Kamikaze photographer ARTHUR FELLIG (1899-1968), better known as WEEGEE, was born in the Ukraine, emigrated with his family to New York in 1909, worked a number of odd jobs, and then became infatuated with the ‘Naked City‘ after dark.Fellig competed with the NYPD and the Fire Department to be the first arrival at crime scenes, his flashbulb camera at the ready. His aim was to get the picture, no matter how gruesome or bizarre, and sell it overnight to the press.Weegee’s graphic and often lurid photographs of news events and crime scenes set the standard for tabloid journalism.
<LAWREN STEWART HARRIS, 1885-1970> LAWREN HARRIS, Canadian iconic painter and member of the Group of Seven, is making his debut in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, partly thanks to actor, comedian and art collector STEVE MARTIN. Reporter Mike Boehm of the Los Angeles Times writes “Martin is using his star power to couch for a little-known talent he thinks the public should know and love – a Canadian landscape painter who died in 1970, famed in his homeland but all but unheard of in the United States.”
“By anointing Martin as curator, the Hammer joins a number of museums that have bestowed curatorial laurels on pop-culture celebrities and reaped the attendant publicity. It also reopens a long-running art world debate over whether people who collect a given artist’s work — as Martin does with Harris — should have a hand in curating nonprofit museum exhibitions that have the potential to increase the value of their own art holdings.”
<North Shore Lake Superior, Lawren Harris, 1926, National Gallery of Canada> Mr. Boehm goes on: “auctioneers in Canada who sell Harris’ work think that the L.A. show will boost prices, which regularly top $1 million for prime pieces, with an auction high of $3.5 million.” . . . . “It could prove a watershed moment for Lawren Harris,” said David Heffel, president of Heffel Fine Art Auction House in TORONTO. Already, the L.A. show has sparked queries from new potential buyers interested in three Harris paintings he’ll be auctioning Nov. 26. To read the entire Los Angeles Times story go to http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hammer-steve-martin-20151010-story.html<PHOTO ABOVE – Group of Seven artists at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto – Frederick Varley, A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald>
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In his weekend column in the Globe and Mail MARCUS GEE writes about our city that keeps growing higher, denser and livelier. “New office towers are rising right and left. Cranes crowd the skyline. Those high-rise condos that everyone likes to complain about have brought vivid new life to the streets. The hum and bustle of a living city is palpable and it’s thrilling.” Read Gee’s entire column at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/the-toronto-i-left-isnt-the-city-its-become-life-is-happening-right-here/article26759564/ It’ll make you feel good.
Prediction: this juicy ‘tell-all’ tome will be flying off the shelves as Torontonians relive the Mayor Rob Ford days/daze – now behind us, but still in a dark corner of our minds. Authors Johanna Schneller and Mark Twohey have written about the most ridiculed and scandal-ridden mayor this city has ever elected.
Ford’s former chief-of-staff MARK TWOHEY, a conservative military man, takes us behind-the-scenes to reveal details previously unknown about Ford’s crack and booze-laden “administration”. The book is the first about Ford by a former insider, who was summarily fired and marched out the door during the mayor’s crack cocaine scandal. He’s now a broadcaster.
Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable; How I Tried to Help the World’s Most Notorious Mayor will be released on Oct. 27, publisher Skyhorse Publishing says. The book description reads “Towhey gives an insider account of working with Ford, covering for him, managing a man who people see as a joke, who trips over himself in videos; who throws candy at children instead of handing it to them; who rants and raves, and gets belligerent in meetings and at private events.”
“While this is wonderful news, the tiny cubs are very vulnerable at this size, so the next several hours and days will be critical to their survival. We are so proud to be contributing to the ongoing survival of this endangered species.” – TORONTO Zoo statement The infant bears are the first giant pandas to be born in Canada. They’ll remain at the Zoo when their mother leaves for Calgary in 2016. Er Shun and male panda Da Mao are on loan to Canada from China for 10 years, five of which are being spent in TORONTO, and five in Alberta.