Tuesday, January 31, 2017

More is More: The Wolfsonian

Wolfsonian Museum, in South Beach:
(Created by Mitchell Wolfson:,_Jr.)
The museum contains over 80,000 objects from 1885-1945:  Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, etc.

 The lobby of the Wolfsonian had a temporary exhibit by contemporary Dutch artist Christie van der Haak:  "More is More."  It is drawn from Dutch styles Nieuwe Kunst and the Amsterdam style from early 1900's, with a modern beat.  To our eyes, it would be evocative of Art Deco.

Objects from German design of the early twentieth century.

 Above, an oil painting from 1932 by Ida Ten Eyck O'Keeffe:  "The Highland Lighthouse"  (Cape Cod).
Ida is almost unknown, having been overshadowed by her famous older sister.

To right:  an undated Italian print by Vincenzo Bona of Turin:  "The Way of the Cross"

Signage for public housing in Amsterdam, 1920; typography in Amsterdam School style where thoughtful design was used for public works too.

Sculpture from 1929 in cast aluminum:  "The Wrestler" by Dudley Vaill Talcott

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