Claudio Giannini: The Story of an Argentine Artist
Saturday, May 16, 2015
‘All human beings need to create, it might be bread or it might be art, but for everyone it offers personal fulfillment. And the more generous we are, the greater the return – especially in art. What I paint is the here and now and I hope that everyone can see the social value in my work.’
Many of his newer collage paintings feature images of boats, cars, and planes signifying Giannini's love of traveling and the outdoors. On our recent trip to Buenos Aires, we acquired a number of these collage works as well as acrylic on canvas paintings. We're happy to share them with you now in our showroom gallery, which is on display throughout the summer.
Giannini's artworks can be found on display in more than 30 countries around the world in both private and public collections. These exhibitions include the Alison Gallery in Miami, the Flore Kernec in Paris, the Museo del Parco in Milan, Semana del Arte Vigo in Spain, and Hazel & Sid in Connecticut. For more information on Giannini and updates on his artwork, check out his Facebook page and be sure to like it!
How To: Display Your Art
Friday, November 7, 2014
Here are some of the most common art displaying mistakes that can be avoided from an article we saw on Apartment Therapy. We've summarized, added some thoughts, and a few images from our clients' homes.
The basic mistakes and how to avoid them:
Art hanging too high. The most common art display mistake and the easiest to fix. Bring it down; artwork should be around or below eye level, letting everybody enjoy the stunning view.
Matching, matching, matching. Art isn’t about matching, it’s about being creative, free, and individual. Don’t be boring, mix up the room with colors! Show us what you love.
And think it through! We love a well done gallery wall. Here's a great technique to finding the right arrangement for your space. First, lay out the collage on the floor across a span the same size as the wall space. Then, rearrange and reorder until you find the right design. From there you can make small adjustments and hang them up!
All about variety. Art is supposed to be fun. It brings out imagination and enlightens the mind. Have it be personal and more than just framed paintings. Use tapestries, canvases, quilts, old tools, sculptures, and other collectibles. Spice it up; nobody wants to live in a museum after all.
Leave us some space. Negative space is necessary... you need it! We think of it as a balance. Space allows rest for your eyes.
Connecting the art to the rest of the décor. Don’t be shy. The art in your home should be connected to the rest of the space, creating a more sophisticated style while also adding a layering technique. It's a form of texture, which is a benefit to any space.
Hanging properly. Tired of correcting crooked picture frames every time you come home? Well we’re tired of looking at your crooked art, just put some thought in the layout, and hang it up with two nails! Seriously. There are lots of fantastic hanging systems available online, as well as a great variety of options at your local home improvement store. Shop around for what works for you.
Being bound by the walls. Art is more than a painting that can be placed on a wall; it can be anything that expresses humanism. Keep it loose and creative. Don't worry about rules. Leaning artwork against the wall can be a great way to get the feel of something new, just having it visible to you and others in the space. Things can always be rotated and moved with ease. If you’re feeling extra creative, just place some art on shelves or on other furniture. The possibilities are endless so have fun with it and have it reflect a little of who you are!
Review of the MFA Exhibit "Goya: Order And Disorder"
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Recently I was invited by a friend to check out the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts-“Goya: Order and Disorder,” a 170 piece collection comprised of Spanish painter Franciso Goya’s work. His range of work included paintings, drawings, and printmaking starting from the 1770’s lasting throughout the end of his very long life. Goya was born in 1746 and died in 1828.
“Francisco Goya is widely celebrated as the most important Spanish artist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns, and an astute observer of the human condition in all its complexity.”
According to the MFA, the curators decided to go for the more thematic approach when organizing the vast amount of work Goya had to offer. As a result they divided the exhibition into 8 major sections: “the nurturing and abuse of children; hunting as sport and metaphor; religious devotion and superstition; equilibrium and loss of balance; justice gone awry; and the symbolism of the giant.”
Even though these themes were prevalent throughout, what I found particularly interesting was how his work evolved through what was happening historically around him. He bridged a very long and turbulent span of time in history, experiencing both revolutions and inquisitions. His body of work showcases that he was clearly affected by it all and his experiences produce some pretty graphic and stellar work.
He painted at the height of society, painting for royalty in both Spain and France, while also depicting the grotesque, haunting, and savagery of his time. By creating such a unique juxtaposition, Goya has forced the audience to really see the depths of the society he both lived in and tried to escape. Between the years of 1797 and 1799, Goya lost his hearing, which significantly affected his life and work by adding to his inner conflicts between himself and the world he was depicting on paper.
Francisco Goya was a pioneer of his time not only in painting, but also in printmaking , and the exhibit chronicles his body of work beautifully through painting, tapestries, and prints that gives the viewer significant insight into his long and fruitful life. Take the time to check this show out!
Getting Experimental with Design
Thursday, October 23, 2014
New Territories refer to the state of making artistry in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design, and craft. We examine and explore this trend as we travel through several South America cities.
DFC, Casual Dinnerware (2013), Orange Crush Fiberglass Wall Console (2013), Rosario Mirror (2013) Installation view at ICFF New York, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. Mexico. Photo by David Franco.
Collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers demonstrate how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability.
“I really wanted to focus on young designers, because that’s where I saw new dialogue growing out of tradition and legacy.” -Lowery Stokes Sims
A number of key themes include the dialogue between contemporary trends and artistic legacies in Latin American art, the use of repurposed materials in strategies of upcycling, the blending of digital and traditional skills, and the reclamation of personal and public space.
Lucia Cuba, Artículo 6, from the series Artículo 6: Narratives of gender, strength and politics (2012-2014) Cotton canvas, thread, digital printing, hand & machine sewing. Courtesy of the artist. Peru. Photo by Erasmo Wong Seoane.
Come explore the exhibition "New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America," which runs from November 4 through April 6, 2015 at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and discover the trends of South America.
Fun Fact: Thanks to this map, Latin America's importance was regenerated
Friday, October 17, 2014
South America's surprising art
Artists have been conscious of the essentially fictional status of maps and the power they possess in construing and constructing worlds. Like many, Joaquín Torres García believes mappings are not representations, but mental constructs or ideas that enable and effect change. García was determined to establish a distinctive and confident art movement in South America. In many ways, the excellent, eye-opening Radical Geometry at the Royal Academy sets out to do the same. It makes the case that the different kinds of abstract paintings and sculpture produced in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela from the 1930s to the 1970s were as innovative as anything being attempted in the "north." We couldn’t say it any better than Torres:
Joaquín Torres García wrote, "We have a true idea of our position, and not as the rest of the world wishes."
“I have called this “The School of the South” because in reality, our north is the south. There must not be north for us, except in opposition to our south. Therefore we now turn the map upside down, and then we have a true idea of our position, and not as the rest of the world wishes. The point of America, from now on, forever, insistently points to the South, our north."
For more than half a century, Inverted Maps of South America have been iconic in Latin American culture. A piece that has been used to tell different stories, making the phrase, “The north is our south” ubiquitous. The image is synonymous with a country and with a style of art, constructive universalism. When we traveled to Montevideo, we saw mugs, t-shirts, erasers and even post-it notes embellished with the image of Torres Garcia’s inverted map.
For more information check out the original article here!
Product of the Week: Handmade Organic Cotton Scarves made in Guatemala
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Since we’ve been traveling to South America, the transformation of reality is evident in their social, economic, and cultural changes. We want to help establish a more sustainable world by building trust and working together with indigenous people’s cooperatives that produce high quality handmade textiles. We saw clearly devoted ability, reliability, and fairness attributed to the high quality production in Guatemala, so we are sure with your help these artisans can have a secure income and make a dignified living.
During our last stay at Casa Santo Domingo, Guatemala we visited some of the local textile artists. We were offered an irresistible opportunity to watch them dye cotton and wool and they set up a gas stove and pot to give us a live demonstration of the process. The natural dyes are created for the fabric from Logwood chips that are steeped and drained for about 20 minutes. Then the large pieces of raw fabric are soaked in the natural dye and after just a few minutes, it turns to a very deep purple/black color. The raw fabrics were then left to hang for a number of hours. Once dry, it can be woven into a beautiful scarf, blanket, throw, or other textiles.
It is amazing to see the dying process in person since many Americans are far detached from the processes of production. They would be astonished, seeing the way society used to accomplish the task of fabrication before people were replaced with machinery. The quality of handmade goods remains unsurpassed and these beautiful 100% cotton scarves are surly no exception.
Product of the Week: Our Hand Loomed Wool Carpets from Guatemala
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Crafted by artisans using a traditional pedal loom, these carpets are a great combination of wool and cotton that create Mayan and Hispanic inspired shapes and designs. These local weavers are committed to honoring the traditional techniques of craftsmanship that have been passed down through generations. As a result, the products preserve the Mayan culture, promote environmental and social awareness by using recycled materials, and develop sustainable trade opportunities for developing nations.
By purchasing these wool carpets, we help create sustainable communities & employment for the future of Guatemala! Help us help them, Promoting effective value chains and generating better jobs, thus reducing poverty. Help support over 500 Guatemalan artists! Carpets are currently in stock with sizes of 3x5' and 4x6' with the colors and designs shown Here. Hope you enjoy these beautiful pieces of art as much as we do!