Navajo Blankets have been popular American art for hundreds of years. Adapted from the Pueblo weaving craft at a time in the 17th century when many Pueblos sought protection from the Spanish by joining Navajo, the Navajo have created coveted art ever since. While much of the Navajo blankets we see today have intricate designs and deep colors of red, the original navajo blankets were quite simple, consisting of straight patterns of alternating colors. The colors tended to be earth tones and blank.
Among the most sought after Navajo blankets are the Chief’s First Phase Blanket. So, when one of these was brought onto the Antique Roadshow, the collector almost fell over. You’ll have to watch the video to see how much it is worth. But the part of the story that really gets me is that this family has been a hard working farming family without much money. All the while they had no idea of their hidden wealth. This valuable Navajo Blanket was passed from generation to generation, finally ending up simply being laid over a chair back.
I am fascinated by this kind of art. Having neither the skill nor the creativity to create what Matthieu Robert-Ortis does, I am envious to say the least.
Matthieu’s wire sculptures transform the subject as your perspective changes. Sometimes the subject is completely buried in the tangle of wires and is only revealed from a single perspective. Other sculptures transform from one subject to something completely different. The style is Anamorphose (figuration and abstraction) and metamorphose (figuration and abstraction and figuration.)
While displayed, the he uses shadows to reveal the two subjects simultaneously.
Most have seen the The Revolution of Giraffes sculpture, but these is more and all of it is really cool.
You can get a glimpse of Matthieu in his studio here.
The series of photos of the nuns in the monastery provide insight that words alone can’t convey. As always with National Geographic, the photos are art. From my childhood I remember sitting on the sofa paging through the images from around the world.
I like Thomas W Schaller’s water colors. Imagine walking along this bridge in the morning in Heidelberg. Schaller’s paintings are the jumping off point for the imagination, being in different parts of the world.