Claude Monet’s Work at the Vancouver Art Gallery

It is a good exhibition, so congratulations to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Painting and sculpture cannot effectively be presented through photographs. One has to see the actual creation. These art forms differ in this respect from music, which can be presented, highly effectively, through recordings. Although, with painting and sculpture, there is that meditative opportunity…

Totentanz

A spectacular and hair-raising performance by Hungarian pianist György Cziffra of Liszt’s 1859 paraphrase with variations, Totentanz. The dance of death (or, danse macabre) was brought to the forefront of European human consciousness during the 14th century by famines, war, and the Black Death. Its musical representation is in the plainchant dies irae, and its derivative, the…

Picasso and I at the Vancouver Art Gallery

1 October 2016 On the last day of September, I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery for my dutiful pilgrimage to the Picasso exhibit. It disappointed. The theme of “six muses” is unconvincing, the number of paintings small, and the number of prints and drawings many. It was busy as it is the last week…

New York’s Julien Levy & Surrealism

Through promotion of the Surrealists, at the height of their influence in the decade of the 1930s, gallerist Julien Levy shifted the locus of the art world from Paris to New York. The ground-breaking exhibit was his 1932 Surréalisme, which featured art by DalÍ, Picasso, Duchamp, Cocteau, Kahlo, Ray, and Ernst. An excellent essay on Levy and the…