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The Curated Object is a non-profit web project design to support and promote decorative arts and design exhibitions.
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Close Up & Personal: A Conversation with Gregory Adamson and 18th Century Gold Boxes From the Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Collectio at LACMA By Miranda G. Nesler September 6, 2014-March 1, 2015 The selection of 28 snuffboxes drawn from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection has been touted by the museum as a strong example of “captivating detail and astonishing craftsmanship” with “eternal appeal.” Ranging from jewel-encrusted and ornate to smoothly painted and monochromatic, the boxes certainly function as markers of their previous owners’ social status. Whether pulled from a pocket or tossed upon a table, snuffboxes during the eighteenth... Continue reading
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Costumes from Downtown Abbey, courtesy of FIDM Museum & Galleries The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design July 22 - September 20 By Miranda G. Nesler Curated by costume designer Mary Rose, this exhibit features one hundred costumes from twenty television shows garnering a total of ninety eight Emmy nominations for 2013-2014. Highlights include pieces from period dramas Downton Abbey (PBS) and Bonnie & Clyde (Lifetime). Details from Downton Abbey, courtesy of FIDM Museum & Galleries Pieces such as the Downton Abbey evening gowns worn by Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley and Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess Violet Crawley emphasize... Continue reading
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mage: Unknown, "M", 1931, Germany, Lithograph printed in black, beige and red on wove paper mounted on linen, Dimensions: Image: 53 1/8 x 35 7/16 in. (134.94 x 90.01 cm); Sheet: 55 1/2 x 37 in. (140.97 x 93.98 cm), Gift of the Robert Gore Rifkind Collection, Beverly Hills, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies, M.2003.115.9. Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s 21 September-26 April Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s explores masterworks of German Expressionist cinema. From the stylized fantasy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (dir. Robert... Continue reading
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Tall-necked saucer lamp Oil lamps were made using several different parts. Spout and handle were attached to the bowl containing the oil, and the part covering the bowl was probably also made separately. Together with the tall flaring neck, it protected the oil from spilling and impurities. This lamp is covered in light green glaze with added splashes of purple. Its most interesting aspect, however, is the second spout that would allow the lamp to shed more light. Earthenware, thrown, modeled and glazed, with splashes Egypt, c. 1100 908.21.24 Tall-necked lamp with feline handle Glaze did not completely oust moulded... Continue reading
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Designed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlandish, Aelst 1502–1550 Brussels), ca. 1548. Story of Creation: God Accuses Adam and Eve after the Fall (detail). Woven under the direction of Jan de Kempeneer (Netherlandish, active 1540–56) and Frans Ghieteels (Netherlandish, active ca. 1545–after 1581), by 1551. Wool, silk and gilt metallic thread. Overall: 188 9/16 x 275 9/16 in. (479 x 700 cm). Palazzo Pitti Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry 8 October-11 January 2015 The first major monographic exhibition devoted to the great 16th-century Netherlandish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550) will open at The Metropolitan Museum... Continue reading
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Flore Gardner: Chiasmus. Broderi på fotografi, 2013. Embroidered works from Contemporary Art. 10 October - 4 January 2015 Recently a new interest in material-based art and hand-crafting techniques has emerged in contemporary art, and embroidery has gained new relevance. Embroidered contemporary art relates both to the social history of embroidery and to the nature of the medium itself, for instance that it is both an activity and a process. What does it mean to embroider today – and what does the new interest in embroidery tell about the era in which we live? Through a large selection of works by... Continue reading
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Back to the Future by Saxon Henry Young designers use a time-honored product to bring cutting-edge ideas to life For those who claim there’s nothing new under the sun, a perusal of the youngest participants in this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) proves that a new generation brings with it fresh ideas. In this particular case, it was college sophomores from Philadelphia University who took to material experimentation, and an emotionalization of materials and design like experienced pros. The project began when Grace Jeffers, the corporate muse for Wilsonart® approached professor Josh Owen, whose students would be required to... Continue reading
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1760’s Corset, courtesy of FIDM Bound to Impress: Corsets from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection July 22, 2014-November 1, 2014 By Miranda Garno Nesler “Bound to Impress”—a narrowly focused exhibit pulled from the extensive Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection—features corsets and associated dresses from 1740-1830. Curators Christine Johnson and Kevin Jones defy the expected, dodging the commonplace Victorian hourglass silhouette in favor of preceding shapes. By presenting less familiar fare, the exhibit encourages visitors to take a more complicated approach to corsets and their relationships to individual women, female communities, and social perceptions of both. Upon entering the close... Continue reading
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Table cover, 1850. Gift of Joan S. Betty 2010.0049. Image courtesy of Winterthur. The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament 23 August- 5 July 5, 2015 For centuries, instruction in needlework was an important part of women’s education. Both plain sewing and fancy embroidery are skills that take considerable time and effort to acquire, and as a result, many women took great pride in their work. Women might use their skill to earn a living through teaching or sewing, to create objects of beauty for themselves and for others, or to embellish clothing and household furnishings. This exhibition... Continue reading
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Ilmari Tapiovaara Ilmari Tapiovaara 6 June - 21 September The year 2014 marks the centenary of the birth of designer Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914 – 1999). In honour of this event, Design Museum is staging a major exhibition of his work featuring both furniture and sketches from archive collections that have not been displayed previously. The book Ilmari Tapiovaara – Life and Design will be published in connection with the exhibition. Originally trained as an interior architect, Ilmari Tapiovaara followed an extensive career in design. He was the artistic director of a furniture factory, a teacher, an expert serving in development... Continue reading
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Courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum In Plain Sight: Discovering the Furniture of Nathaniel Gould November 15, 2014 to February 16, 2015 Once an obscure figure in American furniture history, Nathaniel Gould is now recognized as Salem's premier 18th-century cabinetmaker. New scholarship, based on the recent discovery of his detailed account ledgers and daybooks, has led to the identification and re-attribution of many pieces of furniture, including monumental desks and bookcases, bombé chests and scalloped top tea tables carved from the finest imported mahogany. Gould's work is distinguished by its careful attention to graining, distinctive carved ball-and-claw feet, extended knee... Continue reading
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© Victoria and Albert Museum, London Silk and leather 'tango' shoes bought from Peter Robinson Ltd. of London, 1914 1914 Worn by Phyllis Blaiberg for her marriage to Bertie Mayer Stone Given by Mrs B. Rackow © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Silk satin wedding dress designed by Charles James, London, 1934 Worn by Barbara 'Baba' Beaton for her marriage to Alec Hambro 1934 Given by Mrs Alec Hambro © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Embroidered silk coat and silk dress designed by Robinson and Valentine, feather headdress created by Philip Treacy, 2005 2005 Worn by The Duchess of Cornwall... Continue reading
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Newcomb Pottery (attributed to Miriam Levy) Brooch, ca. 1915–20 Green sardonyx set in hand-wrought silver pin Private collection Newcomb Pottery (Marie deHoa LeBlanc, decorator; Joseph Meyer, potter) Chocolate pot, ca. 1909 Low relief of pine tree landscape design Collection of Mr. Don Fuson Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. May 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014 Organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, "Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise" is the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than 25 years. Works from various periods examine... Continue reading
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"in Turn," from "S, M, L, XLA" exhibition at the A+D Museum, LA, photo by Miranda Garno Nesler “S, M, L, XLA: An Exhibition of Spatial Interventions Reflecting on the Inquiry of Scale” A+D Museum of Los Angeles June 19, 2014- August 31, 2014 By Miranda Garno Nesler A+D Museum’s annual gala, (2014’s “Celebrate Groundswell,” covered in late June), raises funds for the organization’s rotation of exhibits—all dedicated, according to the mission, “to progressive architecture and design in Los Angeles.” The museum’s current exhibit is “S M L XLA,” which, like the gala, features work drawn from the local area... Continue reading
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Courtesy of Somerset House Courtesy of Somerset House Form through Colour: Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume 5 June – 31 August 2014 Contemporary rug and fabric company Christopher Farr has collaborated with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Gary Hume to create new, limited-edition collections around each of the artists’ signature series. Over 20 hand-crafted rugs, tapestries and fabric installationsare on show for the first time offering visitors the chance to see textile art based on the original designs of three complementary colourists from the Bauhaus to Britart eras alongside each other. The exhibition has been conceived... Continue reading
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Occupy London Stock Exchange, Capitalism is Crisis banner Used 2009-12 © Immo Klink Coral Stoakes, I wish my boyfriend was as dirty as your policies 2011 Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Bone china with transfers printed in green, bearing the emblem of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Inflatable cobblestone, action of Eclectic Electric Collective in co-operation with Enmedio collective during the General Strike in Barcelona, 2012 © Oriana Eliçabe/Enmedio.info Chilean Arpilleras wall hanging: Dónde están nuestros hijos, Chile Roberta Bacic's collection Photo © Martin Melaugh Dolls of the Zapatista... Continue reading
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Akio Nukaga at Heath Ceramics 2014-4 Takayama sculptures Akio and Friends vignette Akio Nukaga and Friends July 11 – August 8, 2014 Recognized as "The Master of Traditional Craft" of Kasama-Pottery in 1999, Akio Nukaga creates objects that speak the often-forgotten language of sincerity. Lacking the hyperbolic visual noise that surrounds many contemporary objects designed specifically to compete for virtual real estate in the current market of gluttonous imagery, Nukaga proffers a world rooted in visual peace, texture and reflection. To those of you who have the good fortune of attending this exhibition ( which we highly recommend), we suggest... Continue reading
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Ai Weiwei - Ruyi – 2006 - Glazed ceramics6 × 30 1/4 × 9 in. (15.2 × 77 × 22.9 cm)Lent by M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong Ai Weiwei - The Wave – 2005 Glazed ceramics. Lent by a private collection, New York Duan Jianyu - Beautiful Dream 7 – 2008Ink on cardboard11 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (29 x 44 cm) Lent by the Sigg Christopher Dreseer, Wave Bowl, c1880, glazed earthenware, Metropolitan Museum of Art Ai Weiwei - Map of China – 2006 - Ironwood reused from dismantled temples of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). H. 15 3/4 in.... Continue reading
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Detail, Jerome LeBlanc “Surfing la Cité des Anges A Wave of Support Report from the "Celebrate: Groundswell" Gala for the A+D Museum June 28, 2014 from 7:00-11:pm at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA By Miranda Garno Nesler This year, A+D Museum’s annual gala was “Celebrate: Groundswell”—a tribute to the vibrant surf and skate cultures that enliven the Los Angeles area. Challenging designers, architects, and artists to use surf and skate boards as inspiration for their projects, the A+D helped to produce a dynamic collection of pieces that went up for silent auction (100% of proceeds went toward funding the... Continue reading
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KMNelson Design, Inc.'s California Kelp Forest End Table Piece. Drawing inspiration from surfers and the natural environment they inhabit, Kristi Nelson envisaged a lush forest of kelp wafting through pacific blue waters for her firm’s donated design piece. KMNelson Design’s auction item is not only a functional representation of the beauty of the sea, it is also intended to bring awareness of the declining ecosystems of the once rich and diverse kelp forests along the Southern California coastline. The interplay of faux sea glass and iron was fashioned into a decorative end table which depicts the dance and symbiotic relationship... Continue reading
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The Empire Needs Men!’, World War One Recruitment Poster (c. 1915). To know the history of animals is to know the history of humanity. When we had the chance to take a closer look at The Animal History Museum we were immediately captivated by its desire to create a community, not just a museum. Their path shows not only a nuanced understanding of the "museum" itself, but reveals how those who truly love animals may have a broader, compelling sense of community. Its mission: The Animal History Museum is the first museum dedicated to understanding and celebrating the human-animal bond.... Continue reading
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Separating Leather Jacket April 2014 - IZ Adaptive Clothing This leather jacket is styled to fit closely when seated. Its two separate pieces allow the wearer to be easily dressed with minimal movement. It is joined at the upper back and then cut away where the client leans against the back of the wheelchair. Zippers from cuffs to elbow make it easy to open, put on, and close. Its front zipper is double-ended for comfort. The jacket is lined with 100% organic cotton knit that is warmer than a traditional, cool woven rayon lining . The side has a zippered... Continue reading
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It’s hard to make it in this world. Literally. Artists and artisans have an especially difficult time juggling the production of their craft, let alone the delicate art of being compensated fairly. Many work multiple jobs to afford supplies, a studio—let alone life’s necessities for self and family. And this compensation can only take place after one’s work has been “found.” Ironically, it is precisely in this world dominated by the image (and its fetishization in our new pubic mediums) that artists and makers have difficulty finding way of being “seen,”—especially those who can’t afford a publicist or know someone... Continue reading
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Portrait Wolfgang Weingart photograph, 2011, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Graphic Collection, photo: U. Romito, © ZHdK Wolfgang Weingart Visible Language, cover, offset, 1974, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Graphics Collection, photo: U. Romito, © ZHdK Weingart Typography May 7- Sept. 28, 2014 Wolfgang Weingart is regarded as the “enfant terrible” of modern Swiss typography. At an early stage he broke with the established rules: He freed letters from the shackles of the design grid, spaced, underlined or reshaped them and...... reorganized type-setting. Later he mounted halftone films to form collages, anticipating the digital sampling of the post-modern “New Wave”. As a... Continue reading
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Henry van de Velde at his bureau Villa Hohe Pappeln, Weimar, 1907/08; Photo: Klassik Stiftung Weimar Henry van de Velde, Die Engelwache Wall hanging, 1893; © 2014, ProLitteris, Zurich / Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Kunstgewerbe¬sammlung; Photo: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, FX.Jaggy/U.Romito © ZHdK Henry van de Velde Interiors Feb. 28- June 1, 2014 As an Art Nouveau architect and designer Henry van de Velde achieved world renown. From the end of the 19th century this Fleming strove to “liberate the world from its ugliness” and to improve human life by means of a new aesthetic..... With his work, which is... Continue reading