Update, October 17: Hello! I’ve had to reschedule this class, due to my recent leg injury. I’ll post the new date as soon as it’s confirmed. Sorry, and thanks!
On November 2, I’ll be teaching a one-night class about some lesser-known women artists who were active in New York from the 1920s through the 1940s (and beyond) — O’Keeffe’s contemporaries, if you will. You can find full information at the Brooklyn Brainery’s website, here! Image: Peggy Bacon, Frenzied Effort, 1925. Drypoint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 26.10.7.
I’ve never had a chance to do any “official” research on Audrey Flack’s work, but I’ve been a fan of her photorealist still-life paintings for a long time. Here’s one titled Jolie Madame, dated 1973. (It belongs to the National Gallery of Australia.)
Flack (b. 1931) is known for her contemporary reinterpretations of vanitas images—still-life compositions that symbolically evoke mortality and the “vanity” of earthly pleasures…
This is such a perfectly summery perfume advertisement that I had to post it. I don’t know anything about Princesse Isabelle, or about this fragrance, other than that it seems to be a romantic floral eau de toilette.
What I do know is that Princesse Isabelle selected a painting by Claude Monet for this ad…
Next month, I’ll be giving a presentation on the longstanding relationship between art history and perfume advertising, hosted by Think Olio at J-Walk in Manhattan. If you’re free at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 19th, and this subject intrigues you, consider joining us! Mixed drinks will be served.
You can find details and a registration link on the Think Olio website.
Last week I took a “busman’s holiday” and spent an afternoon going to museums. The Cooper-Hewitt was on my list because I wanted to catch the temporary exhibition The “Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.”
I had already happily wandered through rooms and rooms of radios, jewelry, textiles, architectural renderings, and furniture, when I spied a small but rich selection of perfume bottles. Here are my snapshots…They’re not great, but they give an idea of what I saw.
Have you ever visited someone’s home and wished you could peek into his or her closet? It’s ok; I won’t tell.
The temporary installation “Sara Berman’s Closet” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gives us that opportunity, in a staged yet subtly effective way. It’s a recreation of the closet of one woman who lived alone in Greenwich Village from 1982 through 2004, and who happened to be the mother of artist Maira Kalman.