A Focused Glimpse Into Gerhard Richter’s Studio

Many of the creative people I know maintain a collection of inspiration images. Normally on Fridays I post images from my own archive, but today I wanted to do something a little different. Last night while watching Gerhard Richter Painting, I was excited to see that the filmmaker had included a brief discussion on the inspiration wall in Richter’s studio. Often times, I think that what influences makers is just as interesting as their final products, so I thought I’d showcase a still from the documentary.

Still of Gerhard Richter's inspiration board taken from the documentary "Gerhard Richter Paints" by flim-maker Corinna Belz

Still of Gerhard Richter’s inspiration board taken from the documentary “Gerhard Richter Paints” by flim-maker Corinna Belz

I was amazed to see that there wasn’t much there; just an incredibly curated collection of disparate images and ideas. What do you think? Is it what you’d expect?

 If you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching Gerhard Richter Painting. It can be a bit drawn out, but that quality in and of itself offers a nice insight into his process.

CMYK – White Collection

Happy weekend!

Art as Product – A Survey

For romantics like myself, it can be difficult to see an upside to the commercialization of art. But I’m trying something new (namely a brief bout of optimism) and have found that the relationship between art and product is tacitly flattering. The fact of the matter is that we as humans appreciate art, but very seldom have the means to acquire it. Instead, we constantly surround ourselves with images of our favorite pieces, whether they are in calendars or storefronts. With that in mind, here is a small collection of some of the best, the worst, and the most surprising moments of art in consumer culture.

1) Dada Pillow

 This pillow is screen printed by Draga Obradovic in her studio in Como, Italy. The text was derived from Dadaist sound poems which were spoken, sung, and recorded during the mid 20th Century.

2) Louise Bourgeois Tea Towel

In collaboration with Third Drawer Down, Louise Bourgeois printed a limited set of tea towels which are available at the MOCA store. Of the series, the untitled ‘tools’ cloth is a particularly threatening choice of imagery for such an unassuming kitchen item.

3) Yves Saint Laurent – Mondrian Dress

This YSL dress debuted in 1965 to celebrate (or perhaps appropriate) Mondrian’s legacy in the De Stijl movement of the early and mid 20th century.

4) Jeff Koons for Kiehl’s

 

The most concrete example of art commodification lies in the process by which Jeff Koons creates his sculptures. To be technical, his pieces are made in a literal factory in SoHo where up to 30 assistants are conscripted to build his work for him. With this in mind, it was hardly surprising when Kiehl’s announced a partnership with Koons to design the bottles for it’s “Crème de Corps” collection.

5) USPS Abstract Expressionist Stamps

Just incase you were tired of Lady Liberty, USPS launched a series of 10 stamps which feature works from prominent American Abstract Expressionists.

6) Masterpiece Gallery Skateboard Decks

 Last but not least, Masterpiece Gallery released a series of over 180 skateboards which feature prominent artworks dating back to Raphael’s “St. George and the Dragon” (c. 1505). Vermeer’s “Lacemaker” (c. 1670) is a definite favorite, but other decks featuring works by Hokusai, Cassatt, and Renoir are close seconds.

“Le Moulin de la Galette” (1876) – Renoir

Cai Guo-Qiang – Explosions

One of the most evocative works of 2011. Granted the only thing better than viewing his pieces is watching him create them. It’s definitely worth a trip to the MFAH to see one of his largest gunpowder paintings in the world.

Descending Wolves 2011

Painting

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