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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. continued…

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


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.
continued…

Posted by Kevork Babian March 10, 2015 / 2 Comments Filed Under Chinoiserie, Classical Modernism, Edward Wormley, Modernism, townhouse.bz chronicles

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


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

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

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

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

Contact Us for more information.

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. Continue…


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

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

Contact
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. More…

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

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