Mid-Century Art + Design - San Francisco

Prints, Paintings, Furniture, and other Mid-20th Century Artifacts. This blog will update our status and inventory. For questions or comments, please contact us at info@dustymodern.com. Or find us on twitter at @dustymodern. We like talking about this stuff.

Friday, July 23, 2010

SFMOMA's "Calder to Warhol" Exhibit

I have prints from many of the artists in this exhibit. From the 1964 "One Cent Life" portfolio, I have works by Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, and Andy Warhol. This was a large edition, but its prints are hard to come by. I also have an unusual Agnes Martin print (she made very few), and a selection of Ellsworth Kelly lithographs (see the entry below).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

William Dole - In the Mirror

This piece was exhibited by the Pasadena Art Museum in its "California Collage" show in 1962. This collage is later in the history of abstract expressionism, but it's as good an example of pure composition as I've ever seen. This is what abstraction is supposed to be - great choices, placement, and balance. Based on this alone, Dole should be mentioned with the greats of California abstraction - Diebenkorn, Kuhlman, Corbett, Dugmore, and others.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

We Have a Logo!

Designed by graphic artist and designer Brian Mello. I am really crazy about this. It suggests the Herman Miller logo, while having a gravity all its own. It's also in Futura, the font of the future - and today. Thanks to Brian for his phenomenal work.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Here We Go

Dusty Modern will be opening in San Francisco in August 2010. It will feature fine art, prints, furniture, and other artifacts from the 1940's through the 1970's, with an emphasis on the sweet spot in between. The opening show will feature a few late-career prints by New York School abstract expressionists, including Marca-Relli, Tworkov, and Lassaw. We'll also have many other prints and unique works on hand, as well as furniture from Florence Knoll, Paul McCobb, Muriel Coleman, and others. Here are two of the prints we'll feature in our opener.

A Conrad Marca-Relli print from 1977, produced in an edition of 75. Marca-Relli is a key New York School collage artist, who produced a series of prints for Poligrafa in the late Seventies. We have a few from this series, none of which I've seen for sale in the U.S.

Ibram Lassaw was primarily a sculptor, but made a lovely set of synapse-like prints in the early Seventies. This print is from 1970, in an edition of 100. Early in the Fifties, he was a member of "The Club," which included artists like Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Ad Reinhardt.

Updates soon on the start date and additional inventory.