Thursday, November 3, 2011

Weekly Wonders

http://99faces.org/
I've been watching the occupy movement with great interest and curiosity. For those of us who have asked "what's the point?", 99 people share their answer.

Window Wonderland
http://www.wintermagic.ca/WindowWonderland
"Rekindle the tradition of strolling through the streets of downtown visiting holiday windows. Ryerson Retail Management students pair up with Downtown Yonge business members to create magical holiday window displays on a budget of $100! This year there are 33 participating locations in Downtown Yonge."

The Mascot
http://www.themascot.ca/home_temp.php
We actually stopped in at the Mascot back in July but have talked about heading back several times since. The Mascot is a cafe and gallery space with a big selection of interesting magazines that you don't find elsewhere.  An art exhibition opens tonight, featuring paintings, prints and sculptures by Rocky & Junction Joe, both well known street artists.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

So very nice to meet you, Mr. Chagall

I haven't posted in ages. I've been up to all sorts, some of which I'll write about at some point.

I recently made the wise decision to visit the AGO for the Marc Chagall showing. I'd never even heard of Chagall, to be honest, and I absolutely love his work. His paintings have such a lush feeling about them. He uses colour incredibly well and they all seem to have originated in the dreams of the most imaginative dreamer.

In particular, I am enthralled with this painting, and I've gone to see it 4 times now:


This is called Double Portrait with Wine Glass. This image doesn't do it justice. Chagall painted this in 1918 as an homage to his marriage. 

There are some interesting things to note about this painting: 
  1. This is the first painting in which a Jewish husband is depicted on the shoulders of his wife. Critics consider this pose to be either a reference to the Jewish wedding custom of the bride and groom being carried, or it is a reference to how Chagall considered his wife to be his foundation. 
  2. Bella Rosenfeld is apparently sporting purple stockings under her wedding dress, which is just plain cool. 
  3. Above the couple, there is an angel, which is thought to be a reference to the couples' daughter.
I'd write more,  but I need to go have another look at this painting at the AGO...