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Left, ‘Orange and Yellow’ by Mark Rothko, 1956. Right, day dress in orange wool crepe, by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1967. Buffalo AKG Art Museum/Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa

Balenciaga and the influence of abstract art

Cristobal Balenciaga’s work developed alongside abstract artistic movements, which had a profound influence on his designs.
One of two digitally drawn murals that are part of the installation and exhibit ‘who claims abstraction?’ by Toronto-based Guatemalan artist Francisco-Fernando Granados. (Rachel Topham Photography)

How art can challenge election-time rhetoric about immigrants

2024 is expected to be a year of elections around the world, and as often happens, anti-immigrant rhetoric is on the rise. Art can play a critical role in challenging that rhetoric.
The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum are among art institutions that have struggled with responses to the Israel-Hamas war. The Art Gallery of Ontario seen in Toronto in 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Artists bring human richness at times of strife — and need to be allowed to speak about the Israel-Hamas war

Especially in a time when trust in political leaders and institutions wanes, arts leaders, patrons, policymakers and artists face daunting but critical questions about the value and role of artists.

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