Tackett / Lustig

Alvin Lustig design on a pre- Architectural Pottery John Wells pot
The photo is from a 1949 show at the Evans and Reeves Nursery. The garden pottery was a project assigned by La Gardo Tackett, who was working as an Instructor at the California School of Art. His students were assigned the task of creating garden ware that could be sold at the Evans and Reeves Nursery.
The nursery commissioned the students to design the line and plan the merchandising.  The pots were put on display at the nursery. VKG supplied the furniture.  
Max Lawrence and his wife Rita started Architectural Pottery in 1950, after they saw designs from La Gardo Tackett's students.  Tackett, John Follis, and Rex Goode all worked as designers for the new company. 
Along with Tackett, Alvin Lustig also taught at the California School of Art; as did Edgardo Contini, Rafael Soriano, and Bernard Rosenthal. Despite the amazing faculty, the school was only around for a year. The school's owner drained the accounts and ran off to Mexico.  

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett

California's Designing Women / San Diego Book Signing

 California’s Designing Women 1896-1986
BOOK SIGNING: Saturday, March 1, 2 to 5 PM
At Boomerang for Modern, 2475 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
PARTICIPANTS:
Writer-editor Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design, who is also the author of “California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism” with photographs by Peter Brenner (Chronicle Books, 2000) and “Mid-Century Mandarin: The Clay Canvasses of Tyrus Wong” with photographs by Peter Brenner (Museum of California Design, 2004).
Marilyn Austin who, in the 1960s, designed large-scale Modernist ceramics for Architectural Pottery and large-scale Modernist fiberglass planters for Architectural Fiberglass. Later, Austin established her own interior design business, Design Austin.
The San Diego-based Arline Fisch who creates wearable art. She is best known for her silver work, which is in the collections of major museums around the world.

Judith Hendler who began making jewelry in the 1970s when she found a stash of surplus acrylic that had been intended for aircraft windshields and fighter plane canopies. Her jewelry was worn by Joan Collins on one of the 1980s’ most popular television shows, “Dynasty.”
Cher Pendarvis of Ocean Beach who began shaping surfboards in the 1970s and was the first woman in the Channin Surfboards factory in San Diego County. She now heads her own graphic design business.

More about the book can be found here and here.

Grapevine / Book

GRAPEVINE~ Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Michael Frimkess, John Mason, Ron Nagle, Peter Shire, curated by Ricky Swallow
Published by Rainoff & David Kordansky Gallery Text by Ricky Swallow, Designed by Sinisa Mackovic & Robert Milne

Order yours here.

The Peter Shire autograph is epic.


You need this book!

More about the exhibition here and here.

High Desert House / Kellogg

High Desert House (1993) by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
The house was commissioned by artist Bev Doolittle and her husband Jay.







Most of the press about the house mention how it looks like a villain's lair. 

 Season of the Eagle LRS Art Medley by Bev Doolittle
I'm not sure if Doolittle is secretly an evil villain. If so, it doesn't come through in her art. Her notoriety as the "camouflage artist" does seem to come into play in the design of her lair. Nonetheless, for $3 million this place could be yours. More information can be found here
Source: Rompedas

More about Doolittle can be found here and more about Kellogg can be found here.


Weekend / Stuff

Stack of Interiors + Industrial Design. This Irving Harper cover is the best of the lot.

Tackett and Dansk

Miscellaneous and a Ravenware tray by Richard Galef 

Modernism Week / Palm Springs

Kaufmann house by Richard Neutra, obviously
It's hard for me to go to Palm Springs and not stop by.

Palevsky House (1969) by Craig Ellwood, More here.

Edris House (1954) by E. Stewart Willams


Barbara Hepworth

Alexander Girard

Gio Ponti

Billy Haines and Rudolph Schindler

Claire Falkenstein


Judy Chicago and Frank Stella

Ed Ruscha

Richard Diebenkorn
I made it to the last day of the Diebenkorn exhibition. It was incredible. This is blurry because the guard was running towards me.
I swear there wasn't a sign.


Tackett / Thursday

From the collection of the Brooklyn Museum

Palm Springs / Modernism 2014

Objects USA booth at the 2014 Palm Springs Modernism show.
Craft geeks.

Gerard, once again, went all out and had an amazing display of California craft.

Jack Rogers Hopkins

Limboman likes to mix up classic hard-edge modern with some out there wackiness. The big round fur sofa was a hit with the ladies.   

This is where the rich people shop. Jeff always has the good high end stuff... Parzinger, Dunbar...

and this kick ass Claire Falkenstein.

Lisa always has awesome sculpture, including the jeweled variety.

Z Modern
The classics. The Nelson MAA is a sexy chair. It looks  particularly good from behind, doesn't it? 

A lot of big fancy names here.  This is the dark modern look, for the evil villain types.

Max Neufeldt assemblage...Sold

Franco Albini desk and an insane Malcolm Leland for Architectural Pottery lantern fixture. Chris had a ton of other great stuff in his booth (like super rare Dunbar and Ico Parisi) but I was distracted by this set up. 
This thing is so good. Congratulations to the lucky person who ponied up for it...Sold

Stool at Timeless Modernism that I loved,but can't remember the designer of. It looks like Bruer, but it isn't.

Dan Johnson bronze gazelle dining set at Vestige

PCH Modern brought some stuff for the kiddies.

The east coast crew brought some great inventory. I'm thinking most of it was carry on. That's the way to roll.

Mark's showcase

Raymond Loewy display at Rediscovered Paper

The display included this drawing of the Avanti by Raymond Loewy.

 Coincidentally, there was a real Studebaker Avanti in the car show in front of the convention center.


The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair next door had some power art on display. Along with the Thomas Downing and Gene Davis seen here were a bunch of Kenneth Noland paintings. 
This Hans Hoffman was in the same booth as above. Ray Eames studied under Hoffman.

Cy Twombly in one of the other standout booths.  I hate to sound like a jerk, but the art fair in general gets a little weaker each year. The first year was incredible and last year was pretty good. This year it was decent. Or maybe I just don't know anything about contemporary art.  
Then again, most fairs don't have Calder mobile for sale.  Though, it looked repainted.