Friday, October 30, 2009


We will leave this week with some images of jewelry by Salvador Dali.......just in time for Halloween. This 1st image is a bit creepy if I do say so myself. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Art Smith

Art Smith was an artist in his own right. A Studio Jeweler from the mid century with a shop in the West Village, Art Smith made some amazing pieces. We were lucky enough to happen upon an exhibit showcasing his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art this past year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Alexander Calder is best known for his mobiles, but he also made jewelry, quite amazing jewelry. He produced about 1800 pieces in his lifetime, some for his wife Louisa, see the picture of her dressing table above. Lucky woman. This year the Met did the 1st museum presentation dedicated solely to his jewelry. We were lucky enough to be able to check it out when we were in New York this past January.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Jewelry by Artists

Here are some more jewelry pieces designed by prominent modern artists of the past century. The 1st 2 are by Picasso, the middle one is by Max Ernst and the last 2 are by Georges Braque.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Artist's Jewelry

Continuing with the theme of art from last week, this week's posts will be about artists who also dabbled in jewelry. Starting in the 40's and continuing through the 70's there were some prominent artists that took up jewelry design as another medium for self expression. Here are a few examples from Louise Bourgeois, Harry Bertoia and Jean Arp.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Final 50 x 50

"July, New Hampshire"
Michelle Stuart

I can't even imagine how amazing the 1000 pieces the National Gallery kept from the Vogel collection are. Luckily the rest of the collection got scattered across the country so we could all see a piece. Have a great weekend!

John Torreano

"The Aspect of the Case"
Henry C. Pearson

Thornton Willis

Katherine Porter

Thursday, October 22, 2009

More 50 x 50

Mario Yrissary

"Not a Window, Not a Door"
Richard Tuttle

Ruth Vollmer

Jo Baer

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

50 x 50

Michael Clark

There are so many great pieces on the "Vogel 50 x 50" website that I thought I would take the rest of the week to showcase a few.

"Cardboard Painting"
Judy Rifka

"Scissors Jack Series"
Larry Zox

Leo Valledor

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Herb and Dorothy Vogel

We have been wanting to see the documentary "Herb & Dorothy" for awhile. We missed it at the Orange County Museum of Art when they played it there. We were hoping it would come back around and then the other night when flipping though channels, we realized it was going to be playing on the PBS show "Independent Lens." Score! It was so interesting to see how a Librarian and a Postal Worker managed to amass the most important modern art collection of all times. I believe about 4,000 pieces and fit them into their one bedroom apartment. In the past couple of years they gifted their collection to The National Gallery. They only had room for 1,000 pieces so they started a program called "50 Works for 50 States." Just saw there was a website for it, so you can see if part of their collection made it to a museum in your town. There are lots of images of the collection, here are a few. Very inspirational. If you would like to check out the documentary, looks like they will be playing it a few more times this month. Check your local listings on the "Independent Lens" website.

"Five Incomplete Circles"
Stephen Antonakos

Edda Renouf

Gary Bower

Robert Duran

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Ace Hotel Palm Springs

This weekend we took off for a mini vacation to sunny Palm Springs. The temperature reached 100 degrees and we lazed about by the pool at the Ace Hotel. The decor is quite fun and eclectic, with most of the furniture being vintage. Wish we had the room below with the outdoor patio and fireplace, but we opted for the economically sound one instead. Sweet kilm pillows.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Couch Potato

Here are a couple of more pictures from Flea Markets past, some sweet patterned couches and a turtle foot stool. I think everyone needs a furry turtle foot stool.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Me and my Arrow

Another iPhone picture download. Took this at the Rosebowl a couple of months ago. Vintage arrows have the best color combos and stripe layouts. I was coveting these, but did not know what I would do with them, so snapped a picture instead. Below are more images from the internet. Makes me want to take up archery. Seems like a good random skill to have.