Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thinking about visual feasts

Matisse at the MoMA
Watercolour on watercolour paper
with black marker
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
One of the many things I love best when I look back on the past
decade is exhibiting in New York City. It isn't even about
the thrill of being part of one of the most vibrant art
communities in the world.  It's about just being there.
New York is truly a thrill a minute.  And a constant

New Yorkers like to talk, love their city, hate the traffic,
are kind, open, read and LOVE art.  For an artist this is
one idea of paradise.  Of course it's humbling.  Aside from
all of the beyond amazing contemporary work, all of the
greats are housed in Museums like the MoMA and the Met.
Now closed because of this terrible virus..  This is hard on
 the museums, the artists, and the cultural tourists who come
to New York to witness its magnificence in art, theatre, music
 -- and literature.

So as we in Toronto get shut down farther and farther,
into a quiet and strange existence I drink a toast (water)
to you NYC and everyone in the city who has given me
and my dear husband so much pleasure.

Have a dreaming of wonderful experiences day.


laura said...

Great post, Barbara. As a native New Yorker, I always delight to hear people appreciate and praise the city, which is so overflowing with history, beauty and life!
These are difficult times (made more so by you-know-who here) and I hope they won't last too long, but it's heartening to see our fractured populace rising to the occasion and helping one another.

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Laura,

I wish I could claim to be a New Yorker. I absolutely love the city. I do hope these hard times don't
last. Please take care and stay healthy.

XOXOXOXOXO Love your work.


Flora Doehler said...

Barbara, you are a New Yorker, a Torontonian, a Nova Scotian, a European and an amazing painter! I love this one...such pure colour, joy and a wonderful moment in time. Love you! xoxo

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Flora,

I hope we can talk soon. I am all of those things. Hope we can travel this summer, but the whole world
is on hold right now. Love you and love your gorgeous work!


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