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June 27, 2012

FRANCIS PICABIA! JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THERE WERE NO MORE SURREALISTS!

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I fell in love with yet another of the Surrealists! To know me is to know I am totally fickle! If you think, about the idea of shocking someone’s morals and code of ethics via a painting, then you are to understand going from the Cubists to the Surrealists.  The movements look quite a lot alike, and are

 

 

in fact very similar in their reference to how one sees the world, in a sort of spur of the moment kind of way.  picabia is another that went from the Dadists to Surrealism.

I hope you enjoy this post!

Have a great day!

Love,

Jamie

 

 

Francis Picabia was a French painter, illustrator, designer, writer and editor, who was successively involved with the art movements Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism. He was the son of a Cuban diplomat father and a French mother.

In 1909 he adopted a Cubist style, and, along with Marcel Duchamp, he helped found in 1911 the Section d’Or, a group of Cubist artists. Picabia went on to combine the Cubist style

with its more lyrical variation known as Orphism.

In these early paintings he portrayed assemblages of closely fitted, metallic-looking abstract shapes. As Picabia moved away from Cubism to

 

 

 

Orphism, his colors and shapes became softer.

In 1915 Picabia traveled to New York, where he, Duchamp, and Man Ray began to develop what became known as an American version of Dada.

About 1916 he gave up the Cubist style completely and began to produce the images of satiric, machine like contrivances that are his chief contribution to Dadaism. Their association of mechanistic forms with sexual allusions were successfully shocking satires of bourgeois values.

In 1916 Picabia returned to Europe. He settled in Barcelona, where he published the first issues of his own satiric journal 391 (named in reference to the New York review). In 1921 he renounced Dada on the grounds that it was no longer vital and had lost its capacity to shock.

 

June 26, 2012

YVES TANGUY-A LESSER KNOWN SURREALIST-BUT A STUNNING ARTIST

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I was introduced to the work of Yves Tanguy buy a curator friend of mine! Knowing that Surrealism is one of my favorites, introduced me to this artist’s work.  A bit Dali, a bit de Chirico. you will see how this movement really was very true to the tenants that they subscribed to.

I hope you enjoy this post,

Love,

Jamie

 

French painter. Recognized by the late 1930s as a representative of the purest strain of Surrealism in painting, he was the only one of the great painters of that

movement to be entirely self-taught. Although he was a fellow pupil at the Lycée Montaigne in Paris of Pierre Matisse, who later became his dealer, he came to painting comparatively late in life, after spending two years with the Merchant Navy. After a long period spent with the African Chasseurs in the south of Tunisia, Tanguy

returned to Paris in 1922 and renewed contact with Prévert, also meeting the French writer Marcel Duhamel (1900–66), who provided accommodation for them at

54 Rue du Château.

 

Tanguy was profoundly shaken by his discovery in 1923 of a painting by Giorgio de Chirico, Child’s Skull (1914; Stockholm, Mod. Mus.), in a gallery window.

This encounter spurred him to produce his own first works, which were executed in a fairly naive Expressionist style but in which flashes of fantasy could also be glimpsed

 

Although the sensationalist overstatement of Salvador Dalí created a greater impact on the general public, Tanguy’s work proved more influential on the young

painters who came to Surrealism on the eve of World War II, such as Wolfgang Paalen, Roberto Matta, the Englishman Gordon Max Onslow-Ford and the Spaniard

Esteban and on the development of ‘absolute’ automatism. 

June 21, 2012

DIANA VREELAND, LEGENDARY EDITOR AT VOGUE AND ORIGINAL STYLEMAKER!

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So, today’s post is on a fashion icon, that not only was a taste and stylemaker but really set the tone for how we dress, how we view fashion and now interiors!

This post comes about in a wonderfully full circle kind of way! While I have been “working” at the Kips Bay Show House, I have had the pleasure of being asked if “I am the same Jamie Herzlinger that designed women’s fashions”?  Then the conversation at lunch one day was with an ex-editor of a fashion magazine from many years ago, who brought up the subject of my family, actually my mother, Nan Herzlinger, having been a very well known fashion designer, durning the age of Diana Vreeland at the helm of Vogue, Manning, who was one of the most famous fashion illustrators, Bernadine Morris who was legendary at the New York Times and the story continued.  I am writing this today at of a dear fondness for where and how life goes full circle and those of us having come from the fashion industry have such fond memories.

I was raised in such a fashion family, at a time when women’s sportswear coincided with women’s independence.  The 1960′s and 1970′s were paramount for all types of artistic expressions.  Think to the artists of that time, the music, the writer’s and especially the fashion designers!

So this ode is to a sensational ground breaking time, (and actually to my mother as Mother’s day was just this past Sunday), which I had the sincere pleasure of witnessing.  Diana Vreeland I recall with much admiration as I remember her well. Especially the infamous ads for Blackglamma Mink.  She was a legend and I think it is always wonderful to know an industry’s past icons that helped it become what it is today! My Mother was extremely fond of her and Diana’s will and style are very reminiscent of my Mother.

Diana Vreeland was at Bazaar first and became introduced to her readers through her signature epigrammatic style with the “Why Don’t You?” column, which she began writing in august of 1936.  ”Why don’t you…turn your child into an Infanta for a fancy-dress party?” she asked readers.  Her credo was: don’t just be your ordinary dull self.  Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?

At Bazaar, Vreeland reinvented the job of fashion editor.  she chose the american Clothes to be featured in the magazine, oversaw the photography and worked with the models.

I hope you enjoy this piece of history, mine too!

Enjoy!

Love,

Jamie

June 15, 2012

HELLO MARCEL DUCHAMP! ANOTHER OF THE INFAMOUS SURREALISTS!

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I know you all know the photograph of the urinal and the origins of the conversation that came after the exhibition, where Marcel Duchamp presented it as art.  Thus arose the question of “what is art” and “what constitutes art?”

 

Marcel Duchamp was a French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Considered by some to be one of the most important artists

of the 20th century, Duchamp’s output influenced the development of post-World War I Western art. He advised modern art collectors, such as Peggy Guggenheim

and other prominent figures,

thereby helping to shape the tastes of art during this period.

 

Duchamp challenged conventional thought about artistic processes andart marketing, not so much by writing, but through subversive actions. 

June 14, 2012

OK-TOTALLY NEW ART CRUSH! PAUL DELVAUX! BLOODY FANTASTIC!

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I have been traveling for a solid two months-so to tell you all what a supreme pleasure it is to sit at MY desk and not on a laptop to write this blog, is just fantastic!

You all know that I am beyond in love with Surrealism and abstract expressionism.  

 

To understand surrealism, a breif idea is this:

The Surrealist movement was founded in Paris by a small group of writers and artists who sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power

of the imagination.

Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced bySigmund Freud, the Surrealists believed the conscious mind repressed the power of the

imagination, weighting it

down with taboos. Influenced also by Karl Marx, they hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution. Their emphasis on the

power of the imagination puts them in the tradition of Romanticism, but unlike their forbears, they believed that revelations could be found on the street and in everyday life. The Surrealist

impulse to tap the subconscious mind, and their interests in myth and primitivism, went on to shape theAbstract Expressionists, and they remain influential today.

 

Paul Delvaux was a Belgian painter and printmaker. He was, with René Magritte, one of the major exponents of SURREALISM in Belgium. He began his training 

in 1920 at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels,

initially as an architect, but he soon changed to decorative painting, and he completed his studies in 1924. In his earliest works,  he was strongly influenced by the Flemish Expressionism of

painters such as Constant Permeke and Gustav De Smet. In the mid-1930s, however, he turned decisively to Surrealism, not as an orthodox member of the movement but to a large extent under

the influence of Giorgio De Chirico’s Pittura Metafisica, which he had first seen c. 1926. 

June 8, 2012

In LOVE with Jenna Synder Phillips!

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A few months ago, I was looking through Lonny Mag and was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a beautiful painting. The magazine did an much deserving article on this young artists! Her is a little about this talent. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!

Love,

Jamie

Jenna Snyder Phillips was born and raised in Philadelphia later at the age of 19 she moved to New York City to attend Parsons the New School of Design, where she studied Interior Design and Architecture. After graduating she began working for Ian Schrager Company, assisting the Art Curator for the Gramercy Park Hotel. There she began hanging paintings and learned first hand how art has the ability to transform any space.

In 2006 Jenna furthered her studies by moving to Milan, Italy where she obtained her masters in Interior Design.

Currently, she is living in New York and painting from her Tribeca studio. She pushed her mediums to the limit. Jenna works with sumi ink, oil and charcoal. Through the years, Jenna has developed a signature style using fluid brush strokes and harsh lines.

This is one artist to keep and eye on!

June 4, 2012

PAUL EVANS WHO?

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I have long been a follower of PAUL EVANS’ work , an admirer and even a collector.  His work is very much an intellectual form of expressionism in metal work.  the images will speak for themselves if you are not familiar with his work.

Being in the city last week, and running like a mad hatter to style the shoot, I had the great fortune to run into my favorite galleries and they had some fabulous works of his.  I wouldn’t say that EVANS work is just geared towards

an urban environment,

I would say that if you have a Modern slant to you collecting and or interiors and would like to add a designer of tremendous value, not only monetarily but visually, this is your guy.

Paul Evans (1931 – 1987)

Pennsylvanian Paul Evans studied sculpture and silver smithing at several institutions, including the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1951, while working as an artist in residence as a silversmith at the working history museum

Sturbridge Village near Springfield, Massachusetts, Evans frequented artisan Phillip Lloyd Powell’s shop in New Hope, PA and asked Powell if he could put a few of his own pieces on display.

In 1956 Evans moved permanently to

New Hope and his acquaintance with Powell turned into a business and creative partnership.

In the late 1950s Evans began making copper chests with decorative doors, followed by sculpted steel-front cabinets that revealed Evans’ unique way with welding. Evans and Powell had big break

when they had a two-man show in 1961 at America House,

an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, now named the Museum of Arts & Design. In 1964 Evans became the designer for furniture manufacturer Directional. With

Directional, Paul Evans introduced his highly collectible

editions such as the Argente series, Sculpted Bronze series, and the very popular Cityscape series.

Most Evans pieces were signed, and all of the custom items have a signature and a date. Paul Evans took a unique approach to furniture making, a combination of handcraft wedded to technology that anticipated the limited edition art furniture of today,

such as the work of Ron Arad. More particularly, the artist’s relationship with Directional set a unique standard for creative manufacture by insisting every piece is made by hand, finished by hand, supervised by the artist at each step of production, one piece at a time.

ENJOY!

LOVE,

JAMIE

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