Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time

Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time opens this weekend at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, marking the first major retrospective of the artist's work in Canada. In conjunction with the exhibition, the AGO is presenting a programme of talks, screenings and classes.

Tik Tok | So Fresh & So Clean

Jake “TikTok” Johnston is a multi-disciplinary creator from Victoria, BC. He’s known artistically as TikTok—a name that originated while trying to pass the time in what he calls “the lethargic realm of the high school classroom,” where doodling was his saviour. While people often think of artists as individuals whose creativity is manifested through passionate bursts of inspiration that are transferred to canvas or wall, this usually isn’t the case.

Lovebot

What better way to inject love into a sprawling concrete jungle than to physically manifest it across the city. That’s what artist and designer Matthew Del Degan did four years ago in Toronto, when he created Lovebot. Part of the Love Invasion movement, Lovebot’s aim is to evoke a sense of  wonder, community, compassion, and warm fuzzy feelings in the hearts of people around the city, and we vouch for the fact that it works!

The French Connection

The way I see it, deciding to be an artist is sort of like deciding to move to Montreal. In theory, it seems like a wonderful, brilliant idea. The city is beautiful, full of culture and art. The food is amazing. The festivals are world-renowned. People sip coffee in quaint little cafes, and have picnics of wine, baguette, and cheese in the park (It’s not just a stereotype. We really do that!) What a fabulous idea, moving to Montreal!

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