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Modern Art Monday Presents: Charles Sheeler, Americana

charles sheeler americana photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

Between 1926 and 1934, Charles Sheeler produced seven paintings and several photographs of the interior of his home in South Salem, New York. Prominently featured in all of them is his collection of early American furnishings.  Although he rendered each object with perfectionist clarity. he treated the composition as an abstract design, enlivened by his unusual choice of perspective as exampled in this piece, Americana (1931).

Photographed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Eye On Design: 19th Century Whale Oil Lamps

glass oil lamps photo by gail worley
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This collection of decorative glass whale oil lamps (1850 – 1900, artists unknown) are made from a variety of materials including pressed and free-blown glass, marble, brass tin and other metals. During the 1840s, considered the peak of whale commerce, US ships set sail from New England ports, hunting diverse whale species across oceans from the western arctic to Brazil. Continue reading Eye On Design: 19th Century Whale Oil Lamps

Modern Art Monday Presents: Carmen Herrera, Iberic

carmen herrera iberic photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

With an expressive composition of interwoven shapes in black, red and orange, Carmen Herrera’s  Iberic (1949) oscillates between the geometric and the organic. Herrera painted this work during a formative period in Paris between 1948 and 1954, when she experimented with different modes of abstraction informed by the European avant-gardes, from Suprematism to the BauhausContinue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Carmen Herrera, Iberic

Eye On Design: Paris Opera Coat By Paul Poiret

paris opera coat photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

In 1903, French couturier Paul Poiret made his first loose dress with hints of the kimono shape, and by 1906 he had presented his first collection to be worn without a corset. Poiret’s self-confessed lack of sewing skills pushed him to experiment  with sculpting fluid garments directly on the body. Continue reading Eye On Design: Paris Opera Coat By Paul Poiret

Eye On Design: Beach Pajamas Circa 1935

beach pajamas photo by gail worley
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Have you heard of Beach Pajamas? I never had until I visited The Met this past weekend and found myself in This Exhibit, which explores the influence of the Japanese Kimono on modern fashion.

Continue reading Eye On Design: Beach Pajamas Circa 1935