Banksy, and art’s uneasy alliance with capitalism

The gift shop at the Toronto exhibit offers a swath of overpriced items. What would the ultra left-wing artist think of that?

Banksy, and art’s uneasy alliance with capitalismThere’s always been an understood link between art and capitalism. Even artists who reject the very nature of capitalism will still be part of this process, whether they like it or not. This includes the popular, controversial and mysterious graffiti artist known as Banksy. A product of Bristol, England’s underground scene, this person’s name and…

Out of the roiling heat of Montreal, into the heart of artistic genius

And a full dose of air-conditioned museum comfort certainly doesn't hurt the appreciation of Picasso

Out of the roiling heat of Montreal, into the heart of artistic geniusLast week, thousands of Montrealers began to experience what I expect will gradually become a new phenomenon in global art gallery visitation – viewing art to get out of the heat. The heat wave (CBC news referred to it as “a heat event”) really descended on the city on the previous weekend, with Saturday’s temperatures…

Giverny and Monet’s Gardens

Stop in Giverny at least for a few hours to wander among Monet's gardens and you'll feel like you've entered one of his paintings

Giverny and Monet’s GardensIf you love Impressionist paintings, why not plan a visit to Giverny, in France, and see Monet’s garden, flowers, pond and bridges for yourself? It’s been said the Impressionist art movement acquired its name from one of Monet’s paintings called “Impression, Sunrise.” Giverny was Monet's home during the last half of his life. He painted…

English airshows (and museums) a must-see

Ready for a break from castles and historical museums and want a little more action?

English airshows (and museums) a must-seeCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Airshows in England? Maybe you're ready for a break from castles and historical museums and you've gotten into the great outdoors to explore Stonehenge and some of the other megaliths, but you want a little more action! There are airshows all over the United Kingdom. You can…

Glenbow Museum’s three sisters left enduring legacy

Margaret Perkins Hess, Joy Harvie Maclaren and Zahava Hanen were related by their love of Calgary's Glenbow Museum

Glenbow Museum’s three sisters left enduring legacyPOWELL RIVER, B.C. Sept. 18, 2016 /Troy Media/ - These three sisters weren’t related by blood. They were related by the fact that they loved Calgary’s Glenbow Museum – the definitive and interdisciplinary library, archives, art gallery and museum of the Canadian West. Each of them were related to the museum differently, but each of them understood…

Bring back the beloved passenger train

The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, B.C. offers a powerful glimpse into what life must have been like during the glory days of rail travel

[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/bring-back-beloved-passenger-train/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on passenger train [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/travel-leisure/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Travel[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/museums/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]museums[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. March 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ - My recent tour of the remarkable Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, B.C., got me wondering why…

Museums in the digital age

Modern museums face a host of problems, from fragile exhibits to demographics

[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/museums-in-the-digital-age/e" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/museums/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]museums[/popup]  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] EDMONTON, Alta./ Troy Media/ - With millions of visitors a year, the world’s museums are an integral part of our educational systems and our popular culture. Some, like the [popup url="https://www.rom.on.ca/en" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="0"]Royal…

Planning and paranoia at the Diefenbunker

The Diefenbunker was built to withstand an atomic bomb 250 times stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima

Planning and paranoia at the Diefenbunker[slideshow_deploy id='70767'] Hover over image for caption Download this Travel column on the Diefenbunker Terms and Conditions of use CARP, Ont. Dec. 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It’s an unlikely place for the seat of government, beneath this windswept knoll along a rural road 35 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa. But at the height of the Cold…

How to turn your city into a vacation destination

People don’t want to safari across the country in the family station wagon anymore

How to turn your city into a vacation destinationDownload this Travel column on turning your city into a vacation destination Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO, Ont. Nov 30, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The so-called Bilbao effect is indeed effective. I was told in Bilbao, Spain that the Guggenheim Museum there, designed by Frank Gehry, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but returned several…

Oklahoma museum celebrates Pawnee Bill

The West lives on at Oklahoma's Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum

Oklahoma museum celebrates Pawnee Bill[slideshow_deploy id='68985']Hover over image to read caption Download this column on Pawnee Bill for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use PAWNEE, Oklahoma Jul 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Kevin Webb, 32, cracks his bullwhip. It snaps like gunshot, and stirs up the morning dew so fine it resembles gun smoke. Little…