Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It may not be Brueghel but...

if Brueghel was still around my guess is that he would be a graffitti/wall artist. My friend and co-religionist, the multi-talented Archie Fineberg (he sings opera, he davens in shul, he photographs, soon we'll find out he dances like Fred Astaire) has made a strong case for wall-art as a legitimate artform and for Montreal as being the best city in the world for viewing quality examples of it. Don't miss his exhibition at Espace les Neuf Soeurs, 1900 Wellington St., Point St. Charles, with the exhibition continuing the following Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 16 and 17, and Feb. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.The vernissage will be 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. If you can't make the show take in this slideshow sampling of Archie's work at The Gazette online:

And if you can't get enough of Archie's work, you may also want to tune in tonight to CBC Radio "Ideas" at 9:00 pm (I'm guessing it's available online) when his lovely and talented wife, the award-winning writer and book reviewer Elaine Kalman Naves presents "Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature." Elaine has also published a wonderful companion book of the same name. It's both an easy, flowing read in Elaine's clean style and an indispensible volume for anyone interested in the development of Canadian literature through the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Elaine does her usual thoughtful, thorough job of interviewing the man himself, as well as some majors of Canadian fiction, including Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood, who were given much-needed early career boosts by the late great broadcaster, editor, anthologist and radio producer. The book has other treats too including archival material such as reproductions of correspondence with the likes of Mordecai Richler (who typically complains about money) and the ever gracious Timothy Findley.

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