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Book Trailer for Walt Whitman’s Secret by George Fetherling

By Tightrope Books | March 2nd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Check out this book trailer for Walt Whitman’s Secret by George Fetherling. In this wonderfully imagined novel, Walt Whitman’s secret isn’t his homosexuality but another one entirely but another one entirely. It’s a political secret, one that the greatest American poet of the nineteenth century has pledged himself to keep until he is on his deathbed.

George Fetherling’s Walt Whitman’s Secret

George Fetherling is one of 10 contributors to our spring art book, Art or War: The Bullet Paintings of Viktor Mitic.

Handy with a paintbrush and a gun, Viktor Mitic’s provocative art has people all over the world talking about his take on war, religion, and politics.

Artist Viktor Mitic is making headlines in Canada and the UK with his controversial gunshot paintings, which feature portraits of celebrities (Quentin Tarantino, John Lennon), iconic religious figures (Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary), and famous works or art (The Last Supper, Guernica) outlined in bullet holes. Shocked by recent occasions when places of worship were attacked and destroyed; for example, the defacement of Christian frescoes by soldiers and villagers in Kosovo, Mitic explains that his goal is to use weapons in his art to create rather than to destroy. Guns are naturally perceived with uneasiness, and the image of an artist shooting a painting of an iconic figure carries an intense psychological impact; however, the juxtaposition of beauty constructed out of violence in Mitic’s paintings generates an unexpected feeling of tranquility. In his own words, “Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.” The fifty works of art presented in this book will be accompanied by writing by ten distinguished Canadian authors, including Lynn Crosbie, Katherine Govier, Susan Musgrave, Gary Michael Dault, George Elliott Clarke, and Barry Dempster.

Viktor Mitic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. A University of Toronto graduate artist, classically trained in art schools in Europe, Mitic has produced a major body of work that spans a career of over two decades. For a number of years, he was painting non-representational paintings using natural elements such as rain and hail to render surfaces of the paintings in oils on canvas. Mitic has successfully integrated various materials into his recent body of work: charcoal, graphite, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, and japanese traditional natural pigment. Viktor’s first book, Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers, was published by Tightrope in 2009. He has had many successful solo and group shows of his paintings in Europe, the United States, Canada, and, most recently, Japan. Viktor Mitic lives in Toronto.



Viktor Mitic interviews.

By Tightrope Books | December 11th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Viktor Mitic, the man behind Dealers, has been busy talking about his latest project, art and his approach to making it. Check out his interview with The Torontoist here, and a Q&A; with Canadian Art Here.

Torontoist: Tell me about your new book, Dealers.

Viktor Mitic: Dealers is a collection of thirty-six portraits of the local art dealers in Toronto. I thought all the gallery goers, art aficionados and art students would love to see the faces of the people behind the gallery names. Gary Michael Dault wrote a very interesting introduction and it was he who suggested the mysterious name Dealers. I think the title is brilliant! Thank you Gary! The Kaki Design firm in Malaysia did something very cool with the design of the hardcover version of the book. The book has a limited number where each of the dealers featured in the book appears on the front cover. There are thirty-six book covers in all. I think this is a great idea as well. If I was on the cover of any book, anywhere, I would buy a bunch of them, for sure. More.

Dealers portraits will be displayed at the Odon Wagner Gallery (198 Davenport Rd) until December 24, 2009. Dealers can be purchased through Tightrope Books at 602 Markham Street.

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Tuesday Teaser: Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers Paintings

By Tightrope Books | December 2nd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | 1 Comment

In light of the upcoming launch of Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers Paintings by Viktor Mitic with an Introduction by Gary Michael Dault this weeks Teaser is a little different. Enjoy a sneak peak at one of the images featured in the book:

Zack Z. Pospieszynski – Peak Gallery

Dealers is a remarkable portrait-survey of thirty-six of Toronto’s most distinctive and influential art dealers, artist Viktor Mitic has captured and illuminated the unique individual personalities of his subjects. Depicting by turns their passion, insouciance, vivacity, shrewdness, eccentricity, geniality, and more, these portraits successfully reflect the rainbow of human emotion and expression. As Gary Michael Dault says in his insightful introductory essay, “there isn’t a portrait here that doesn’t provide not only a fine likeness of its subject, but also a telling, charming, incisive route into the sitter’s essential nature.”

Viktor Mitic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. A University of Toronto graduate artist, classically trained in art schools in Europe, Mitic has produced a major body of work that spans a career of over two decades. For a number of years, he was painting non-representational paintings using natural elements such as rain and hail to render surfaces of the paintings in oils on canvas. Mitic has successfully integrated various materials into his recent body of work: charcoal, graphite, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, and japanese traditional natural pigment. He has recently developed a distinctive, some would say provocative, method; he paints portraits of international iconic images and later shoots the outline of the figures using various weapons and live ammunition. He has had many successful solo and group shows of his paintings in Europe, the United States, Canada, and, most recently, Japan. Viktor Mitic lives in Toronto.

Gary Michael Dault is a writer, painter, and art critic in Toronto. He is the author—or co-author—of a number of books, including Cells of Ourselves with artist Tony Urquhart (Porcupine’s Quill, 1989), Esko Mannikko: Mexas (Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1998), Photographs by Tom Sandberg (Astrup-Fearnley Museum, Oslo, 2000), The Prix de Rome in Architecture: A Retrospective (Coach House Books, 2006), and Captive: The Zoo Photographs of Volker Seding (Les 400 Coups, Montreal, 2007). He has published a number of books of poetry, including The Milk of Birds (Mansfield Press, 2006) and Southwester (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2007). His Handyman: New Poems is forthcoming from the Black Moss Press. A limited edition of his Hebdomeros Suite—with watercolours by David Bolduc—is forthcoming from Coach House Books. Dault has written widely about contemporary art in Canada in journals such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Ciel Variable, Prefix Photo, Parkett, and ARTNews. He contributes the weekly art-review column, “Gallery Going,” to the Globe and Mail, and has written innumerable catalogue essays for galleries and museums. As a practicing artist, Dault has exhibited frequently, most recently at Toronto’s Peak Gallery, Gallery Page & Strange in Halifax, and the Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Ontario. Upcoming in 2010, he has exhibitions at Index G in Toronto and Modern Fuel in Kingston, Ontario. Among his writings for television is the six-hour mini-series, Inside the Vatican with Sir Peter Ustinov (1993). His writings for the stage include Alice in the Orchestra (with composer Gene Di Novi, 2005), The Goal (with composer Eric Robertson, 2003), and, also with Eric Robertson, Hauntings for Orchestra (2007).

Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers Paintings launches on December 10th 6-9 PM at Odon Wagner Contemporary Gallery at 198 Davenport Road, Toronto. The paintings will be featured in the gallery until December 24th.