Wishing you a Happy Holiday filled with peace and love. I’m off to Mexico City but wanted to sign off with this watercolor and graphite work of art titled Santa Claus Studies made by Jim Dine in 1962. It is the featured work of art on The Met website.
If there is one art show I kick myself for missing it’s Giorgio Griffa at Casey Kaplan Gallery in NYC. I am obsessed with the Italian artist’s work. His last show titled Fragments 1968-2012 spanned four decades of his career and included paintings on un-stretched canvas and linen. Looking at the photos of his paintings make me think of symbols and patterns and of the natural progression and flow of things. Some of them look very ’80s while some of them look very contemporary and even remind me a little of block-printing, and I could really see a few of them being great album art. I think what first drew me to his work was his use of color – pastels that bleed onto linen and darker tones used to create lines and shapes that merge together to form what looks like it could be some kind of code or numerical formula. I really hope I get to see his work in person some day.
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.
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!