art

Robert Longo: Twist & Shout

I first was exposed to Robert Longo's work  in 2006, when I was living in Paris and visited the Centre Pompidou.   

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His paintings are large! graphic! monochrome! dynamic! twisted! smart! urban! desperate! amazing!

They would look incredible anywhere.  Yes, I said ANYWHERE!  In a plane.  In Spain. In the rain.  In a psychos apartment.

American Psycho (2000).  Production Designer: Gideon Ponte

American Psycho (2000).  Production Designer: Gideon Ponte

An original print could go for 5K to 10K, so there is no way I'm going to be owning any Longo any time soon.  

Designer: Tom Sheerer

Designer: Tom Sheerer

Frederic Malle's house in Architectural Digest

Frederic Malle's house in Architectural Digest

New and Normal

I was watching The New Normal (super spotty TV show) and in one scene there were two things that peaked my interested:

What a manly headboard, without it being over the top medieval.  Most headboards often strike me as feminine or minimalist, so this one was a nice change.   

What a manly headboard, without it being over the top medieval.  Most headboards often strike me as feminine or minimalist, so this one was a nice change.   

One day I would like to have a painting and spot light it, but a lot of "one days" have to happen first.    One day I will own a painting that is large enough and I am proud enough of it to spot light it.  One day I will own my own home where I can mess with is structurally.  One day I will think hiring an electrician to wire a spot light for me is necessary   

One day I would like to have a painting and spot light it, but a lot of "one days" have to happen first.  

One day I will own a painting that is large enough and I am proud enough of it to spot light it.  One day I will own my own home where I can mess with is structurally.  One day I will think hiring an electrician to wire a spot light for me is necessary   

Picture Framing: The Secret of the Custom Mat

When I graduated college, I swore to myself that I would never hang something unframed on my walls again (the exception is inside closets).  Luckily, my larger pieces of art came with frames, but the rest fell into two categories—small with interesting edges and everything else.  

For small pieces on parchment or watercolor paper, I love a double glass frame.  You get to enjoy every bit of it, and it makes it look rare and valuable. 

I got this in Jaipur, Indian.  The sales guy spun me a tale about how it's on some sort of historic paper.  Unlikely.

I got this in Jaipur, Indian.  The sales guy spun me a tale about how it's on some sort of historic paper.  Unlikely.

This was my Aunt Shirley's.  I hang it behind my toilet so  guys have to stare at it when they pee.

This was my Aunt Shirley's.  I hang it behind my toilet so  guys have to stare at it when they pee.

For everything else, I am all about a custom mat.  Here’s my rational.  Standard size frames are pricy enough already, and spending an extra hundred bucks on a custom frame seems like money miss spent. 

Find a standard frame that fits your art, with at least 2 inches of space between the edge of the art area (not the edge of the paper or poster) and the frame.  I would normally try to give about 4 inches of space around the art, but every piece is different

Purchase a custom cut mat, in a color which complements the art and the frame.  A colored mat is your chance to set your art apart. 

I buy my mats from The Frame Destination because they seem to have a good variety of colors and the best prices, but there are many other sources on line.  You could go into a store and have them measure and cut you a mat, but I’m not sure how competitive the prices are. 

I bought this print in Paris years go.  The black frame is very standard, but I added a thick black mat to emphasizes the border.  I like this picture because it gives me a chance to show off my fake electrical outlet pictures.

I bought this print in Paris years go.  The black frame is very standard, but I added a thick black mat to emphasizes the border.

I like this picture because it gives me a chance to show off my fake electrical outlet pictures.

I stuck this print I found in Israel in a frame from
IKEA.  I chose a tangerine colored wide
mat so that the print would appear grander.  Size matters.

I stuck this print I found in Israel in a frame from IKEA.  I chose a tangerine colored wide mat so that the print would appear grander.  Size matters.

The cheapest large frames seem to be from IKEA, which makes custom mats even more helpful because IKEA frames are all wonky metric sizes. 

Happy Framing! 

Susanin's Auctions: My fav!

When I lived in Chicago, I bought furniture and art from Susanin's Auctions.  I would go so far as to say that it is my favorite auction house (until I start purchasing Klimt's from Christie's).  Susanin's has amazing things, for surprising low prices.  

Even though I live in LA, I still scroll through their auction catalogues and dream.  Once I even compulsively bought a large piece of art and had to get UPS to wrap it up and ship it to me (probably lesson not learned).

FYI: Action catalogues show prices like this "300/500", meaning they estimate the lot will go for between $300 and $500, plus an additional buyers free of about 25% which goes to the auction house.

These are my top wants from their currently sale:

Art purchased from Susanin's.  Then I had to get UPS to go there, wrap it up, and ship it to me.  The whole thing ended up being $500, which was a huge amount for an unemployed recent college grad.  

Art purchased from Susanin's.  Then I had to get UPS to go there, wrap it up, and ship it to me.  The whole thing ended up being $500, which was a huge amount for an unemployed recent college grad.  

PAIR OF CERAMIC FRUIT TOPIARIES.  Height: 20.5" $50/$100

PAIR OF CERAMIC FRUIT TOPIARIES. Height: 20.5" $50/$100

STARK STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CARPET.  Lacking label. 15'4" x 10'8", $500/$700

STARK STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CARPET. Lacking label. 15'4" x 10'8", $500/$700

CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN (AMERICAN, 1860-1933) PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A SHAWL.  Oil on board, signed and dated '98(?) LR, Board: 33" x 25", $200/$300

CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN (AMERICAN, 1860-1933) PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A SHAWL. Oil on board, signed and dated '98(?) LR, Board: 33" x 25", $200/$300

  JIM LASER (20TH CENTURY) SALT INSTITUTE, LOUISE KAHN, ARCHITECT.  Photographic giclee print. Ink signed LR, Framed: 41" x 50", $75/$125   This one is so big, and it comes framed.  I am sure it packs a really big punch in person.

JIM LASER (20TH CENTURY) SALT INSTITUTE, LOUISE KAHN, ARCHITECT. Photographic giclee print. Ink signed LR, Framed: 41" x 50", $75/$125

This one is so big, and it comes framed.  I am sure it packs a really big punch in person.

ENGLISH FLAME MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS.  H: 48" W: 36" D: 18", $200/$400

ENGLISH FLAME MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS. H: 48" W: 36" D: 18", $200/$400