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The Jack Bush Retrospective at the NGC

On the cover of the May 3, 1947 issue of the Saturday Night weekly magazine, a poem by Harold Caverhill. The second stanza reads: I feel an echoing emptiness Through doorways roll in this hollow shell of yesterday Without a soul. Also on the cover was the poet’s inspiration, a Jack Bush artwork, Yesterday. The […]

Canada’s Art Scene: Reflections & Representations

The National Gallery of Canada’s Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 exhibition features more than 88 works by 26 Canadian artists. There’s something for every art taste from film and video installations to sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. The show highlights the Gallery’s recent acquisitions over the past two years in its Contemporary, Indigenous and […]

Foodie Friday: Great service makes the experience. So does good food.

A belated birthday lunch for a dear friend. But where? Somewhere peaceful, with an attractive and refined decor, comfortable chairs, nice lighting, and an accommodating and helpful server. Well that turned out to be Rosie’s Southern Kitchen and Raw Bar on Bank Street. The two of us arrived on a Tuesday late morning just when […]

Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais […]

David R. Harper’s post Animal Farm diaspora

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. Each workshop is designed and led by a leading Canadian expert in the field of art. Participants learn hands-on from professionals who have […]