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The esthetics of re-creation

A month ago, Rennes University Press published the latest edition of the Modern Arts collection. Editors Dominique Chateau and José Moure (both professors at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) have included contributions from numerous specialists in the field of creation which explore the concept of re-creation in the arts. By using Paul Valery’s quote […]

The most influential American author of her generation, Toni Morrison’s writing was radically ambiguous

Paul Giles, University of Sydney Toni Morrison, who has died aged 88, was the most influential and studied American author of her generation. Born as Chloe Wofford in Ohio in 1931, she graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in English from Howard University, a historically black college located in Washington DC. She then completed an […]

The impact of women trailblazers in Canadian publishing

Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University As you indulge in summer reading, consider this fact. If not for the path-breaking women in Canadian publishing, some of Canada’s best-known writers might not have made it: Margaret Laurence, Farley Mowat, Carol Shields. Although it’s known that women have always participated in Canadian publishing, the lasting influence they’ve had on […]

Basquiat like you’ve never seen before…literally

Graphic novels innately cross the threshold between art and literature. Their style has been reflected by a number of artists over the years like Roy Lichtenstein whose blend of fine art and comic style has been inspired yet controversial to some. Another artist who has worked to unite art and the graphic novel is Italian […]

Contemporary art’s moral turning point

The most recent book by Carole Talon-Hugon has just been published by éditions PUF. Entitled L’art sous contrôle (Art Under Control), the book provides an overview of contemporary art where the content and political and social agenda is increasingly apparent whether through the works themselves, the discourse they produce or the establishments that display them. […]

Forthcoming catalogue raisonné could render Brett Whiteley works worthless

Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) made a name for himself creating vibrantly-coloured paintings of nudes and landscapes. Prolific in his work, his paintings have also been the centre of a number of forgery scandals and questions of authenticity in recent years. Although soon, a definitive catalogue of Whiteley’s works may dispel rumors and incite doubts […]

Drag racing, a journey into intensity

Paul Ardenne is interested in all things modern; he’s even one of its best scholars. Perhaps the fact that he had already covered this field so well is why he chose to abandon it – at least temporarily – in favour of the drag strip (a paved track with excellent grip). Now, unexpectedly, he has […]