Friday, September 15, 2006

Morton Bartlett's Boys

More great images from the book, "Family Found- The Lifetime Obsession of Morton Bartlett" by Marion Harris.
He only created a few boys and they are thought to be "self-portraits". Each figure is about about 26 or 27 inches.
I love their toothless expressions of pure glee.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Early Review of Blab! Art

"Black Snake Wiggle Blues" copyright 2006 Amy Crehore (for Blab Show)

Marshall Sponder over at artNYC has already started to review the online Blab! Show.
You can read up on what he has to say about my art and also read the entire press release for the show.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


"Mini-Monkey #4" copyright 2006 Amy Crehore (for Blab Show)
The 2nd Blab Show is finally online!! This image is one of the mini-monkeys that I did for the show. Check out my 8 paintings, 6 new Monkey Love works and 2 Blues Gals. The opening will be held at CoproNason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA on Sept. 23, 2006 - 8-11:30 pm (show continues through Oct. 21, 2006). Images, sizes and sales info on-
I will also have a painting in the M Modern Gallery "Women With Issues" Show (A Tribute to Valley of the Dolls) opening the same day as the Blab! Show in Palm Springs, CA.
Check their website in the days to come for a preview of that show. I will show a painting called, "Metaphysical Sunburn"- 3 women in a pool.
See my website for other Monkey Love works (they originated with last year's Blab Show) and my Little Pierrots. I have limited edition, signed giclee prints in my website store. Contact me to be on my e-mailing list.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Update: Blab!

"The Charmer"copyright Amy Crehore 2005 (new postcard)
Sketch for one of my new Blab Show paintings,
"Mini-monkey #2"(copyright 2006 Amy Crehore)
I heard that "Blab! 17" will not be ready by showtime, Sept. 23, 2006.
So, there will be no booksigning. However, I will be at the show handing out free, signed Monkey Love Postcards with a popular image from last year's show, "The Charmer"(above). You can still order your copy of "Blab! 17" from Amazon or Fantagraphics.
Blab Show

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sneak Preview

"Roaming Tomcat Rag" copyright 2006 Amy Crehore
Here is a sneak preview of one of the eight paintings that I created for the Blab! Show.
All eight will be available for viewing this week on the Blab! Show website.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Morton Bartlett's Sculpted Family

Morton Bartlett 1932

I've been meaning to write about Morton Bartlett for a while now. Little-known while alive, except for an article in "Yankee Magazine" circa 1962, Morton Barlett was a reclusive Boston bachelor who made meticulously detailed, half-size, painted plaster figures of mostly teenage girls and a few boys. He also created and sewed outfits for each one and then documented his creations in realistic settings by taking B&W photos of them. The unique thing about his art was that these figures expressed complex emotions in their faces and gestures.

Marion Harris bought the 15 sculptures (carefully wrapped in newspapers) and 200 photographs which were found after his death in 1992 at the age of 83. She later published a book on this "folk" artist entitled "Family Found, The Lifetime Obsession of Morton Bartlett". This book is one of my favorite things and contains dozens of photos in color and B&W as well as 5 essays on the importance of this American artist.

The book can be purchased by writing to Marion Harris
She is an art and antiques dealer located in NYC.

More links can be found for this wonderful artist by googling "Morton Bartlett". There have been quite a few different articles written speculating about his motivation for his art...some assigning him a Lolita complex.

Friday, September 08, 2006

A Little Update

The news is, for those who have been watching, that the Blab Show will not be online until next week. The paintings were supposed to go up this week, but apparently they are still working on the website. I'm as anxious as everyone else to see all of the paintings!! I will be the first to announce it as soon as I hear from the man, Monte.

And...I am waiting to hear what is up with the M Modern Show as well. I have not heard from them. I also completed a painting for their show which opens the same day as the Blab Show- Sept. 23, 2006. (Valley of the Dolls Show)