Wednesday, July 30, 2008

NYC Was a Blast

Amy Crehore (me), Molly Crabapple (photo from Molly's livejournal), Ad Hoc Art director Andrew Michael Ford, Ewelina Ferruso, Jenn Porreca, photo by Hilary Beck
Here's a photo of 4 of the 5 artists in my show at Ad Hoc Art. That's the gallery director, Andrew, in the middle. This was taken at the preview opening last Thursday. (Missing is artist Lizz Lopez.) I really enjoyed meeting everyone! "5 Identities, 5 Destinations" is a very strong show and it is well-hung in this large and lovely gallery space. The show was listed as a top art pick in the Village Voice paper last week, plus they wrote a feature article called "Gang of Four"- about 4 Brooklyn galleries (including Ad Hoc Art). Today, my paintings can be found on some great blogs: Art Moco, Artist A day and Internet Weekly. I will write more tomorrow and post more photos. This show stays up until August 24th, so there is plenty of time for people in NYC to still catch it.

Best Thing I Saw in NYC

Photos from The World's Best Ever blog
The best thing I saw on my trip to NYC was by far the Os Gemeos exhibit entitled "Too Far Too Close" at Deitch projects. Here's the link to the Deitch website and here's a link to The World's Best Ever blog which has some great photos of this amazing environment that these Brazilian twin brothers created. No photos can really even show how it felt to be inside of this place. The installation was huge- lots of color, a giant space filled to the brim with magical folk art. There were musical pieces, wooden sculptures that you could crawl inside of and sequined paintings that lined the walls.
Show continues until August 09, 2008! Don't miss it if you are in NYC. It's sooo cool!
18 Wooster Street, New York City.
Os Gemeos (pronounced "ose zhe'-mee-ose.") are two artists from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo were born in 1974, identical twin brothers whose pseudonym, Os Gemeos, translates to "the twins" in Portuguese. In addition to their incredible works created on the streets of Sao Paulo, the twins have in recent years exhibited their art in museums all over the world. They met Barry McGee in 1993 in Brazil and the artists have collaborated and influenced each other since then.
Read about and see more of Os Gemeos' work here:
I will blog more about my own art opening in Brooklyn and my recent trip to NYC, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Back from NYC

I just got back an hour ago from a fun-filled week in NYC. Here is one of many photos taken on the night of the official opening of the "5 Identities, 5 Destinations" show at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn. I am standing in the gallery with one of my favorite nephews. I will blog more about my trip to NYC as soon as I catch my breath. (Photo was taken with his girlfriend's new IPhone.)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Before I Forget...My Art, New York City

Everyone is invited to the "5 Identities, 5 Destinations" show. The opening is Friday, July 25 from 7-10pm (continuing through August 24th) at Ad Hoc Art, 49 Bogart St, Buzzer 22, Unit 1G, Brooklyn, NY. (phone 718-366-2466 -open wed-sunday 1-8pm) Featuring paintings and drawings from JENN PORRECA, AMY CREHORE, MOLLY CRABAPPLE, EWELINA FERRUSO and LIZZ LOPEZ. See you in NYC! Here's a link to BUST magazine's post about this show.

Contact Ad Hoc Art for purchases.

Read another post about this show at: Popdrawer

Shiori Matsumoto's New Work

"Spade" painting copyright Shiori Matsumoto
"Heart" painting copyright Shiori Matsumoto
My friend Shiori Matsumoto has some fantastic new paintings on her website. I like these two young girls peering out from circular golden frames. Dressed in beautiful costumes, they look ready to perform on stage.
The Art of Shiori Matsumoto
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Rin Nadeshico's Japanese Schoolgirl Paintings

Click to enlarge images.
Internet Weekly just blogged a very interesting painter named Rin Nadeshico. I especially like these two images of school girls and nature called "Spring" and "Summer". She has a pretty website and a blog .
Here's another link with more information about this female artist.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Opium Den Art

Here are two choice images from the fabulous flickr set called
One is a sketch from a French book on French Indochina (1920) and one is a vintage french nude postcard.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vintage Chinese Labels

Ephemerally Yours has a nice set of
"Mostly firecracker labels but also a few matchbox labels and cookie tins".
You can also visit his OPIUM MUSEUM website or his flickr set called OPIUM MUSEUM.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

3 New Crehore Paintings Revealed

"The Caged Wonder" by Amy Crehore 2008, oil on linen
"Black Ball Finale" by Amy Crehore 2008, oil on linen
"French Bubble Gum Encore" by Amy Crehore 2008, oil on linen
My friends over at Femme Femme Femme just posted my new paintings, so I guess I might as well post them on my blog, too. I also just noticed that Ad Hoc Art gallery has the "5 Identities, 5 Destinations" show up on their website now, so if you want to see a preview of the seven paintings that I will be exhibiting in NYC (along with the work of 4 other fantastic women artists) go to Ad Hoc Art. These 3 paintings are part of that show - which opens Friday, July 25th (7-10pm) and continues through August 24th, 2008 (49 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY). Contact the gallery if interested. Hope to see you at the opening!
And this is very cool: Ad Hoc Art had a show called "Poets of the Paste" that just closed. You can view that show on the Village Voice website.
July 16, 2008 : boingboing

Crehore Paintings in Las Vegas and NYC in July !

Click image to enlarge to see names of artists
I'll be in two exciting shows this month:
"Crimes on Canvas" -A huge Pop Surrealism group show at the
Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV happening this weekend-
July 18-19, 2008. Curated by M Modern Gallery.
and... "5 Identities, 5 Destinations" at Ad Hoc Art, 49 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY. I will have seven paintings in this exhibit. The other artists who are showing with me are: Jenn Porreca, Molly Crabapple, Ewelina Ferruso and Lizz Lopez. The opening is July 25, 2008 from 7-10pm. Come on out to the show if you live nearby. I'll be flying to NYC for the event. Gallery hours are Wed-Sunday 1-8pm. Show runs until August 24th. tel: 718-366-2466
I just posted a sneak peek of some new paintings on my website:
New Paintings by Amy Crehore
I've been busy shipping boxes and crates to NYC for the past couple of days.
Also... I want to thank everyone who bought my recent print, "The Creature". It sold out overnight. Lucky numbers 11 and 44 received small drawings from me. "The numerical phrase 4-11-44 has appeared repeatedly in popular music for over a century." P.S. Stay tuned for Tickler Uke #2! I know it's been a long time coming... but it's definitely coming! I also have some great ukulele t-shirts on my website for sale.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vintage Dummy Fun

This is just about the coolest flickr set I've seen - a wonderful collection of vintage photos and graphic art depicting ventriloquists and their dummies. There are 4 pages of thumbnails.

Dummies on the beach, dummies smoking, whole families of dummies! Simply fascinating stuff. Thanks, Undream!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hokum Scorchers Perform Papa Charlie Jackson Song

Papa Charlie Jackson painting by Amy Crehore
Lou Reimuller and Amy Crehore in The Hokum Scorchers band.

Listen to The Hokum Scorchers playing a Papa Charlie Jackson song
Click here: "Papa Do Do Do"

This song is from 1929. The Scorchers recorded it in 1995. Lou is playing the guitar banjo and I am playing the washboard. I think I may have blogged this song already...back in January.

I try to switch songs every Sunday nite to a new song and leave it up for a week. Sometimes I forget.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Elsa Mora, Creative Wonder

Elsa Mora Cut Out
Elsa Mora Clothespin Dolls
Elsa Mora Drawing
I was going to blog about Elsa Mora a couple of weeks ago, but I have been busy. Today, when I saw this drawing she posted to flickr, I simply couldn't put it off any longer. I discovered Elsa Mora on the Dinosaurs and Robots blog and I quickly added her as a contact on flickr so that I could stay abreast of her daily creations. She makes beautiful/funny dolls, charming drawings, surreal and complicated cut outs, ceramics and more. She comes from Cuba and she has a wonderful latin folk art/intuitive design sensiblity. Read her blog post about this scissor-brain drawing - "Following Your Heart". You can find links to her flickr and Etsy pages on her blog as well as to her gallery shows. Thanks, Elsa, for keeping your art fun and interesting! And for being so prolific.

Golden Books Exhibit

Art by Mary Blair
Maybe I can go to this when I'm in NYC for my own show at Ad Hoc Art
Via Cartoon Brew, word of a cool new show at New York's Children’s Museum of Manhattan -- “Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Book”. Snip from the show description:
Among the artists who contributed to the series were greats of the European émigré community such as Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, and Tibor Gergely who had gathered in New York as the situation in Europe worsened during World War II; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios such as Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair; and American aritsts Leonard Weisgard, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.
Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books, through August 28, at CMOM, 212 West 83rd Street, NYC. Image: work from the artist Mary Blair, whose illustrations for Golden Books will be featured in this show. [ Thank you, John Walsh! ]

VIA Boingboing

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Pathetic Blogger

Image from Bibliodyssey

Okay, I'm a pretty pathetic blogger the last two days. But, it's because it's very HOT here. Like 100 degrees! It will pass and I will blog again. I was lazy about putting up a new hokum song on my website this week as well. I am staying busy with framing, shipping, sweating, etc.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Miniatures in Italian Frames

"Balancing Act 1" by Amy Crehore
"Balancing Act 2" by Amy Crehore
I got these cool frames so I decided to do a couple of miniatures.
The images are postcard size (4" x 6"), frames are 8 1/2" x 10 1/2". (Click to enlarge)
These will go in the Las Vegas show ,"Crimes on Canvas" - opening July 18th, 2008 at 6 PM at the Hardrock Hotel curated by M Modern Gallery.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

"Crazy Mary"

Pearl Jam or Victoria Williams...take your pick.

"Crazy Mary" is a great song.


Saturday, July 05, 2008

Girl with Wig Holding a Dirt Pie

Time for another very special photo of the day.
Photo copyright Raleigh Powell of Richmond, VA.
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Friday, July 04, 2008

Retro Comic Sound Effects

" Slurp, slurp" (err..what's happening in this one? Is that a straw?) and "ayyy! iplaf" (hit by a rock or a snowball?). To view a page of silly vintage comic sound effects go to flickr. Retronomatopeya has collected a set of them. It's beautiful to behold an entire page of these all in one place. (via That's Right )

Beautiful Giant Baby Heads

Artist Antonio Lopez observes with his wife one of his sculptures "Night", which together with "Day" were installed in Atocha train station in Madrid. Photo: EFE / Ballesteros. Boston Museum of Fine Arts first installed the giant baby heads back in April as part of the current exhibit of Antonio Lopez's work.
July 3, 2008- artist Antonio Lopez Garcia supervised the installment of his giant baby head sculptures in the Atocha train station in Madrid. He looks very happy. You can read the story on Art Daily . The Boston Museum of Fine Arts continues it's Antonio Lopez Garcia retrospective exhibit until July 27th, 2008. I wish I could go see this one. He is an amazing artist. Artist Tim Lowly has a tribute page to him on his website .

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

New Ray Caesar Show

"Morning Glory" by Ray Caesar, 2008

I'm so glad that I will be able to see the tail end of Ray Caesar's exhibit this month at Jonathan Levine Gallery when I go to NYC for my own show at Ad Hoc Art. I could not find the show images on the gallery site (for some reason it was blank), but I plucked this one from Hi-Fructose. This example shows exactly what I really love about Ray, although his current show looks to be full of experimentation this time. I will be curious to see it.
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Guitar and Ukulele Details in Amy Crehore's Newest Paintings

Ukulele detail from "French Bubble Gum Encore" by Amy Crehore
Guitar detail from "Black Ball Finale" by Amy Crehore
Here are a couple more details of my new paintings showing vintage musical instruments.
They were fun to paint! I will be blogging the whole enchilada soon. I think it's nice to pick some details out to show you first. They are like puzzle pieces. I usually have so much going on in my paintings. I scanned some 4x5 transparencies and it's hard to get an exact match of color here. This is pretty good. I'm still messing around in photoshop. I also finished two miniature paintings yesterday and took slides with the frames this morning. And I will blog those as well later on. I have two shows coming up in July - NYC and Las Vegas. I apologize for not blogging more lately, but I have been busy. :)
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Colors and Tones

"Elisabeth zu Hessen, Kassel 1598 i"
I got this beautiful image from Bibliodyssey blog where they have even more unusual pages from this ancient scrapbook. I love the middle-range tones of these faded colors.