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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

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

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

through the holidays
@ Guild Greene Gallery
281 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718 398 6792

Holiday Hours: 12/22, 23 & 24 noon to 6pm; or by appointment.

Barware, jewelry, objects, handmade toys and ornaments, newly restored mid-century modern furniture.

Featuring a pair of Verner Panton cone chairs with orange mohair seats.

A Corbu chaise with a chrome tri-leg glass top coffee table, Alvar Aalto dishes, a Bruce Fox tri-leg aluminum bowl, a Kay Bogeson Penguin.

A Milo Baughman swivel chair, a modern French daybed, a Bernhard Rohm acid etched coffee table.

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 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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Joan Mondale visiting Jud Nelson in his Brooklyn studio. Jud is leaning on his marble sculpture, Hefty 2-Ply, which is almost finished and ready for unveiling at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. 1980.

Learning of Joan Mondale’s passing this week brought back lots of memories for Jud Nelson. He was recommended by Vice President Mondale and his wife, Joan, to carve the official bust of Mondale for the Capital building. Carving Mondale’s bust involved a lot of time with Fritz and Joan for sittings. It was a heady time – Joan was nicknamed Joan of Art for her advocacy for the arts and she supported contemporary artists in many unique ways throughout her life in politics and government. The Mondale’s art collection included Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Ruscha and Frank Stella.

We salute Joan’s life and her contributions to the arts.

Are you interested in Jud Nelson’s sculpture?

Posted by Marla Dekker February 6, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Jud Nelson, townhouse.bz Art

Andrea and Chloe Pinkney sparkle with Lisa Jenks jewelry.

Mothers and daughters modeling and photographing Lisa Jenks jewelry – I was admittedly nervous prior to our photo shoot about how it would play out with mothers and daughters working together in front of and behind the camera. But wow, did we have a great time!

Our models, Andrea Pinkney and her daughter, Chloe captured in their photos the same beauty and grace that they share in person. My sincere thank you to both of you for working with us.

My daughters and fellow photographers, Zoe and Elektra, and I had a fast paced photo session with Andrea and Chloe. A sincere thank you to Zoe and Elektra for all of your great work!

A Special Martin Luther King Day Note
Andrea Pinkney, the celebrated children’s book author and her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney, have recently published Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song, about the friendship between gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Andrea’s prose…

They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin’s voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring. Mahalia’s voice was brass-and-butter – strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin’s sermons and Mahalia’s songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.

Andrea Pinkney, author of Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song.

Posted by Marla Dekker January 20, 2014 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Jewelry, Lisa Jenks

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