Victor Vasarely (viktor vɒzɒrɛli) born Vásárhelyi Győző 9 April 1906, Pécs – 15 March 1997, Paris) was a Hungarian French artist whose work is generally seen aligned with Op-art. His work entitled Zebra, created by Vasarely in the 1930s, is considered by some to be one of the earliest examples of Op-art. Vasarely died in Paris in 1997.
Silkscreen (after the 1924 painting). Signed in pencil by the artist’s widow Nelly van Doesburg and numbered 116/300. This exquisite screenprint was printed in a limited edition of 300 in Paris at the studio of Arcay in 1953, and issued the same year by Editions d’Art d’Aujourd’hui, of Boulogne. Image size: 13 1/2 x 13 inches (340 x 330mm); total sheet size: 25 x 19 inches (630 x 490mm) with full original margins.
(Title: Atelier Couture. Vogue Italia, March 2007 Supplement)
“Sorayama’s an artistic genius with no equal for arousing the sexual consciousness in all of us.” — Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action Magazine
Gas Masks – High Fashion ProtectionWe are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear.
In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption.Deep down, we are afraid we may never be satisfied. An expanding archive of branded myths and icons feeds this fear.
Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier.
In may 2009 Diddo was inspired by the Jim Morrison quote: “I just want to get my kicks before the whole shit house goes up in flames.”(Dom Pierre Pérignon (c. 1638–14 September 1715) was a Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production and quality of Champagne wine in an era when the region’s wines were predominantly still and red. Popular myths frequently, but erroneously, credit him with the invention of sparkling Champagne, which didn’t become the dominant style of Champagne until mid-19th century).
For the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, MoMu, the Fashion Museum in Antwerp and Mercedes-Benz, invited Belgian art director FrederikHeyman and 4 fashion designers with exceptional signatures and outspoke styles – Bernhard Willhelm, Peter Pilotto, Henrik Vibskov and MikioSakabe – to create 4 installations.At the heart of each installation stands a Mercedes Benz Young Classics. From these cars from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, 4 cars wereselected that today have an undisputed cult status: W115, S123, R107 and C126. Not only the intrinsic qualities of the cars themselves, but alsothe widely diverse people happy to be amongst their proud owners have shaped how we think about these vehicles. Today our memories of thesecars merge with our continually changing perception of luxury, craftsmanship, and functionality, and form exquisite material for fashion designers.Fashion only exists by the grace of our perpetual reinvention of the past, our rethinking of bygone style and fashion trends and our translation ofthese for the women and men of today. In their designs, we asked the designers to reflect on how the Young Classics can still inspire us today and to interpret the widely varying connotations associated with these cars into a contemporary context.For each Young Classics, photographer and artist Frederik Heyman created a unique decor and used it only once in a photographic illustration.The design of tableaux and their photographic reproduction are central to Heyman’s oeuvre. Humour and a surrealist visual vocabulary are anintrinsic part of his artistic signature. His decors are built completely by hand, in collaboration with a team of sculptors and artists. In the finalresults, the handcraft, the construction and consequently also quality craftsmanship are always clearly traceable. Fashion designers BernhardWillhelm, Peter Pilotto, Henrik Vibskov and Mikio Sakabe have added their own visions to the installations with each 3 new looks
Medium: offset lithograph (after the drawing). This print is from the deluxe edition of 180 on J A Dessin wove paper. Printed in 1970 by Imprimeries Reunies of Lausanne, Switzerland (from the first edition of a beautifully-produced catalogue– the quality of this limited edition is excellent). Image Size 7 x 8 3/4 inches (with text on verso, as issued). Not signed.
Medium: silkscreen / serigraph. Printed on smooth wove paper and tipped (lightly mounted along one edge) by the publisher onto a support sheet. This piece was published by Groupe Espace in Milan for the very rare Documenti d’Arte d’Oggi (1955-56). The image measures 4 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches (115 x 120mm). Not signed. Condition: there are some scratches to the surface.
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Known for his original vision, Hedi Slimane brings a simple, spare grace to the worlds of photography and fashion. Alternating melancholy and hope, Slimane’s images are composed with great precision. The classical lighting and compositions are paired with dark, intriguing narratives. Influenced by many genres, Slimane’s vision is fresh and tinged by a romantic sensibility. As with his work as creative director at Dior Homme, his masterly photographs are superbly crafted and sublime. Slimane finds inspiration in the diverse realms of pop culture, nature, history–and the human form. This varied collection is sure to inspire. His subjects include Pete Doherty, Kate Moss and Lady Gaga–to mention a few.
- $27 USD
Chocolate bar, made for the exhibition of the artist Olle Baertling at the Museum of modern art in Stockholm.
Commuters passing through the busy Zurich Bahnhof over the course of a week in February got a special treat. There Volvo set up its latest S60 luxury sedan against a white backdrop as an “art car” project, and invited ten graffiti artists to share their vision.
Isamu Noguchi (野口 勇, Noguchi Isamu?, November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.In 1947 Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today His work lives on around the world and at the Noguchi Museum in New York City.
(Oil on Canvas)
Richard Estes (b. May 14, 1932, Kewanee, Illinois) is an American artist, best known for his photorealist paintings. The paintings generally consist of reflective, clean, and inanimate city and geometric landscapes. He is regarded as one of the founders of the international photo-realist movement of the late 1960s, with such painters as Ralph Goings, Chuck Close, and Duane Hanson. Author Graham Thompson wrote, “One demonstration of the way photography became assimilated into the art world is the success of photorealist painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also called super-realism or hyper-realism and painters like Richard Estes, Denis Peterson, Audrey Flack, and Chuck Close often worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs.”
In his magisterial Fine Bird Books, Sir Sacheverall Sitwell says of Audubon: ‘There is nothing in the world of fine books quite like the discovery of Audubon. The giant energy of the man, his power of achievement and accomplishment, give him something of the epical force of a Walt Whitman or a Herman Melville…Audubon is the greatest of bird Painters; he belongs to American history.’John James Audubon’s Birds of America, from which this selection has been taken, is the finest pictorial ornithological book ever produced. Unlike the drawings and paintings of his contemporaries, which were produced from prepared skins and zoo specimens, Audubon’s paintings are taken directly from his observations in the wild, and the richness and directness come straight from the real world. No wonder that Audubon became known in his lifetime as ‘The American Woodsman’.
Audubon was unable to raise sufficient financial backing in the United States and he sailed for England in 1826. In its original form, Birds of America contained 435 hand-colored, aquatinted plates which were completed between 1827 and 1838. It was printed in London and bound into four double elephant folio volumes (measuring approximately 30 X 27 inches (76 X 69 cm)) so that all the birds could be illustrated life-size. Between 175 and 200 sets were produced, and the last complete set to come to auction fetched nearly $3,000,000.
Cisternerne is a new permanent museum of modern glass art – stained glass – with exhibitions from Robert Jacobsen, Carl-Henning Petersen, Tróndur Patursson, Leif Sylvester, Peter Brandes, Arne Haugen Sørensen, Jette Vogt, Adi Holzer, Eva Weiss Bentzon. The exhibition area of the museum is the old water cisterns under Søndermarken, 4200 m2. The stained glass and the beautiful surroundings is an art experience out of the ordinary.Cisternerne – The Museum of Modern Glass Art extended its area in 2007, and presents a new area of 1400 square meters (approx. 4200 square feet) by including the cistern situated under Søndermarken. The extended area not only provides an opportunity for more space in the exhibition area, but also gives a complete picture of this historic water reservoir.
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(Giclée print on ultra premium paper.Measures 16 x 21.3 inchesLimited edition of 500.)
The grooves in this phonograph record form circleswhich endlessly play the sounds of summer rain.lay back and enjoy the non-stop tracks of variousfalling rain drops…
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Wade Guyton (b. 1972, Hammond, Indiana) is an American artist. Art critic Holland Cotter, writing in The New York Times said that Guyton, “takes modernism, with its touchy-feely spiritual pretensions, for a hard ride. And as always he goes well beyond a one-line put-down.”
Piet Hein (16 December 1905 – 17 April 1996) was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym “Kumbel” meaning “tombstone”. His short poems, known as gruks or grooks first started to appear in the daily newspaper “Politiken” shortly after the Nazi occupation in April 1940 under the pseudonym “Kumbel Kumbell”
“WHAT LOVE IS LIKE”
Love is like
Le Corbusier Lithograph in colors. Signed and dated in the plate. Printed by Mourlot, Paris.
(28 x 21 in Limited Edition Le Corbusier Lithograph in colors. Signed and dated in the plate. Printed by Mourlot, Paris)
(Mannequins, Quai D’Orsay Iphoto, 1977)
(44 x 57 cm/ 17 x 22.5 in)
Delphin Enjolras (May 13, 1857 – 1945) was a French academic painter. Enjolras painted portraits, nudes, interiors, and used mostly watercolours, oil and pastels. He is best known for his intimate portraits of young women performing mundane activities such as reading or sewing, often by illuminated by lamplight.
(Model for Playground Equipment for Ala Moana Park, Sculpture).
A model for a set of swings, seesaw and other playground equipment made up of geometric shapes. An unrealized design intended for the Ala Moana Park in Honolulu, Hawaii. References: Grove, Nancy & Diane Botnick, “The Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, 1924-1979,” New York: Garland Pub., 1980, no. 167. Illustration: Grove, Nancy & Diane Botnick, “The Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, 1924-1979,” New York: Garland Pub., 1980, plate 167.
Born in 1901, Harry Beckhoff began illustrating professionally in 1927 and continued to do work in this, his signature style, for the next 5 decades â€“ until his death in 1979.
(Mirror SculpturesYear: 1965 Small series. Manufacturer: Panton Design, CH; ab 1974 Beylerian, USA)
Relief-type mirror sections in squares or triangles. The basic section can be either flat or divided into one, four or sixteen pyramids. All parts can be combined into formats of any sizeâ€¨â€¨Material: wooden frame; mirror glass tiles, also in smoked glass
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Daniel Massen immigrated to the United States in 1929 after completing his art training at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Settling in Chicago, he quickly achieved success as an industrial and interior designer. Many of his interiors included murals of his own design, which reflected the prevailing tastes of the time of stylized art deco figures and patterns. One of Massen’s best known interiors was for the Chicago Athletic Club. It is not clear when Massen began to explore pure abstraction and geometry in his painting, but perhaps his affinity for grids and patterning originated in his design and mural work of the 1920s. Several of his mural studies from this period are nonobjective. In 1930 Massen hired the young artist Charles Biederman to assist him as a housepainter, interior designer, and pewter ware designer. As Biederman developed as an artist the two influenced each other and remained supportive friends through each other’s lives. Many of Massen’s rigidly geometric paintings and constructions show this affiliation with Biederman. When Laszló Moholy-Nagy set up his New Bauhaus school in Chicago named the Chicago School of Design, Massen was asked to be an instructor, teaching color theory, painting, and design through the 1940s. The influence of Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus led Massen’s art become entirely based on geometry. Among all the non-objective work produced in Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s, Massen’s paintings and constructions are the most severe and mature. Massen exhibited regularly in the Art Institute of Chicago annual exhibitions and was included in the Abstract and Surrealist American Art exhibition at the same museum in 1947-48. He does not appear to have exhibited much outside of Chicago, with the exception of a masterful, large geometric construction with Lucite and copper elements at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts around 1940. Massen continued to paint and teach in Chicago until 1962 when he moved to Washington, DC, where he died in 1971.
Omar Rayo was the first contemporary Colombian artist to be immediately recognized on an international level—his work was included in several important collections and museums before any other Colombian artist. This detailed analysis allows readers to appreciate the depth and differentiated personality of each one of his works. Along with written essays, this compilation of more than 200 works of art brings the Omar Rayo experience to life.
(Ray with a prototype of “The Toy”, 1951.)
Stylish photograph album that can be personalised with gold-blocking. Large photograph album fully bound in Mara leather, in chocolate brown. Bound with 48 black card leaves. The front cover looks lovely when gold blocked. Presented in a tissue lined Smythson Nile Blue box. 11″ x 14″ / 28 x 37cm. From £225.00
(Amplifier – car speaker, Ikea lamp, hand built amplifier 7″x24″x24″ 2008)
Published in 1964 by Kornfeld for 1 Cent Life. Size: 16 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (sheet).
Herman Makkink’s kinetic sculpture – The Rocking Machine – has been resurrected! Now available for the first time since 1969 in a limited amount of six, it is hand cast in fibre glass from the original mould, numbered and signed by the artist himself. Material: spraypainted polyester fibre glass lead weight mechanism Dimensions: length 75 cm/ width 45 cm/ height 30 cm/ weight ±8 kg
(Hand built stereo amplifier 36″ x18″ x12″ 2008)
(Stylist: Edward Enninful Set Design: Jack Flanagan Hair styling: Julien d’Ys Make-up: Peter Philips for Chanel Manicure: Bernadette Thompson Via W Magazine)
(Saint Tropez, 1975)