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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...

The Susan Rowland show is down from Guild Greene and can be viewed by appointment. Please call 718.398.6792 or contact us by email.

Posted by Marla Dekker October 31, 2015 / No Comments Filed Under Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

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Mountains Forming by Isamu Noguchi, 1982 – 83, hot-dipped galvanized steel.

Are you wistful that summer is coming to an end and you are left craving moments with nature?

Go see the Noguchi sculptures just installed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A collaboration between the Noguchi Museum and BBG, the show features 18 Noguchi sculptures. It is expertly curated by Dakin Hart of the Noguchi Museum.

Dakin’s siting of the sculptures in the garden creates an exquisite interplay between each that highlights qualities of the other that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Indeed, the sculptures appear as if they were always meant to be there.

ThisEarthThisPassage440x440This Earth, This Passage by Isamu Noguchi, 1962 (cast 1963), bronze.

BirdSong440x440Bird Song by Isamu Noguchi, 1952 (cast 1985), bronze.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetMagritte’s Stone by Isamu Noguchi, 1982 – 83, hot-dipped galvanized steel.

Age440x312Age by Isamu Noguchi, 1981, basalt.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetUntitled (a monument to Ben Franklin) by Isamu Noguchi, 1986, basalt.

Showing from September 8 through December 13, 2015
For more information, contact the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

Posted by Marla Dekker September 10, 2015 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Isamu Noguchi, Modernism, Sculpture, townhouse.bz Art

15 new works on paper by Kamilla Talbot curated by townhouse.bz at our mid-century modern salon show.

Opening
Saturday, August 22th, 6pm to 9pm
@ Guild Greene Gallery
281 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Showing through Labor Day, 2015
Fridays: 4pm to 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30 to 7:30pm

or by appointment: 347.517.0711

Talbot’s new works on paper continue her distinctive use of watercolors and silkscreen printing. Painted en plein air in Maine, these pieces showcase Talbot’s celebrated color palatte with bold, painterly strokes. Join us at Guild Greene Gallery.

Posted by Marla Dekker August 16, 2015 / 2 Comments Filed Under Kamilla Talbot, townhouse.bz Art

The Apollo 5 space suit back from the moon and delivered to Jud Nelson’s studio to be worn by Astronaut Allan Bean as the model for Nelson’s sculpture, Man In Space.

It was during the final inspection of Hefty 2-Ply, Jud Nelson’s monumental, hyper-realist sculpture commissioned by the Walker Art Center, that the idea first came up. Nelson told Martin Friedman, the Director of the Walker, that he wanted to carve a weightless man. Two months later, Friedman called Nelson and said, “I’ve got the weightless commission for you. Give President Ford a call, he wants a Man In Space sculpture for his Presidential Library/Museum”. Ten minutes later, Nelson’s sculpture commission for Man In Space was being negotiated with President Ford.

Man In Space, completed in 1984, took two years to create, was 1.5 times life-size and weighed 3,000 pounds.

A studio visit by President Gerald Ford to see the progress of the sculpture, Man In Space, for his presidential library and museum.

Nelson set out to make the sculpture in clay and hard plaster. From the hard plaster, Nelson carved the sculpture with the final details. A mold was made of the finished hard plaster and cast in bronze. The bronze was heated to brush on an acid that gave it a natural white patina.

Jud Nelson in his studio working on the finishing of his sculpture, Man In Space.

The sculpture depicts an astronaut in a state of weightlessness emerging in space from the Extra Vehicular Activity hatch behind the spacecraft cockpit.

Jud Nelson with the sculpture, Man In Space, newly installed at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; 1984.

It represented an inspiring time for our country – the belief in science and the possibilities of the space program, with strong support from the government and a marriage of the arts to create a sculpture that is a tribute to our highest ideals, because we believed in a brighter future.
President Ford at the podium, Jud Nelson seated at left, at the the dedication for Man In Space at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, 1984.

See Jud Nelson’s artwork on townhouse.bz

Posted by Marla Dekker April 2, 2015 / 4 Comments Filed Under In the News, Jud Nelson, townhouse.bz Art

A Salon Exhibition Art, Objects and Furniture Exploring the Realm of Mid-Century Modernism

Featuring the townhouse.bz collection including Jud Nelson, Kamilla Talbot Piaget Studios, Kathy Urbina, Le Corbusier, Knoll, Milo Baughman, Pierre Jeanneret, Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Aldo Tura, Fornascetti, Edward Wormley.

Opening Saturday, July 26th, 2014
From 6 to 9pm
Showing through September 6th, 2014
Thu & Sun 12 to 6pm
Fri & Sat 12 to 7:30pm
or by appointment

@ Guild Greene Gallery
281 Greene Avenue
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 11238
718 398 6792

Visit Faux Real and explore historic Clinton Hill. Guild Greene’s building is the original 1890s headquarters and laboratory for Bristol Myers. Fine dining nearby includes Speedy Romeo, Marietta, Locando Vini & Olli and Aita.

Shown above: Holos/Series 23, No.1 (Wood Match) Roman Travertine & Red Slate; Jud Nelson, 1994

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Congratulations to friend and colleague, Karl Kipfmueller, on the feature of his beautiful home in the July/August 2014 issue of Elle Decor.

In addition to the incredible photos of Kipfmueller’s home, I highly recommend reading the accompanying article which captures Kipfmueller’s wit, historic references and details his highly personal solutions to his home decor. For example, I learned (but was actually not surprised) that the rich tones on his living room walls were achieved with several coats of tinted butchers wax!

Posted by Marla Dekker July 1, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under Faux Bois, In the News, Jean Michel Frank, Karl Kipfmueller, townhouse.bz Art

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 Hammarskj√∂ld 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

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