The first time I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art was about 13 years ago and it left a permanent mark on me. It is one of the best museums I have ever been to, not to mention one of the largest housing a stellar contemporary collection including Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam and around 10 to 15 Brancusi sculptures. Almost five years ago I went back to Philly to visit a dear friend and we took in a Duchamp exhibition on a rainy, cold day. It was one of those special days where everything just seemed to come together. For the past three years I’ve been going to Philly for business every 3 or 4 months and I finally had a couple of hours to spare in between appointments while I was there this week. Of course I went back to the museum to see the Léger exhibit that everyone was speaking so highly of as well as a Surrealist show with some epic Salvador Dalí. What I wasn’t expecting to see, however, was a new exhibition by Barbara Chase-Riboud that completely and totally floored me. Titled the Malcolm X Steles, over 40 works of art from the US and Europe were on display that included skeins of wool and silk yarn dripping from giant cast bronze sculptures and detailed charcoal drawings, all referencing “artistic, cultural, and political experiences” that were both personal and global. This was my first time seeing Riboud’s work and I felt so lucky to be in its presence. The colors, the textures, and the heaviness of the pieces both figuratively and physically made a huge impact. Photos were allowed so I was able to snap a few of my favorite sculptures below.
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I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here. All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old. You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.
This video of Patti Smith giving advice to young creative people at the Louisiana Literature Festival is everything. I find myself watching it often and I’ve sent it to pretty much everyone I know. Beyond inspiring.
We just added some new arrivals to Kneeland Mercado including vintage oil paintings from Paris, olive oil soaps from Provençe, huaraches from Mexico, and some crazy big pom poms and throw blankets from Morocco. More coming soon!
A few weeks ago I went to Paris on a work trip and it was one of the most inspiring trips I’ve ever been on. I’ve been to Paris many times but this was my first time going for Kneeland Co. and I had no idea what to expect. A few of my dreams came true while I was there, one of them being able to meet artist Nathalie Lété at her studio which was a complete fairy tale fantasy world. She was incredibly lovely and we spent the morning talking about our businesses, Paris, art, and other inspiring topics. I came home with some of her rare lithographs and posters and am so excited to hang them in my new studio space. A few pics from Nathalie’s studio below.
Next Monday marks the launch of One Kings Lane Artisanal, a new addition to One Kings Lane, beginning at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET. Artisanal will be sales featuring one-of-a-kind handmade products from various artists, including weavers Heather Taylor and Janelle Pietrzak of All Roads – two of my very dear friends whom I admire. The products will be exclusive to One Kings Lane with the focus being on “discovery, originality, and the sense of finding something special.” Native Line, who creates beautiful metallic weavings will also be one of the featured weavers for the launch. Future Artisanal sales will include ceramics, textiles, furniture, accessories and more from skilled artisans such as Ann Wood, Heather Levine, Tamar Mogendorff, and many more. Below, photos of weavings from Heather Taylor, All Roads and Native Line – all available for the One Kings Lane Artisanal launch. Be sure to visit One Kings Lane on Monday!