Tag Archive | 1948

Modern Art Monday Presents: Edward Hopper, Seven A.M.

Edward Hopper Seven A.M.
Photo By Gail

Edward Hopper’s Seven A.M. (1948) depicts an anonymous storefront cast in the oblique, eerie shadows and cool light of early morning. The store’s shelves stand empty, and the few odd products displayed in the window provide no evidence of the store’s function. A clock on the wall confirms the time given in the title, and indeed the painting seems to depict a specific moment and place. Yet a series of Hopper’s preparatory sketches reveal that he experimented with significant compositional variations, depicting a figure in the second story window. He even considered setting the painting at another time of day. His wife, Josephine Hopper, a respected artist herself, described the store as a “blind pig” — a front for some illicit operation, perhaps alluding to the painting’s forbidding overtones.

Hopper 7 AM Study
Study for 7 A.M.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum in Manhattan.

Edward Hopper Seven A.M.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Kurt Seligmann, Magnetic Mountain

Magnetic Mountain
Photo By Gail

After Kurt Seligmann (19001962) settled in Paris, his sinister, biomorphic compositions gained the attention of Andre Breton, who invited him to join the Surrealist group in 1937. With the outbreak of World War II, Seligmann became the first Surrealist to arrive in New York, and he was instrumental in the emigration of most of the movement’s leading figures. Transformed by contact with new cultures, Seligmann’s work continued to evolve, and as the Surrealist’s acknowledged expert on magic, he infused his paintings with mythology and esotericism. Indeed, the year he made this work, Magnetic Mountain (1948) he published The Mirror of Magic, a history of the occult. The winding forms and mystical quality of this canvas would influence a new generation of American artists, including his student, Robert Motherswell.

Photographed in the Art Institute Chicago

Eye On Design: Vintage Toys By Wham-O

Wham-o Toys Display
All Photos By Gail

Childhood friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr formed Wham-O in their Pasadena garage in 1948. They championed outdoor fun that demanded children’s energy  — throwing, catching, hip-swinging, sliding — and ample space.

Slip 'N Slide

Wham-O jumped from fad to fad: Frisbees, Hula Hoops, Superballs, Slip ‘n Slides, Silly String and Hacky Sacks are just a few of Wham-O’s inventions.

Hula Hoops and Frisbee

Photographed as part of the Exhibit Play! at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.

Eye On Design: Eames Chaise Lounge

Eames Chaise Lounge
Photos By Gail

This Chaise Lounge (prototype 1948) by husband wife design team Charles and Ray Eames was inspired by Gaston Lachaise’s 1927 sculpture Reclining Nude, and nicknamed “Lachaise,” after the artist. It did not receive a prize in MOMA’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design because it was considered to specialized in us and too expensive to manufacture. However, it was highlighted by the judges, who admired its striking, good-looking and inventive molded construction.

Eames Chaise Lounge

La Chaise finally went into production in 1990, and is now one of the Eames‘ signature works.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Eye On Design: Indian Chief Roadmaster Motorcycle

Indian Chief Motorcycle
All Photos By Gail

The Indian Chief Roadmaster was designed as a handsome, comfortable rival to Harley-Davidson’s heavyweight touring bikes as Americans took to the road in the years following World War II. Indian’s top model, the Chief Roadmaster (1948) exuded power and style. Note the Indian Head on the front fender as well as the custom-fringed leatherwork. Now, imagine how it would look flying in the wind as the bike speeds toward the horizon!

Indian Chief Motorcycle
Photographed in the Autry Museum pf the American West in Los Angeles, California.

Indian Chief Motorcycle

Modern Art Monday Presents: On Time Off Time By Dorothea Tanning

On Time Off Time

Dorothea Tanning (August 25, 1910 – January 31, 2012) was an American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer and poet. Her early work was influenced by Surrealism, and she was the 4th and final wife of famous German surrealist Max Ernst (1891 – 1976).

In her own words Tanning noted the following about On Time Off Time:
“What I remember most about this picture is the support. It was a piece of wonderful linen that I stretched and prepared myself. It was the only time I ever did any such thing. And then, of course, when it was done, I felt I had to make some rare precious picture on it, and I think the words I used were the key to the enigmatic quality that I wanted.” Other than that, not much is known about this painting’s meaning.

Dorothea Tanning died at her home Manhattan in 2012, home at age 101 – wow!

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

Happy 65th Birthday, Alice Cooper!

Alice Cooper Sneer

Everyone who knows me knows that all of my Alice Cooper love goes 100% out to the original band of that name. But without Vincent Damon Furnier, there would have been no original band, so it’s not entirely possible to separate the two. Vince (aka Alice) celebrates 65 years on the planet today, having been born on February 4th, 1948. Hello, Hurray.

Happy 65th Birthday, Michael De Barres!

Michael Des Barres Turns 65
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This Birthday write up for actor/musician/famous ex-husband Michael Des Barres, who celebrates 65 years on the planet today (January 24, 2013) is so hilarious, but also, flattering: Click Here!

Happy 64th Birthday, Robert Plant

Robert Plant Young Portrait
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Robert Plant was born on this day, August 20th, in 1948. Happy 64th Birthday, Robert!

Happy Birthday, Tony Iommi!

Tony Iommi Portrait With Guitar
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Tony Iommi, guitarist for Black Sabbath was born on this day February 19th, in 1948. While this Birthday finds Tony not in the best of health, Worleygig.com wishes Tony a successful treatment and speedy recovery so that he can get back to the business of making music that’s hard enough to crack a skull! Happy Birthday, Tony!