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About George

My long-time interest in Canadian and international contemporary art has led me to write and reflect on the artists I've met, the exhibitions that I've seen and the catalogues that I've read (I've been told I'm the only person that actually reads exhibition catalogues cover to cover). My interest began in the mid-1960's when I was searching for easy credits and I stumbled upon "Art Appreciation 101", and the rest, as they say, is history...

Jonas Stonkus: Sculpture

Jonas Stonkus: Sculptor Sitting at our kitchen table looking out on the back yard on a cold, bright, sunny winter day made me think of our friend Jonas Stonkus and the landscape that he would be viewing from his windows. … Continue reading

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Ciara Phillips: Now For Something Completely Different – “Dazzle” a Ship

  Ciara Phillips: Now for Something Completely Different – “Dazzle” a Ship   When I wrote previously about my cousin, Ciara Phillips, she had been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2014 (https://artappreciation101.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/Ciara-Phillips-2014-turner-prize-nominee/).  Since that time she has not … Continue reading

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Audain Art Museum: Whistler, British Columbia

Audain Art Museum: Whistler, British Columbia Now, when you go to Whistler, in addition to the beauty of the great outdoors you can enjoy a museum that highlights the art of British Columbia. The Audain Art Museum, which opened in … Continue reading

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MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture Where to start?  The current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), running until June 12, 2016, is unlike any I have visited.  The scope is vast – The Birth of Modern Culture – … Continue reading

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Xu Bing: Phoenix

In an earlier post (Art Appreciation Marathon: Part 2 of 2), I reported on our visit to New York City to see Xu Bing’s installation Phoenix, 2008-10.  Using discarded construction materials Xu Bing created two 150 foot long phoenixes weighing … Continue reading

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Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism

Every now and then you get lucky – you are in the right city at the right time to see a major exhibition of an artist that you have an interest in.  This happened to me in late September in … Continue reading

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Art Appreciation Marathon: Part 2 of 2 – A CONTINUATION

The highlight of our New York gallery visits was Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs – over 100 works that Matisse began in the last 20 years of his life (1937-1954).  The exhibition moved to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from … Continue reading

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