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Reproductions In A Time Of The Culture Of Originality

The first time I laid eyes on Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, I let out a sob.<p>I don't know why. I was surrounded by a dense crowd of tourists; the sculpture was set back behind a thick Plexiglas panel. Whatever view I was able to enjoy was punctuated by the lights of …

Mary Magdalene

Vancouver first Canadian city to get special Dali sculpture

Vancouver fans of the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali are in for a big treat.<p>Dali's famous <i>Dance of Time</i> sculpture has been temporarily loaned to the …

Alice In Wonderland

The Olympics of the Art World

The Venice Biennale is trying to lighten up. Organizers of the century-old exhibition of contemporary art, which opens to the public May 13, encouraged artists in its main show to steer clear of geopolitical conflict and focus instead on playful themes—joy, fear, color, time and sexual freedom.<p>The …

Art

A Feminist Light Artist Forges Neon Nudes

Romily Alice used to play in a grunge band. Now she's reclaiming neon signs as a beacon of feminine beauty.<p>When most people picture neon signs, they think of payday loans, seedy motels, and the alluring naughtiness of strip clubs. But it's precisely this connotation that artist Romily Alice seeks …

Art

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are champion Ottawa gripers

The re-election of the federation's biggest grumbler means Stephen Harper will spend much of the time before the next election nursing a political headache.<p>Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberals haven't just crossed swords with Mr. Harper's federal Tories, they have become a government of grievance …

33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

Image: Imgur<p>People who take a ton of pictures know all too well that snapping the shot at the right split second is imperative when it comes to …

Canadians have right to online anonymity, Supreme Court rules

Rejecting government fears of a "crime-friendly Internet," the Supreme Court of Canada said anonymity is vital to personal privacy in the digital era. It told police they need a judge's permission before asking Internet providers for basic information that would identify their customers – such as a …

Toronto Zoo watching panda for pregnancy signs after insemination

The Toronto Zoo says it's monitoring one of its giant pandas for signs of pregnancy following artificial insemination.<p>Er Shun, one of the pandas on loan to Canada from China, was artificially inseminated in April, but the zoo says pandas' long gestation period makes it hard to know if it worked.<p>It …

How to make natural soda

Naturally fizzy fermented beverages are enjoying a resurgence. Here’s how they’re concocted.<p>Natural soda is experiencing a comeback, thanks to a …