05 May 2018

What's up for two more days, v. Ж

Also if you haven't seen the Mitchell/ Riopelle show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, get to Toronto by early Sunday afternoon to allot it proper consideration. "At a party thrown by Hedda and Saul.. Riopelle made his overture to her in a raucous Quebecois accent: 'Tonight I will teach you how to fuck. Tomorrow I will teach you how to paint.' Surely Joan wore her mischievous little cat grin thirty-seven years later when she bragged to his biographer, Hélène de Billy, 'I impressed him because I was Wasp.'" (Patricia Albers, from Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter)

Joan Mitchell, Girolata, 1964

Last weekend was my first visit to that museum since the Peter Doig show four years ago, and seeing the Canadian painters contemporaneous to Bonnard who applied his methods to the Northern wilderness strongly reinforced the impression I got then - how Doig was the bridge between them and those that have emulated his figurative palette.

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