contemporary visual art based in Oxford, England, with a major exhibition of her works.

75-year-old retiree sculpts 150-ft 'There Be Dragons' from hedge

Retiree 75-year-old gardener John Brooker has undertaken a work of love...spending two to three days a week for two to three weeks out of the month trimming his hedge. Not any old green hedge, but an outstanding 150-ft green dragon hedge.

Review: Short story collection an exercise in tight prose

The new collection of short stories by Canadian author Sean Johnston is flash fiction at its best: reflective, innovative, and daring in its subject matter.

Artist uses electronic waste to create art

In a unique exhibition in the city of Bangalore in India, Swiss artist Raphael Perret has created art out of electronic waste, to spread awareness about the many dangers of this kind of refuse.

Review: Soulpepper's 'Crucible' remount in Toronto still full of power Special

“Death of a Salesman” may be Arthur Miller’s most revered play, but “The Crucible”, his 1953 drama about the seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, holds up as his most stinging study of evil and hypocrisy in human nature.

Review: Misdiagnosed — A new book about misdiagnosis and health Special

Imagine being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis…and then finding out it was nothing more than gluten sensitivity. This is, incredibly, what happened to one woman and she has used this experience to write a memoir.

Review: 'Glenn' a complex, abstract tribute to iconic Toronto pianist Special

From the peak of his career to his death in 1982, Glenn Gould was a baffling enigma as much as he was a classical-music superstar. As many artistic geniuses were, from Picasso to Salinger, the Toronto pianist could be eccentric and difficult.

Review: Cirque du Soleil's Kurios most imaginative show I've ever seen Special

Once again, Cirque du Soleil brought a jaw-dropping visually arresting show to Toronto. Kurios blends steampunk aesthetics with the fascinating athleticism we've come to expect from Cirque performers.

New artist residencies focused on disability culture Special

There are not many residencies for artists and or writers with disabilities. Mostly residencies are for everybody, but a nonprofit organization has partnered with a university to provide unprecedented residencies.

Review: Greg Dwyer — The paint tube alchemist Special

Greg Dwyer is a visual artist based in the tropical far north of Australia. His images kaleidoscope from a swirl of blue sky and clouds, sweep of green hills, to the tiniest glint of a rippling wave.

Willem Vedovi: the Challenges of the Art Market - Interview Special

A successful art-lover, Willem Vedovi is the co-founder of one of the most renowned art gallery in Brussels, the gallery Vedovi. In this modern and contemporary art gallery he has been running together with his brother Paolo Vedovi since 1995.

Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit features Mughal paintings

"Mughal Painting: Power and Piety" at Foster Galleries at the Seattle Asian Art Museum presents works of art created in India under the Mughals, from 1526 to 1857.

Masters of Ink: Leaving a mark on time

Over the past month, the Inkmasters Print Exhibition has showcased contemporary works from about 80 regional, national and international artists.

Review: 'Rosa Yagan', a Native American woman from the end of the world Special

Rosa Yagan, an aboriginal woman belonging to the southernmost ethnic group on the planet, spent her infancy and youth as her nomadic ancestors, with their language and ancient customs. Her story is told in the book "Rosa Yagan, the last link".

Review: Toronto 'Tartuffe' has good moments, odd directorial choices Special

It's a tricky business, trying to make an old theatre warhorse seem fresh and new. Bold or eccentric choices can spark new life into a classic, or they can massacre it. Soulpepper's new mounting of “Tartuffe” tastes both ends of the lollipop.

Op-Ed: That was a great game Robin

Too often the media, at the mercy of its handlers, turns minds away from real tragedy and dire problems that need attention. But today the media is flooded with a story about pop culture that needs to be making headlines.

Video: Experience North Korea with 'Enter Pyongyang'

As the capital of North Korea the city sees massive amounts of commerce and activity. "Enter Pyongyang" is trying to give viewers an idea of just what goes on in from day-to-day.

Op-Ed: Hachette v. Amazon e-book feud must consider needs of new authors

Book publisher Hachette and entertainment powerhouse Amazon are locking horns over e-book pricing. Amazon wants to lower the prices of e-books, citing higher readership and high price elasticity, while Hachette wants to avoid a possible price war.

Op-Ed: Sonoma's Studio 35 is more than an art gallery, it's community Special

With a bundle of canvas in her arms, artist Sonja Bakalyar was literally just walking in the door of Studio 35 on Patton Street as sculptor/painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down off the wall.

Op-Ed: Asian Women celebrate A Place of Her Own exhibit and workshops Special

Healing and transformation is something that is very important to artist Cynthia Tom. This is why she has been so instrumental in the forming and on-going work of the Asian American Women Artists Association and its annual "A Place of Her Own," events.

Museum that sold Sekhemka statue loses funding

A U.K. museum has lost its accreditation status after a controversial sale of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue to a private collector.

Siegfried Sassoon war diaries published online

The diaries of war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who wrote many poems about the horrors of World War I, are being published online for the first time.

Op-Ed: Sydney — Arty kitsch costing millions, whether we like it or not

Proposals for new Sydney artwork have raised howls of indignation and irritation. The City of Developers is to be blessed with a gigantic milk crate, a 75m steel cloud, and various ornamental birds.

An Australian Indigenous arts extravaganza

Cairns has just hosted a spectacular three day arts extravaganza: the fifth Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), featuring the work of numerous Queensland artists.

Op-Ed: Consul General's hopes for 'Mex I AM' Festival in San Francisco Special

At the end of the month a very unique festival will be opening at Yerba Buena Arts Center, it is called “Mex I AM.” To call it an event is perhaps an understatement.

BAM ARTSfair showcases captivating works of art Special

ARTSfair, an annual outdoor art festival presented by the Bellevue Arts Museum, gives visitors the chance to behold and admire many unique sculptures, paintings and photo pieces created by accomplished local artists.

Review: Summer music festival bridges old and new worlds Special

The Toronto Summer Festival kicked off its ninth season Tuesday night at Toronto's Koerner Hall with a bravura performance by the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet.

Westland Books releases Shiva trilogy in multiple languages

Amish Tripathi's Shiva trilogy of books has been released in multiple Indian languages, including Hindi, Telugu and Tamil, by publisher Westland Books.

Darwin’s Beagle library digitalized

An online reconstruction of the books that Charles Darwin took on the ship Beagle, has made the library from Darwin’s famed voyage more accessible.

Residents of Japanese town band together to create rice art

Around 8,000 residents of the town Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture banded together to create some incredible art using simple arrangementsof rice.

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