Michele Keith’s “Designers Here and There”

Designers Here and There book signing at Spanierman Modern

Michele Keith’s book signing party for Designers Here and There, held at Spanierman Modern

Betsy Craig

A very special evening took place on April 14 at Spanierman Modern, on the occasion of a book signing for Michele Keith’s Designers: Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Decorators. Designers from all over the country were in attendance and mingled against the backdrop of our exhibition of vibrant abstract paintings by Spanish-born artist Teo Gonzalez. Over 200 people attended, many of whom are showcased in Keith’s new book, including John Phifer Marrs (Dallas), Sue Burgess (Chevy Chase, Maryland), Renea Abbott (Houston), Larry Boeder (Chicago), Eve Robinson (NYC), Benjamin Noriega Ortiz (NYC), Vincent Wolf (NYC), and Beverly Jacomini (Houston).  Wonderful pastries were provided by Marlo Scott, owner of Sweet Revenge, who paired her beautiful cupcakes  with different wines, cognacs, and beers! The energy was palpable within Spanierman Modern’s smart sleek space, designed by Eric Cohler, also featured in Keith’s book. Art Meets Design was the sub-theme of the evening.

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James Lechay’s “Abstract Impressionism”

James Lechay - Untitled (Still Life)

James Lechay (1907-2001), "Untitled (Still Life)," 1994, oil on canvas, 32 x 28 inches

Carol Lowrey

When I reviewed the gallery’s new acquisitions and saw James Lechay’s Untitled (Still Life), I thought to myself: “what a bold statement!”  It’s a fair-sized painting—32 by 28 inches—and consists of a limited number of shapes grouped together in such a way as to suggest a bouquet of flowers in a vase (the artist injecting a whimsical note into the composition by eliminating the stems of the blossoms).  Painted in a rich gold, edged by areas of raw canvas and set against a brown background, this is not just a semi-abstract still life; to me, it also represents a dynamic interplay of negative and positive space that invites further contemplation on the part of the viewer—as I stood back from the piece, the configuration of shapes took on other thematic possibilities, including that of an animal’s paw print; I just couldn’t stop looking.  Continue reading

From the Archives: Interview with Betty Parsons

Betty Parsons

Betty Parsons

In 1977, Helene Aylon, friend of Betty Parsons, interviewed the then seventy-seven year old artist; the interview appeared that same year in Woman Art Magazine.

This interview, of which an excerpt is posted below, includes conversation between Parsons and Aylon which touches on everything from the artist’s relationship with other female artists to her views on Abstract Expressionism (and many topics in between).

This is an enlightening, empowering interview—and certainly well worth a read!

Read the full interview on our website.

HA: You knew Martha Graham, Marlene Dietrich, and after all, you played tennis with Greta Garbo!

BP: Two or three times. Interesting the way I met her. I was asked on Christmas Eve by her ghost writer, Salka Fiertel. She said, “Come over and we are going to dress the tree.” I got there and Salka said, “go up to the attic and bring down a great big box of Christmas dressings…” So I went up there, and Greta and I stared at each other over the top of the box.

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