Showing posts from March, 2012

Tackett Associates / In Situ

Kenji Fujita / VKG Source: LACMA

Stahl House Photo: Julius Shulman
Stahl House / Fishy on VKG table Photo: Julius Shulman
Photo: Julius Shulman
Tackett and Tuttle
Fish / Brown Saltman

Hap Sakwa

Source: Rago 
Source: Rago 

Crafting the Revolution

Close outSan Diego’s Craft Revolutionwith an insider’s look at how it all came together. By focusing on members of the Allied Craftsman group, this exhibition explores San Diego craft from 1940s modernism to the funk and post-modernism of the 1970s. Learn how curator Dave Hampton’s ten years of research informed this exhibition, and how the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time collaboration has created new interest in this often overlooked period of San Diego’s art history. 
$8 Members, students and faculty /$12 Non-members  Reservations:  619-704-7498

In the know / Soleri Bells / Volume 2

C.J. Paderewski in San Diego Photo: Chimay Bleue
A Quincy Jones, Emmons House in Pacific Palisades 
Eugene Weston III in Eagle Rock Princess Leia keeping an eye out
Volume 1 is here

Abacus / Paul Rand

"Abacus" Paul Rand, L. Anton Maix, Inc.

Photogram book jacket, 1943
From the L. Anton Maix "Campagna Collection", "Abacus" by Rand and "Ovals" by Joel Roninson. Both were selected for the Good Design Exhibition

"Abacus" was $6.75 a yard, the same as Ray Eames "Crosspatch"
Abacus in Color Source:

To / From

To: Greta Grossman  From: Gio Ponti Source: Great Magunusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts

To: Alvin Lustig From: Joseph Albers Source: Born Modern : The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig

To: Alexander Girard From: Charles Eames Source: Wright

To: Sansi Girard From: Ray Eames Source: Wright
To: Eero and Lily Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames From: Alexander and Susan Girard Source: Wright

To: Henry Ford II From: Charles Eames, advised by the Alexander Girards Source: Brocatus
Dear Mr. Ford:I have been driving Fords continuously since 1929, and we have had Ford convertibles since 1941.We believe in the use of standard production models.Up until now we have been able to find one acceptable anonymous model.The following is what we could consider as an anonymous model – one we would like to buy now:Black Convertible, natural top, minimum of advertising signs and symbols attached – preferably none.
The interior: simple neutral tan leather or good neutral color synthetic material – no two-tones – preferably …

Wright / Modern Design / March 2012

Wright has some great things up for auction this month, like this super rare George Nelson for Howard Miller weathervane.
Early Eames Aluminum Group
Eames Toy
Bruce Goff door. How sick is this?
Dan Johnson Gazelle Chair
Ruth Duckworth
This line is often attributed to Paul Laszlo for Glenn of California.  I've never seen any documentation to support that. If anything, it looks more like Brown Saltman to me.  At least Laszlo had a history of designing for Brown Saltman.  Treadway had one in 2009 marked "12/9/65 J.M." That doesn't seem to be anything related to Laszlo, Glenn or Brown Saltman. Instead of going with names without any documentation or the ever so annoying "attributed,"  "in the manner," "after," "in the style," and the other euphemisms for saying we don't know,  why can't it be OK just to say it's a really cool thing by an unknown designer? 

Contemporary Art Wins a Beachhead

Contemporary Art Wins a Beachhead: The La Jolla School of Arts 1960-1964 Curated by Dave Hampton The Oceanside Museum of Art
Look at all those Rhoda Lopez ceramics

mmm mmm... Ephemera
Rhoda Lopez
Fred Holle  Collection of my good friend Susan
Mac McClain
Mac McClain, Tijuana Weekend The Forward collection
Fred Holle, Kachina Collection of Richard Allen Morris
How come my kindergarten class never went to any cool field trips like this?
The field trip went outside to try out abstract art. The Oceanside School of arts?