The Portrait of an Artist by Another Artist

If a picture says a thousand words, then a portrait says a million. More than just an image, true portraiture captures and conveys a persons character and vulnerability.

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ABOVE: Chuck Close, Kara Walker, 2008, pigmented inkjet print, 47 x 34.5 inches

andy warhol

ABOVE: Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, 1975, gelatin silver print, 9 x 7 inches

joseph beuys

ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Joseph Beuys, 1980, silkscreen inck and diamond dust on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

ABOVE: Frida Kahlo, Portrait of Diego, 1937, oil on masonite, 20 x 15 inches

Louise Bourgeois 1982, printed 1991 by Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989

ABOVE: Robert Mapplethorpe, Portrait of Louise Bourgeois with Filette, 1968, taken in 1982, printed in 1991, 14 x 14 inches

Seasons Greetings

I would like to wish all my followers and their loved ones a safe and happy holiday season. Eat, drink and be merry. I know I will. Probably a bit too much.

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ABOVE: Pablo Picasso, Le Père Noël, 1959, lithograph

ABOVE: Norman Rockwell, A Drum For Tommy, 1921, oil on canvas

ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Christmas Tree, Published in Harpers Bazaar, December 1957

ABOVE: Salvador Dali, Christmas Tree, 1959, Christmas card for Hallmark

 

Must See Art Shows in Toronto this Spring, Summer, and Fall

Good news art lovers: there is a lot going on in Toronto over the next few months. In addition to the cities many outdoor fairs, the following shows/events look promising.

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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:

Luminato Festival

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.

Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror for Today

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.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto

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.

Art Toronto

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.

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free

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.

And You Thought You Were Weird

Creative people are often a bit odd – I know I am. Fear not creatives, even geniuses can be a little strange – in some cases, really strange.

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ABOVE: Albert Einstein (duh!), Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Let’s face it, we all have our quirks. The following geniuses are no exception:

Andy Warhol

Warhol was a confirmed foot fetishist and even owned a mummified human foot. No one knows where he got it.

Leonardo da Vinci

da Vinci was a practitioner of polyphasic sleep. What’s that you ask? It’s the practice of taking multiple naps throughout a 24 hour period. He rarely slept more than two hours a day.

Edgar Allan Poe

Poe liked to write each of his works in a scroll fashion, on a continuous strip of paper, sealed with wax. He also proclaimed his cat to be his literary guardian.

Albert Einstein

Einstein refused to wear socks, no matter how formal the occasion. He also asked his estranged wife to sign a contract with the following clause: “You will stop talking to me if I request it.” Apparently, she agreed.

Charles Dickens

Dickens would only write at a desk facing north and when he slept, his feet had to point south. He always carried a compass, and would re-arrange the bed if necessary.

Salvador Dali

Dali was obsessed with Hitler and when asked about his obsession said: “I often dreamed about Hitler as other men dreamed about women.”