Month: May 2012

Art Nouveau – Bing & the Defining Moment

“I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.” Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Siegfried Bing was a businessman; he came from a family of trade. Born in Hamburg, Germany on February 26, 1838, he is known as a celebrated Parisian art dealer and the person responsible for Art Nouveau’s defining moment. On December 26, […]

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Chasing Terracotta Warriors

The British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities/Easter Seals is in the art news again! This time they are undertaking the Terracotta Warriors Art Project. For me – it’s a perfect opportunity to chase art. The British Columbia Lions Society connects the enjoyment of art with the satisfaction of giving to a worthy cause. […]

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Anonymous Has Been Identified!

You may recall, my May 11th post – Anonymous. Good new! I chased down the artists. The signage was in front of me all along – just a few yards from the artwork. It was easy to miss, I told myself. What surprised me was that the artwork had been there since 2010.  How many […]

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Art Nouveau: Ideas Inspire Innovation

“Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.”  John Ruskin The Belgian journal L’Art Moderne, in the early 1880s, used the phrase Art Nouveau to describe a group of progressive Belgian artists working under the group name of […]

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Anonymous – Night After Night

Chasing Art is a delicate business.  You must be on the alert at all times – you never know what you will find “in the bushes.”  Today, I found metal work in the midst of greenery.  At this point, the artist(s) remains anonymous.  The only hint was the phrase “night after night.” The chase continues!

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Art Nouveau – The Art That Went Viral!

Art Nouveau! It was art that went viral – the first grand international style, practiced by a diverse collection of artists. And it wasn’t just painting; it was architecture, furniture, glassware, graphic design, jewellery, pottery, metal work, textiles and sculpture. It was art in everyday things and it made everyday people ask themselves – can’t […]

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A Burning in Naples

“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance . . . and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” Henry James (April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916) Henry James may have died in the early part of the 1900’s but his ideas are alive and […]

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Clockwork Orange Meets Logan’s Run

Sarah, my sister who shares my love for coffee and all things artistic, introduced me to a new coffee haunt on the North Shore over the weekend. As we drank our Costa Rican blend, we experienced a nostalgic moment thanks to the decor offered by our host, Bean Around the World. We were surrounded by […]

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