Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Watercolors, Barbie, & Gustav Stickley


-Pigments of imagination: a new exhibition at Manchester's Currier Museum of Art traces the sweeping history of American watercolor : http://tinyurl.com/ylrhpdr

-Pancho Villa Rides Again Thanks to Mexican Photo Archives : http://ow.ly/1fObz

-Suicide Raises Legal Issues in Indian Artifacts Cases. The suicide of a government informant may affect the prosecution of 23 defendants charged with looting Native American artifacts and archeological sites : http://tinyurl.com/yhssku7

- Lost in Time, Letters Capture American Grief for a President -A new book documents letters of condolence written to Jackie Kennedy after JFK's assassination : http://tinyurl.com/yl56spd


-March 9, 1858: Gustav Stickley, American designer and maker of Mission furniture, is born.

- March 9, 1959: The Barbie Doll is introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

- March 9, 1989 – Robert Mapplethorpe, American artist, dies.


"Gustav Stickley"
By David Cathers.
Published by Phaidon in 2003.

“Superb new photography of individual furniture pieces, archival photographs, and scores of reproductions from the pages of The Craftsman and other ephemera of the early 20th century illustrate this outstanding monograph of designer and craftsman Gustav Stickley. "Eclipsing all others, this book is now the definitive study of Stickley and his production," said Choice magazine. Though best known as a key proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley was also an entrepreneur and manager who assembled a talented team to produce lamps, metalwork, textiles, plans for houses, and interiors; this book includes an appendix on Stickley's significant collaborators, along with a detailed bibliography and chronology”.

Hardcover. 10”x12”, 238 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket.

In fine, new condition. $45~

"At Home With Gustav Stickley. Arts & Crafts from the Stephen Gray Collection"
Edited by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser & Linda H. Roth
Published by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in 2008.

DISCUSSION: “Stephen Gray is among those few who, early on, recognized both the inherent beauty of Arts and Crafts furniture and the value of the Craftsman Ideal. His collection includes many of the rarest forms and has few equals, but in two regards, it is almost singular: Stephen Gray lives with this major collection and has embraced the Craftsman Ideal in a beautiful, simple, personal, regionally sensitive manner. He lives in a nineteenth-century country house and has integrated an important collection with the ideas of decorating, lifestyle, and sensitivity to environment that were central to the Craftsman enterprise. Through Stephen Gray’s collection, it is possible to explore the disparate values of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Arts and Crafts interior, and the tensions inherent in the pursuit of an aesthetically simple Ideal life.”

DESCRIPTION: Hardcover. 9”x11”, 119 pages, 100+ color illustrations.

CONDITION NOTES: In fine, new condition. $50~

“The Early Work of Gustav Stickley”
Published by Turn of the Century Editions in 1987.

DISCUSSION: “This book is a compilation of rare drawings from the 1901 Chips from the Craftsman Workshops, 1902 retailers’ plates, Gustav Stickley’s 1901 catalog, and the Supplement to Catalogue D from 1905. The material is arranged in chronological order. The original pages have been reorganized in some instances in the interest clarity and appearance. The book includes some contemporary photos of rare and important examples of Gustav Stickley’s work from before 1905, as well as illustrations of lamps, shades, hanging fixtures, and wicker furniture pieces. This book should help to resolve some questions regarding the design, design evolution, and production of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman furniture.”

DESCRIPTION: Softcover. 7”x10”, 174 pages, black & white and line illustrations.

CONDITION NOTES: A little light cover soil, but otherwise in fine, clean condition. $20~

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