I found the time to make it to the AGO, in truth, we went to Frank the restaurant, the snacks are great, the mixed drinks are too sweet for me.
Anyways, speaking of art, we stuck around long enough to check out the Julian Schnabel retrospective, a superstar of art, according to the AGO.
Really interesting to see the work, still after all these years I don't really get the broken plate paintings, I hope never do in a way.
Having said that, the painting that really touched me was the black velvet painting of Andy Warhol. Interestingly, this painting and the ones around it were in an intimate space not the volumes of air and concrete the AGO committed to this New York Big Mouth who has all but referred to himself as a modern incarnation of Picasso. For all that loud clothes and his bravado, there is something exceptionally touching in this piece he must of saw in Warhol, whose by his own accounts was fairly vacuous, so this painting dialogue between big mouth and superficial is something much greater than the sum of their parts.
here is an article from the Globe and Mail, see what they have to say
Maybe I am a sucker for velvet paintings ever since we had a red bull fighter in our dining room that my Dad painted.
Here is that painting, in the basement with an illustration on top of it from a series of photo/paintings of mine from 2006.
Julian Schnabel: Art and Film
continues until January 2, 2011, take your honey and have some fries and booze at FRANK.