Month: May 2014

Frieze Frame

posted by – 05/10/14 @ 4:36pm

I was recently watching a documentary about Midtown Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue luxury emporium, Bergdorf Goodman.  Having never been to Bergdorf’s, I was taken with the gorgeous window displays which regularly fuse fashion with art.  While visiting New York City for a conference this week, my husband promised to send me photos of the Bergdorf windows.  Well, three days later and no pictures richer, I decided to see what Google had to say about the windows. Lo and behold, it just so happens that the windows are of particular wonder this week.  As part of its Art Matters! initative Bergdorf Goodman is sponsoring Freize New York – one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs running between now and May 12th – by collaborating with Salon 94 to create three incredible installations.

 

In the three 58th Street windows of the department store, passersby can take in the bold and beautiful works of contemporary artists in concert with contemporary fashion designers.  While each window display evokes a distinct emotion, taken as a group, the installations are minimal yet fantastical, sculptural, and punctuated by with saturated hues.

The curators did an amazing job finding points of contrast and cohesion among the artists and designers pieces.  David Benjamin Sherry’s large-scale landscapes provide an imaginative natural backdrop to the windows, a fantastical representation of nature repeated by the Paula Hayes‘ botanical sculptures.  Swiss artists, Kueng Caputo, continue the melding of earthen materials with striking colors, as dyed leather stretches over enamel in their geometric furniture.  Nina Ricci’s floating, floral dress has a earthy quality not unlike the surrounding works of art; Lavin’s simple, sculptural gown finds repetition in Sherry’s magenta mountain. Marni’s incorporation of feathers and leaf motif are echoed by Hayes’ birdhouse installation.

To view more of Bergdorf’s imaginative window displays, visit their website.

Portrait of Erin Fitzpatrick

posted by – 05/06/14 @ 12:56pm

Baltimore-based artist Erin Fitzpatrick paints portraits. Specifically, she paints portraits on wood using pencils, brushes, and oil paints. There’s a long tradition of portraiture in Western art. But with the emergence of photography, oil portraits declined in popularity. Erin Fitzpatrick is keeping the tradition of portraiture alive – with some contemporary updates.

Fitzpatrick loves to people watch and she sees her portraits as “people collecting.” Each time she paints someone, she tries to get to know him or her. Fitzpatrick says she aims to capture the essence of her subjects – not just what they look like. Essentially, she tries to put their personalities on the canvas (Source).

I love Fitzpatrick’s portraits because they seem to capture the current moment. The people she paints are real. They’re the type of people I might interact with everyday. Even though oil portraits are a traditional medium, Fitzpatrick’s work is anything but old-fashioned.

Click here to see more of Erin Fitzpatrick’s portraits on her website.