Saturday, March 31, 2012

Oregon Coast Tour 1940

Bathers at Cannon Beach in 1940
LINK for the coast tour, photos taken in 1940 (Oregon State Archives).
Not all that much has changed! You can see why I love Oregon.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Os Gemeos Left Their Mark on L.A.

I'm a little late blogging this one. The Prism Gallery in L.A. had this amazing show and installation by Os Gemeos (twin brothers from Brazil), but it closed a week ago. I wish I could have seen this. I saw a huge show of theirs at Deitch Projects in NYC a few years ago that blew me away. I'll never forget it. Fecal Face blog has a ton of photos of the opening here. It looks like they created another magical environment. They spent six weeks on the installation alone. Los Angeles was lucky to have them.
George Condo is next at the Prism.

Van Gogh's Birthday

This is a little thumbnail from Van Gogh's illustrated letters to Emile Bernard. He has written notes on the sketch: "blue", "orange". Dig the checkerboard dress on the woman with the fan. Happy Birthday, Van Gogh! More letters here: Morgan Library

Art Dress for Spring

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I like this dress design...down to the shoes. It is by Hermes.
For more examples of "abstract art" dresses 2012 go here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Marjorie Miller Illustrations 1924-35

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Here are three illustrations by an artist named Marjorie Miller. I can't find out much about her, but I really like them. They have a Japanese flair. Here's a link to a couple more . Apparently she only illustrated from 1924 to 1935. That doesn't surprise me, but she was good!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

15th Century Italian Book Box

So fascinating! For carrying books (made between 1465 and 1485).
It is hard to stop looking through the Morgan Library's collection:

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Barraud Brothers

One of my favorite painters is a Swiss painter named Francois-Emile Barraud. Follow this red link for more examples of his fine work (shown above is a painting of a young girl). I blogged about him before.
He died at age 34 in 1934 of tuberculosis. If only he had lived longer. He had a couple of brothers who were also excellent painters (of similar style).
Their names were Aurele and Aime.
Painting by Aurele Barraud
Painting by Aime Barraud
Video about them (showing yet another brother- Charles):