Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nick Cave Soundsuits in new issue of Vogue

I blogged about Nick Cave, Chicago artist, before (link ). Shown above: one of his hairier "soundsuits". He has an 8-page spread in the new issue of Vogue. For people in Chicago: From September 10 to 17 there'll be a video installation of the Soundsuits on the corner of South Michigan Avenue and 23rd Street every evening starting at 8 PM. A pop-up shop featuring items like prints and T-shirts inspired by the suits opens from 8 to 10 PM on September 10, with a Vogue-signing by Cave from 9:30 to 10, and continues nightly from 6 to 9 PM. Link Chicago Reader

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Circular Photos from No.1 Kodak Camera 1890

Boy paddling in the sea, 1890
from National Media Museum
set on flickr

"Shygals' Serenade" -New letterpress print by Amy Crehore

Copyright Amy Crehore 2010
Tickler Production presents: "Shygals' Serenade", a beautifully hand-crafted 3-color fine art limited edition letterpress print - featuring two gals, two monkeys and a ukulele. It is an original design by Amy Crehore printed with archival inks on 13" x 10" 140 lb Holyoke Premium Cotton paper. Special price is $50. w/ free shipping in USA and Canada (limited time) . Each print is signed and numbered by me (Amy Crehore). Each print also comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. (This print was made from an original ink drawing and old-fashioned acetate overlays. I used a fine brush to do the work.) Here is the link to buy:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Great Galleries in San Francisco

Wilson Shieh, Swimmer, Crown Point Press

Alexander Gorlizki at John Berggruen
(abstracted miniatures with Indian influence and technique - he had an Indian miniaturist helping him realize his vision)
Gordon Cook, Lead Milk Bottle on a Stand at George Krevsky

Remedios Varo, Study for Encuentro 1959, Frey Norris
Robert Schwartz at Hackett Mill
Gina Pearlin at Jack Fischer

Roscubas at Caldwell Snyder

Francesca Sundsten at Jenkins Johnson (this is a miniature)
Scott Greene at Catherine Clark
Last week, I went to quite a few galleries in and around Union Square, San Francisco. I really enjoyed seeing work by colleague Andrea Dezso at Frey Norris and talking to Wendi Norris about Remedios Varo in the annex.
I was able to study two incredible Robert Schwartz paintings at Hackett Mill Gallery. The imaginative details in his 8" gouache paintings are nothing short of astounding. Alexander Gorlizki's show at John Berggruen was on a miniature scale, too, as were Francesca Sundsten's tiny oils painted on top of antique cabinet cards.
The elongated Roscubas sculptures at Caldwell Snyder were a treat and Scott Greene's paintings at Catherine Clark were full of surprises and well-painted (this gallery also shows some of my other favs: Julie Heffernan and Sandow Birk). I saw a room full of Clare Rojas at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Here are links to some of the galleries I went to:
I had a wonderful time walking from place to place.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Escape to San Francisco

I took a little trip to San Francisco last week to check out galleries and have some fun. I met my friend from L.A. and we stayed in the Westin St. Francis which was located right in the heart of Union Square. From there, we walked to galleries, restaurants, Chinatown and Market Street, museums, etc. The 20th floor, where I stayed, had a great view of the city, sky and water.

Here, I'm posing in front of a massage parlor near Union Square. I like the wacky window display. The city was super windy and you can see my hair blowing in this photo.
My favorite restaurant was Le Colonial, a French Vietnamese place (located in an alley) with an elegant dining room, plus an upstairs lounge that had a jazz/blues band. One could spend hours there with friends and not have to go anywhere else. The atmosphere was so perfect.
Here I am inside the beautiful Xanadu Gallery on Maiden Lane, San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright Building. Frank renovated this building in 1948 (a gift shop) and used it as the prototype for the Guggenheim Museum. The people who worked here were super friendly, as were all of the people that I talked to in San Francisco galleries (which I will blog about next).
Posing outside of the Olympic Club which had two exceptionally well-endowed statues.
Inside Harry Denton's Starlight Room at the top of the Sir Francis Drake hotel. Incredible view of the city from the dance floor, plus funky vintage decor. Unfortunately, it was the wrong night and the wrong mood with pounding disco music instead of jazz.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hobo Blues

John Lee Hooker live 1965 At American Folk Blues Festival

I'll be gone for a few days. I encourage you to investigate the archives of this blog
while I'm gone. See ya! Amy

Monday, August 09, 2010

Family Portrait, Arizona, Early 20th Century

Originally uploaded by ricksoloway
"These are some wonderful portraits discovered in an archive at the Douglas Historical Society that starts around 1905 and runs through the first two decades of that century. This is the era when Mexican populist rebel Pancho Villa was shooting up the area, and there was much turmoil on the Mexican border."
From Ricksoloway's flickr, Cochise County Set

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Rare Fairies Vase by Overbeck Sisters on Ebay

There were six Overbeck sisters. Four of them established Overbeck Pottery in their home in Cambridge City, Indiana. They won many awards from 1911 to 1955. (Elizabeth Overbeck made the vase shown above.) Read about the Overbeck sisters HERE on a site dedicated to artists of Wayne County, Indiana. More history HERE.
Follow this link to see Fairies Vase on ebay:
I wrote about the mysterious Cottingley Fairies photographs (1917) HERE

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

At 99% Gallery, Brooklyn, Friday Aug 6

Detail of Hokum Hallelujah by Amy Crehore
I have a painting in the New Order Show. If you live nearby you can go to the closing reception on Friday, August 6, 2010. 7-10 pm. 99 N. 10th, Brooklyn, NY