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Art Post No. 15


Emily is filling in while we are shooting our new stationery collection today (launching 3/12!)…

GUEST POST // This month I’ve stumbled upon work that I’m almost reluctant to share. I found the work of Debbie Carlos on, of all places, Etsy! There’s a femininity, sense of humor and fantasy in her rather sizable printed “posters.” Visit her websitehere and her Etsy shop here



Art Post No. 14

Emily is back with another GUEST POST…

Ann Hamilton’s installation “The Event of a Thread,” at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, was a monumental, ephemeral and nostalgic, temporary work of art. I’ve experienced this piece through the images captured by some of my closest friends. Their renderings of Hamilton’s work are the images framed below. In Hamilton’s own words:

“I can remember the feeling of swinging—how hard we would work for those split seconds, flung at furthest extension, just before the inevitable downward and backward pull, when we felt momentarily free of gravity, a little hiccup of suspension when our hands loosened on the chain and our torsos raised off the seat. We were sailing, so inside the motion—time stopped—and then suddenly rushed again toward us. We would line up on the playground and try to touch the sky, alone together.”

Learn more? Take a look at this video on the installation…The Event of a Thread 

Photos by: Antony, Emily, Gabrielle and Kelley



Art Post No. 14

Emily is back with another Art Post…

GUEST POST: Every December the art world and celebrities collide for a glittery and bustling week/weekend in Miami. Amidst the late night parties that spill out onto the beach, and the 40+ satellite fairs that have evolved around Art Basel Miami Beach, there are important private cum public collections housed around Miami that are worth the visit. Below is a selection to add to your list for next winter.

The Margulies Warehouse

De La Cruz Collection

Rubell Family Collection


Art Post No. 13

Emily is back with another Art Post to share…

GUEST POST: Every (great) artist has (had) an important companion, Elizabeth’s newest family member Tobias (Toby) is no exception. So, in honor of this often inspiring and iconic relationship I’ve assembled just a tiny selection of famous works, by famous artists, of their famous companions…


Art Post No. 12

Emily is back with some more art to share…

GUEST POST: My initial hope for this post was to present a selection of works from Etsy, by enterprising young artists, because I am often asked where to find inexpensive, and great art. Hours of paging through the site yielded about two works that I might consider worthwhile to share.

Instead, I found greater inspiration at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, in Houston, on Thursday night. Art fairs are formatted as a trade show, or a convention; galleries each have their own booth to design as they like, and install works by multiple artists, or mount a solo presentation by one artist. Though it’s often a challenge to recall what you see, in what booth, by which artist, I’ve managed to remember some highlights- detailed below.

Art fairs do often offer work by young artists, who are establishing themselves, and whose prices fall below or close to $1,000. Almost every gallery will allow you to pay for a work of art over the course of a few months, without interest. Sometimes, you might even be able to pay with a credit card– collecting the points. I can only hope that if more people were aware of this, they might be more likely to visit galleries, and buy art….

Dario Robleto Will The Sun Remember At All, 2011-2012  Suite of 9 archival digital prints on Epson Somerset Velvet 255gsm paper, each print 58.4 x 58.4 (paper size), whole suite 182.9 x 182.9 cm, Inman Gallery
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Art Post No. 11

Guest Post: Emily is back with some more art to share…

I initially encountered Eric Zimmerman’s work during his first solo museum exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) in 2008. Included in that show (and his current installation “Endless Disharmony & Tell Tale Ashes”) were a number of extremely intricate and naturalistic graphite drawings. Though I’m biased towards his works on paper (I purchased “Peradam”), they are just a segment of Zimmerman’s diverse practice. Each of the aforementioned exhibitions really successfully conveyed either a historical or personal narrative, through collage, drawings and sculptural installations. Proving that strong parts can make for a truly compelling sum. I highly recommend following Zimmerman’s tumblr  for an ongoing look at the objects and images that inspire this artist’s process.

Field No. 18, Collage on Paper, 8 1/2  x 7 inches

 Field No. 28, 2012, Collage on paper, 8-1/2 x 7 inches

Field No. 5 8 1/2  x 7 inches

Peradam, Graphite on paper, 14 x 11 inches

Left: Atlas No.10 Locations (here), 2008, Graphite on paper, 11 x 14 inches

Right: Esdenis, 2012, Letraset, 10 x 9 inches

 Endless (Disharmony), 2012, Graphite on paper, 26-1/4 x 38-3/4 inches

Read more about his work on the Art Palace website


Art Post No.10/Summer in Art

Emily is filling in while I am on vacation!  Enjoy…

Guest Post: In September the art world comes alive again with a barrage of new gallery shows, followed in quick succession by monstrous art fairs. Yet, while August lingers just a little longer, Elizabeth and I thought we’d use this post to share works created by artist’s inspired by travel. For those of you who aren’t already longing for summer again, these works may just make you a little vacation and inspiration envious.

David Hockney
Lived and traveled to LA often, this painting, created there, is one of his most infamous

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Art Post No.9/Yayoi Kusama

While I am playing catch up, from my trip to Portland, Emily is filling in with a new art post…a personal favorite of mine!

Louis Vuitton’s New York Store

Guest Post:  

Yayoi Kusama’s dots have taken over New York City. Her eponymous exhibition just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, coinciding with her temporary installation at the Hudson River Park– not to mention the unveiling of her collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Kusama’s signature repetitive dots and abstract, amorphous forms, have evolved in intensity and scale over the past several decades. To many, the amount of repetition in Kusama’s work seems literally, crazy. The artist is famous for noting that art literally keeps her alive and going. It was after living for nearly 20 years in New York, that Kusama returned to Japan in the 1970′s– at which point she voluntarily became a permanent resident of Japan’s Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill. Though Kusama travels for installations and exhibitions, when in Japan, she commutes daily from the hospital to her nearby studio to make her mesmerizing works.  Click below to view more of her work…

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Art Post No.8

GUEST POST:   Emily is back with some more art to share…

On a recent quick trip to Chicago, I went with a friend to the Art Institute to view Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Lichtenstein was one of the preeminent Pop-Art artists, working alongside Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, among others. His most infamous paintings are that of comic-like panels, with hand-painted bindi dots, and an unmistakable primary color palette. Like most artists, there are many additional themes within Lichtenstein’s oeuvre. This particular exhibition showcases an incredible mix of well-known and lesser-known works. In fact, the majority of this show includes pieces loaned from private collections– work rarely viewed by the public. If you find yourself in Chicago, take the chance to see this exhibition while you can! 

Below is an example of the works found in the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

1. Ohhh… Alright…, 1964 2. Entablature, 1974, Oil, magna and sand on canvas 3. Brushstroke, 1965 4. Haystack, 1969 5. Mirror, 1972, Color lithograph and screenprint on paper 6. Drawing for Kiss V, 1961-65, Graphite and wax crayon, 6 x 6 inches 7. Detail from a Lichtenstein painting

Learn more about the artist  here + here


Spin Art….

My mom was visiting from Chicago this week and we wanted to do something a little different.  We went to a painting class (yes, wine was involved and no, our beautiful masterpieces will not be shared!).  It was such a comical experience and brought back so many memories of the  art projects we did together when I was growing up.  A favorite was spin art.  There was this art studio where you could go and create some fabulous apparel (think neon paint and glitter).  It was quite simple.  You picked your shirt, squeezed acrylic colored paint on to your shirt and then placed it into the spin machine and watch your design come to life.  I so wished I would have kept my spin art t-shirt and sweat-shirt collection.

Twenty years later, when I saw the amazing new wallpaper line by  Cuff Home a particular style brought back  that very special childhood memory.    How cool is this spin art inspired wall paper?  I would love to use it in a future project!  Take a look at the whole collection here.  

A Spin Art Video…


Art Post No.7

GUEST POST:  While I am in New York, Emily is filling in!  She has been working very hard on the James Turrell skyspace dedication project, at Rice University, in Houston and I am so proud of what she has accomplished.   Emily will take it from here and tell you more about the artist and the skyspace project.

James Turrell is an iconic figure within the contemporary art world for his pioneering use of light and space. Perhaps the most noted and best examples of Turrell’s craft lie within his skyspaces. Characterized by a sometimes square or round oculus in the roof, these contemplative, and typically small, spaces offer a calculated window to the sky. At sunrise and sunset a projection of LED light designed by Turrell, splashes onto the ceiling and contrasts the natural color shifts in the sky. As viewers sit in the space, looking upwards through the oculus, the sky appears at times to be gray, or pink, or even green. Turrell notes that he has captured the eyes perception, or reading of what is happening. He says that if you were to try and photograph what you are seeing, the camera image would not display the colors that your eye perceives.

On June 14th James Turrell’s newest skyspace, “Twilight Epiphany,” located on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas, will open to the public. This project has been, and will continue to be, a pleasure for me to be a part of. Later this year, a major retrospective of Turrell’s work and career will be exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, it will travel to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in the Spring of 2013, to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. For more information on the artist, watch his profile filmed for the PBS series Art 21.

The new James Turrell skyspace in Houston

1. Roden Crater, an extinct volcano that the artist has been transforming into a skyspace since 1970.

2. Afrum (White), 1966

3. Live Oak Friends Meetinghouse, Houston Texas, 1995

4. Three Gems, 2005, de Young Osher Sculpture Garden, San Francisco, CA

5. Live Oak Friends Meetinghouse, Houston Texas, 1995

6. The Light Inside, 1999, Neon and ambient light , 132 x 246 x 1416 inches, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

7. & 8. Twilight Epiphany, 2012, Rice University