Monday, August 31, 2009

Georgia O'Keeffe

"Evening Star No. II" 1917

I was reading the September phonebook size issue of Vogue and came across an article onGeorgia O'Keefe. There is going to be an exhibit at the Whitney Museum starting September 17th. It focuses on her lesser known abstract works, which are quite nice. I especially like the ones that she painted in her late 20's early 30's.

"Sunrise" 1916

"Tent Door at Night" 1916

Friday, August 28, 2009

African Resist Dyed Textiles

Here are some more resist dyed textiles, this time from Africa. The resist above was done with potato starch. Yum potatoes!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hmong Textiles

Here are some vintage indigo dyed batiks from the Hmong Hill Tribes. Sometimes they will spend up to a year or 2 on one piece. I wish I had that much patience!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Japanese Wax Resist

Here are some vintage Japanese versions of the wax resist technique. The above is a hand-done method and the below is a stencil roller used in the method called Roketsuzome.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Batiks

Here are a couple more vintage batiks I found while scavenger-ing the image section of google search.

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Family Fabrics

My friend Krysta sent me a link to an article on First Family Fabrics on NPR. Obama's mother Ann Dunham was an avid collector of hand-dyed textiles when she lived in Indonesia in the 60's. You can listen to the NPR story by Susan Stamberg on the website. Thanks Krysta for sharing!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don Draper's Record Collection?

Perhaps Don Draper listened to these albums on his Hi-Fi while throwing back a few scotch on the rocks while chain smoking.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Charlie Allen

The new season of Mad Men just started up this past Sunday, so I thought I would check out some illustrators of that Era. Here are some ads by illustrator Charlie Allen. Check out his sweet blog with more of his illustrations from back in the day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

David Weidman

"Flower Forms"

We came across David Weidman's work a couple of years back at the Flea Market on Fairfax and Melrose. We picked up the "Feeding" print there. We are thinking it was his nephew that was selling them. He had tons of prints and it was really hard to choose. David Weidman started out his career in the animation industry in the 50's and 60's, then he started doing his own serigraphs. Recently there was a book released with his work. You can buy it here if you like + check out more of his prints and posters for sale.

"Bird Tree" 1965


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Carol Summers

"Esperanza" 1978 Woodcut

I came across artist Carol Summers on the Modern Craft blog. He was born in Woodstock NY and studied at Bard College. He is considered by many art historians to be among only a handful of master printmakers alive. His shapes and color combos are quite nice.

"Big Sur" 1970 Woodcut

"Rocky Mountains" 1966 Woodcut

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy 40th Woodstock

Here are some pictures in honor of the 4oth anniversary of Woodstock. This top photo looks so current, like it could have just been shot at Glastonbury last week.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hamilton Weston Wallpapers

"Charlecote Strapwork" c.1820

Continuing with the "expensive wallpaper" theme, here are some hand-printed reproductions from Hamilton Weston. They are based in London where they reproduce their unique archive of historical papers.

"Uppark Leaf" c.1860

"Uppark Tapestry Room" c. 1850

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Rather Expensive Wallpaper"

"Webb House Damask" mid 1700's

One more reference to Philip Johnson's Glass house this week.......he once referred to himself as having "rather expensive wallpaper," referring of course to the nature surrounding him. For those of us who do not own the Glass House, we can find our own expensive wallpaper at Adelphi Paper Hangings. There is an article in Martha Stewart's September issue about this company. To help insure that the art and craft of traditional handmade wallpapers would survive, Adelphi established the only commercial production facility for historic wallpapers in the United States. Here are a few papers from their collection.

"Deerfield" late 1800's

"Cornucopia Damask" mid 1800's

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The "Black Paintings" and then some

Frank Stella worked on a series of paintings called the "Black Paintings" in the late 50's. This then evolved into the use of aluminum and copper paint in the early 60's. and later developed further into shaped canvases with wider ranges of color.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Frank Stella

"Firuzabad" 1970

In a continuation of yesterday's is more art by Frank Stella a friend of Philip Johnson. These paintings are from his "Protractor" series. Above is a picture of the artist with his painting "Firuzabad."