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Feb 25

Out of Print

An offshoot from the Vienna Secession, The Wiener Werkstätte was developed in 1903, under the direction of Josef Hoffman. Founded on the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, the workshop’s mission was to develop fine, well-made products in a wide range of goods to create a Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art. ...

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Feb 23

Catch the Wave

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most well-known prints of the Edo Period. The woodblock print (a method also used to print textiles) features a tremendous wave towering over a seemingly minuscule Mount Fuji, a mountain that is traditionally presented as a compositional focus. ...

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Feb 22

Fit as a Fiddle

A proponent of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Man Ray would build a prolific body of work as an artist and photographer. Inspired by Ingres’s La Grande Baigneuse, Man Ray photographed Alice Ernestine Prin, better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, a social fixture of the bohemian culture of Paris in the 20s (who also ...

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Feb 21

Bottle Shock

In 1937, Elsa Schiaparelli launched the fragrance Shocking de Schiaparelli, packaged in bottles which resembled a female figure. The curves were supposedly based on those of the provocative actress Mae West, who also served as a muse to surrealist artist Salvator Dali in the creation of a mouth-shaped sofa modeled after ...

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Feb 20

Head of Holofernes

Viennese Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt’s gold-leafed, kaleidoscopic paintings have been referenced, reinterpreted and looked to for inspiration by countless artists and designers. In Judith and the Head of Holofernes, Klimt presents us with his version of the biblical tale featuring his muse and reported lover, ...

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Feb 18

Whistleblower

Aesthete artist and dandy, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, painted Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, better known as Whistler’s Mother, in 1871. The portrait or arrangement as Whistler preferred, was not recieved with praise in London at the Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Art in 1872 and only gained its ...

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Feb 14

Arsenic and Old Lace

To commemorate her transition out of silent films and into motion pictures with sound or talkies, Edward Steichen photographed American actress Gloria Swanson in 1924. A pioneer in the field of fashion photography, Steichen would build a prolific body of work capturing the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In ...

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Feb 13

Yellow-Bellied

The Robe à la Française, a gown popular throughout much of the 18th century, consists of an open front robe exposing a highly decorative underskirt, double box pleats at the back showcasing expansive ornate Rococo textiles, a square neckline and a conical shaped bodice achieved by a stomacher. The stomacher, or ...

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Feb 12

A Frame of Mind

A Surrealist sixty years before the movement, the The Countess de Castiglione was considered the most beautiful woman of the Second Empire, mistress to Napoleon III and a constant fixture of society portrait photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson’s work. The Countess was enraptured by her own beauty, taking great delight in ...

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Feb 11

It Takes Two

Tina Turner’s long lasting career, her energetic, vivacious stage presence, along with her signature legs often exposed in revealing, body-conscious costumes, helped her to earn the title, “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In 1979, Turner performed at the Carré theater in Amsterdam, dressed in a leather leotard with ...

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