We were deeply flattered to have the team from Rebecca Taylor in out office recently to talk art and take some pics of our founder Chrissy Crawford to share on the RT blog. Read the full blog entry here, including Rebecca and Chrissy's picks for upcoming art exhibitions to catch in 2013, and see more images from the shoot. In the snap above Chrissy wear the lasercut strapless dress (left) and the sequin tank dress (right) which is absolutely stunning!
We were very excited to see our very own Kim Holtermand featured in issue #23 of house magazine, the magazine of Soho House worldwide. Written by Assistant curator Grace Johnstone the article is a gorgeous spread of Kim recent work including Deserted City: Pool Chairs, a piece that we're proud to represent on ArtStar. Check out the online version of the magazine here, and read the article below.
We're loving the graphic, tongue-in-cheek work by Lisa Levy. Levy is a painter, conceptual artist, comedian and (self-proclaimed) psychotherapist and we're very excited to be welcoming her (very soon) to the ArtStar roster. In the meatime, check out some of Levy's hilarious weekly advice column for the Bushwick Daily and read more about her performance "Psychotherapy, Live!" in the Huffington Post.
Apartment therapy has a great article about how to keep a room from feeling flat - that is, like an over-designed catalogue that no one in their right mind would actually feel comfortable curling up in. The article suggests including plants, mixed woods and ART (of course!), to which we would add books (real ones that you've read, not just coffee table tomes) and textiles, both modern and heritage - it's ok if they're a little worn in. When using art to perk up a room, don't be afraid to mix styles, sizes and frames including both vintage and modern selections - it will look more lived-in and unique. And as the article suggests, frame something quirky and personal to make the space truly yours! Click here for the full article. (Image: Tommy Smythe's Master Vignettes)
The Natural Habitat of an Object, by Paul Wackers, 2007
It's finally winter here in NYC, long cold nights and bright days, but that doesn't mean we're down in the dumps. In fact, we love winter and the bare branches and sparkling snow. Recently we spotted this painting by Paul Wacker (above) from 2007 and it recalled to us the work of the early 20th century Canadian roughly-affiliated group of painters the Group of Seven. It's always exciting to see work that echoes each other across centuries, whether or not the artists inspired each other, and these three seem to make a lovely, winter-y pairing.
Franklin Carmichael, Mirror Lake, 1929
Lawren Harris, Mount Robson, 1929
Here's a peek behind the scenes into some of the thing we get up to in the ArtStar HQ on a daily basis. High quality paper is absolutely essential to producing a beautiful print that will endure on your walls for year to come. In this photograph,curator Grace is examining paper types and finishes on a new batch of test prints.
Some of the things to consider when buying a print are paper weight (what is the ply of the paper), the smoothness of the fibers (how they are woven together) and the finish (how both glossy photographs and matte works on paper will reproduce on the surface of the paper). ArtStar prints exclusively on museum quality cotton rag paper with archival Epson inkjet pigments and we spend a lot of time choosing which brand of paper has the best color saturation and the most refined detail. For our money as we figured out in photo above, Hahnemuhle paper is still the best! We've always used this paper and while it costs a little extra, the results are unparalleled. Do you have more questions about print types and quality? Email us at email@example.com and we're happy to answer your questions!
"My pick for the new year is Snow Tracks by Michael Schall because it reminds me of growing up in Canada. My family goes cross-country skiing every winter and I know my parents would love to be reminded of our afternoons together out in the frozen landscape. Plus the subtle light from over the hill makes me hopeful for the year ahead." - Grace Johnstone