RKS Travel: Thessaloniki’s Museum of Photography and Fred Boissonnas

When in Thessaloniki Greece I make it a point to head over to the revitalized Port district to visit the Museum of Photography that never disappoints with its monthly themed expositions. Architecturally a modern gem and always low key in terms of attendance. In September they had an exhibition entitled “Fred Boissonnas and the Mediterranean”.Continue reading “RKS Travel: Thessaloniki’s Museum of Photography and Fred Boissonnas”

RKS Poetry

The Current State of Canadian Healthcare Oh federal and provincial governments you had warnings about a healthcare system on the brinkBut you wanted to avoid an electoral stinkabout brazen governmental deficitsso make the cuts and let the health care system hit the pitsnot to mention the deregulation and lax enforcement concerning long term carehave youContinue reading “RKS Poetry”

RKS Film: “The Art of Making It”: The Power Structure in the Art World

The documentary “The Art of Making It” clearly outlines the current power structure in the American art world and presents the views of young artists seeking survival outside the mainstream. The large galleries are currently in the driver’s seat and for many artists being carried by a mega gallery is a mark of success. 50Continue reading “RKS Film: “The Art of Making It”: The Power Structure in the Art World”

RKS Film: “Anonymous Club”: Rockumentary with Heart

The rockumentary “Anonymous Club” examines the off- and on-stage personality of Australian rocker Courtney Barnett. Barnett is far from self assured and confident but that doubt propels her creativity to new heights and different directions. Unlike many rockers she is not stuck to the groove which quite frankly gets boring. She recorded many of herContinue reading “RKS Film: “Anonymous Club”: Rockumentary with Heart”

RKS Film: “100 Ways to Cross the Border”: Bizarre and Marginalized by Mainstream

“100 Ways to Cross the Border” is a bizarre film and for those with a short attention span it may have a lifespan of 5 minutes. And performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña whom the film focuses on would most likely laugh and say your confusion has made the film a success. As to what the goalContinue reading “RKS Film: “100 Ways to Cross the Border”: Bizarre and Marginalized by Mainstream”

RKS Film: “Images of a Nordic Drama”: Battle Royale in the Art World (Toronto Hot Docs Festival)

Norwegian art collector Haakon Mehren is reluctantly led to a barn in 1990 by his friend who has unearthed a huge cache of paintings by unknown Norwegian artist Aksel Waldemar Johannessen (1880-1922). Another collection of his paintings is held by his surviving daughter. Mehren thinking that “treasures in a barn” is a fairy tale isContinue reading “RKS Film: “Images of a Nordic Drama”: Battle Royale in the Art World (Toronto Hot Docs Festival)”

Art Gallery of Ontario’s Virtual Programs Celebrating the Carribean

For Immediate Release: Jan. 12, 2022 The AGO rings in the new year artfully with online programs celebrating the sounds and tastes of the Caribbean Free live Virtual School Programs return with music and historycourtesy of the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestraand Toronto History Museums TORONTO — This winter, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites everyone toContinue reading “Art Gallery of Ontario’s Virtual Programs Celebrating the Carribean”

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Picasso: Painting the Blue Period”

Robert K. Stephen and Fotini Stephen: Toronto: December 7, 2021: Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario has mounted an exhibit entitled “Picasso: Painting the Blue Period” which will continue until January 16, 2022. There are over 100 artworks on display covering Picasso’s Blue Period (1901-1904). Picasso was a very young man in his late teens andContinue reading “The Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Picasso: Painting the Blue Period””

Charlie Watts Rolling Stone Drummer Passes

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones’ Drummer and Inimitable Backbone, Dead at 80 Rock & roll legend “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier [Tuesday] surrounded by his family,” according to publicist ByJOE GROSS  Charles Robert “Charlie” Watts, the Rolling Stones’ drummer and the band’s irreplaceable heartbeat, has died at age 80. No cause of deathContinue reading “Charlie Watts Rolling Stone Drummer Passes”

Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto Opens Major Andy Warhol Exhibit

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2021 AGO re-opens with a POP! on July 21Tickets on sale now for the summer blockbuster Pop art exhibition Andy WarholTORONTO — The AGO is re-opening! On July 21, 2021, the Gallery welcomes visitors back with a summer blockbuster, several new exhibitions, a new patio – and a lot of excitement. “After eight months,Continue reading “Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto Opens Major Andy Warhol Exhibit”