Last week I was meeting someone near the Toronto Reference Library. I was early so I went in to kill sometime there as it’s a great place to hang out.
I noticed a new store there called Page and Panel. The store is run by the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and features great graphic novels. Much to my delight have a rack of some awesome postcards.
They sold a set of postcards by famous comics artists promoting the annual comics festival held at the Reference Library.
Here are my favourites:
The backdrop for the Scott Pilgrim characters is the Reference Library’s interior.
I’ve posted on my great love of postcards from small and far-flung countries. One grand Patron of the Collection is responsible more than anyone else in adding to many samples of such exotic locations.
Here’s one of my favourites of her many great donations. This one is from Gambia, Africa:
The image reminds me of African style batik artwork. Here’s the back:
“At the Well – form an original acrylic on canvas.”
“Hi Glen from Gambia. Were in Senegal yesterday, Cape Verde tomorrow.”
Vancouver had such an amazing selection of postcards that a month after returning and various blog posts, I still have more acquisitions to showcase here. The ones below are from an art gallery I visited in the Downtown Eastside (a.k.a. Canada’s ‘gulag’). The art gallery showcased the art of several area artists, including – much to my delight – a bunch of artworks on postcards. Here are the three I particularly liked:
Normally, my postcards are carefully filed away in the Collection vaults after a few weeks on display at the Gallery Refrigerator. But occasionally, I find some of my postcards in various other places. Below are some recent find from a trip I did 11 years ago to the Hudson River valley area of New York state.
They are postcards of stained glass windows by Marc Chagal in the Union Church of Pocantico Hills, in the Hudson River Valley of New York state.
The postcards don’t do the windows justice. It really is worth a visit to the church to see them in person as they are so amazing.
The windows were financed by the Rockefellers which explains the incredible windows in an otherwise understated church. Read more about the windows.
On my recent visit to Vancouver, British Columbia there was a cornucopia of postcards options for me to choose from. I was particularly delighted by a shop in Chinatown that had three postcards for a dollar. Even better, was that the shop had a lot of incredible art from Canadian First Nations artists to choose from.
Here are my two favourites.
A friend was in Amsterdam last month and brought me back two postcards from the Van Gogh Museum.
The first one was one of my favourites from when I visited the museum:
The painting is “Wheatfield with Crows” – reputedly one of his last paintings before his suicide. The crows and dark sky do seem to suggest impending doom.
The other postcard I have never seen the Van Gogh work depicted before (I’d remember it):
It is called Head of Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. It seems that Van Gogh is suggesting that smoking doesn’t kill you after all!
I was recently looking for something to do with my daughter in downtown Toronto and noticed a listing for a pop-up pop art exhibit of Andy Warhol art. The exhibit, Andy Warhol: Revisited, is in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood until the end of this year.
I love Warhol’s art and have seen exhibits of his work a couple times before. This exhibit has some iconic works, such as a Marilyn Monroe and the soup cans. But it also has works I’ve never seen before, including some of his commissioned portraits of American business elite. (There is portrait of Georges Marciano founder of Guess, which was the previous occupant of the location before the exhibit.) The entrance fee is the best deal I’ve encountered for a world-class exhibit.
My daughter particularly loved the works of his diamond-dusted shoes, portraits of various queens, and the purple cow:
I loved it all, but particularly loved that they had an affordable postcard book for sale!