Monday, November 14, 2011

Two exhibits at the Frick and the Clark that I would love to see

 Sleeping Peasants 1919 by Picasso
 Pierrot and Harlequin 1920 by Picasso
Woman with Flowered Hat 1921 by Picasso 
All works shown above copyright 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/ ARS/ New York
Picasso's drawings from 1890-1821 are currently being shown at The Frick Collection in NYC, 1 East 70th St.(Oct 4, 2011 thru Jan 8, 2012). If you can't make it to the show, the exhibit is online HERE
There is also a catalogue that you can buy: HERE.
And, I would love to see this exhibit at the Clark Art Institute which just opened yesterday: "Two Young Artists: Rembrandt and Degas" (Nov. 13, 2011 thru Feb 5, 2012) 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. Here's the special website for this show: LINK  There is a nice slide show sneak peek on their BLOG. 
Shown below, a couple of works by Rembrandt that inspired the young Degas.
Rembrandt self-portrait with curly hair- etching 1628
 Rembrandt self-portrait oil 1629
Degas self-portrait oil 1855

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Actual film footage of Degas, plus sketches that look like the Tramp.

Here's a film of Edgar Degas walking down a Paris Street with a woman in 1914.
One of Degas' sketchbooks (dated 1880) can be found on the Morgan Library website. Shown below is a page from the sketchbook showing sketches that almost look like costume designs for Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character (which was created in 1914). Interesting. I wonder if Chaplin could have seen this book. I also wonder if Degas could have seen Chaplin's film in 1914 even though his eyesite was terrible at the time.
CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE (Page from Degas' sketchbook)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Real Film Footage of Renoir, Monet, Rodin and Degas

Here is a film of Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting. He had severe rheumatoid arthritis, as you can see here, but he kept on painting. Also, films of Rodin, Monet & Degas on YouTube.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Now in Paperback: Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder

This book would make a great gift. Mark Frauenfelder's gem of a book, Made by Hand, is now in paperback! I blogged about it when it first came out
More information about the book and where to purchase it can be found here .
Mark is the founder of BOING BOING and the Editor in Chief of MAKE.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

NEW! Limited Edition, Silk-Screened Print Set by Cloudy Collection

NEW: Art by Amy Crehore (3-color silk-screen print, limited edition- click image to enlarge)
Oh boy, oh boy! The newest print set by Cloudy Collection has just been released and I am in it. In this set, there are 12 different 6"x 6" 3-color screen prints by 12 unique artists. It is a very special edition with only 50 sets available. That's right, you get 12 individual fine art prints suitable for framing in each set. This print set also happens to be a "2012 Calendar of the Impending Apocalypse". Each artist picked a month and interpreted the theme. Shown above: my own version of what would happen if a giant Krampus took over the earth (month of December).
Artists in this set include: Emory Allen, Joe Alterio, Ana Benaroya, Kali Ciesemier, Amy Crehore, David Huyck, Adam Koford, Joe Lambert, Phil McAndrew, Luke Pearson, Vincent Stall, Jaime Zollars.
To view each fine art print in this unique 2012 calendar set and to buy, 
please follow this LINK 
Cloudy Collection has been producing fine art print sets for a couple of years now and I was lucky enough to be part of the very first letterpress edition that they ever produced. (Thanks, David Huyck!) 

The Art of Amy Crehore 
(follow this link for more prints by Amy Crehore)

Also, be sure to CHECK out Amy Crehore's NEW BOING BOING MONKEY T-SHIRT!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Walton Ford at Paul Kasmin, NYC (YouTube)

Amazing apes! Giant, detailed watercolor paintings. If you can't get to the Walton Ford exhibit in NYC, you can watch this: Thanks, ballenato63. The show is up thru December 23, 2011. Here is the gallery LINK

Lee Moyer's Literary Pin-Up Calendar Is Available Now

 January pin-up- Herman Melville
 December pin-up - Leo Tolstoy
October pin-up - Lewis Carroll
My friend Lee Moyer's art calendar is finally available. This project has been in the works for more than a few years and it's a great thing. 
Lee's 2012 calendar of beautiful literary pin-up girls is now exclusively available online at The Tinker's Packs (follow link to buy). 
Worldbuilders is publishing the calendar and donating the proceeds to the charity Heifer International