Sunday, June 12, 2011

Art! Art! Art!

Valley Bleaching by David Alexander
acrylic on canvas
56.5 x 65.5 in.  
available at Bau-Xi, Toronto

Well, there are a lot of worse ways to spend a day! This afternoon I had an infusion of art - NURTURING! Dare I say...arousing? ; ) Today - kind of spur of the moment - my daughter and I booked it to Toronto to catch the exhibit by David Alexander at the Bau-xi gallery. THANK YOU Catherine for introducing me to this artist. The paintings are vibrant, exciting...I just can't say enough! I just drank them in. 

Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960
This piece was not at the AGO exhibit - I couldn't find a copy of the one I was looking for, but I quite liked this one too!

Much to our good fortune, the Art Gallery of Ontario was directly across the street! So we hopped over there to see Abstract Expressionist New York featuring works by Rothko, Motherwell, Pollock et al.  So many movning pieces. My favourite two quotes were:
Jackson Pollock:
New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements ... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.
Mark Rothko:
If you are only moved by colour relationships, then you miss the point. I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom.


Nancy Laliberte said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Love the frog painting!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Next time you come in let me know. If I were free I'd love to see you at the AGO.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time.