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We have all seen Edward Hopper’s paintings but his small, exquisite portrait of painter Guy Pene duBois made me appreciate his work even more.

After spending an afternoon at the TEFAF show in New York’s Park Avenue Armory it again drove home what is missing from so much of the contemporary art that I see, beauty. TEFAF is an Art Fair based in the Netherlands. They came to New York this October in an attempt to interest a new generation of collectors. There was art, furniture, objects and jewelry ranging from antiquities to modern covering Asian, African and the western world. There were pieces that stopped me in my tracks, including the Edward Hopper painting above.

The Robert Henri painting of the Dancer of Delphi screamed from the sedate walls of the Hirschl and Adler gallery with a vibrancy and color that made it look like it was painted yesterday, except I can’t think of anyone painting today that would have the skill or audacity to pull off that use of color. It glows.

It is amazing to be able to get close to a terra cotta sculpture that has been dotted with ink for transfer to marble, see a limestone sculpture of a saint with remnants of paint in her folds, a console table with a carved base of an elephant, beautiful graphic African masks and an eighteenth century bust of A French Aristocrat whose head was replaced with a skull. It is beyond Surrealism. It is so nice to see Art that has the evidence of the artist’s hand. The ability to see all these amazing pieces under one roof (and all for sale–just not in my price range), truly a tag sale for the discriminating rich who have become bored with the beige interiors and Damien Hirst Dot paintings of our current moment. It made me glad to be in New York. I hope they come back.

Posted by Karl Kipfmueller October 30, 2016 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Reviews, townhouse.bz chronicles

Susan Rowland continues to contribute to her longtime community, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn…

Learn more about Theater Three Collaborative‘s work and upcoming productions.

Posted by Marla Dekker May 16, 2016 / No Comments Filed Under Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles, What Is...

Edward Wormley, second from left pictured with George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, Jens Risom; Playboy magazine, July 1961.

Traveling by Amtrak from Boston to New York one snowy evening in 1995, I came upon an article about the auction of Edward Wormley’s estate. It was a pivotal moment for me. Returning from an auction where I had been seriously outbid on a Herter Brothers chest (now residing in the Metropolitan Museum), it occurred to me that it was time to set my sights on other furniture periods and designers.

The surreal Wormley shell console, above, circa 1950. Hand carved, it is often featured in contemporary interiors.

Edward Wormley, 1907 – 1994, was an American mid-century modern furniture designer who understood the essential elements of modernism, but did not limit himself to one ideology. His furniture represented a convergence of historical design and 20th century innovation. He took the best from Danish, Asian, and classical elements and designed sophisticated, well-crafted furniture prized by collectors and designers.

Wormley’s inclusion in the Good Design Shows at the Museum of Modern Art in 1951 and 1952 positioned him alongside designers Harry Bertoia, George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.

The Wormley for Dunbar chest above and the Wormley coffee table below use the same minimalist vocabulary with subtle Asian influences.

A favorite in the townhouse.bz collection is the Wormley chair, below. It is beautifully designed, and the execution features brass crossbars and peg joints.

Below, the interplay of the negative space with the refined silhouette of these black lacquered dining chairs is a wonderful example of Wormley’s skill at furniture design and construction.

Our Warmest Wishes to our
Colleagues, Customers and Collaborators…
Happy Holidays and
All the Best for 2015.

Pictured above is Kathy Urbina’s Peace Wreath: Flowers. The first in her series of Peace Wreaths.

Posted by Marla Dekker December 23, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under Faux Real, townhouse.bz chronicles

Townhouse.bz presents an exclusive collection of Jud Nelson sculptures and prints, from 1977 to today.

What started it all? Muskrats. They burrowed into an abstract Styrofoam sculpture that Nelson had installed along the edge of a Minneapolis lake. When the chagrined Nelson retrieved the pieces from his irate patron, it was a revelation to see how beautifully the muskrats had carved the Styrofoam to create their burrows. Thus began Nelson’s exploration into hyper-realist sculpture with Styrofoam.

Jud Nelson’s sculpture, Holos/Series 5, No 6 (Tea Bag) is among his earliest hyper-realist sculptures. Carved completely from Styrofoam, including the staple and the string, it is the 6th tea bag of the Holos/Series of tea bags in 1977. (pictured below)

Nelson developed his sculpture series of multiples of everyday objects with minute differences as a lesson in seeing to quote John Russell of the New York Times. Nelson challenges the viewer to examine everyday objects. His cool, minimalist presentation, exquisite attention to detail, and deadpan humor has art critics simultaneously comparing Nelson to Chuck Close, Michelangelo and Sol Lewitt.

The Holos/Series 6 No 6 (Popsicle), 1978, (pictured top) is one of Nelson’s early marble sculptures and marks his switch from Styrofoam to marble as his preferred medium. Nelson realized that marble offered him the granular control he needed to render the finest details. The Popsicle is carved from the same block of Carrara marble statuario as his icnonic sculpture, Hefty 2-Ply, commissioned by the Walker Art Center in 1979.

Nelson’s Still Life Study (Peanuts), 1983, represents the addition of stones of color to his body of work. The life-sized peanut shell is travertine marble and the peanuts are honey-colored marble, both found in rubble outside the San Marco Cathedral, Venice, Italy. Always resourceful in his use of materials, Nelson frequently repurposes discarded stones for his art.

The Block Buster Series (Bear), 1980, is from Nelson’s later exploration of colossal blow-ups of animal crackers. Conceived as a project for the UN’s Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza with Linda Macklowe, the curator of the sculpture garden, a number of animal crackers were sculpted as maquettes for full-size sand-cast bronzes.

Limited Edition, Signed Prints
In addition to Nelson’s sculptures, townhouse.bz and Nelson have collaborated to offer Portrait of Wonder Bread 1, 2 and 3. Limited edition prints of photographs of Nelson’s Carrara statuario marble sculptures HOLOS/Series 7, 1977. Coolly elegant and minimalist with deep, matte blacks and greys on premium, matte paper, the prints feature the breathtaking detail of Nelson’s sculptures. The Portrait of Wonder Bread series is a juxtaposition of the dispassionate study of bread with the imprint of the artist’s hand on each piece of bread.

Never simply Super Realistic, his work always questions the reality of physical existence, and appeals to some alienated modern sense of the existentially absurd… Kim Levin, Arts Magazine, October 1981

Click here to see more of Jud Nelson’s work.
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The opening of Kamilla Talbot’s Getting Outside show. Click here to view the pieces in the show.

Many thanks to Gavin Shelton for cinematography and production.

Posted by Marla Dekker February 21, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under Kamilla Talbot, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles

Take a quick look at the installation of Kamilla Talbot’s solo show, Getting Outside. Click here to view the pieces in the show.

Many thanks to Gavin Shelton for cinematogoraphy and production.

Posted by Marla Dekker February 18, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under Kamilla Talbot, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles

Above: Understory by Kamilla Talbot. Watercolor and silkscreen, 2013, 40 x 52 inches.

Opening reception
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Showing through May 16th, 2014
Open weekdays
From 8:30am to 5pm

The Charles P. Sifton Gallery
The Eastern District Courthouse
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Marla Dekker
Phone 718 398 6792
Email marla@townhouse.bz

Please join us at the opening of a solo exhibition of oil paintings and
works on paper by Kamilla Talbot. Featuring new pieces that are large in scale, with a bold, metaphorical color palette and mixed media of
watercolors and silkscreen patterns.

Talbot’s paintings are landscape-based, many of them painted “en plein
air,” starting with motifs of the trees and ponds of the Catskills, urban landscapes from Governors Island, and the rocky coast of Norway.

Recently returned to New York from a painting residency in Norway and heading to Italy to paint in the spring, Kamilla is available for a gallery tour and/or interview.

Talbot studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the New York
Studio School. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries in New York, including Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Lohin Geduld Gallery, Kouros Gallery, the Painting Center and the Bowery Gallery. She has had solo shows at Bruno Marina Gallery in New York and the Johannes Larsen Museum in Denmark. She is currently the artist in residence for the National Park Service on Governors Island. Past honors include an art symposium in Norway, and residencies at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation (Maine), the Vermont Studio Center, the World Trade Center, and organizations in Newfoundland and Iceland. She has taught at the Art Students League and the New York Studio School, and currently teaches at the National Academy.

View the pieces in Kamilla Talbot’s show, Getting Outside

Posted by Marla Dekker February 17, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under Kamilla Talbot, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles

Halloween, 1988, NYC

Kevo: Damn, we got tied up in that Hallween parade and now we’re late – hey – where are the costumes?

Marla: Alright, let’s act cool, maybe no one will notice we’re the only ones in costume…

Posted by Marla Dekker October 30, 2013 / 2 Comments Filed Under townhouse.bz chronicles

The renovation neared completion and it was incredible. Robinson + Grisaru Architects transformed a Brooklyn townhouse – reconfiguring the parlor floor to make the living room flow into the shared dining room/kitchen and flipping the kitchen to the other side of the room. A long, narrow table and chairs were needed to fit the dining space and accommodate entertaining for large parties.

As part of their master plan, Robinson + Grisaru designed a custom banquette along the wall in the dining room to save space and incorporate storage underneath. The table legs needed to allow easy access to the banquette around the table. Townhouse’s solution repurposed a vintage Eames XL conference table base to support a custom table top. The Eames base allows the table to be easily moved on the wood floor and the legs cantilever out from the middle.

Townhouse sourced a set of vintage mid-century dining chairs that reflect the curvilinear shape and brushed metal surface of the table base. In addition to their aerodynamic styling, the chairs are comfortable and sturdy.

The homeowner selected a Ralph Lauren deep purple velvet from Townhouse’s inventory of upholstery fabrics. The velvet was used for the chair and banquette backs and the seats were constructed with custom dyed leather sourced by Townhouse. The choice of leather for the seats was practical – it wears well and in addition it provides an elegant contrast to the velvet.

To quote the happy homeowner, “I love everything about my new space – I come downstairs every morning and it makes me smile!”

Townhouse.bz is always available to make functional and beautiful furniture solutions to any room. Contact us for a consultation.

Posted by Marla Dekker September 25, 2013 / 2 Comments Filed Under Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Modernism, townhouse.bz chronicles

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