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Top News: Arts

Launching a new classical season with flash and fury Special

Toronto - Who says classical music isn't exciting? The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its latest season in fine style this week, with superstar violinist Joshua Bell providing characteristic fire and drama.

Comics, Narrative, and the Unstable Other in Who’s Hump? Special

Chicago - On September 24th Chicago’s LATITUDE gallery space will host a Winkelman-Milling Projects show called Who’s HUMP?, the latest in a series of WMP shows that spotlight art and artists exploring boundaries in the windy city and beyond.

Dancing in silence: Deaf flamenco dancer forms dance company

Seville - Deaf since the age of six, 38-year-old María de los Ángeles Narváez Anguita has not let that hold her back. Both a dancer and also an entrepreneur, she has formed her own flamenco company and is starring in a documentary film.

Op-Ed: Aga Khan Museum opens in Toronto Special

Toronto - After 18 years, the dream of an Islamic centre for art and community has become a reality — not, as originally intended, in London, England, but in Toronto.

Review: Poet Shane Koyczan debuts new video-poem 'Troll' on cyberbullying Special

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

Cairns - 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

Cologne - 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.

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!!

Exhibit: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe Special

Brooklyn - 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.

Toronto-based artist uses everyday objects in her drawings Special

Toronto - 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

Oxford - 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.

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

Toronto - “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: 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.

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

Toronto - 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: Greg Dwyer — The paint tube alchemist Special

Cairns - 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.

New artist residencies focused on disability culture Special

Chicago - 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.
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