Nov 152015
 

 

                          

Marvelous mid-century modern: a beautiful, elegant and sensual sculpture by John W. Anderson, made in 1974. Constructed from anodized aluminum on a plexiglass base, this mobile pivots on two points allowing a myriad of lyrical abstract patterns and shapes to be created.

status: sold

 Posted by at 5:17 PM
Aug 302015
 


Noted African American artist, educator, and art historian, Samella Lewis is well-known for her colorful paintings and prints, but this extraordinary artwork is something altogether different: a deft preparatory sketch for a self-protrait, quickly and expertly executed on a simple, humble piece of paper, and certainly never intended to be anything more than a captured ephemeral moment — perhaps to be given to a friend visiting her studio. Created and dated in 1971, over forty years later, this sketch still retains its powerful charm and indelible character, and represents a rare glimpse into the artistry and technique of a living legend, now 91 years old. In fact, this portrait is one of her most iconic images, and the artist can be seen rendering this very face yet again, all these years later, in this video honoring her achievements during Black History Month in 2012. (The following image is a still from that same video.)

status: sold

 

 Posted by at 1:29 AM
May 282015
 


An original vintage 1974 Polish circus poster depicting a falling pyramid of acrobats (also a metaphor for the instability government); designed by Marian Stachurski; full-color, offset lithographic print. Poster measures approximately 27″ x 37″, and comes mounted to archival card-stock, framed under clear UV-stabilized acrylic in elegant brass frame. Overall condition is very good, some urface abrasions and fading; displays absolutely beautifully!

status: sold

 Posted by at 7:45 PM
Feb 222015
 

 

                           

The charm of Mexican folk art is in its combination of elegant stylization, humble materials, and remarkable craftsmanship. This brass and copper mobile is a perfect example. Reminiscent of the work of Sergio Bustamante, and of the same era, this piece is both stylish and whimsical, perfectly mid-century modern: a balancing peacock, decorated with enameled rosettes, gently swings on his perch under two revolving doves circling sunny medallions, each element handmade from copper and brass, hung from a wrought-iron frame. Una espléndida móvil!

status: sold 

 Posted by at 11:08 PM
Nov 222014
 

 

The art of design . . .  Automotive firms and car enthusiasts around the world look to Mark Stehrenberger to imagine the look of automobiles of yet to be made. His dramatic, high-impact illustrations have been featured in all the major motor magazines; they offer an intensely colorful vision of the future.

This large-format, mixed-media rendering imagines the 1989 Chrysler Mojave: sleek, sporty, and undeniably sexy — a flash of lightning! As an unbuilt virtual prototype, this sports car streaks through the imagination at top speed!

Rare, one-of-a-kind original artworks like this are incredibly collectible — and not just by the legions of dedicated Stehrenberger fans; anyone with an interest in industrial design or automotive history will be keen to drive this into their collection!

status: sold

 Posted by at 2:41 AM
Nov 032014
 

 

Straight from the world’s most exclusive catwalks comes this fabulous vintage example of true Parisian bijoux d’art by ACCÈS-OCEAN! This is where modern art and jewelry meet: a stunning pair of sterling silver discs that dangle-drop to geometric resin blocks embedded with flashing opalescent foil.

In the late 1960s, French designer Caroline Anderson studied at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris; afterwards she went to New York, soon becoming involved with The Factory, Andy Warhol’s legendary creative cauldron. She launched ACCÈS-OCEAN in 1975. Working with wood, metal, resin, polyurethane, and plexiglass, her jewelry creations are more modern sculpture than jewelry. Christian Dior, Helmut Lang, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lancôme and Guerlain all featured her work in their fashion publicity; ACCÈS-OCEAN was also represented in various galleries in Paris, San Francisco, and New York.

Remarkably fresh and fun after all these years, these future-retro earrings are still way ahead of their time!

 

status: sold

 Posted by at 8:47 PM
Oct 192014
 

Science-fiction, like all great literature, deals with classic themes of conflict, typically transposed to a different, often fantastical setting: Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. the Supernatural, Woman vs. Little Green Men from Mars . . .

Apparently, the male 18 to 35 year old demographic hasn’t changed much in the last half-century; boys of all ages still thrill at thoughts of bizarre monsters and scantly clad damsels in distress; and this selection of classic science-fiction magazines from the 1950s and 60s proves the point.

Political correctness and feminist grievances aside, the genre has certainly created some original cover-art! But beyond the titillation, closer examination reveals an ironic, self-effacing humor in these images; a mocking, tongue-in-cheek commentary on the desires and depravations of mankind.

Once essentially dismissed as an unimportant fringe element, sci-fi (and, of course, fantasy) fans and fiction now easily hold their own, and command a significant portion of the market in both bookstores and cinemas. This would never have happened without pulp mags like these in which once little known authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick got their start, and inspired generations of future storytellers. Science-fiction is now a definitive part of popular culture — and our modern mythology, as well.

 

status: 145 volumes, sold

 Posted by at 4:51 PM
Oct 082014
 

 

                           

 

This is a rare, early abstract sculpture by San Diego artist, Jack Boyd (b. 1934 – d. 1982). The piece is an assemblage of various slabs of steel cut and shaped, then cast in bronze and welded together to form a masterwork of beauty and craftsmanship. This figural work appears to defy gravityand the laws of physicsas ridged metal seems to flow and undulate: a suspended moment perfectly captured, movement and motion immortalized!

 

status: sold

 Posted by at 4:03 PM
Sep 042014
 

 

From the Late Middle Ages to Louis XIV to Martha Stewart, the sunburst mirror has been a favored decorative accent for over 500 years. One if its earliest sightings is in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 painting Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife which features a strikingly similar mirror. Two centuries later, Louis XIV, the fabled Sun King whose chosen emblem was the radiant Sun, gave the Venetian Republic a run for its money by establishing the first Northern European glass and mirror factory at St. Gobain, France. However, Louis didn’t think to combine his love of bright mirrors and golden suns ― that innovation came from industrious craftsman working with the detritus from the looting of the French Revolution. Flash forward to 1940s Paris, and artists like Gilbert Poillerat and Line Vautrin began producing modern examples like the one you see here. And now they’re still popular with modern designers;  regal accents much admired for their timeless style and sunny disposition.

 

status: sold

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