Monday, August 4, 2014

Civic Holiday Weekend

Bill and I had a lazy weekend at home.
I have two library books for this week's lunch reading. Think I'll start with the Vargas. Those cucumbers are fresh from a friend's garden.
Went shopping at Type today.
Bought a book about Marcel Duchamp's readymade "Pharmacie"
Shawn Micallef's The Trouble with Brunch
and Moyra Davey's Burn the Diaries. I loved Davey's last book: Long Life Cool White and this one looks fascinating, with lots of pictures and an account of her reading Jean Genet.
Lately I've been thinking about making my own photo books so I was interested to see the nice contrast between the matt paper of the text and the coated paper of the photographs.
 Took me a while to work out that this was a picture of a photograph folded to go through the mail.
 These top two rectangles are the front and back of the letter with the rest of the photo folded inside and bits of tape holding it together.
Bill brought out some slices of the cucumbers. Is he divine!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Harrington at Mulherin

Bill and I love this Michael Harrington painting hanging in the window of Katharine Mulherin on Queen St West in Toronto. We would like to be bobbing thus.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Walk to the Western Gap

I walked to the Western Gap this afternoon. 
 It's a slip of water below Little Norway Park on Toronto's Harbourfront.
I enjoyed the breeze off the lake.
On my way home I picked up some pine cones.

Friday, July 11, 2014

At the Courtauld, London

 Bill and I love London's Courtauld Gallery.
It belongs on the short list of galleries of even the most time-pressed art lovers.
It is situated in the elegant Georgian Somerset House which was built in the 1770s.
 The first room you enter is filled with precious early Renaissance paintings like this Bernardo Daddi from 1348.
Photography is allowed so we had fun taking pictures of art we wanted to remember.
Like these two panels by Borghese di Piero Borghese from The Story of Saints Julitta and Quiricus,1448
Bill and I went with our friend Shelley Savor. This is The Assasination of Saint Peter Martyr, 1509, from the workshop of Giovanni Bellini.
We had all the time in the world. It was fun to plop myself down and just gaze at that Rubens over the fireplace.
The Courtauld is famous for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces. This unfinished work is Lady with a Parasol by Edgar Degas, c. 1870.
We're always pleased to see a Chaim Soutine. This is his Young Woman in a White Blouse, 1923.
Shelley and I looked for a long time at one of the gallery's highlights
Manet's The Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1881-82.
Do you find that the people in galleries are often as interesting as the art?
Bill and Shelley scamper up to the third floor galleries.
Shelley and I between two exquisite Paul Cézannes.
The paintings on the right are Cézanne's The Card Players and Man with a Pipe.
Detail of Man with a Pipe.
Vincent Van Gogh's stunning Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear, 1889.
I loved Paul Gauguin's opulent odalisque,  
Nevermore, O Tahiti, 1897.
If you need any more convincing to visit the Courtauld we'll leave you with these two little George Seurat studies: Man Painting a Boat
and The Angler, both 1894. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Estorick Collection, London

John and I visited The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art for the first time in May. The permanent collection emphasizes the works of Italian Futurists and the gallery.
That's Massimo Campigli's Il Belvedere, 1930, on the left.
 We loved Ottone Rossi's Man Waiting, 1919. Perfect for our collection!
 This is Renato Guttuso's Landscape with Lovers.
 Futurist Carlo Carrà's The Boxer, 1913.
 Carrà's Atmospheric Swirls: A Bursting Shell, 1914.
Carlo Carrà's Synthesis of a Cafe Concert, 1910-12 
 Umberto Boccinioni's The Farewell, 1912.
 We also saw a special exhibition of the collages of Pablo Echauren, son of Chilean Surrealist, Roberto Matta.
 The gallery was also hosting a special exhibition of paparazzi photographs by Marcello Geppetti and Arturo Zavattini. I couldn't resist buying the catalogue featuring Brigitte Bardot on its cover.
The Years of La Dolce Vita showcased images from the late 50's and early 60's of celebrities on Via Veneto in Rome and candid shots from Frederico Fellini's filming of La Dolce Vita at Cinecitta.
 My favourite was a series of pictures of Anita Ekberg holding off photographers with a bow and arrow outside her home in Rome.
 The collection is housed in an elegant former residence
and is entered through the courtyard.
 When we left the gallery, John lingered to take a close-up
of a Geppetti photo of Robert Wagner. 
while I slipped out into Canonbury Square to catch a shot of the front of the building.