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…

Bill Reid: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii (Courtesy: theravenscall.ca)

Slavenka Drakulic & Bill Reid

Saturday, 15 March 1997, 7:16 am, Vancouver, BC Early meeting yesterday, in my capacity as executive director, with the museological consultants, the Museum Commission, and the City of Vancouver on the second renovations project for the Museum of Vancouver. It started late; but, in any case, the necessary negotiations on cost-sharing were achieved. To the University…