Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm a Polaroid Gal, too!

Playing costume dress-up with a friend for photo (I'm on right-that's not my real hair!)-Polaroid photo
With my little brother at Xmas-Polaroid photo
Fake Woodgrain on the back of the new Polaroid PIC-1000
My grandfather had the coolest camera of all-time: a Polaroid that took black and white photos. I was hooked and I became a Polaroid girl when I grew up. I had my Olympus 35mm for serious photography, but my Polaroid was the one that I took on trips. I used it often to quickly capture events as they happened and to record sudden inspirations. Some of these images found their way into my paintings.
Polaroid is making a comeback! Lady Gaga has signed on as creative director of a specialty line of Polaroid products.
I'll be the first in line to get one. I miss my Polaroid.
The Art of Amy Crehore

Monday, January 11, 2010

Queen of Clubs

Queen of Clubs
Originally uploaded by stevechasmar

Bauhaus had lots of women! Don't you know?

The Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art runs until January 25, 2010. There is a special website of the exhibit with lots of history and photos:
This is "MoMA’s first major exhibition since 1938 on the influential school of avant-garde art. Founded in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the Bauhaus brought together artists, architects, and designers." Also, there is an interesting new book about the women of Bauhaus that I might just have to pick up, after reading this article and others:
Haus proud: The women of Bauhaus by Jonathan Glancy in the Guardian,UK.
Here's the link to the book:
Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Muller .

Thursday, January 07, 2010

History of the Book!

History of the Book, Amsterdam's photos is an amazing flickr collection "presenting typographical material of different countries - most of it from the Netherlands for the period 1470-1800 and France 16th century printers. This collection of photos is 'work in progress' of the chair for the History of the Book at the University of Amsterdam."

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

En Patufet

Cover of the first issue of En Patufet 1904

These beautiful images are from various issues of "En Patufet". I found them on Juan Navarro's blog: (thanks, Valerie).
' "En Patufet" (top image) was the title of an influential children's magazine in Catalan published from 1904 to 1938, and again from 1968 to 1973.
Patufet is also the main character of one of the most famous folktales of Catalan origin.
He's usually presented as a very little kid the size of a rice grain, wearing a big red barretina so that his parents can better spot him around the place.' LINK:

Monday, January 04, 2010

What Am I Working On?

In Progress- small detail of a much larger work by Amy Crehore
In Progress- detail of larger painting by Amy Crehore
I'm working on a couple of paintings right now. Here, I'm showing you some details of unfinished works. The top one will actually have ten figures in it. I also have some ukulele things going on and a letterpress in the works. This month, and into the new year, I'll be very busy creating new art. Stay tuned to my blog as things unfold.

The Art of Amy Crehore

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

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“Her Majesty the Ballerina” (by Figuier), is from a satirical Catalan almanac from 1907. (My friend Valerie from Barcelona sent me this artwork and explained it to me). The caption says: "The flower of the stage is anointed with mistletoe, Young and old who approach her fall prisoner at her feet". Valerie says this was a wicked old way to catch birds: 'The word "viscosity" derives from the Latin word "viscum" for mistletoe. A viscous glue was made from mistletoe berries and used for lime-twigs to catch birds.'