Thursday, April 26, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
That sensibility belongs to folk art dealer/visual designer Mark Indursky. Check out his website http://www.lostfoundart.com/. I’m not so secretly jealous of some of the great articulated figures he has in his collection, but you got to love a guy that really knows how to hone in on vintage pieces that have great surface and visual appeal.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
(Note: I do not attest to the authenticity of any auction listings I post. I'm only highlighting items I find interesting in one way or another.)(Credit: eBay listing)
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
So what’s a poor studio portraitist to do? I know! Let’s put a cloak around mom so she looks like a freakin’ ghost and plop junior on her lap! It’s genius! Love these strange 19th century make-do solutions…It’s fairly common to find examples with an arm or the side of a head peeking through, but the ones that become really interesting are the “cloak” or “drape” images where the mom was fully cloaked yet you can still see the form of the head and shoulders and it becomes this spectral being with a baby on it’s lap.
Interesting head currently on eBay. Here's a cut and paste from the auction listing:
It is 10" high and has some painted highlights on the eyes, eyebrows, lips, and ears. The carving marks are evident. I bought this when I lived in Texas over 25 years ago. It was said to have come from the Indiana area.
Update: Sold for $ 510.00
(Note: I do not attest to the authenticity of any auction listings I post. I'm only highlighting items I find interesting in one way or another.)
(Credit: eBay listing)
Saturday, April 7, 2007
You have to wonder what was going on inside this guy's head! Not much is known about Alexandre Lobanov except that he was born in Mologa, Russia, lost his hearing at age 7, and was institutionalized by his family at the age of 23. In the 1970s, he started making these elaborate backgrounds of guns, medals, etc...and got a local photographer to do these self-portraits. The works are at once honest, soulful and disturbing all at the same time. Also interesting to see "true" contemporary outsider art vs. some of the assembly-line stuff you see being passed as "outsider". More on this last point on another post, but isn't it interesting (and suspicious) that most contemporary outsider art looks pretty much the same? Not with my boy Alexandre!
(Credit: This photo was taken from the book "Create and Be Recognized", a great catalog to the exhibition of the same name that was at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2005; Photo Courtesy of abcd)
Friday, April 6, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Here's a list of folk art dealers that skew beyond the traditional canon of American folk art (i.e. Weathervanes, decoys, quilts, etc....) but show a really good eye toward picking up the visually interesting across ALL mediums. Sort of the Hemphill-approach to folk art collecting.
Get ready to salivate:
Got a good link to share with me? Send it to me please! I know this is hardly a complete list....
These 2 figures just went for $ 2200.00 at the latest Noel Barrett auction. Yes, I got blown out of the water again! The larger piece is technically an artist's model and the smaller figure is a nice example of a limberjack, probably dating from the late 19th century. (Credit: Photo from Noel Barrett auction listing)