Henri Matisse Cut Outs and How He Carved into Color

The resilience of Henri Matisse cut outs as he deals with chronic pain in his later years

Henri Matisse cut outs came about because chronic illness had made painting more difficult. The painter made his name by putting brush to canvas and when he no longer had eye muscle and proper hand-coordination, he made his mark all over again by putting scissors to paper. A flickery home movie of an elderly Henri Matisse shows the artist in a hurry with his giant scissors, cutting asymmetrical, floppy leaf forms out of paper. He compared cutting to the feeling of flying. He enjoyed being able to move them around to contemplate their respective positions within his composition.

Henri Matisse in studio working with cutouts
Henri Matisse in his studio with assistants who would cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls

Henri Matisse cut outs technique may have originated from his influence growing up in a textile region in France. The paper cut-outs have a dressmaker’s pattern influence. The studio that he worked in had many textiles for inspiration surrounding him. There was an exhibit that became the source for my idea for this relationship called Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams: His Art and His Textiles JUNE 23–SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 at the Met. It features forty-five painted works and thirty-one drawings and prints displayed alongside examples from Matisse’s personal collection of fabrics, costumes, and carpets. That exhibition marked the first public showing of Matisse’s textile collection—referred to by the artist as his “working library”—which has been packed away in family trunks since Matisse’s death in 1954. According to his grandson Paul, he enjoyed using the cutout technique right up unto the end of his life.

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success”

Henri Matisse
Henri Matissein bed at studio composing cutout pieces with long stick

It was noted by friends, family, and colleagues that Matisse had an intensity about him and that he loved to work. He could not stop creating no matter what his physical condition. A type of wilfulness that is indispensable when producing commissioned artwork while in chronic pain.

Henri Matisse The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952
The Parakeet and the Mermaid, c. 1952

Henri Matisse Cut Outs Paint Process

The color on his cut-outs was produced using gouache—a water-based, opaque, quick-drying, matte paint that consists of pigment, binder, and often a white pigment or filler to increase opacity. Matisse purchased a wide range of colors at supply houses in Paris and Nice, choosing tubes based on color and freshness. Studio assistants cut rectangular sheets of paper from large rolls. Gouache, thinned with water, was applied to paper and then weighted until dry. Some sheets had a more dense application of gouache and some more visibly retained the brushstrokes.

Matisse’s Cut Out

Source: MOMA, CBS this morning Meggie Miao, Mike Levine, SUNY Purchase

Irish Eggs (Scottish Eggs), A Classic Irish Dish

This Irish Egg recipe came from Clodagh McKenna in her book Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen. This recipe was Scrumptious. The heartiest meal that I have had in months. Packed with protein that will last in your body for a long time. Irish Eggs are best paired with something lite. I paired mine with an arugula and artichoke salad or perhaps you might try a pickled slaw on the side that would make a perfect match! Her recipe calls for blood sausage that sounds divine and traditional however it was not available in my local market. My substitute was Italian Sweet Sausage that worked out great!

Scotch Eggs just before frying
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter
Scotch Eggs photo by Nancy Tranter recipe by Clodagh McKenna

Irish Egg Tips

  1. Wet hands before molding meat patties. I had a little bowl nearby for dipping my hands in.
  2. I highly suggest the use of the dry hand – wet hand technique for coating eggs. That way you can avoid battered fingers.

Popularity of Irish Eggs

According to YouGov, Irish Eggs or Scotch eggs were found to be among Britain’s least liked foodstuffs in 2019. However in 2020, following controversy as to whether Scotch eggs were considered a substantial meal necessary for pubs, cafés, and restaurants to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people began to buy the hearty big egg.

History of Scotch Eggs

The earliest known published recipe titled Scottish eggs dates to 1807. Maria Ketelby Rundell’s version published that year is found verbatim in several cookbooks from that period time. “Boil hard five pullet’s eggs, and without removing the white, cover completely with a fine relishing forcemeat in which let scraped ham or chopped anchovy bear a due proportion. Fry a beautiful yellow-brown, and serve with a good gravy in the dish.” The origin of the dish is hotly debated by culinary enthusiasts. It ranges from a claim by Fortnum & Mason of London that they invented the dish in 1738 and served it to the Prince of Wales and the Royal family regularly. Another theory as to their origin begins much earlier in India. In the very early 1600s, the East Indian Company was formed and trade began between the British and India. Some believe Scotch eggs evolved from an Indian dish called Nargisi Kofta, which is made by wrapping hard-boiled eggs in minced lamb and cooking them. 

source: @clodagh_mckenna, yougov, wiki, A Caledonian Feast by Annette Hope

Vector Mandala Digital Art Designs

Vector Mandala Digital Art file Motif (Digital File) http://ow.ly/nxgW50ExgKb Contains everything you need to start creating beautiful mandala art serpentine designs

Vector Mandala Digital Art Design is available for purchase at nancystoreonline.comThe Mandala evokes the collective archetype of the circle, with no beginning, no end. It is inclusive, as Egypt’s richly polytheistic culture tended to accommodate, rather than to exclude. The mandala is found universally; All cultures use the circle in their art and religious symbolism. The circle is inherent in the human unconscious.

A colorful tibetan mandala in a monastery
a colorful tibetan mandala in a monastery

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Vector Mandala Digital Art Designs by Motif Artist Nancy Tranter


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Tiaras Baroque ELIZABETH Vintage Swarovski Crystal Wedding Crown

It’s no mystery that graphic designers wear many hats to get the job done. I fell into a side hustle of jewelry design and after some time taking care of an 8 and 10-year-old princess, crowns became a big thing. So I got to thinking and before you know it partnered up with a factory called CAFFEINE and created one. Introducing the ELIZABETH crown. A new product was created in collaboration with CAFFEINE Factory. We created some vintage-style baroque crowns inspired by Northwest European culture. Gold and diamond Swarovski crystal crown. The tiara is suitable for weddings or other celebrations, princesses, pageants, bridesmaids. Fabulous crown. Has a great weight and a lot of sparkles! A truly stunning tiara full of beautiful detailing with varying-sized crystals. Timelessly elegant, and breathtakingly gorgeous piece using the best materials available very high quality. nancystoreonline.com

 Elizabeth Crown by Nancy Tranter
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3 Sites to Help You Become an Expert at Computer Repair Turning Geek Into Chic Everyday

Tips About Computer Repair because of a Broke Down Graphics Day

This is a story about computer repair while in the Central Swartekill Wetlands. Once in a while, you find yourself in a remote region with little access to amenities. I was exploring the Swarte Kill in New York. Central Swartekill Wetland (also known as Plutarch Swamp), is one of the more beautiful regions that I don’t think too many people know about. All along Plutarch Rd is a heavily dense wild natural region with an abundance of wildlife, a bird migration route, different types of Red Hawk raptor and, an environmentally protected snapping turtle region, with additional rare species.

 

plutarch swamp -David Jakim and Lawrence McGlinn, Geography, SUNY-New Paltz,

I was set up in a cabin about to edit the pictures for the day and my cord dies. Then my backup cord dies and I have about 2 hours left before my laptop shuts down. 

Being a hardened graphic designer who was used to the speed of being in a NYC “graphics ring” I quickly McGuivered a power cord.

If you read any basic electronic manual, you’ll notice that an anti-static wrist strap is one of the first things that they recommend. But it’s often the most neglected. If you plan on doing any work with your electronics, you should make sure that you pick one up.

computer repair static wrist guard

I pried open the shell casing with a spudger, then I used a Satco 90-099 Chain Pliers to open it up further.

plastic spudgers for computer repair
computer repair chain pliers for power cord

Then I frankensteined. Swapping all the working parts around, playing with a soldering tool, and triple-checking polarities.

computer repair soldering tool

So glad it works. I wonder if I can stick computer repair under my resume. At the very least I can maintain my equipment in a pinch. The motherboard is certified apple OEM, and the cords are from Hong Kong. 

  1. IFIXIT this is the closest manual instructions for repair that I could find. Ifixit is a place that has repair guides for every thing, written by everyone. This is my favorite site for computer repair.
  2. Lifehacker’s Top 10 Computer Hardware Fixes and Upgrades These fixes or upgrades are easy enough for most of us to do.
  3. Macrumors News, rumors, discussions, a place to ask questions and how to instructions.

Upon completion of my computer repair I returned to my nature project of taking pictures of wildlife and making color studies of Plutarch Swamp

Vernal Pools and What I Learned from Observing Like an Artist.

spotted salamander photo courtesy of Cornell University
Spotted Salamander
Grey Treefrog photo courtesy of Cornell University
Grey Treefrog camouflaged resting against tree trunk

The most important thing about Plutarch Swamp are the Vernal pools. They are a common, but threatened habitat type in the Hudson River Estuary corridor. They are often damaged because they are overlooked or not appreciated by landowners, or in environmental reviews for development. Vernal pools and their surrounding terrestrial areas provide critical habitat for a number of amphibians and invertebrates, some of which breed only in vernal pools. Vernal pools are the only significant breeding areas for Jefferson salamander, spotted salamander, marbled
salamander, and wood frog. Other typical users include spring peeper, spadefoot toad,
gray treefrog, American toad, and other amphibians that depend on pond habitats for
reproduction.

Spring peeper -photo provided by cornell university
Spring Peeper Frog

source: Jakim and McGlinn Geography SUNY-New Paltz, IFIXIT, eekwi.org, New York Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, some photo credits by Adirondack Council and Cornell university

3 Design Books every Graphic Designer Should Read

As to the potential and versatility that digital devices provide, there’s nothing like sitting down with a good book.

With all the various forms of printed media, it is an occasional relief to pick up something tactile once in a while to read. Nothing else compares to this print form. It sets out everything you need to know in an organized and complete way that ensures that nothing essential gets left out. Whether you’re interested in studying the fundamentals of graphic design or developing your existing skills, it’s worth investing in some excellent design books. Here are my favorites.

1) The Uncommon Life Of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday Hardcover – by Akiko Busch

Design books recommendations: The Uncommon Life Of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday Hardcover – July 15, 2005
by Akiko Busch

A look at how design influences and responds to our changing lives, and a study of society and its values and the infusion of meaning into inanimate objects.

2) 4. Logo Modernism (Design) – Jens Muller, R. Roger Remington

Design books recommendations: Logo Modernism (Design) – Jens Muller

When we start analyzing the aesthetics for architecture and art then apply them to product design we recognize a time of vast technological advance that affirms the power of human beings to reshape their environment and to break from the conventions or constraints of the past. From 1940-1980 this book takes a comprehensive look at the scope of post-modernism attitudes that gave birth to the concept of corporate identity.

3) Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints & Pigments by Patrick Baty

Design books recommendations: Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints & Pigments Hardcover – July 18, 2017
by Patrick Baty

Colour is a fundamental part of design, but knowing how to use it is also about learning its deep historical roots and how colour functions within a society as custom. I think all creatives should read this comprehensive and detailed book, focusing on the use of colour in decoration for over 300 years. Patrick Baty is a combination of skills such as historian, detective, and analyst. He traces the evolution of pigments and paint colours, and examines their impact on the colour palettes used in interiors. In doing so, he highlights the characteristic colour trends and styles of painting particular to each time period in interior design.

The Baker Miller Pink Study Dr Alexander Schauss: Baker-Miller Pink Hex FF91AF

Baker-Miller Pink Hex FF91AF Frequently Called Baker Miller Pink Paint
Baker-Miller Pink Hex FF91AF Frequently Called Baker Miller Pink Paint or P-618

The Baker Miller Pink Study Appetite Suppressant In 1979, Dr. Alexander G. Schauss, experimented with the use of a particular shade of pink and its effect on mood and behavior. The color is frequently called baker miller pink paint. It was found that this pink color was associated with a short-term decrease in aggression.

Baker-Miller. They “observed relaxation of the subjects when they stared at an 18 by 24-inch cardboard plate” of this color of pink. They found that no other color consistently resulted in the same relaxation. Dr. Schauss then did some experiments on himself. He observed that his blood pressure, pulse, and heart rate were unaffected by exposure to this shade of pink. However, “after intentionally increasing cardiovascular activity through a series of intense physical exercises, [he] found that this color had a marked effect on lowering [his] heart rate, pulse, and respiration as compared to other colors.”

visitors locker room at University of Iowa painted in Baker-Miller Pink
visitors locker room at University of Iowa
Baker-Miller Pink, also known as P-618, is a tone of pink which has been observed to reduce hostile, violent or aggressive behavior.
pink prison Commander Miller and Warden Gene Baker at the U.S. Naval Correctional Center in Seattle painted the prison cells the color pink that Dr. Schauss would later name after them.
Prestige Paints Interior Paint and Primer In One, 1-Gallon, Semi-Gloss, Comparable Match of Sherwin Williams* Impatient Pink* Prestige Paints has created a comparable color based on color specifications of the original color Baker Miller Pink using industry leading technology.

Stress Relief If you are stressed, you may want to look at a page of Baker-Miller Pink to see if it relaxes you. If it does you can print the page and carry it with you to look at any time you need some stress reduction. The exact color of Baker-Miller Pink was experimented with by Strauss. Hundreds of shades of pink were sorted through. He finally zeroed in on the color that he named Baker-Miller pink as the one which gave the most consistent results in “reducing hyperexcitability.” Could Baker-Miller Pink Also Reduce Aggression? He then wondered that, since the color pink could reduce his heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse (when they were intentionally elevated), could it affect aggressive behavior?

He attempted to convince officials at the Washington State Department of Corrections to try painting the receiving rooms at a correctional facility the color pink to determine if it had any effect on aggressive behavior. Not surprisingly, officials balked at his color suggestion. However, two brave soles were willing to give it a try. In 1979, Commander Miller and Warden Gene Baker at the U.S. Naval Correctional Center in Seattle painted the walls and ceiling of one admissions cell the color pink that Dr. Schauss would later name after them. After 156 days, they reported to the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Naval Personnel, Law Enforcement and Corrections Division, Washington, D.C. that “Since the initiation of this procedure on March 1, 1979, there have been no incidents of erratic or hostile behavior during the initial phase of confinement.” They found that an exposure of 15 minutes or less was all that was needed to reduce aggression in the detainees. They also discovered that the effect lasted at least another 30 minutes after leaving the Pink Room, which made it easier for the officials to complete their paperwork and assign the detainee to a permanent cell without having to deal with aggressive behavior. Reduction in Strength Dr. Schauss also discovered that the calming effect reduced the strength of the subjects. Experiments were conducted which demonstrated that people were able to lift less weight after gazing at Baker-Miller Pink than they could before they looked at it. In the 1980’s the television show ‘That’s Incredible’ had men gaze at a blue poster, then a pink one. After gazing at the pink one, they were able to hold less weight in their outstretched arms. This reported loss of strength has been used in interesting ways.

As reported in “The Hawk Eye,” May 26, 1998, when Hayden Fry, was the coach of the University of Iowa’s football team, he had the visiting team’s locker room painted pink in an attempt to make the other team weak and less aggressive. The Western Athletic Association put a stop to that by making a rule that the home team and visiting locker rooms could not be painted different colors. Baker-Miller Pink – a Natural Appetite Suppressant The U.S. Naval Office of Research in Washington, D.C. conducted further research over the next four years at the Health, Weight, and Stress Clinic at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. These experiments were overseen by Maria Simonsen, M.D., the Clinic’s Director. Experiments on stress reduction by the use of Baker-Miller Pink were conducted on 1,700 subjects. They found another interesting effect. The subjects who were there for stress reduction reported Baker-Miller Pink to be an appetite suppressant. Experiments on other subjects who were there not seeking stress reduction but rather a method of weight control confirmed the same results in one-third of the subjects.

Handspun Pink Yarn

Dr. Schauss then conducted further research in 1979 at the Santa Clara, California, County Jail. The first day the staff left inmates in painted pink cells with Baker-Miller Pink for several hours. The inmates scratched the paint off the walls with their fingernails! “Otherwise, no aggressive or aberrant behavior was observed.” After that, they limited the time to 15 minutes. The experiments gathered more information. First, they learned that the color was far more effective in an 8′ X 10′ cell than in the larger holding cell. Second, they learned that the color was more effective with only one inmate in the room. Experiments on Psychiatric Patients Later that year, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles, Adam Coutts, Chief of Management Sciences conducted experiments with psychiatric patients. He painted rooms in the psychiatric ward different colors. One of them was painted Baker-Miller Pink. “After several months of study, he felt enough evidence had been collected to support the U.S. Naval Correctional Center’s findings that he advocated the need for a long term study.” Remarkable Results With Aggressive Youth. New Observations After this, experiments were conducted by Chief Clinical Psychologist, Paul Boccumini, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services at the San Bernadino, California, County Probation Department. At the Kuiper Youth Center, he assigned staff nurses to observe the subjects. They placed 27 “obstreperous youth” in rooms painted Baker-Miller Pink. The rest were placed in other colored rooms. They made significant new observations during this experiment. After 2-3 minutes in the Pink Room, subjects became less verbally aggressive. This was true “regardless of the degree of aggressive verbal or physical behavior” before being placed in the rooms. After 5-6 minutes, “each youth would desist from using either physical violence (i.e., kicking the door, hitting or pounding of the walls, etc.) or continue self-mutilative behavior.” After 8-9 minutes, “each youth would assume a relaxed sitting position or lay on his or her back, spread out on the floor while frequently looking at the ceiling.” Within 10 minutes, “each youth sufficiently calmed down so that he or she could be returned to the main hall.”

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Chimerical, Stygian Blue, and Hyperbolic the Existence of Impossible Colors

The graphic below is an impossible colors test

chimerical color theory: The image is on a 30 second animated delay which seems the best to view the chimera gif

Define Chimerical, Stygian Blue, Hyperbolic, What are these impossible colors? These forbidden colors have no basis in reality. Here is a little color theory tutorial.

The human eye can produce a phenomenon that has fatigued cone cells into enabling colors to be perceived in certain circumstances that would not be otherwise.

The chimerical definition is one that the colors don’t appear within the color space of human vision. 

As the name suggests they are a construct of the mind. They can be created by inducing a natural process of the eye called color fatigue. If you stare at a color for a long time your eye will temporarily displace the colorspace by the opposing color. The reason the human eye can’t perceive these colors is that signals from the rods (light-dark) and cones (red, green, blue) interpret signals in an antagonistic manner termed the opponent process. So if you stare at yellow, then black, for a short time you will perceive that black to contain blue. The color you are seeing is out of the range of visible colors. It is a pitch black blue; thus it is deemed an impossible color. Above are some examples of chimerical colors to feast your eyes upon. Continue to stare (without shifting your eyes) at one of the many crosses as the image changes.

When the image changes, the impossible colors should be revealed. Some people will see the colors more easily than others. The above image is on a 30-second delay which seems the best to view the chimera. The brightness of the device you are using to view the images will make a huge difference to the effectiveness, and also the effect will vary from person to person. The intensity of the effect increases with longer viewing durations. Chimerical colors don’t appear within the color space of human vision. They are a construct of the mind. They can be created by inducing a natural process of the eye called color fatigue. If you stare at a color for a long time your eye will temporarily displace the color space by the opposing color. So if you stare at yellow, then black, for a short time you will perceive that black to contain blue. The color you are seeing is out of the range of visible colors.
Chimerical colors include:

The stygian definition: these are simultaneously dark and impossibly saturated. 

For example, to see “stygian blue”: staring at bright yellow causes a dark blue afterimage, then on looking at black, the blue is seen as blue against the black, but due to lack of the usual brightness contrast it seems to be as dark as the black. The eye retina contains some neurons that fire only in the dark. The figure below figure also shows how normal after-image colors are produced. (The “f/p” in this figure stands for fatigue/potentiation.) Look at the “Acquired f/p vectors” which show that when a particular color is stared at for a long time, the opponent cells become fatigued and tend towards the middle of the cube (towards the 50%, 50%, 50% point). Then when the eye glances away to a different color background, that vector starts at the new color and points to the after-image color (see the “Re-situated f/p vector”). This example shows that the after-image color for red is green. Churchland goes on to explain that this theory can predict that it is possible to create several after-image colors that would be impossible to see on real objects. 

The following diagram shows how to create a blue after-image color that is darker than black (Stygian Blue)
stygian blue color theory: The following diagram shows how to create a blue after-image color that is darker than black (Stygian Blue)
Self-luminous colors: 

these mimic the effect of glowing material, even when viewed on a medium such as paper, which can only reflect and not emit its light. For example, to see “self-luminous red”: staring at green causes a red afterimage, then on looking at white, the red is seen against the white and may seem to be brighter than the white.

Hyperbolic colors: These are impossibly highly saturated for example, to see hyperbolic orange : 

Staring at bright cyan causes an orange afterimage, then on looking at orange, the resulting orange afterimage seen against the orange background may cause an orange color purer than the purest orange color that can be made by any normally-seen light. Or, staring at something pure magenta in bright sunlight for two minutes or more, and then looking at green leaves, may result in briefly seeing an abnormally pure green afterimage.

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The graphic below is an impossible colors test

Hyperbolic color theory: The image is on a 30 second delay which seems the best to view the chimera gif
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What’s the deal with purple?

You may have heard that purple is not a “real” color. While violets are spectral colors, meaning there is a single wavelength of light for various hues of “violet”, “purple” is a combination of blue and red. Your brain interprets it as “purple.”

What resolution is the human eye? According to scientist and photographer Dr. Roger Clark, the resolution of the human eye is 576 megapixels.

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Tools and resources for purchase: 

Remarks on Colour by Wittgenstein, Ludwig (1991) Paperback Paperback – January 1, 1600
pantone color chart
color spectrometer
pantone capsure
Theory of Colours (The MIT Press) Paperback – March 15, 1970 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sources: color theory class Leonard Stokes, Wittgenstein on color, Goethe on color, goethe color theoryZachary Bosfrank, Heile, Wikipedia, Lindsay Kolowich, heDevilBehindTheLeaves,  Aaron. 

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Graphic Design Cooper-Hewitt immersion escape room where you can make your own wallpaper

Immersion Room using digital and projection technologies

This exhibition makes you feel like a genius. The Immersion Room on the second floor uses digital and projection technologies to bring the museum’s collection of wallcoverings, the largest and most notable in North America to life. Visitors who come to the Cooper Hewitt Museum receive an interactive pen, an all-access pass to the world of design. Visitors use the pen to copy any object in the museum and save it to their collection or experiment with creating their own designs.

http://www.cooperhewitt.org/events/opening-exhibitions/immersion-room/

CHM Press release- “This interactive space, formerly Margaret Carnegie’s bedroom, offers a unique experience: the ability to view Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of wallcoverings as never before.
You can select wallpapers from the Museum’s permanent collection and see them projected on the walls from floor to ceiling—for a vibrant, impactful, immersive sensory room experience. You can even play designer by creating your designs, or just stand back and watch as the wallpapers unfold across the immersive room.
More than just entertainment, the Immersion Room provides the first opportunity to discover Cooper Hewitt’s wallcoverings as they were intended to be viewed.

A damask-style sidewall design called “City Park” (2007) that contains strikingly modern imagery, including
a fire hydrant, parking meter, pigeons and rats

To complement the experience, several wallpapers are accompanied by audio clips. When you select one of these designs, an audio recording plays through speakers in the room, giving you additional information about that particular design or designer.

The experience is yet another way the new Cooper Hewitt is remaining true to the vision of its founders, Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt, who intended it as “a practical working laboratory,” where students and designers could be inspired by actual objects. Their 1897 vision of a museum and collection “for anyone who wanted to use it as a place to work and learn” seems radical, even by today’s standards, but it has guided the transformation of Cooper Hewitt into a design museum for the 21st century.”

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Source: Cooper Hewett Museam, The Immersion Room is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee.

3 Great Articles About Iconoclasm the Power of Images

Byzantine Iconoclasm and the Jansen Art text that we have all read gives a though account of the 9th century iconoclasm, but hearing modern examples of this recurring historical problem brings a fresh insight and new thoughts on the topic. Read the stories of Saltz, Griffin & Anderson authors who I have found to successfully represent a modern view of iconoclasm.

 “The horrific paradox then is that these killers believe in the power and divinity of images, art, and architecture more than those who make the objects and who see what they make as abstract representations of ideas and things.”

Jerry Saltz

Here is the link to the article that I liked http://ow.ly/HfBOH Iconoclasm Now: CharlieHebdo and the Lethal Power of Art by @jerrysaltz

What is an example of iconoclasm?

Iconoclasm literally means “image breaking” and refers to a recurring historical impulse to break or destroy images for religious or political reasons. For example, in ancient Egypt, the carved visages of some pharaohs were obliterated by their successors; during the French Revolution, images of kings were defaced.

Byzantine iconoclasm 9th century
byzantine iconoclasm 9th century

‘Iconoclasm may even aid those who would benefit from cultural amnesia, under the guise of moving on’

Darran Anderson

Here is another great link to an article about Irish Iconoclasm: Body of evidence: a history of Irish iconoclasm 28 JUNE 2019 BY DARRAN ANDERSON 

Irelands murals, traffic Routes into Derry

Breaking an image does not eradicate it; it merely replaces it with another. Destruction is part and parcel of creation. Treasures from East Anglian Churches demonstrated just this fact: cruelly mutilated artworks had transformed into powerful warnings against the latent violence of political and religious dogma.

JONATHAN GRIFFIN

Here is another great link to an article about Modern Iconoclasm: The seeds of destruction Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm at Tate Britain by JONATHAN GRIFFIN

Douglas Gordon
Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie) 2007
Burnt photograph, mirror 632 x 530 mm
© Douglas Gordon, courtesy Gagosian Gallery
Douglas Gordon
Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie) 2007
Burnt photograph, mirror 632 x 530 mm
© Douglas Gordon, courtesy Gagosian Gallery