Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Fake Death Picture"

"Fake Death Picture" by Yinka Shonibare (digital print) 2011 
from upcoming Exhibit: Addio del Passato (so closes my sad story)
Feb 16- March 24, 2012
533 w.26th St. NYC, James Cohan Gallery 
Interview with artist Yinka Shonibare - Whitehot Magazine

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mystery of a Masterpiece

Last night, there was a fascinating NOVA show on PBS. Experts were investigating whether a portrait of a girl on vellum (shown above) is really a Leonardo Da Vinci. They think it was cut from an old book of the period (they found the book in a museum in Poland).
Link to article about the story in the Guardian.
Here's the link to the show which you can watch online if you missed it.
I blogged about this picture earlier and said I thought it looked to me like it might be authentic. That was just my gut feeling based on the style of the face and execution of the drawing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rockwell for Collier's Magazine 1919

Last night on PBS Antiques Roadshow (Eugene, OR !) someone brought in a really old Rockwell painting. They appraised it at half a million. It is a nice one called "The Little Model". This painting is one of only four that Rockwell painted for Collier's magazine (1919, cover). I rather like it and I am surprised how large he painted his illustration work (using oils). I'll get to see it since it is on display now at the museum in my town. I don't think I have ever seen a Rockwell in person.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Magical Gift of Picasso Etchings to British Museum

The British Museum recently acquired the complete suite of 100 Vollard etchings made between 1930 and 1937 by Picasso. It was a surprise gift from a man named Hamish Parker in memory of his beloved father Major Horace Parker. Depicting himself as a minotaur (in 15 of the works), the etchings are a visual diary of Picasso's great love affair with Marie-Therese Walter. Almost half of the prints show a classical sculptor's studio with Marie-Therese as a model. 
These etchings are magical and will always be inspiring. This is the Picasso that I love the most, unafraid to show emotional sensitivity toward his muse. Picasso exchanged the plates for these etchings with his dealer Ambroise Vollard for a couple of paintings by Renoir and Cezanne. This rare, complete set will go on view from May 3- Sept 3, 2012. Link
Right now, you can order the book Picasso's Vollard Suite from the Getty Museum.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell were lovers

Although I had read Joseph Cornell's biography a couple of times, I hadn't realized that it was the amazing dot woman artist Yayoi Kusama who had been his first girlfriend (when he was 60). I blogged about Cornell a couple of times: here and here
 I also recently blogged about Kusama LINK). 
She talks about the affair (lasting 10 years) in an old interview with Kusama by Grady Turner in Bomb Magazine (1999).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Degas - drawings of the nude

Thanks to Artinfo slide show-
Bringing in the new year with some exquisite drawings by Degas. 
He makes me want to draw. 
I'm finishing up a couple of new paintings this week and I will post them here soon. 

P.S. I am no longer posting my art on tumblr, in case you were looking for me there.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Rosa Loy and Neo Rauch

Rosa Loy is married to Neo Rauch. She is a painter, too. This video shows them exhibiting together. Here is her website: Rosa Loy. Their show was at the Essl Museum near Vienna in 2011. I would have liked to have seen that show.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Lori Ellison at McKenzie Fine Art (Jan 5 - Feb 11, 2012)

James Kalm (a.k.a. Loren Munk) filmed our friend Lori Ellison's art opening in NYC on Thursday night. 
LINK to video. 
Lori's drawings and paintings show a deep appreciation for the importance of design in art. She patiently builds intricate patterns on paper or wood using subtle textures and optical illusions. These meditative works are executed with the precision of Indian miniatures. Like woven textiles or combs created by insects (with their natural irregularities), William Morris' patterns or early examples of Op art, these creative works are mesmerizing and uplifting to behold. I'm sorry I can't see them in person (the great video helps), but if 
you are in NYC, be sure to catch this wonderful show at McKenzie Fine Art (511 West 25th Street).

Friday, January 06, 2012

Bubble Houses by Wallace Neff

Wallace Neff designed Italian-style mansions for Hollywood celebrities, but he also designed some revolutionary bubble houses. Many were built in Falls Chruch, VA and elsewhere. Here is a bubble house that he built in 1946 in Pasadena, CA. Artist Steve Roden and his wife Sari actually live in the last surviving one (a single dome "shell" house that the architect built originally for his brother, before living in it himself). You can read stories here and herePHOTO gallery. (L.A. Times) 
I'm jealous!
 (thanks, beatgrrrl )

Thursday, January 05, 2012

National tricone ukulele 1928

This is a style #1 National brand German silver tricone ukulele that we have at home - most likely from 1928 (based on a National advertisement that I saw). The pear-shaped body is exactly like the mandolins that National offered at the time. It has 3 small resonator cones inside.

Origins of Modern Art- Maurice Denis 1870-1943

I enjoy looking at the design elements, colors and compositions of these paintings by French artist and writer Maurice Denis
Read about him here and see more of his wonderful paintings here
There is a beautiful museum in France that opened in 1980 located in Saint-Germaine-en-Laye called the Maurice Denis Museum. It was once his house. Before that, it was a hospital.
Looks like a great place to visit. It is dedicated to his work and the work of his artist friends of the Nabis movement (inspired by Gauguin at Pont-Aven, it lasted from 1888 to 1903). Read about the Nabis. LINK

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

2012 Blues Calendar with Free CD- can't beat it.

The free CD that comes with this year's blues calendar is excellent! Tampa Red, Jenny Pope, Lane Hardin, Papa Charlie Jackson to name a few favorites of mine. I blog about this calendar (Blues Images) every single year because it is so fabulous and they never seem to run out of great 1920's artwork or music. They only have a limited supply left, so get yours today.
Check out the complete track listings and buy HERE
I am painting away to this music and, boy, does it help my creative juices flow! It's a great way to bring in the new year - with hokum music.

The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist and dot-woman Yayoi Kusama doesn't quit. Have a look at her "Obliteration Room" at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. She constructed a large domestic all-white environment and for two weeks had kid-visitors place thousands of multi-colored dot stickers all over it. Before and after photos can be found at This is Colossal. Kusama's Look Now, See Forever Exhibition runs until March 12, 2012. She's cool and one of my favorite artists. A fearless woman.
(Thanks, April!)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

German Cinema Cards

Pretty collection of German Cinema Cards to look at on cigcardpix's flickr:

Architects and Artisans

Crehore Tickler Uke #2 
Happy 2012! My Tickler Ukulele #2 is featured on a design blog today called "Architects and Artisans" (Thoughtful Design for a Sustainable World) along with a short article/interview/slideshow of work. We are currently working on Tickler Ukulele #3 (a new concert model designed by me). It should be ready to show sometime in 2012.
Here's the LINK to the article.
Thanks, Mike.