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Vancouver’s Spinning Chandelier February 29, 2020

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart has called it “the most important piece of public art in the history of our city”. Located underneath Vancouver’s Granville Street Bridge, the controversial Spinning Chandelier is the creation of artist, Rodney Graham. The project was privately funded by Vancouver-based Westbank Corp. The cost, originally estimated at $900,000, ended up, by the time it was installed in November 2019, coming in at a staggering $4.88 million dollars! Westbank founder, Ian Gillespie,…

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Interpreting Art February 22, 2020

When it comes to interpreting art, all opinions are equal… but some are ‘more equal’ than others. Why? Well, since nothing exists by itself, ‘context’ matters. Context is the additional information that allows us to derive a deeper understanding in virtually every human endeavor. It’s because of the context, for example, that we consider Robin Hood to be a hero rather than a thief. When we say one opinion is more ‘informed’ than another, what…

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Snow Art February 8, 2020

We’ve all, at one time or another, made a snowman or a ‘snow angel’, after a fresh snowfall. But Simon Beck has taken this practice to a whole new level. When he left his office job to follow his passion for art, Beck decided to combine his artistic passion with his love of the outdoors. Now, he is a professional ‘snow artist’. That is to say, he uses snow as his paint, and the landscape…

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Censorship in Art February 6, 2020

Did you know that many of the greatest works of art were once the victim of censorship? By definition, censorship is “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and removing things that are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to society, etc.” Although it may be commonly thought that censorship affects mainly film and literary works, here are a few examples of censorship in art that may surprise you. Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ Not…

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