Funerary Urns from Rome, Japan, and Prince

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I saw an article in the NY Times the other day that was a one year follow-up to the death of Prince, and the image accompanying the article showed the urn that holds his ashes. As can be expected with something from Prince, it’s not your ordinary funerary urn; it’s a model-sized reproduction of his […]

Dressing up as a Franz Kline

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I saw this dress designed by Eric Gaskins based on the art of Franz Kline at an exhibition titled “Black Fashion Designers” at the F.I.T. Gallery in NYC. For a comparison point, we’ve got a detail from Franz Kline’s painting “Mahoning,” 1956, below right. At first glance, Gaskins’ dress may just look like a print […]

A video ode to the lightbulb

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I think if you’re like most people, you don’t think of the light bulb as an artistic object, or in humanistic terms. I’m talking about the actual light bulb, which in this context is different from lighting and lighting fixtures, which can be artistic, in the right hands. Enter designer Michael Anastassiades, who has a […]

Harlequin Romance Cover treatment for Donald Trump

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I saw the picture, below left, of an idealized Donald Trump portrait as part of a story in the New York Times … it’s a triple portrait from a bar in Moscow, featuring from left: Marine Le Pen of France, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin of Russia. My first thought was, “looking at that dashing, […]

Keeping things off-balance with Hervé Van der Straeten

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The French designer Hervé Van der Straeten got his start creating jewelry, and expanded his work into furniture, mirrors and lighting. I was introduced to some of his designs via the NY Times T Magazine, and wanted to share a few with you. The ones I like are the ones that seem off-balance, or have […]

Cars you can’t drive: car paintings by Peter Cain

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I enjoyed seeing an exhibition of paintings by Peter Cain last month in NYC at the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd Street. The exhibition included paintings, drawings, and collages made between the late 1980s and 1997, when the artist died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of thirty-seven. I’ve always loved Cain’s […]