Sunday, October 31, 2010
Some shots off the TV of a restored version of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. The 1922 German film, featuring stage actor Max Schreck, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. When Stoker’s widow won a copyright infringement suit in 1925, it was ordered that all prints of the Expressionist film be destroyed. But as vampire-movie expert Tim Kane notes, “the undead film continued to rise from the grave throughout the years.”
Friday, October 22, 2010
It doesn’t take more than a few minutes in Hunter Bee, the Millerton, NY antiques emporium, to realize that the biggest “find” is the store itself. Kent Hunter and Jonathan Bee have wonderful taste and a flair for presentation that makes it hard to leave once you start exploring.
They have a thing for hats ...
These tiny vintage hats come in tiny hatboxes. I always thought they were salesmen samples and then Kent Hunter told me that they were, in fact, GIFT CERTIFICATES!
So much better than our standard gift cards –don’t you think?
Hunter Bee will be among the many Millerton merchants participating in Fall for Art this weekend, Oct. 23-24. Stop by for some vintage time travel and to see the collage work of Terry Rosen (previous post).
Thursday, October 21, 2010
If you are in the Millerton, NY area this weekend, take a break from leaf-peeping and head over to Hunter Bee. They will be showcasing Terry Rosen’s new collages as part of the Fall for Art festival. Picking up where she left off after creating the “conversational” prints that made Nicole Miller famous, Rosen is now assembling her found treasures—candy wrappers, coat checks, ticket stubs, etc. and photographing the results. The larger-than-life-sized prints are playful and smart. Check out her new website for more collages and her textile designs.
Friday, October 15, 2010
It’s probably the only coloring book that assumes the owner has multiple residences and leaves five spaces to list them right on the cover. That’s because The Marcel Breuer Coloring Book (c. 1960) was not for kids, but rather for the staff of Marcel Breuer Associates. The hand drawn pages inside, are filled with inside references to firm projects and personalities.
The drawings and cryptic text make humorous reference to various Breuer projects, colors, materials, and working methods, such as the Unesco Building in Paris, Cesca and Isokon chairs, his use of stone and concrete, and "Breuer Blue.”
Lorry Roeder, who donated the coloring book to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, writes that he started work at the Breuer New York office in 1963 and upon the firm's moving offices, “Mr. Breuer had me clean out, and throw away, all of the contents of a 4-drawer file cabinet that stood next to my desk. He told me that I could take anything as long as it left the office. Which is how I received the Marcel Breuer Coloring Book."
It is not known who wrote and illustrated the work. You can see a larger, albeit heavily watermarked version of the coloring book in its entirety here.
TEXT: FIND THE MISTAKE AND COLOUR IT RED, WHITE & BLUE.
TEXT: The man who drew this is no longer with us. WHY? (use vermilion “116” pencil)
TEXT: this is so restful. Color my suit a restful charcoal brown, put a martini in my hand, add a bit of hair
TEXT: I am a fireplace; one specific fireplace; I am not always this shape but I am concrete like others so please bush-hammer me with all of your might: bang! bang!
TEXT: ARCHITECTS LIKE PEOPLE …COLOR THIS PERSON NICE
HE IS A CONTRATOR … COLOR HIM REAL NICE
Follow the dots and see if it lays an egg!
COLOR KEY: R=RAPID RED, S=STERLING SILVER, B=BREUER BLUE
They are thinking of building this in the middle of Paris
(Color it in weathered steel)
WE HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH THESE
SEE IF YOU CAN THINK UP SOME MORE. TEL US ABOUT THEM.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I happened to be notice these cool vintage boots on Etsy. Love the two-tone orange, and the suede greek key embellishment lends a kind of Courreges/Tory Burch feel to them. Turns out the same seller, has quite an impressive collection of unusual boots.
Call me an enabler, but here’s a sampling, with links ...
By the way, in case open-toe-yellow-gladiator platforms aren't your thing ( kind of impractical for winter), there are over 8,000 results for "boots" in the vintage section of Etsy. Search results include some very tempting Fryes, a Nancy Sinatra LP, and cowboy boots galore.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
With the MTA’s financial woes in the news, here’s what occurred to me while on the Long Island Railroad platform the other day. Why should the MTA promote the Gap every time someone steps onto a train? WATCH THE GAP could easily be WATCH THE SPACE or WATCH THE CHASM. But since the word "GAP" is in use, why doesn't the company just sponsor the MTA signage and have their logo seen every time someone steps onto a train? Imagine how favorably we would all think of the company that saved us from another fare hike.
And the timing is perfect--I just read that the Gap is changing their logo to Helvetica! And black!!!
Or Subway (the sandwich concern) subsidizing the entrances? That has got to be a no-brainer.