The Art Gallery of Ontario has announced it is presenting a major exhibition of works by acclaimed American comic artist Art Spiegelman, perhaps best known for Maus, a two-volume graphic novel that recounts his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz.
Besides the Holocaust, Spiegelman’s works have been based upon politics, cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction. The exhibition will feature some 300 pieces including early comics, trading cards, magazine covers and original manuscripts of Maus, rarely seen due to their fragility.
It will also feature Spiegelman’s original cover art for The New Yorker, including a print of the black-on-black 9/11 issue. “Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective” opens December 20 and runs to March 14, 2015.
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TD Toronto Jazz Festival: The 2014 Festival (www.torontojazz.com) runs June 19 to 28 at venues around the city and features many wonderful performers including these artists of special interest to the Jewish community:
• Amanda Martinez, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who blends her Mexican-South African-Jewish roots with flamenco soul. She performs with June Garber & Friends, featuring Russ Little. Old Mill Home Smith Bar, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
• Ori Dagan, a Toronto-raised Israeli-born vocalist who reimagines material by Elton John, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga, along with standards and selections in his native Hebrew. Various locations on June 20, 26, 27 & 28.
• Trumpeter David Buchbinder and Ensemble perform at Odessa Havana, Shops at Don Mills, on June 22.
• Toronto guitarist Lorne Lofsky performs three shows during the festival, June 20, 21, and 22.
• Beka Gochiashvili, an 18-year-old pianist and composer from Tbilisi, Georgia, joins the Stanley Clarke Band on June 28, 8 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square. He has been described as an “old soul in a very young body” and is regarded as a piano virtuoso.
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New in Print
• Volume IV of Living Legacies: A Collection of Writing by Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women, was recently published by PK Press. The editor is Liz Pearl. Visit www.facebook.com/PKPress for details.
• A newly revised edition has appeared of Brantford author Howard Rotberg’s non-fiction book Tolerism: The Ideology Revealed. The book attempts to answer the question, “How did we get into the mess that so many people think that tolerance is a more important value than justice?” A reviewer for The Times of Israel recently found the book “well researched and surprisingly easy to read.” www.mantuabooks.com
Out of Town
• A new exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan focuses on the rich Jewish history of Oswiecim, Poland, the town the Germans called Auschwitz, through photographs and artifacts from the 16th century through the postwar period. Selections from “A Town Known As Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community” are also on view online, at www.jmjhnyc.org.
• The Israel Museum of Jerusalem recently acquired Die Medizin, an oil study by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) for a monumental painting that once adorned the ceiling of the University of Vienna’s Great Hall. Commissioned by Austria’s Ministry of Culture and Education in 1894, Die Medizin was one of three allegorical panels representing the themes of enlightenment. All three works were later destroyed by retreating German SS forces in May 1945. Blending elements of neo-Baroque and Secessionist aesthetics, the work captures the emergence of Klimt’s iconic style and unconventional treatment of subject matter and themes. n