Saturday, April 03, 2010

Peeps, Devo, & Russel Wright


- It's fair to say most art galleries don't worry about visitors eating the artwork : "While Michelangelo sculpted marble and Pablo Picasso painted canvas, a group of artists whose works are on display though Saturday at Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point picked a colorful and malleable medium to express their creativity: Peeps..." Read the story in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

- Rock band Devo gives red cone hat to Ohio museum : "The oddball rock group Devo has donated one of the red conical hats from its hit video "Whip It" to an Ohio museum..." Read the story at the Associated Press Hey- I'm sorry, Mr. Associated Press -who you callin' "oddball"???


1691 – Jean Petitot, Swiss Huguenot enamel painter, died. A celebrated and ingenious artist, Petitot served as a Royal portrait enamelist to the courts of England, France and Poland during his career.

1904 – Russel Wright, American industrial designer, was born. One of the most influential designers of the 20th century, from the 1920s through the 1960s, Wright "created a succession of artistically distinctive and commercially successful items that helped bring modern design to the general public".


"Russel Wright. Creating American Lifestyle"

By Donald Albrecht, Robert Schonfeld & Lindsay Stamm Shapiro.
Published by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Harry N. Abrams in 2001.

“A master of 20th-century design, Russel Wright was a prolific and influential creator of items for the home, most famously his curvaceous American Modern dinnerware. Wright designed furniture, appliances, textiles, interiors, buildings, and landscapes, and with his wife Mary developed the concept of lifestyle marketing. Their 1950 Guide to Easier Living helped define a relaxed entertaining and living style that Americans still embrace today. This book describes his career and shows his work in 154 photographs, most in color, including page-filling settings created for this book and images of his Hudson Valley home Dragon Rock.”


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