Tuesday, December 09, 2008

In Case You Missed...

Detail from New Painting by Amy Crehore
If anyone didn't get to go to Art Basel Miami this year, Arrested Motion blog has many photos of the event including the two shows that I had paintings in: Thinkspace and Mark Murphy Design (at Gen Art Vanguard).
Also, the painting shown above will be in my solo show that opens on Feb 13, 2009 at Thinkspace in Los Angeles. I am just giving you a sneak peek of it here (this is my Juxtapoz ad). For recent "in progress" studio photos of my upcoming show, a statement about what will be in the show, a bio, etc. please visit Thinkspace (Sour Harvest) blog here. Hand-painted vintage ukes will be featured in this show along with many brand new oil paintings. I will also be playing music at the opening : (link).
Thanks to Art NYC, boingboing, ukehunt and ukulelia and a few others for blogging about it.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

NEWS: Rediscovered Masterpiece,"View" by Morris Hirshfield, to be Shown in NYC

"View" painting © Estate of Morris Hirshfield (Robert Dennis Rentzer, Executor). This painting will be shown in NYC at Galerie St. Etienne.

Morris Hirshfield, the great self-taught painter, was born in 1872 in a small town of 1000 inhabitants in "Russia-Poland" near the German border. He came to America at age 18 and worked as a tailor and a manufacturer of ladies slippers. In 1941, only four years after taking up painting at age 65, Hirshfield had a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. He completed 76 oil paintings before he died in 1946.
In 1945, Hirshfield was commissioned to paint a cover for a popular arts and literature magazine called "View" (shown above). The artist gave the original oil of "View" to his grandson Dennis to make up for an earlier painting called "Dog and Pups".
The five year old had asked him to paint a picture of "Sultan"(the family dog), but was upset and disappointed by the result. "Dog and Pups" had three dogs in it and the dogs looked nothing like his dog or any other dog he had ever seen. The paisley coats painted on the dogs were a stylistic flourish of Hirshfield's, influenced by his former career as a tailor. The “View", by contrast, featured one of the painter's trademark nudes and his grandson really liked this gift, but Hirshfield explained to Dennis that, although the "View" painting was now his, he had to put it away for him until he was older because it was a "naked lady".

Morris Hirshfield and his grandson Dennis - Photo courtesy of the Rentzer family
"Sultan", the family dog- Photo courtesy of the Rentzer family

"Dog and Pups" painting © Estate of Morris HIrshfield (Robert Dennis Rentzer, Executor)

At age 16, Dennis foolishly sold “Dog and Pups” for a car, a decision he lived to regret. He spent the next forty years tracking down the painting, and finally succeeded in getting the owner to sell it back to him. Having reclaimed his grandfather’s original gift (inscribed to him), Dennis is now able to part with “View,” which was discovered in Hirshfield’s basement many years after the artist’s death.
From January 7 through March 14, 2009, “View” will be featured in the exhibition “THEY TAUGHT THEMSELVES: American Self-Taught Painters Between the World Wars” at the Galerie St. Etienne in NYC. For pricing or other information, please contact gallery@gseart.com. The Galerie St. Etienne is located at 24 West 57th Street in New York City; Tel. 212-245-6734

Morris Hirshfield's works hang in famous museums all over the world including the Galerie Maeght (Paris, France), the Guggenheim, The American Folk Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I want to thank Dennis, Morris Hirshfield's grandson, for contributing facts and photos to this article. Dennis, who is actually Robert Dennis Rentzer, is now an attorney practicing in California: www.lawcal.com

Friday, December 05, 2008

Too Many Parties

Originally uploaded by Trubluelou
There is a strange contrast here.
Notice the two ukulele playing gals with overalls
and then take a look at the illustration
closely. Funny! Thanks, Trubluelou.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cat Playing a Banjo - Cabinet Card

News: Murakami Dressed in Ball of Flowers!

Murakami painting
Artist Murakami was captured dressed in a ball of flowers costume (just like his paintings!) by Supertouch blog at Art Basel Miami this year. Follow the link to view him from the front.
He gets the Little Hokum Rag seal of approval. I saw some of his art in NYC last summer.
Wish I could go to FLA just to see that. Alas, I am working too hard on my upcoming show to go anywhere. But, I will have some paintings in the Gen Art Vanguard part of the fair in Miami from Dec 4- Dec 7, 2008 for anyone who happens to go (represented by both Thinkspace and Mark Murphy).

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

You Never Can Tell...

Mica12244art on flickr

Don't Miss "Gen Art Vanguard" -Dec 4-7, 2008 Miami, FLA

"The Song of the Firefly" by Amy Crehore 2008 SOLD (Murphy Design)
"The Caged Wonder" by Amy Crehore 2008 (Thinkspace Gallery)

"French Bubble Gum Encore" by Amy Crehore 2008(Thinkspace Gallery)
If you are in Miami for Art Basel this week, I will be represented in Gen Art's Vanguard Fair by both Thinkspace Gallery and Mark Murphy. These are the paintings that you will be able to see and purchase of mine. (Full list of artists here and here .)
Gen Art is proud to announce the launch of the Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair presented by FAGE® TOTAL and directed by Francesco LoCastro happening alongside this year's Art Basel Fair in Miami. The four-day art fair taking place from December 4-7 brings together the top galleries, artists, and individuals who are defining the New Contemporary art movements from Pop Surrealism and New Brow to Urban Contemporary.
Gen Art Vanguard