September 29, 2011

Books @ Partners & Spade

I love getting email announcements from Partners and Spade in NYC. It never fails that it's about something cool.
This just in: "A Large Collection of Rare Books from John McWhinnie, Newly Available.."
The ones pictured above are just a few.

See here for the rest.


September 27, 2011

Permanent Light

Just as soon as I can, I'm heading out to see this in person:  From fellow blogger David John, his interpretation of Richard Dorso's Life Long Collection at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA); part of  Pacific Standard Time - Collecting in Los Angeles- 1945 – 1980.

David John of the acclaimed arts and interiors blog YHBHS will design and style a temporary interior space, the first of its kind, at the LAMA showroom that will showcase a fresh and current perspective of Dorso’ s lifelong collection. Utilizing David John’s skills as an interior designer, LAMA has invited this local California designer to create an intimate space that brings together the past and present,  shining a light on how Modern Art and Design is viewed in today’s  current art and interiors scene. 
September 19 – October 8, 2011; 10am – 6pm open daily
LAMA Showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406

~Photographs by Bethany Nauert

September 26, 2011


Incredible images from Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers documenting abandoned monuments in the Balkans (former Yugoslavia).

‘During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of monuments commemorating the Second World War – called ‘Spomeniks’ – were built throughout the former Yugoslavia; striking monumental sculptures, with an angular geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, and macro-views of viruses or DNA. In the 1980s the Spomeniks still attracted millions of visitors from the Eastern bloc; today they are largely neglected and unknown, their symbolism lost and unwanted.

Get the book here.

~thanks retronaut!


September 22, 2011


If you like vintage clothing (and I know you do) don't miss A Current Affair Pop Up this Sunday, September 25th.  Last year I found the MOST FAB Bob Mackie gown I've ever seen...see it here.

You won't be disappointed. 


September 19, 2011


Andi Arnovitz "Poetic Justice @ George Billis Gallery

Hedieh Javanshir Lichi "Perpetual Traveler"@ JK Gallery

KAWS "A Long Way Home" @ Honor Fraser

Yoskay Yamamoto "Hello and Goodbye" @ LaBasse Projects

Last Wednesday was my birthday and I took the afternoon off to check out a few galleries on La Cienega and in Culver City. These were my FAVE exhibitions.


September 16, 2011


Oh, I do love the Novogratz's work.  I'm ready for the "Parenting by the Novogratz" book. Are you listening Cortney and Robert? 

~image via thenovogratz


September 15, 2011

For Sale...

The Rodney Walker Residence, 1959 Case Study in Ojai. Located on a hilltop on the west side of the Ojai Valley, the 3.4 acre site offers a 270 degree panoramic.


See the full listing here from Crosby Doe Associates.
~photography : scott mayoral


September 12, 2011


Donald Judd Untitled -15 works in Concrete

Claes Oldenberg & Coosje van Bruggen

Donald Judd Untitled -100 works in Mill Aluminum

Lots of talk about Marfa, Texas these days. Besides wanting to stay @ El Cosmico, I would love to check out the Chinati Foundation; the contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, artist Donald Judd. The 25 year anniversay of the Chinati Foundation coming up this October 7th-9th and would be a perfect time to go see Donald Judd's 100 works in Mill Aluminum and 15 works in Concrete set amoung this 340 acre compound. Other artist works to be seen there include Dan Flavin, Ronnie Horn and Carl Andre among many others.
Find out more here.


September 08, 2011

Richard Hambleton

Godfather of Street Art.


For Sale...

and listed by Alicia Lawhon:

Designed by Architect Simon Storey in the heart of Echo Park.
See full listing here.


September 07, 2011

A California Minute

California Stars, acrylic and lacquer on panel

Marine Contemporary Presents Jow: A California Minute

C – the dit dit dah of Morse code travels through the
A - dark blue water, white tipped waves beneath the moonlight
L – displaced in a foreign land
I – longing to be back in California
F – distance + desire
O – comforted by the lyrics from that familiar tune
R – sunshine, sand, blue skies, palm trees, LEMONS
N – soul, stars, girls, nights
I – slow pace, laid back, dreamin’
A – California minute

The predominant focus of this show is lyrics from songs about California from the 1960’s and early 1970’s. For the last five years, a significant part of Jow’s work has focused on text and word play with a special emphasis on signs and symbols. More known for her witty and irreverent drawings on vintage letterhead paper, this show marks a departure from that body of work and focuses more on the artist’s love for language in its purest visual form.

For A California Minute, Jow explores the complexity of California’s allure and fantasies about the Golden State’s promise through the simple dots and dashes that articulate Morse code. Extending out of her earlier work with Braille, Jow became interested in Morsecode, not only for its capacity to communicate language and its romantic sense of nostalgia, but also because its graphic qualities are reminiscent of work by minimalist artists of the same period.

On view September 10  -  October 15 2011.
Opening Reception September 10   6-9.


September 02, 2011

1st Dibs Finds

George Nelson for Herman Miller Sofa 1950c., Rosewood on Brass Trim Base Milo Baughman End Tables 1970c., Group of Mid Century Modernist Drawings by Santos Rene Irizarry, Large Taraxacum Pendant Lamp by Castiglioni, PK 80 Daybed by Poul Kjaerholm, Rosenthal Bisque Vase Designed by Martin Froyer, Primitive Guardian Figure


September 01, 2011

The New Gypsies

Really GREAT images from Iain McKell's New Gypsies -

Photographer Iain McKell offers an extraordinary and breathtakingly beautiful glimpse into the lives of a real and raw group of present-day nomads whose culture is built around ideals of freedom, nature, and simplicity. Historically despised the new Gypsies are there by choice, not heritage. Unrelated to the Roma, the movement began in 1986 when a group of Post-Punk Anti-Thatcher protesters headed out of London into the English countryside. McKell followed these New Age Travellers to the West Country and over the years he watched them become a hybrid tribe - the new gypsies - present-day rural anarchists, living the subversive lifestyle in elaborately decorated horse-drawn caravans. Known as 'Horse-drawn', the new gypsies share a desire for sustainability, a love of self-reliance and a disdain for the trappings of contemporary life. For more than a decade McKell has focused his lens on travellers of all ages: parents, children, couples and loners. With sensitivity and honesty he captures a way of life that seems at once romantic, strange, beautiful and simple. The result is a deeply insightful portrayal of a culture that eschews the traditional creature comforts of urban life in favour of the simplicity and freedom of the natural world.

Show on view now at Clic Gallery in NYC until October 2. Book available here as well.

~thanks black*eiffel!