Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson is an Ottawa writer and regular contributor to ArtsFile.

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Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

Japan and its history — at home and in Canada — star in Ottawa’s fall calendar of art, with three exhibitions at two institutions. War, and its abettor xenophobia, will cast a shadow over all. The largest of three exhibitions will be Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography, which opens Oct. 11 at the National Gallery of […]

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New views of 19th-Century icons

| July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
New views of 19th-Century icons

The National Gallery of Canada has intriguing looks at two 19th-Century icons of modern culture, the artist Paul Gauguin and writer-philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Gauguin is one of the world’s best-known artists, so it’s incredible that any aspect of his work has not been studied, studied and restudied. Yet Gauguin: Portraits is the first exhibition anywhere […]

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Art in Ottawa: Tsui, de Broin, Thorne and more

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Art in Ottawa: Tsui, de Broin, Thorne and more

Howie Tsui’s Retainers of Anarchy took seven years to make, and it could not have been made at all not so many years before. “The software and hardware limitations from 10 to 20 years ago would not allow the work to exist,” Tsui says. Go further back and the “mou hap” that is at the […]

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