From the Toronto Island, to the Scarborough Bluffs, the city has got plenty to offer the summertime photographer. So grab your camera, and let the exploration begin.
Last week, I was walking down Bloor Street, when I came across the exhibition Andy Warhol: Revisited. I had planned on going a week or two later, but once there, I couldn’t resist.
Located in a disused store front (formerly occupied by Guess Clothing), the show is the brainchild of Ron Rivlin, a Canadian raised, LA-based talent manager. Clearly, this guy is obsessed with Warhol.
While the majority of the works on display appear to be prints from larger editions, there are 120 of them, and, even better, many of the artists most iconic images are included.
Warhol is known for many things (consumerism, celebrity worship), but what truly sets him apart is his use of color. No book or poster comes close to replicating the pieces in this exhibition, many of which include metallics and diamond dust.
While the $10 admission may be a bit much for some people, this show is a must see for any Warhol fan.
Andy Warhol: Revisited runs at 77 Bloor Street West from July 1 to December 31, 2015.
ABOVE: Remains of a mostly detsroyed Banksy work in New Orleans, Photo: Infrogmation of New Orleans
In art and politics, opinions beget opinions:
“Let me apologize for my off-the-cuff remarks. I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history. As it so happens, art history was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and it has helped me take in a great deal of joy in my life that I might otherwise have missed.” Barack Obama, U.S. President
“I have fundamental questions about why the Federal Government is involved in supporting artists that taxpayers have refused to support in the marketplace. My concern in this regard is heightened when I hear the arts community and the media saying that any restriction at all on Federal funding would amount to censorship. What they seem to be saying is that we in Congress must choose between: First, absolutely no Federal presence in the arts; or second, granting artists the absolute freedom to use tax dollars as they wish, regardless of how vulgar, blasphemous, or despicable their works may be.” Jesse Helms, U.S. Senator
“The first time [Helms’s office called] they basically expressed displeasure that we had withdrawn. I have to conclude they really wanted that exhibition in Washington, so it would fuel their fire.” Christina Orr-Cahal, Director of Corcoran Gallery of Art, after cancelling a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the museum
“I’m obsessed with getting graffiti out of the city and keeping it out of the city. As you know, I’ve been fighting since I was first elected to get this city as clean as possible by removing all the graffiti.” Rob Ford, Toronto Mayor
“Every time he does this we get more graffiti. The graffiti artists see it as a taunt and they respond by tagging people – usually it’s anti-Ford stuff.” Adam Vaughan, Toronto city councilor
ABOVE: Martin Johnson Heade, Magnolias on Gold Velvet Cloth, 1888-90, oil on canvas, 14.8 x 24 inches
Every so often, there is a news story about an artwork bought for peanuts, being worth a fortune.
Unfortunately, what seems too good to be true often is, and the authenticities of these works are often in dispute.
Fortunately, I did come across one story with a happy ending:
In the late nineties, a young tool and die maker from Indiana (who remains anonymous) bought some used furniture for thirty bucks. Included in the purchase was an ‘old’ painting of flowers – he used it to cover up a hole in his wall.
A while later, he and some friends decided to play Masterpiece, a board game in which players outbid one another for art at auction. Included in the game was an image similar to the one on his wall – by an artist named Martin Johnson Heade.
Intrigued, he began searching for the painter online, and later contacted the gallery responsible for handling his estate. They verified that the painting was in fact a Heade (see painting and caption above), and put the young man in contact with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston – they paid $1.25 million for it.
Who doesn’t love a story with a happy ending?
ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, 1967, screenprint on paper, 36 x 36 inches
If art is your thing, you may want to mark the following dates in your calendar:
Various locations around Toronto, June 19 – 28
The 9th annual festival of arts and creativity takes over Toronto for ten days this summer. The 2015 edition features hundreds of events – with the majority of them being free.
77 Bloor Street West, July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Canada’s largest collection of Warhol prints and paintings are coming, not to gallery, but to an empty retail space in one of Toronto’s swankiest neighborhoods.
Various locations around Toronto, October 3, 2015
At times hit and miss, the concept behind this event is still pretty sound – the city comes alive too.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, October 23-26, 2015
Other cities host bigger (and glitzier) fairs, but this one’s still pretty good. A must see for art lovers and buyers.
Art Gallery of Ontario, October 31, 2015 – January 31, 2016
The AGO’s fall blockbuster examines the last 15 years of Turner’s career and features more than 50 works on loan from Tate Britain.