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Quilts, Textiles and Samplers

Today I’ll feature quilts, textiles and needlework from the American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (in New York), an exhibit at Crystal Bridges.

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

Rising Star Variation Quilt, Elsey A Halstead, 1848

Rising Star Variation Quilt, Elsey A Halstead, 1848, cotton

Sallie Hathaway Needlework Picture, 1784

Sallie Hathaway Needlework Picture, 1784, 12 years of age

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, Artist Unidentified, 1845-1850

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, Artist Unidentified, 1845-1850, cotton with wool embroidery

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Note the individual motifs (some missing) and the obvious deterioration of some fabrics.

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

I would guess there was embroidery that has fallen away.

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail

Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top, detail (trapunto)

Slashed Star Quilt, 1872, Sara Maartz

Slashed Star Quilt, 1872, Sara Maartz, cotton, Lancaster,  Pennsylvania

Do Not Touch Sign

Do Not Touch Sign

The ubiquitous Do Not Touch warning. I once had a visitor ask if she could touch a piece of art. She took me rather by surprise and I gave her a resounding, “NO.” Sorry–but better me than one of the docents and you’re barred for life (KIDDING).

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, 1853

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, 1853, cotton, silk, wool, and wool embroidery

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, detail

Sarah Ann Garges Applique Bedcover, detail

Note the dimensional shirt and sleeves.

Crewel Bedcover, 1815-1825, Artist Unidentified

Crewel Bedcover, 1815-1825, Artist Unidentified, New England or New York State, wood with wool embroidery

Crewel Bedcover, detail

Crewel Bedcover, detail

Pieties Quilt, Maria Cadman Hubbard, 1848

Pieties Quilt, Maria Cadman Hubbard (aged 79), 1848, probably Austerlitz, New York, cotton

“If you cannot be a pippin don’t turn crabapple.”

Lucy Low Sampler, 1776, 12 yoa

Lucy Low Sampler, 1776, 12 yoa, silk on linen, Danvers, Massachusetts

My mother lived in Danvers as a child but she wasn’t THAT old.

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Diamond in the Square Quilt (Artist Unidentified), wool, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Large Eagle (Wilhelm Schimmel), paint on pine, Cumberland County,  Pennsylvania

Whig Rose Quilt, Abigail Hill

Whig Rose Quilt, Abigail Hill, probably Indiana, cotton

Harlequin Medallion Quilt, Artist Unidentified

Harlequin Medallion Quilt, Artist Unidentified, 1800-1820, New England

The fabric is rather unusual, being glazed worsted wools (calimanco), professionally manufactured. The black had a leathery look. We wondered what it would have been like to needle through.

Map Quilt, Artist Unidentified, 1886, possibly Virginia

Map Quilt, Artist Unidentified, 1886, possibly Virginia, silk and cotton with silk embroidery

There was some motif embroidery (spider web), but most embroidery was between states. The date was embroidered in Roman numerals between Oregon and Washington. Note the elongated hexagon piecing.

Tulip and Rose Bouquet Quilt, Elizabeth Schumacher Leece

Tulip and Rose Bouquet Quilt, Elizabeth Schumacher Leece, 1930-45, Kansas City, Missouri, cotton

I could not find out but this is reminiscent of kit quilts by Mountain Mist that were popular around this period.

Centennial Quilt, possibly Gertrde Knappenberger

Centennial Quilt, possibly Gertrde Knappenberger, cotton embroidery

Crystal Bridges often has interactive areas during their exhibits. My friend Sharon and I played with the magnetic quilt pieces and also added to the tapestries on looms. While she was working on one, I added bright wool to the other. I need to get back and see the progress. We also stenciled with colored pencils on a box which we were able to bring home. I still haven’t finished mine.

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Add to Our Community Loom, Sharon H.

Add to Our Community Loom, Sharon H.

Add to Our Community Loom

Add to Our Community Loom, pink and turquoise wool by Candy P

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Create a Quilt w/Sharon H.

Create a Quilt w/Sharon H.

Creat a Quilt

Create a Quilt by Candy P

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Stencilled box, Crayola pencils, by Candy P

I have signed up for the mini-workshop the end of August on Automatons (kinetic objects, as in whirligigs). Watch for my post in early September. Summer is just zipping on by! In the meantime, we may actually get some rain. Rain in parts of Fayetteville yesterday caused flooding up to the car windows leaving most of the rest of us parched! Freaky.

 

Whirligigs, weathervanes and signs

Here are whirligigs, weathervanes and signs from the American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum in New York. I have always been fascinated by whirligigs–I’ll have to see if I missed the workshop at Crystal Bridges for making one.

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

Uncle Sam Riding a Bicycle Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, 1880-1920

Uncle Sam Riding a Bicycle Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, 1880-1920, paint on wood with metal

It was all I could do to not touch this to make it spin. Maybe I could sneak in one of those personal fans. Heehee.

Standing Sentinel Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, mid-late 19th c.

Standing Sentinel Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, mid-late 19th century, paint on wood with metal and glass

Eagle and Shield Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, ca. 1800

Eagle and Shield Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, ca. 1800, cast bell metal

Columbia Weathervane, 1865-75, Artist Unknown, possibly Cushing and White

Columbia Weathervane, 1865-75, Artist Unknown, possibly Cushing and White, paint on copper and zinc

Sea Serpent Weathervan, Artist Unidentified

Sea Serpent Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, 1850, New England

J.B. Schlegelmilch Blacksmith Shop Sign and Weathervane, Artist Unidentified

J.B. Schlegelmilch Blacksmith Shop Sign and Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, mid 19th c., SE Pennsylvania, iron with traces of  paint

It’s hard to see, but the horse and shoe motifs and the letters “ER” inside the horseshoe indicate that the blacksmith is a horse shoer.

Hanging Sheep Shop Sign, Artist Unidentified

Hanging Sheep Shop Sign, Artist Unidentified, mid 19th c., paint and traces of gold leaf on wood with metal

My friend and I found this rather disturbing even though it was thought that this sign would have represented a shop selling wool. Something about hanging it from a meat hook…

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Bicycle, Livery, Carriage & Paint Shop Sign, paint on laminated wood with Columbia high-wheel bicycle, built by Amede’ T. Thibault, 1895-1905, St. Albans, Vermont

Tooth Trade Sign, Artist Unidentified

Tooth Trade Sign, Artist Unidentified, 1850-80, probably New England, paint on wood with metal

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8-foot weathervane, hollow copper, featuring Delaware Indian leader Tammany

Next time, I’ll feature quilts and textiles.

We are experiencing a little cooler weather (a very humid 78) which is a relief after the triple digits heat index of the last week or so. Some of our relatives in Minnesota were without power from Thursday till Sunday following straight-line winds of over 100 mph. Sounds like a hurricane. That means there will be a lot of clean up with trees and power lines downed. At least everyone is safe, albeit having to throw out food and clean refrigerators! Till next time…

Picturing the Male Self

This is a series of male self-portraits presented at Crystal Bridges.  The photographs are rather dark–I was experimenting with a manual setting to compensate for the museum lighting.

Picturing the Male Self

Picturing the Male Self

We’ll start with this sculpture–I think it would be interesting to just sit near this to watch people’s reactions, it is so detailed and lifelike.  Evan Penny, aluminum, silicone, pigment, hair, fabric.

Old Self-Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be, Variation #2, 2010

Old Self-Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be, Variation #2, 2010

Self-Portrait, 2011

Self-Portrait, 2011, David Bates

Self-Portrait, 1911

Self-Portrait, 1911, Morton Livingston Schamberg

Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers, 1939

Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers, 1939, Ben Shahn

Self-Portrait, 1935

Self-Portrait, 1935, Paul Cadmus

Studio: End of Day, 1961

Studio: End of Day, 1961, John Koch

This next is based on black and white photos by Sam Samore.

Untitled (After Sam), 2006

Untitled (After Sam), 2006, Rudolf Stengel

Self-Portrait, n.d.

Self-Portrait, n.d., Joseph Stella

Self-Portrait, 1935

Self-Portrait, 1935, John Stewart Curry

The Closed Window, 2001

The Closed Window, 2001, Will Barnet

Self-Portrait, 1912

Self-Portrait, 1912, Stuart Davis

Self-Portrait, 1933

Self-Portrait, 1933, Oscar Bluemner

Man & Wife, 1944

Man & Wife, 1944, Milton Avery

It strikes me that not only are these men not smiling nor do they seem to be enjoying life or their art, but some of them look truly miserable.  What comes first, the art or the angst?

Speaking of self-portraits, my art quilt group has a new challenge: Self-Portrait.  We don’t have too many rules for this one and the initial idea came from the late quilt artist,  Yvonne Porcella.  Have you done a self-portrait?  Do you have a favorite self-portrait?  Send me a link if you do and search for Yvonne Porcella’s Self-Portrait class for some colorful examples.

http://yvonneporcella.com/

 

Jamie Wyeth IV: Halloween Redux

Just when you thought Halloween was over and it was safe, I finally get around to my somewhat spooky Jamie Wyeth paintings.  This has been my screen saver for over a month now and is one of my favorites.  The Headlands of Monhegan Island, Maine, 2007.

The Headlands of Monhegan Island, Maine, 2007

The Headlands of Monhegan Island, Maine, 2007

It’s hard to see, but there are people in the upper right hand corner throwing their Halloween pumpkins into the sea, a yearly island tradition.

Then we have Meteor Shower (1993) and Raven (1980).

Meteor Shower, 1993

Meteor Shower, 1993

Raven, 1980

Raven, 1980

Here is Pumpkin Shadow (1977), Pumpkinhead: Self-Portrait (1972), my self-portrait and close-up of my pumpkinhead costume.  I stuffed the pumpkinhead with blank newsprint and it stands well on its own.  Everyone loved my costume but I could not wear it for very long because it was really hot.  Next year I think I’ll just sew a mask or use makeup.

Pumpkin Shadow, 1977

Pumpkin Shadow, 1977

Pumpkinhead, Self-Portrait, 1972

Pumpkinhead, Self-Portrait, 1972

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

Pumpkinhead

and Inferno, 2006, more seagulls, a recurring theme.

Inferno, Monhegan

Inferno, Monhegan

Here is my daughter as Persephone and Gene Simmons also dropped by.

Persephone

Persephone

Persephone

Persephone

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

Persephone

Persephone

Here is Louise Bourgeois’ 30-foot tall sculpture, Maman (1999), a close-up of the egg sack and the window decal, all at Crystal Bridges.

Maman

Maman

Maman

Maman

Egg Sack, Maman

Egg Sack, Maman

Sign for Maman

Sign for Maman

So it’s off to the races for the day, with mundane things on the menu like laundry, paperwork, packing up Halloween till next year, and maybe I’ll finally get my quilt labels printed out and write out step-by-step instructions with photos.  Enjoy the fall weather if you have it.

Jamie Wyeth II: Drawings and portraits (some nudity)

Here are some early drawings by Jamie Wyeth plus a small portrait by his father, Andrew Wyeth.  What a talent at age 5 (and at 17 and on).

Jamie in Blue Sweater, Study of Jamie by the Fireplace, 1969

Jamie in Blue Sweater, Study of Jamie by the Fireplace, 1969

Detail

Detail

D’Artagnan with his head thrown back by Jamie,age 5.

D'Artagnan, 1951

D’Artagnan, 1951

Musketeers, 1951

Musketeers, 1951

Portrait of Shorty, 1963

Portrait of Shorty, 1963

Draft Age (Jimmy Lynch),1965

Draft Age (Jimmy Lynch),1965

I had to take some of these at weird angles because there was too much glare from museum lights.  Jimmy Lynch came in to pose looking like a bad boy.  He received his draft notice the next day. The pose of Lincoln Kirstein is interesting–he was observing a ballet from the wings.

Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein, 1965

Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein, 1965

Portrait of John F. Kennedy, 1967

Portrait of John F. Kennedy, 1967

Self-Portrait, 1969

Self-Portrait, 1969

Fred Hughes and Andy Warhol, 2005

Fred Hughes and Andy Warhol, 2005

Nude, Three-Quarter Figure, Nuryev (Study #18), 1977

Nude, Three-Quarter Figure, Nuryev (Study #18), 1977

Nuryev--Don Quixote--Yellow Background, 2001

Nuryev–Don Quixote–Yellow Background, 2001

Nuryev--Purple Scarf, 2001

Nuryev–Purple Scarf, 2001

Profile, In Fur, Nuryev, 1977

Profile, In Fur, Nuryev, 1977

Profile with Black Wash Background,Head, Nuryev (Study #23), 1977

Profile with Black Wash Background,Head, Nuryev (Study #23), 1977

Andy Warhol-Facing His Right (Study #15), 1976

Andy Warhol-Facing His Right (Study #15), 1976

Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1976

Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1976

A.W. Working on His Piss Series, 2007

A.W. Working on His Piss Series, 2007

And, of course, Andy Warhol’s portrait of Jamie Wyeth.

Jamie Wyeth, 1976

Jamie Wyeth, 1976

Smile, you could be on Candid Camera.

Jamie Wyeth I: Keepin’ em’ down on the farm

Here are some photos from the Jamie Wyeth exhibit at Crystal Bridges.

Bale, 1972

Bale, 1972

Run (1959?)

Run (1959?)

Cornflakes, 1985

Cornflakes, 1985

Barn Owls, Immature, 2006

Barn Owls, Immature, 2006

Goat Tree, 2006

Goat Tree, 2006

P1020384And The Seven Deadly Sins.  Wyeth had a macabre streak.  Each of these paintings has a bright red rim around the edge and each sin was spelled out in red letters on the frame.

The Seven Deadly Sins-Gluttony, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Gluttony, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Pride, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins-Pride, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins-Anger, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Anger, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Envy, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Envy, 2005

The Seven Deadly Sins-Sloth, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Sloth, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Lust, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Lust, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins-Greed, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins-Greed, 2008

Next time, we’ll go “Down to the sea.”   As for Cornflakes, that was the main cold cereal in our house growing up.  But here is what my mom did with the cereal box–glued on paper and made holes for me to practice my embroidery stitches.  I think I was five.

Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery

Got milk?  (Actually I really cannot stand cornflakes unless I add copious amounts of sugar.)  Next time, “Drawings and portraits.”  Want to see my etchings?

Crystal Bridges, still life, and burgers

My daughter and I went to Crystal Bridges a couple weeks ago and ate lunch at Eleven (the restaurant). We sat at Table 11—I loved the salt and pepper shakers.

Lunch at Eleven

Lunch at Eleven

The restaurant is participating in Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger contest.   http://www.sutterhome.com/build-a-better-burger-recipe-contest/rules#

The idea is to photograph your meal and post it to Instagram. We’re not on Instagram so I’ll just share it here.

Crystal Bridges Build a Better Burger

Crystal Bridges Build a Better Burger

We also viewed the new exhibit, American Encounters: The Small Treasures of Still Life; here are two interesting still life paintings. The first represents a practice during the Civil War of children giving apples to passing soldiers. Fruit Pieces, Apples on Tin Cups, 1864, William Sidney Mount.

Fruit Piece: Apples on Tin Cups, 1864

Fruit Piece: Apples on Tin Cups, 1864

The other is a depiction of currency during the economic downturn at the time—even then, the government frowned on any realistic representation of currency. The central bill is for 10 cents. Just imagine if we used currency instead of coin for a dime.

Small Change, 1887

Small Change, 1887

John Haberle signature

John Haberle signature

There’s a room off from the exhibit with items allowing you to compose your own still life and draw or photograph it. There is also an electronic display that allows you to make a still life. Here is mine, titled Flying Objects.

Flying Objects

Flying Objects

Lobster placement ...

Lobster placement …

Lastly, we viewed the new acquisition, Flag, Jasper Johns, 1983, encaustic on silk flag on canvas (11-5/8 in x 17-1/2 in).

Flag, 1983

Flag, 1983

Stay tuned for one more post–then I think I’ll take a few days off and get caught up around the house.  Have a great week.

Art from 21c Hotel

As promised, here are photographs of some of the art from the latest collection at the 21c Hotel in Bentonville.

Cutup (British) 2007. Reordered bus shelter advertising poster in light box by a collaborative group of European activists-artists.  Anti-Social Behavior Orders (started in 1998) were issued to juveniles for such infractions as begging, abandoning cars, noise pollution, littering and fare evasion.

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Sea of Galilee (2008), Rina Castelnuovo (Israeli), color photograph.  Israeli men on the Israeli-Palestine border praying for rain and possibly, eternal peace.  Unintended selfie.

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Strude #1, #16 and #17 (2008-09).  Trine Sondergaard (Danish).  Chromogenic prints on Dibond.  Girls in traditional costumes.  Headcoverings allude to both indigenous rituals and global debates about religious garb.

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All Souls (Bielawa) 2006. Jane Hammond (American).  Gouache, acrylic, organza, mica, metal leaf, handmade paper, digital prints.

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La Vatrina Cloud Collection (Venice) 2012.  Leandro Erlich (Argentinian).  Wood, glass, acrylic.  The second photograph shows a side view.

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Malverk af malverki (2007-08). Hubert Noi Johannesson (Icelandic).  oil on canvas.  (Painting of a painting)

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So there is today’s mini-tour of the 21c Hotel/Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.  If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, or Cincinnati, Ohio, you can visit your own local 21c.  The art is always interesting.  Till next week, enjoy life.

Oh Blue Heron Come to Me

The State of the Art exhibit at Crystal Bridges is coming to a close so my daughter and I went for one final look.  The part of the exhibit on the south end will close after Monday, but we will still be able to view the rest of the exhibit for perhaps a couple more weeks.  I’ll upload more photos with my next post, but here is Alexx coming out of the Reflecting Room (by Dan Steinhilber).

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This room–the walls, the ceiling, the benches, and the floor–is covered in silver mylar (think helium balloons).  There is a fan which keeps the walls suspended–until it shuts down.  Then the walls start creeping down gradually.  If you wanted the full effect, you would enter when the ceiling lights were on and the room would go dark as the walls inched down.  Somehow the timing has gotten off and the lights stayed on until the fan started again and then the lights were off for a little while.

There is a strange figure sitting atop a garbage can in the room–not sure why–and today there was a hole in the mylar on the floor–there are many patches on the floor because this room has seen a lot of feet (and perhaps a few stilettos).

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After dropping dear daughter off, I went down to the dam on Lake Bella Vista, sitting on the rocks with my cushion, waiting for the blue heron.  After weeks of cold, it was nearly 60 today.  I figured I was a little early (or a little late)–I often see one or both herons at 12:30 or 3:30, but you really never know when they will show up.  I quietly snapped pictures; I sat stock still; I even tried singing them in (yes, I have a heron song).  After two hours, I stood up to get some circulation in my derriere and sure enough, the blue heron popped by but not in front of me as I had hoped.  S(he) was quite a ways off and while trying to focus in, (s)he flew off.  Then the fisherman who had been in the same spot earlier came down across from me, so I figured it was time to go home.  I’ll try again next week after the holiday.  Have a great weekend.

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