Archive for November, 2011

With Thanksgiving at our doorstep, my thoughts are of beautiful table-scapes…a gorgeous spread begins with luscious linens and who better than Libeco Home to get us started…located in Meulebeke Belgium, they specialize in manufacturing and distributing high end household linen and exclusive fabrics for retail and the contract market…I have purchased many Libeco linens over the past few years and for me, nothing compares to the quality of this product…from the glorious texture to the timeless color palette, these linens are a welcome addition to any decor…certain hues remind me of the Gauguin post I published awhile back…may these delicious plum and pumpkin tones inspire your holiday table!

photos from Libeco, paintings by Paul Gauguin

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While researching yesterday’s post, I discovered these wonderful ink on paper paintings by Alexander Calder…they date back to 1925 while he was a student at the Art Students League in New York…it was that same year he made his first sculpture and just one year later, in 1926, he left for Paris to study at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere…his years in Paris opened his eyes to a whole new world of innovation and experimentation…he met other artists living in Paris, including surrealist Joan Miro and Piet Mondrain, whose abstract paintings inspired him to “make living paintings, shapes in motion.”

May these early Calder paintings brighten your day! Happy weekend!

photos from The Pace Gallery

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With thoughts of yesterday’s post still fresh in my mind, I couldn’t help but reflect on the work of Alexander Calder…his ground-breaking fusion of art and engineering has inspired so many…when I look at his pieces, I feel transported to my childhood…a place filled with wonder and freedom…what a magical gift

The Pace Gallery, in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, presents Calder 1941, an exhibition focusing on a seminal year in Alexander Calder’s career and the apotheosis of a decade of experimentation following his invention of the mobile in 1931. Calder 1941 is now on view through December 23, 2011 and includes fifteen mobiles and standing mobiles made primarily from sheet metal, wire and paint, many of which have not been on public view for decades, as well as a series of 1941 photographs of the artist’s Roxbury Connecticut studio by celebrated photographer Herbert Matter, which capture many of the works on view.

“The simplest forms in the universe are the sphere and the circle. I represent them by disks and then I vary them… spheres of different sizes, densities, colours and volumes, floating in space, traversing clouds, sprays of water, currents of air, viscosities and odours – of the greatest variety and disparity.” ~ Alexander Calder

The Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

photos and resources from the Calder Foundation and The Pace Gallery

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Using found objects and discarded materials, Rodger Stevens creates imaginative sculpture inspired by the everyday world around him…whether an abstract shape or a playful form, his work has an energy all its own…to watch a fabulous video about the artist and his creative process, click here

above ~ Large-scale driftwood and steel wire mobile commissioned by Simon Doonan for the Barneys department store in Scottsdale Arizona

above ~ AJS Fixture, steel wire and electrics

above ~ Woof, Yap, Grrr – A new series of wall-mounted sculptures for the Jonathan Adler stores

above ~ Puppy & Kitten (Peace and War), steel wall hanging

above ~ Orchadia, a collaborative work by Rodger Stevens and Mark McKenna…this installation-scale work is a robotically animated light sculpture

above ~ Rodger Stevens photographed by Carlos Serrao for “A Work of Persol” ad campaign

photos from Rodger Stevens

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This stylish West Village townhouse doubles as a gallery/retail space and a beautiful home! Ten years ago, southener Paul Caddell packed his bags and moved to the city that never sleeps with hopes of realizing his dream…though his background was in health-care administration, his passion for antiques and interiors inspired a bold career move…now the proud owner of Abingdon 12, a home store and art gallery specializing in vintage and contemporary sculpture, he exhibits installations by artists such as Rodger Stevens and Jonathan Iylanjah…his living room doubles as the gallery space while the garden level retails an eclectic mix of items for the home…he is living in a stimulating environment filled with ever-changing artwork and sharing it with his customers…dreams really do come true!

“Whether it’s moving to the city or designing my home, there are deliberate guiding principles in my life, but, most importantly, I do what looks and feels right.” ~ Paul Caddell

photos and resources from Lonny Magazine

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mimi’s eye

do you see me?

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100,000 all-time views!

How strange and wonderful that on 11/11/11, a thoughtful eye surpassed 100,000 all-time views! My thanks go out to you for making this possible…your support inspires me to keep exploring, learning and discovering…cheers! I’ll let you know when we hit a million!

Wishing you a happy weekend filled with strange and wonderful coincidences!

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