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5 Montreal Artists You Should Know About

Montreal is no stranger to the art scene, so it’s not surprising that it’s home to an incredible collection of established and emerging artists. From the multicultural environment to its beautiful scenery and art murals, it’s a great place for creativity to flourish. Discover some amazing Montreal talents and support local artists! Holly Friesen If…
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The Dark Side of Art

Never meet your heroes… Or dig too deep into their histories. Many world-renowned artists have transcended time through their beautiful and impactful work, but the art world is full of dark secrets and scandal.  Are you brave enough to learn the ugly truth about some very popular painters? Pablo Picasso The pioneer of Cubism, Picasso,…
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Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon, Montreal Exhibition

If you’re looking for something inspirational to do in Montreal this summer, you’ve come to the right place. In the heart of Little Burgundy at Arsenal Contemporary Art museum, you can experience an incredible and immersive biography like no other. Take a journey through the life of one of the most influential artists in history…
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Van Gogh & Rembrandt: Self-Portrait Masters from The Netherlands

When we say self-portrait in 2022, we think about selfies. The term ‘selfies’ became so popular in the last century that it was the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the year in 2013. However, the idea is nothing new. Van Gogh and Rembrandt were two of the greats who were masters at it. Vincent Van…
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The Limitless Forms of Black & White Art

Black and white; A timeless, chic, and sophisticated style in any art form. Many artists have used the contrast created by these non-colours representing light and darkness for centuries.  First Major Exhibition on Black and White Art Many artists were featured in the exhibition Monochrome: Painting in Black and White at the London’s National Gallery…
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The Popularity of Montreal Mural Art, ft. Stikki Peaches

People need and appreciate art now more than ever. In a world of uncertainty, artists are creating beauty, and one of the most accessible points to see art since the pandemic has been through public art and murals. A mainstay on the MTL mural circuit, Stikki Peaches is synonymous with satire and irony. Born and…
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Palbric’s Favourite Portraits

It’s not an easy feat to look at all the inspiring artists throughout history and choose our favourites. Painters, sculptors, photographers, sketch artists, ceramicists, printmakers… the mind boggles just thinking about all their contributions to the art world. However, some stand out because of their lasting impact on the art scene and for the groundbreaking…
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Feminist Art: A Look Into Francesca Woodman

Is our view of Francesca Woodman’s work tainted by her untimely demise? Would words like “ethereal”, “ghostly” and “haunting” still be representative of her feminist art if she hadn’t taken her own life in 1981 at the tender age of 22? Certainly, her choice of subject – her own body – forces us to view…
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Female vs. Male Gaze In Feminist Art: Mural Art Edition

In 1975, film critic Laura Mulvey coined the term ‘the male gaze’. It refers to the presentation of women in visual arts and literature from a male, heterosexual perspective where women are depicted as sexual objects for the pleasure of the male viewer. Men have agency; women are passive and dehumanized. This male gaze is…
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Canadian Artists Take European Modern Art: Milos Reindl vs. Lawren Harris Paintings

Throughout history, many Canadian artists have tried to capture the unique beauty of the Canadian wilderness from coast to coast. Canadian art galleries are brimming with aboriginal art from modern artists. One notable example of Canadian nature art is Emily Carr’s paintings that offer a uniquely modern vision of the British Columbia landscape. There is…
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