Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Taste of Pompeii in NYC

Photos by Toni Dalton

Artist Julian Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi in the west villiage (NYC) was painted “Pompeii red” when it was built. Here's what it looked like in 2007 (left) and here's what it looks like today. Perfetto! I love it. He has a painter's eye for this stuff, although some in the neighborhood don't like it. LINK

Friday, July 29, 2011

Flying Underwear

Distinguished people with Anti-Gravity Underwear looking at art that is hanging high on the
walls of this salon-style art gallery.
And here we have Edison's Anti-Gravity Underwear for kids.
The London Punch makes fun of Edison in 1879 over at

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Talk About Comics at Whitney Museum

Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware and Gary Panter talked about early comics last week at the Whitney Museum. There is currently a Lyonel Feininger retrospective at the museum called "At the Edge of the World". “The Kin-der-Kids” and “Wee Willie Winkie’s World,” the comic strips that Lyonel Feininger debuted in 1906, formed the basis of many of his subsequent paintings!
Here's the audio from their panel discussion at the Whitney:

I am quite interested in the history of comics myself and I even published my own comic book in the early '80s. There were 5 issues of "Boys and Girls Grow Up", one per year. Last Gasp was our distributor. Scroll down to see a couple of the covers that I created:
I still have some copies of my comic books in mint condition. They were quite limited. Maybe I will have to do another give-away on this blog. Stay tuned.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Messing with masterpieces - enough already!

This gorgeous Gauguin painting was attacked in April at the National Gallery in D.C. by a lunatic and....

Two 17th century Poussin paintings got vandalized with red spray paint just last week at the National Gallery in London. Here's a photo of some of the damage.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Crehore Studio Photos 7/23/11

Detail of my new painting shown above - it's a large version on linen of the little oil sketch I did called "Blue Whale Cove". I am continuing the theme of the cove w/ figures.
Someone was talking about Lucian Freud's paint brushes the other day. Here are mine. I use every size, shape and type of brush to create my paintings. My medium is fine oil paint, usually on linen. I basically work wet-on-wet.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Stu Mead Paintings

Stu Mead is a great, creative artist. I discovered his art a couple of years ago in a book and was intrigued. Only more recently did I take a good long look. He knows exactly how to put a picture together. With a few brush strokes, he is able to capture just the right expression on a face. He can make us laugh at every turn. His art is a bridge between the worlds of comics and fine art. Art history and the history of graphic design/illustration/comics are his references. It's got a balance of all the right elements and originality to boot.
Thanks for being you, Stu.
P.S. If you don't mind pervy humor, pick up a copy of the new "Men Beg".
(Art by Stu Mead and Frank Gaard)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

T. Lux Feininger, Bauhaus Photographer RIP

Bauhaus Band 1928 (J. Paul Getty Museum)
Dance in Metal 1928 (J.Paul Getty Museum)
Charleston on the Bauhaus Roof 1927 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

T. Lux Feininger, son of Lyonel Feininger, died at age 101 last week. Above are some of his photos taken at the Bauhaus while he was a young student there.
Read New York Times obit: LINK
Some of his paintings are here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Fantastic Flying Books..." on iPad

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Illustrator & animator William Joyce did something rather fabulous for the iPad.
Thanks George Coghill!

Laura Levine-Musicians

I know my friend Laura Levine is excited about her upcoming show of musician portraits from the 1980s/early 90s. She recently had her photographs featured in a MOMA show and now she is having a one-person show in NYC. There will be over 5o portraits of many of your favorite musicians from that era.
Here's the info:
(Please follow the link to see a selection of the work)
July 21, 2011- August 19, 2011
Opening reception: July 21, 2011 6-8 pm
521 West 23rd St.
Tues. - Sat. 11am- 6pm

Friday, July 08, 2011

Cabinet Painted by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Designed by William Morris (1861)

Painted pine, oil paint on leather, brass, copper, 1861.
"This early masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts movement exemplifies the collaborative endeavors of William Morris and his circle to improve design standards. Morris believed that a return to the principles of medieval production, with fine artists creating functional objects, would help overcome the evils of industrialization. This cabinet, one of several in which Morris enlisted the participation of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, is an attempt to erase the distinction between the fine and the applied arts. The painting on leather with a punched background is itself a craftsman's medium. Although the cabinet is usually described as in the "medieval style," it is actually a vivid example of the ability of the Morris firm to convert the eclecticism that marked much art of the late nineteenth century into an original and modern style. Although Burne-Jones' painted figures are in medieval costume, much of the decoration is equally Oriental in inspiration. Philip Webb's straightforward design, however, which boldly displays the casework skeleton on the exterior, anticipated the emphasis on structural elements that would inform the design revolution of the next century." source: MET Museum

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Camping in 1890 (from my family archive)

"G" Tent- Camping 1891(family photo, Amy Crehore)
"Dew Drop Inn" 1890 (family photo, Amy Crehore)
Ever wonder what it was like to go camping with the whole family in 1890? Stripes must have been "in" at the "Dew Drop Inn". See the girl playing her tennis racket like a guitar in the top photo? I found these two gems in a box of ancient family photos. I am related to some of these people. (Photos were taken in 1890 and 1891.)

The Art of Amy Crehore

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Erwin Blumenfeld's Experimental Beauty Films 1958-64

'A montage of Erwin Blumenfeld's experimental beauty films. The series of shorts, titled "Beauty in Motion," were shot between 1958 and 1964 and pitched to clients including Estée Lauder and Helena Rubinstein. Originally a Dada artist, Blumenfeld began working for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in the late 30s.' LINK (

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Fred Astaire in "Swing Time", 1936

Swing Time 1936- Bojangles of Harlem
starring genius Fred Astaire
Here's a link to a longer version
Thanks, Angyl!