December 16, 2017

Monthly Archives: August 2014

Antique Botanical Prints: James Sowerby

Antique Botanical Print, 1804, by James Sowerby

In an age of mass production and printing machines of astonishing quality, it is easy for the eye to graze over art prints with integrity–especially since there are so many fakes in the market. A few days ago in a “junk shop” I spotted a hand-colored antique botanical print.  It was priced $7.99, the price was more about the shiny silver-plate frame than the picture. And even though I was without my glasses, I was sure it was centuries old. The light indention around the border, known as the plate mark, was all the reassurance I needed to snap it up. …continue reading

Tottering-by-Gently: artist Annie Tempest

Making Up The Beds, Tottering-by-Gently by Annie Tempest

While poking around the frame shelf at Good Will a couple days ago I came upon what appeared to be a brightly colored postcard in a cute little frame. On closer inspection, and even without my glasses, I realized this was no ordinary postcard—in fact it was not a post card at all. Not only was this a signed original watercolor, but the silver leaf frame was a work by “master framer” Mario Petrucciani. The price was 99 cents; I had discovered a gem. The cartoon style painting lovingly depicts a woman wearing a quilted jacket who is kneeling in the garden. A caption in …continue reading

Galveston’s Rosenberg Library Museum

The Rosenberg Library, Galveston, a TroysArt photo

It’s no secret that Galveston Island is rich in history. The best known cultural attractions are without a doubt architectural—such as The Bishop’s Palace. And for connoisseurs of fine art there is a multitude of art galleries downtown. But I must admit that I had no idea that there is actually fine art available for viewing in a museum setting. The Rosenberg Library isn’t just a repository for books. Born in Switzerland, Henry Rosenberg immigrated to Galveston in the 1840s and got crazy rich. When he died in 1893 he left almost a million dollars to charity, including $400,000 to …continue reading

Artists Jeffrey Lipsky & Filthy Fluno

London Dial Down by Jeffrey Lipsky, photo courtesy of the artist

Artist Jeffrey Lipsky is a white Jewish man with a mustache, cap, and jeans. He has exhibited paintings in galleries and museums around the world and has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Brooklyn Rail, Art Calendar Magazine, and a string of others. Artist Filthy Fluno is a short plump black man with a mammoth afro, designer suit, sneakers, and 3D glasses whose artwork looks exactly like Lipsky’s. Surrounded by beautiful women and eccentric characters, he is founder of the esteemed art community Artropolis. He has been featured in innumerable important galleries and museums, and …continue reading

Second Life & Jake Wikifoo

Second Life artist Jake Wikifoo

Jake Wikifoo, whose most distinctive physical attribute is a prominent proboscis, is an artist and art gallery owner (Galerie Wikifoo & Wikifoo Art Museum “WAM”) who lives in the city of New Toulouse—in a spectacular mansion across the lane from the Governor’s mansion. Behind Wikifoo Manor’s sprawling oaks, ornamental iron gates, fluted columns, and pink brick sheath is housed a world class collection of original art. Aside from art collecting, Jake’s interests include drunken carousing, boating, travel, architectural design, and hunting zombies. Mr. Wikifoo is an avatar who lives in the world of Second Life. Second Life is an online …continue reading

Second Sleep

Reading in Bed © Nieto Angel/ Stockfresh

I was a good boy last night and went to bed early. I was looking forward to facing my work day well rested. But around 2:30 I woke up… Unable to get myself back to sleep I picked up my book (currently engrossed in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood) and read for about an hour. When I had enough I switched off the light and slept until dawn. My interrupted night reminded me of an article I read last year about Second Sleep. It is documented that prior to the Industrial Revolution the Western world took somewhat of a break …continue reading

Ghost Bikes

Ghost Bike at Dunlavy & Westheimer, Houston

The other day while driving around Montrose, discussing “LOVE” signs, a friend suggested that I write a post on Ghost Bikes. My reaction was initially a bit tempered, not sure if the topic of Ghost Bikes relates to art but also concerned it might be a bit somber. “But everyone in Houston is talking about Ghost Bikes,” she countered. Ghost Bikes are memorials for bicyclists who are killed on the street. We have probably all seen them—the installation is assembled with a bike painted all white, chained to a street sign at the site of the accident, and is accompanied …continue reading