Swann Galleries, Old Masters through Modern Prints, Oct. 30th
Masque au Petit Nez.
Aquatint, 1948. 432x346 mm; 17x13 5/8 inches, full margins. Artist’s proof (there was no published edition). Signed and inscribed “Essai” in pencil, lower margin. A superb impression of this exceedingly scarce print.
Duthuit notes only two artist’s proofs, both signed in pencil lower right. Duthuit 798.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000
Frantisek Kupka, self-portrait
To visit an exhibition of these with the actual paintings would be magical.
Karina Smigla-Bobinski, ‘Ada’, a large helium filled ball covered in charcoal nubs. The piece floats gently in space until interacted with by viewers, who can toss the ball against the walls, creating scratchy drawings on the surface of the gallery space. During the course of the exhibition, the walls evolve into a dense collection of scribbles.
Ellsworth Kelly, Lemon Branch, 1964
Pencil on paper.
Top: Moschino Ad 2014
Bottom: Ryan Trecartin
Both deal so heavily with popular culture and the “now” it would be a match made in heaven. Trecartin’s aesthetic is quite a bit messier than their traditional advertorials go for but I think that not only would that be key for garnering a younger demographic, but for shaking up the brand. To be a fly on the wall during the meeting between Trecartin and Jeremy Scott! I feel like their desire to one-up each other would be overwhelmed by their deeply compatible visual sensibilities and compulsive need to create something new and now.
I love this new series Fantasy Hiring by Alexis and this one is truly inspired!
Brooke DiDonato is a fine art photographer based in New York City.
Her work blurs the boundaries of fiction by fusing real-life narratives with surreal, dream-like elements. She is inspired by the subconscious mind and its relation to our emotions and perceptions.
Brooke’s work has been nationally recognized by Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Creative Quarterly and College Photographer of the Year. She received a gold in illustration from College Photographer of the Year in 2012.
Man Ray - Nusch Eluard
Wow. Those thighs. the white triangle in the middle, the black to make it pop. The Vermeer blue, the tension in those fingers, The completely dull background to make the flesh come alive.
All eight hundred of the little creatures are clambering over each other, crawling up a very tall beer stein. Any gardener knows beer attracts and kills snails. But the sculpture (left) is called “Schwarmerei,” German for “enthusiasm,” the enthusiasm of crowds.