First, a big THANK YOU to the folks at Ciao Tile blog for including me in their list of top online tile resources! I’m not worthy! However, everyone else on the list is, so read it here, my fellow tile-philes.
Also, after months of laziness, I have started to update my blogroll, adding new links and organizing said links by category for ease of use. If you think you should be included and are feeling sad that I’ve neglected you, don’t fret; my list is not complete, and not yet comprehensive–but soon to be! (Please cut me some slack–I am an overemployed freelance writer moonlighting as a blogger…) Just leave a comment and I promise to pay attention to you!
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[Tiles above: Doro from Mosaico+]
Chinese artist Bing Lee’s 1998 “Empress Voyage,” an enigmatic ceramic-mosaic mural–based on a quirky pictorial-iconographic language he invented–always makes me smile when I’m dashing through the otherwise yuckers Canal Street station.
Some info I dug up on the artist: bio here and show of more recent works at 2×13 Gallery here.
How cute is this: a “sale” sign rendered in mosaic!
The rad gals of Product Placement kick off their 2010 programming with an in-depth, behind-the-scenes chat about your favorite topic: tile trends! If you are in NYC on Monday, February 22, you must go. (This is actually a rain date, rescheduled thanks to our big blizzard on Wednesday.) The details:
@ Nemo: 48 East 21st Street
Julie Taraska and Kimberly Oliver will be presenting
* space is limited! *
A little more info here!
(Also, be sure to book mark Product Placement’s fab and insightful blog, which covers all sorts of cool stories about product design!)
I can’t remember how or where I discovered her work. Probably at the Gorky show at the Philly Museum last fall? Not sure. I jotted her name down in my cel phone notepad–and then forgot to look in said notebook for a few weeks.
Now that I’ve Googled her: how did I make it through numerous art history classes on mid-20th-century art and NOT come across her name before? She was less a mosaic artist than an artist who chose mosaic as her medium. The American-born talent, who trained in the Paris atelier of Boris Anrep, modernized the ancient art form by treating surfaces like a canvas, embedding found objects in a cement base. She was also a member of the 40s/50s New York Ab-Ex scene: a close friend of Gorky and Rothko,she showed at Stable Gallery, which also represented Joseph Cornell, Joan Mitchell, and Cy Twombly.
Curious for more?
- For a bio, click over to the Anita Shapolsky Gallery here.
- Or to Levis Fine Art here.
- Visit the Smithsonian to read her papers, including her correspondence with Arshille Gorky’s wife!
- More images on Artnet.
- Article on her contributions to the Nebraska State Capitol (she was one of four artists who contributed mosaic murals) here.
- Used copies of “The Mosaics of Jeanne Reynal” can be found online.
- Reportedly has pieces in the collections at MoMA and SFMoMA, although all I could find online where paintings that she donated. Need to do more digging.
Although she seems to have primarily embraced abstraction (see above), her more figurative work–like this 1975 rendering of Martha Graham–is similarly delightful!
A Gorky she donated to the SFMoMA; her work has a similar sense of coloration and painterliness:
If you have any more info on her, please leave a comment!