Thursday, May 20, 2010

Call Jimmy Stewart! Henri Rousseau's on the Cover of the Saturday Evening Post!!


- Mingus, Monk and Mailer: W Eugene Smith's Jazz Loft photographs: "A maverick prone to obsessiveness, photojournalist W Eugene Smith was drawn to Pittsburgh's 'vistas of melancholy', but his greatest legacy was a monumental archive that chronicled New York's jazz scene..." read the whole story

- Portrait of the artist: Douglas Gordon, artist: "'People who buy art should buy it like they buy vegetables. They should do it every day, and should love what they buy..." read the rest of the interview

- In Vietnam, Recreating French Roots: "After stints in Paris, Los Angeles, and Nevis (of which she’s also a citizen), in 1992, Ms. Gregori McKenzie, 46, settled in Vietnam, later establishing Song, an environment-friendly line of casual wear and home linens. But it took 11 years before she found a home where she could recreate her family’s roots. And surprisingly, it was a dimly lit, termite-infested, 40-year-old property on the Saigon River in An Phu, an affluent enclave of expatriates about a 20-minute drive from the city center." the story, see the pictures


May 20, 1759: William Thornton, architect of the Capitol building, Washington D.C., was born. "Dr. William Thornton (May 20, 1759 - March 28, 1828) was an American physician, inventor, painter and architect who designed the United States Capitol, an authentic polymath. He also served as the first Architect of the Capitol and first Superintendent of the United States Patent Office."

May 20, 1844: Henri Rousseau, French government clerk & brilliant pioneer primitive painter, was born. "Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer) after his place of employment. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. His best known paintings depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France or saw a jungle. Stories spread by admirers that his army service included the French expeditionary force to Mexico are unfounded. His inspiration came from illustrated books and the botanical gardens in Paris, as well as tableaux of taxidermied wild animals. He had also met soldiers, during his term of service, who had survived the French expedition to Mexico and listened to their stories of the subtropical country they had encountered. To the critic Arsène Alexandre, he described his frequent visits to the Jardin des Plantes: "When I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream." Rousseau's work exerted an "extensive influence ... on several generations of vanguard artists, starting with Picasso and including Jean Hugo, Léger, Beckmann and the Surrealists," according to Roberta Smith, an art critic writing in The New York Times. "

May 20, 1908: American actor Jimmy Stewart was born. ""Throughout his seven decades in Hollywood, Stewart cultivated a versatile career and recognized screen image in such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, It's a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. Stewart left his mark on a wide range of film genres, including westerns, suspense thrillers, family films, biographies and screwball comedies. He worked for a number of renowned directors later in his career, most notably Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra, George Cukor, and Anthony Mann. He won many of the industry's highest honors and earned Lifetime Achievement awards from every major film organization. He died at age 89, leaving behind a legacy of classic performances, and is considered one of the finest actors of the "Golden Age of Hollywood." He was named the third Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute."

May 20, 1916: The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first Norman Rockwell cover, “Boy with Baby Carriage" -



"Success to America: Creamware for the American Market, featuring the S. Robert Teitelman Collection at Winterthur”
By S. Robert Teitelman, Patricia A. Halfpenny, & Ronald W. Fuchs II.
Published by the Antique Collector’s Club in 2010.

“This volume presents the world’s finest collection of English creamware made for American customers in the 1760-1820 period. It includes pottery that memorializes Revolutionary heroes and newly-elected presidents; depicts the early 19th-century firefighters of Boston; illustrates the struggle for liberty and the battle to end slavery; and records naval battles and scenes of early American life with hand-painted and transfer images”. The text includes the essays- “The Rising Glory of America” by Wendell D. Garrett, “Creamware and the Staffordshire Potteries” by Patricia A. Halfpenny, and “Pottery and the Liverpool Trade” by Robin Emmerson. This is followed by a catalog of the Teitelman Collection, with each piece nicely-illustrated in color and described. A wonderful, well-illustrated catalog.



Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur in 'You Can't Take it With You'-

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