Cut Out Art

Back in December we mentioned a few fun things you could do in NYC over the holidays, one of which was the Matisse cut out show at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Matisse called his cut outs “painting with scissors”. He began using this technique after he was diagnosed with cancer. He felt that what in this period of his life constituted his real self; free & liberated. The experimentation with cut-outs offered Matisse innumerable opportunities to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment. As he was bedridden with his illness much of the time he was able to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment: “I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk… There are leaves, fruits, a bird.”

Matisse would cut pieces of paper that he had painted with gouache using a small pair of scissors. He would keep the piece he cut and the scraps for use later. His assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, would then pin the pieces to the walls with is guidance.

His cutouts, vast in scale (though not always in size), lush and rigorous in color, are among the most admired and influential works of his entire career. They belong with the grandest affirmations of the vital creative force in Western art.

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Not only did one of our designers, Selina, go see this wonderful show, she was so inspired she used the same technique to with her own artwork. She spent an entire day making these wonderful examples, “you should see the mess I made on my work table,” she said with a smile.

Holiday Inspiration

The Holiday Season is in full swing, hopefully we will all get a little rest, enjoy our families and be able to reboot ourselves. A new year with new challenges and projects awaits. If you are in New York City, there are plenty of places to get inspired. From music and film, to fashion and art, surely you’ll be ready for any creative challenge.

The Museum of Modern Art is bold, diverse and sometimes controversial

The Museum of Modern Art is bold, diverse and sometimes controversial

With Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs has been extended until February 10th, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Prints and Posters, 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film or even Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 proves that MoMa’s inspiration in incredibly diverse.

The Museum of Modern Art Website

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Ladies & Gentlemen… THE BEATLES!

The New York Public Library for Performing Arts hosts an exhibit chronicling The Beatles first visit to the U.S. Artifacts from their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 to their final official concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. Along with the artifacts, many famous musicians explain on video how the band changed their lives. Runs through May 6th, 2015.

The New York Public Library Website

MMA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art remind us of the masters of the past.

 

Always an amazing place for inspiration. From their current exhibitions of Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Tullio Lombardo’s Adam: A Masterpiece Restored and Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire in the Costume Institute, there is plenty of inspiration for just about anyone.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We hope you have a peaceful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.

25 Years In… And We Still Hand Paint

We are getting in the spirit a little early this year with our HAND PAINTED Holiday Collections. Twenty-five years ago, Design Works International started as a hand paint design studio. The brush and pencil were the tools of the day. Now, technology has affected every aspect of our lives, including what we do here and we are PROUD to say that we are still hand painting many of our designs.

Whether you are influenced by classical or modern artists, being able to create traditionally is essential. From the Cubist portraits by Picasso and Salvador Dali’s Surrealist creations  at The Museum of Modern Art, we look to the brush for inspiration.

The Metropolitan Museum of art just opened their exhibit “Madame Cezanne” to showcase the artist’s most painted model. While at the Met we can also find John Singer Sargent’s most important works as well, which include an extensive collection of gorgeous watercolors.

copyright© 2014 Design Works International

copyright© 2014 Design Works International