Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Helen Siegl Relief Prints

Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


Helen Siegl


During her career, Helen Siegl (1924-2009) was celebrated for both her individually signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations. In the latter category, she illustrated such well-known works as The Dancing Palm Tree (Texas Tech) which was chosen one of The Years Best Illustrated Children's Books by the New York Times in 1990, Aesop's Fables (Random House), Birds and Beasts (World Publishing), Earrings for Celia (Pantheon), and Indian Tales (Random House). Siegl also illustrated limited-edition books such as Mother Goose & Herbal (Janus Press). She also designed calendars for UNICEF. 

As a printmaker, Siegl was renowned for her innovative techniques, often combining woodblocks, linoleum blocks, etchings, and even plaster blocks within the same work of art. Siegl's plaster block technique appeared in the American Artist magazine in May 1955. She also gave lectures on the subject at the Print Club in Philadelphia.







Monday, June 6, 2016

Recognize and Avoid "Toxic" People


Hey, I know this guy -- I worked with him for ten years. But where's his picture? Is it too late to send in The Toxic Avenger to even the score?



Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter


Fairfield Porter











Friday, June 3, 2016

Magnus Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin: Wein Airlines Painting



Magnus Colcord "Rusty" Heurlin 
(American 1895-1986)
Inuit in an Umiak 
Oil on canvas 
37-1/2 x 33-3/4 inches
Signed, located and dated 'C. Heurlin/ Barrow '46' bottom left

This painting is believed to have been created as an advertisement for Wien Airlines, the first airline in Alaska. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bauhaus Textiles












Gunta Stölzl (1897-1983) was a German textile artist  who played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. As the Bauhaus’s only female master she created enormous change within the weaving department as it transitioned from individual pictorial works to modern industrial designs. She joined the Bauhaus as a student in 1920, became a junior master in 1927 and a full master the next year. She was dismissed for political reasons in 1931, a year before the Bauhaus closed under pressure from the Nazis.  The textile department was a neglected part of the Bauhaus when Ms. Stölzl began her career, and its active masters were weak on the technical aspects of textile production. She soon became a mentor to other students and reopened the Bauhaus dye studios in 1921. After a brief departure, Stölzl became the school's weaving director in 1925 when it relocated from Weimar to Dessau and expanded the department to increase its weaving and dyeing facilities. She applied ideas from Modern Art to weaving, experimented with synthetic materials, and improved the department's technical instruction to include courses in mathematics. The Bauhaus weaving workshop became one of its most successful facilities under her direction.

At Walter Gropius's Bauhaus Anni Albers began her first year under Georg Muche and then Johannes Itten. Women were barred from certain disciplines taught at the school, especially architecture, and during her second year, unable to get into a glass workshop with future husband Josef Albers, Anni Albers deferred reluctantly to weaving. With her instructor Gunta Stölzl, however, Albers soon learned to love weaving's tactile construction challenges.





Art Walkabout/Street Photography

Don Mangus, untitled, iPhone photo, 2016


Don Mangusuntitled, iPhone photo, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mihai Marius Mihu: Dante's Divine Comedy, The Nine Circles of Hell,Re-Created with Lego Bricks

Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu


Mihai Marius Mihu