Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nazi Objects


Nazi Objects..
While the skulls and skeletons are reminders of death in many cultures they are seldom used to represent evil. One exception to this is found in images of Adolph Hitler, in anti-Nazi imagery the ,eaning was clear. Hitler was not simply the enemy, he was the personification of evil. In comic books, posters and other popular publications, Hitler's face can be found overlaid or substituted by skulls. These images remind the public , following the World War II, that Hitler had been agaent of death, and that all the lives lost during the war and all victims of Nazi persecutions were his responsibility.


The Horrors of Nazi Torture Camp  [Bucheuwald magazine]


Skull of "Oberbuyern" -  Unknown  [bookplate]


Maus: A Survivors Tale - Art Spiegelman [American, born Switzerland]
1986 / paperback book.


Futschen Reich [Collapsed Empire] - Unknown
1948 / stamps


This is the Enemy: Only a numbskull would slacken - Ben Nason of Artists for Victory
1940s - stamp


This is the Enemy: Rid them of the Specter of Fear! - by Mary Stewart of Artist for Victory
1942/ stamp





Hitler Skull Stamp, Propagande : Futsches Reich [Collapsed Empire]
1945/ Stamp



 It's growing late, Adolf
1944

Adolf Hitler: His Last Terretorial Demand
1945

Now/ Soon - By D. Davis
1944/ envelop


Monday, May 7, 2012

Early Baroque Skull Sculpture - Artist unknown.


Skull sculpture - Artist Unknown [Italian]
Early Baroque / Early 17th century..
Florence, Italy
Bronze..





This bronze skull would have been displayed on a table or desk, as an object to be admired and touched. The theme of the dead would not have outweighed the owners pleasure in the richness of the object nor his delight in the sculptor's skill in realistically recreating the skull. As a status symbol, the skull would not have been out of place in an Italian Palazzo.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Richard Harris Collection [Matisse's Odalisque prints]


Odalisque au Magnolia
- by Henry Matisse [1923]

A local girl from Nice, Henritte Darricarrere, posed for this lithograph. Matisse hired her to model in 1920 and from that time until 1927, her fondness for posing as an odalisque often inspired his work in various media.

NOTE: These prints are not a part of the ongoing exhibition,  "Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection". These are part of Richard Harris's earlier collection and exhibition.


Nu au coussin bleu
[Naked with the blue cushion]
- Henry Matisse [1924]


Nu au coussin blue a cote d' une cheminee
[Naked with the cushion blue has dimension of a chimney]
- Henry Matisse [1925]

Seated Nude
- By Henri Matisse [1925 -1929]
This image is taken at the Art Institute of Chicago..
Seated Nude - by Henry Matisse [Art Institute of Chicago]

The marker reads.. He worked on this sculpture for many years and extended his explorations of the figure's pose to numerous drawings and lithographs, at least three paintings and another sculpture.


Seated Nude    [lithograph and sculpture]
by Henry Matisse [ 1925-1929]


Grande odalisque a' la culotte bayadere
- By Henry Matisse [1925]

Widely acknowledged to be Matisse's most famous print, this is also his most fully realized version of the three large-scale lithographs of women in armschair.  In addition to giving greater attention to modeling the sitter's voluptuous form, Matisse conveys the atmosphere of an exotic harem by draping the chair in a rich, floral fabric and dressing the model [again probably Henritte Darricarrere] in boldly striped pants.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Miniature Skulls and Skeletons


Miniature Skulls and Skeletons


Miniature Skulls and Skeletons

Skulls can be illustration of the delicate, precise work that artists produce. Patience and care characterize the process of working in a miniature scale in ivory, bone or cast metal.


Skull [British] 19th century / Painter Pewter



Skull [British] 19th century / Painter Pewter


Netsuke, Skull – Japanese
19th century / Stained ivory
Skull pendant – French
n.d. / Stone , wood and metal hook



 
Skull pendant – French
n.d. / Stone , wood and metal hook


Skeleton in a Coffin – French
19th century / Ivory

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kunstkammer [Skull Stand]

Skull Stand..


Moche IV Stirrup Spout Vessel
Peru / 400-600 A.D.
Painted ceramic earthware..
The Moche Stirrup Spout Vessel would have been placed in the tomb of a member of the ruling class., but may have been used before the burial. The Moche people of Peru created these pots, on which no two faces are alike.


Over Modeled Human Trophy Skull
Papua, New Guinea / 20th century
Human skull, human hair, clay, tree resin and cowrie shell..
The Mask from Papua-New Guinea was created by layering mud and paint over an actual skull. It was a head-hunter’s trophy.


Skull [Continental Near Life-Size Model of a Skull]
German / 15th century
Wood gesso, polychrome surface..
The European skull model was educational. A student could study the structure of the human skull in detail.

Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection
Location: Sidney Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center..
January 28 – July 8, 2012
Curator: Lucas Cowan
Co-Curator: Debra Purden
Director of Exhibitions: Dr. Elizabeth Lee Kelly..
Presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture..

Related Links..
Exhibition: Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection..
Kunstkammer - Part I..
Kunstkammer - Part II [Assorted Collection].
Photo Gallery:
Kunstkammer..
Skull Stand..

Kunstkammer - Part II [Assorted arts & artifacts]


Death Cart - Artist uknown..
19th century / Ponderosa pine, aspen wood, rawhide..


Girl Pulling Her hair – by Michael Pugh
1999 / Ceramic..


Skull Display Stand with Skull, Mask and Spout Vessel..


Skeleton Display stand..


Skull display stand..


Gentleman on Green Table
– by June Leaf [American, b. 1929]
1999-2000 / Tine, wire.


Miniature skull and skeleton display stand


Walking the Dog
- by Ron Pippin [American, b. 1943]
1992/ Mixed Media


Are You Still Mad at Me?
- By John Isaacs [[British]
1968 / steel wax, artificial blood, mixed media


Macabre Scene – by Michel de Spiegelaere [French]
2010 / Resin, varnished, impregnated cardboard


Vietnam Head
– by L-15 [aka Bernard Schatz] [American, b. 1931]
Enamel, varnished, impregnated cardboard..


Leather Jacket
– by Charles Benefiel [American, b. 1967]
1985 / Leather jacket, acrylic, metal..


Mr. and Mrs. Bones
- by Cales Weintraub


Memento Mori – Unknown [German]
Early 17th century / Fruitwood


Allegory of Time [Kronos]
– by Johann Wolfgang von der Auwera
1736-56 / Fruitwood..


Portrait of a Man / A Skull in a Niche
By Barthel Bruyn the Elder [German 1493- 1555]
1535-55 / Oil on panel


Dance of Death figures..


Death of Venus - by Roger Reutimann..


Bone chandelier, "In the Eyes of Others" - by Jodie Carey..


Postcards, photographs and calenders..


Ex Libris..


Ivory Horn “Death, Knight and the Devil” – Artist unknown


Mortality viewed by European Masters..


Portraits by James Ensor..


Mortality and Asian tradition..


Skull Table..


Salon Wall..

Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection
Location: Sidney Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center..
January 28 – July 8, 2012
Curator: Lucas Cowan
Co-Curator: Debra Purden
Director of Exhibitions: Dr. Elizabeth Lee Kelly..
Presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture..

Related Links..
Exhibition: Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection..
Kunstkammer - Part I..
Kunstkammer - Part II [Assorted Collection].
Photo Gallery:
Kunstkammer..