Framing an Oasis

The spanking-new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened this past Saturday to much international acclaim and fanfare. And rightly so; the project’s been a long time coming, and is expected to fulfill its mission statement to host a ‘permanent, unique exchange between East and West.’ That the West’s largest, most illustrious museum would set up a satellite…

Santi Moix Shows His Roots

When we talk about Modernisme, Gaudí’s name is usually the only name that pops into people’s minds. However, his teacher, renown Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923), had already started writing the history of the style with landmarks such as the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the stunning Palau de la Música Catalana. Inside the…

The End of Ages

Five thousand years later and the Gilgamesh complex has gone nowhere. What our long-gone brothers and sisters are now, we shall be when we die — or shall we? Throughout History every king and empire has succumbed to time, no matter how massive their works on earth. Yet, as much as destruction is a constant element…

Under the Cover of Darkness

When the Night Falls is a photographic series captured in Paris, which shows the River Seine during the last great flood in June of 2016. The very same locations were re-photographed one year later, demonstrating normal water levels for the summer season. The selection here of the “before” and “after” stills illustrate the impact that climate…

Up and at 'Em

That everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time is a relatively new myth about equality. Undoubtedly, all men and women have always been created exactly the same, but long were the days when wealth discrepancy was stitched into every seam of our clothing. Long were the mornings getting ready, too. All those layers of…

Casa Vicens, Where Everything Began

When it comes to architecture, there are some names sculpted right into our collective memory. Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect who probably most changed the trajectory of his field with his singular perspective. In the Gràcia neighbourhood of northern Barcelona, one of his early masterpieces has come back to life thanks to a massive restoration project. Gaudí planned…

Halloween Special: Times of Epidemics

A plague doctor was a medicine worker who treated victims of the black death, the Justinian and bubonic varieties. They were hired directly by towns where outbreaks of disease were particularly pernicious. Since city coffers were covering their salaries, they treated everyone: both the wealthy and the poor. However, some plague doctors were known for…

A Man of the People

I love listening to Francis Bacon speak. He’s enchanting. Naturally, barriers of time, space, genius and death kept me from ever getting within earshot of the man, but hearing him timecapsuled up in Youtube clips and BBC documentaries has revealed a marvelous discrepancy to me. As easily witnessed in the brief video just below, Bacon’s…

Challenge Accepted

Even among the most discreet out there, one of the perks of knowing about art is knowing you know about art. This often involves cluing others into your vast stores of knowledge —  humourously by dropping the casual “if it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it” pun and sending classical art snaps, and like a bludgeon by…