Yayoi Kusama – Infinity Mirrors

Taken from the AGO website:

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors provides visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once, alongside large-scale, whimsical installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present. It also marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 87-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly colored paintings and the recently realized infinity room, All the Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins (2016), featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.

“This is a rare opportunity to celebrate a living artist whose radical yet playful vision has had an amazing influence on art, design and contemporary culture throughout her decades of work,” said Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with such a renowned group of museum partners to bring Kusama’s creativity to Toronto.”

“Yayoi Kusama, who, at this stage of her career, is a worldwide phenomenon, has the ability to inspire audiences of all ages with the power of her art. It is a privilege and an honour to collaborate with our four partnering institutions to offer audiences across North America the opportunity to experience more than five decades of her artistic output,” said Melissa Chiu, the Hirshhorn’s director.



Critique of 2 Animation Films

Today we are going to watch 2 animated films and critique them.
The first is Blind Vaysha, a film by Theodore Ushev. We will also watch the animated short Piper, Alan Barillaro.
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After watching the films, answer the following questions in your journal.
1) What did you enjoy about the film Blind Vaysha? What did you enjoy about the film Piper?
Which film do you like more and why?
3) If you could change one of the films, what you change and why?

[Link to Rubric]

Saltscapes Examination

Check out this interesting installation by Motoi Yamamoto.  The filming was done by Brett Novak.

In your Hilroy notebook journal you will write a short critique of this installation.
In your paragraph, answer the following questions.

  1. What do you think an installation is?
  2. What do you think about this art work? Do you like it? Why or why not?
  3. How does it have an impact on you and why?

[Link to Rubric for Journal Entry]

Xavier Dolan wins Grand Prix at Cannes

Young Canadian director Xavier Dolan won the Grand Prix at Cannes a few days ago for his polarizing film Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World). The Grand Prix is considered the 2nd best award at the prestigious film festival after the Palme d’Or. In 2014, Dolan won the Jury Prize at Cannes, the 3rd top prize at the festival. Have a look at some excerpts from the film below.