Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tal R & Mamma Anderson at Gallerie Magnus Karlsson

Left: Mamma Anderson / Right: Tal R

Right: Tal R / Left: Mamma Anderson

Right: Mamma Anderson / Left: Tal R

Installation Shots at Gallerie Magnus Karlsson. 

The Sculptures of Antoine Bourdelle

Antoine Bourdelle (30 October 1861 – 1 October 1929), born Émile Antoine Bordelles, was an influential and prolific French sculptor, painter, and teacher. His studio became the Musée Bourdelle, an art museum dedicated to his work, located at 18, rue Antoine Bourdelle, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, France. (source: wikipedia)

Miniatures of the Safavid Dynasty

The Safavid dynasty (دودمان صفوی‎) was one of the most significant ruling dynasties of Iran, often considered the beginning of modern Iranian history. The Safavid shahs ruled over one of the so-called gunpowder empires. They ruled one of the greatest Iranian empires after the 7th-century Muslim conquest of Iran, and established the Twelver school of Shia Islam as the official religion of the empire, marking one of the most important turning points in Muslim history. (source: wikipedia )

Books: The Subversive Stitch

Rozsika Parker's now classic  re-evaluation of the reciprocal relationship between women and  embroidery has brought stitchery out from the private world of female domesticity into the fine arts, created a major breakthrough in art history and criticism, and fostered the emergence of today's dynamic and expanding crafts movements.

The Subversive Stitch is now available again with a new Introduction that brings the book up to date with exploration of the stitched art of Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as the work of new young female and male embroiderers.  Rozsika Parker uses household accounts, women's magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalisation of women's work. Beautifully illustrated, her book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery: how it has inculcated female subservience while providing an immensely pleasurable source of creativity, forging links between women. (source: Amazon)

Tracy Emin
Left: Louise Bourgeois / Right: Ghada Amer

Carmen Herrera

Above: An assortment of paintings by Carmen Herrera. 
Below: Ms. Herrera circa 2016 & circa 1950 

Carmen Herrera (born May 31, 1915) is a Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter. She was born in Havana and has lived in New York City since the mid-1950s. Herrera's abstract works have brought her international recognition late in life. She turned 100 in May 2015 (source: wikipedia)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cave Art & The Human Imagination

Above: The "Sorcerer" detail from the 13,000 year old cave paintings at Les Trois Freres in France. Followed by two additional images of painting and sculpture from the cave.

Above: The "Bird Headed Figure" detail from the 17,000 year old cave paintings at Lascaux in France. Followed by two additional images of paintings from the cave.

Above: The "Venus and the Sorcerer" detail from the 31,000 year old cave paintings at Chauvet in France. Followed by two additional images of paintings from the cave. See below for Werner Herzog's amazing documentary on this cave.