Monday, September 30, 2013

Proenza Schouler

Tommy Ton took his pattern-seeking camera backstage at the Proenza Schouler runway show early in September. He caught the the designer-team (in matching black t-shirts) tweaking the New York presentation of their collection for Spring/Summer 2014.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

E.G. Lutz

One hundred years ago in 1913 author/illustrator E.G. Lutz published What To Draw and How To Draw It. For many decades in the American popular press readers expected and enjoyed this sort of thing, techniques for drawing herons or dolls or the hound in mid-leap. Lutz used the same format for instructional panels (like those below) published as newspaper features.

One suspects E.G. Lutz actually produced his progressive drawing-examples in reverse order, rendering the relatively sophisticated end-product first, and only afterwards faking the simplified geometrical forms that supposedly led to it. The cat in the upper corner of the panel immediately above, for example, looks like a very close relative of  the Cheshire cat (below) created by John Tenniel fifty years earlier for the Alice books.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Claire Harvey

Claire Harvey (b. 1976) makes tiny drawings on post-it notes and snips of tissue paper or short strips of  tape  those below include parts of the series Easily Removable People.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

James Krone

Ris-A Chickenburger Wrappers, Framed – included in James Krone's current show at Kavi Gupta in Berlin. Also included are many vertical abstracts all belonging to a series called Ceremonial Paintings, mostly-purple rectangles. None of the digital versions I saw seemed like adequate images of the paintings themselves. That is why I used only one of them, below.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beneath the Roses

These photographs (naturalism warring nakedly with artifice) were taken toward the end of the first decade of the 21st century in upstate New York by Gregory Crewdson. They belong to a large series partially published by Abrams in a lush-looking book called Beneath The Roses. Each shot involved dozens of assistants, weeks of preparation, mammoth quantities of large equipment, and the voluntary (or paid) cooperation of entire neighborhoods.

Crewdson himself, the photographer, never touches the shutter button. He leaves that part to the techs.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eva Berendes

Sculptor Eva Berendes trained in Munich at Akademie der Bildenden Kunst in the late 1990s, later in Berlin at the Hochschule der Kunste and in London at the Chelsea College of Art & Design.

Her work is shown all over the world now. Her base is Berlin.