Today we celebrate the centennial birthday of the jazz trumpeter, band leader, composer, and singer John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993). A trumpet virtuoso and improviser played with layers of harmonic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, scatting, bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.
Recognized as one of America’s great 20th century artists, Romare Bearden is best known for his uniquely textured collages, evoking the history, culture, richness and tension of the African-American experience. Those influential collages were produced largely over a twenty-four year period, from 1964 to his death in 1988. They are found in every major museum collection in the United States, have been widely published. However, Bearden was making art long before 1964, experimenting with various ways of abstracting form.
Romare Bearden: Abstraction (Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York from September 10-December 22, 2017) focuses on the startling body of work Bearden produced throughout the 1950s and early 1960s — fully-abstract watercolors, oil paintings, and mixed media collages. Not only will the exhibition serve as the first public viewing for many of the works, it will also contextualize them within the framework of what Bearden produced both before and after this decade. “The works are striking and fluid, astonishing in their variety and scale,” notes Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition. Romare Bearden: Abstraction also will provide the first substantive and scholarly examination of this important body of work.
Acquire is a six hour eclectic mix of randomly selected music to fill your day.
We met Jon Sherman, the Founder and Creative Director of Flavor Paper today at ICFF where he introduced their new Andy Warhol Collection of wallpapers. With access to much of Warhol’s work (except his wallpaper designs), Flavor Paper is utilizing the wide berth of imagery, ranging from rare to iconic paintings, silkscreen prints and film stills as inspiration for the collection.
Our favorite was the "Ali" wallpaper based on original Warhol Polaroids of Muhammad Ali taken in 1977 as part of Warhol’s "Athletes" series. Flavor Paper utilizes a monoprint technique where four people paint into the screen and then print. Each Ali is unique, creating a wall of original art in homage to two true groundbreakers.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of shooting with photographer Tayla Nebesky. Her images are warmly composed of available light. For our shoot, Tayla quietly captured genuine images for our client's CD packaging.
The prominent civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was also a historian and sociologist—a background that led him to a firm belief in the revolutionary power of empirical data. In 1900, Du Bois showed that he also had a talent for visualizing that data—as seen in a series of experimental infographics he created for an exhibition at the World’s Fair in Paris.
The hand-drawn infographics were part of “The Exhibit of American Negroes”—curated by Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and the lawyer Thomas J. Calloway—which set out to depict black life in America after the Civil War. The exhibition included 500 photographs and 200 books on display, as well as the more than 60 charts that Du Bois created with the help of his sociology students at Atlanta University (today known as Clark Atlanta University). The infographics have been in the public domain for years, thanks to the Library of Congress, which last year digitized a sizable chunk of the collection. They are divided into two different groups: one illustrating statistics on African-Americans across the United States, and the other focused solely on Georgia.