Tag Archives: Josef Albers

get back: carrying the weight from Beyrouth

Sad. forlorn. A gnawing emptiness, yet at the same time grateful that perfection, spiritual perfection is finite. A pilgrim’s progress is simply that. Endless progress.They look sad, but there is joy in the journey, behind the melancholy and the desperation … Continue reading

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wild bauhaus bohemians: mechanical paradise

A “house for building” is what Walter Gropius called the new school he founded in Germany in 1919. But the Bauhaus was much more than its modest name implies: it was a force that changed the shape of the modern … Continue reading

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bauhaus: mickey maus austerity

Walter Gropius soon realized that his vision could not be realized by one man alone. What was needed was a laboratory of design in which a new generation of artists could apply the discoveries of modern art to architecture and … Continue reading

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walking the dog from right to left: seeing the in-between

Does dog really exist? Has anyone ever gone mad not being able to think of something to think about?…There is something much deeper in operation here than a simple, albeit innovative mastery of logic and mathematical reasoning. These are verbal … Continue reading

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fathers and sons: leaving traces

It was a school that combined crafts and fine arts, and conceptually followed a basic  idea that mass-production was reconcilable with  individual artistic spirit. Founded at Weimar in 1919, Bauhaus concepts of art were particularly influenced by Modernism. That is, … Continue reading

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suave cool and hip in stereo

by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com) if you were suave and hip and cool and a young bachelor in the post-war period (the early/mid 50′s) you had a Hi-Fidelity music system. that’s where we get the phrase “Hi-Fi” from. it was the … Continue reading

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fine art “motorama”: hawk to the rubes

Guest blog by Art Chantry.Its a cheezy embarrassing system, one in which the squeaky wheel gets the grease. The most ruthless hustlers and self-promoting con-men become the wealthiest and most celebrated in the fine art world… Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com): When … Continue reading

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still figgering it out

Getting  beyond psychedelic but hardly nostalgic about Victor Moscoso… Art Chantry (Art@artchantry.com ): When I first discovered psychedelic posters back in the late 60′s, I was introduced to them through the work of Stanley ‘Mouse’ Miller. The first psych poster … Continue reading

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WEIMAR REPUBLIC and the UNCANNY “SECOND SIGHT”

“A member asked what was the ethos of German Expressionism, suggesting it was ‘cultural despair’. The speaker reiterated his title phrase: ‘an explosive cocktail of cultural despair and political instability’, adding that the German character seemed almost morbid in its … Continue reading

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