april 2013



Odalisque with Magnolias by Henri Matisse     

The Journey of Art

April Newsletter


Dear FrameStore Friend,   

Madame Matisse in Green Stripe by Henri Matisse c1905 Spring is in full swing in Southern California, even if there is a bit of gloom hanging on today. And everyone knows that spring in Los Angeles brings lots of new art, new gallery openings, and the chance to take part in some of California's coolest art-related events.
As you join in on this spring's art walks, gallery openings, and amazing auctions, make sure that you do so with a mind for protecting, preserving, and displaying your art purchases in the way they deserve! Conservation is our specialty, and no one can beat the design experience of our expert art consultants, so stop in to any of our 9 SoCal locations to discuss the options for protecting your newest family heirlooms with one of our design consultants.
With this April's Newsletter we once more bring you some of the latest news from the world-wide art scene, as well as information on new art exhibits and gallery openings around the Southland. Art is often very personal and intimate, and several of the exhibits featured in our newsletter this week explore the inner personal journey of the artist in various forms. Don't miss out on some very intriguing exhibits that open near you this month in LA. Our In The Studio section takes a look at art techniques, featuring Tempera this month. So check out what is new below, and in the months ahead.
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Art World News:



A+D Architecture + Design Museum Will Hold it's Annual Gala on Saturday, May 11th

Our Brentwood store has been busy framing some amazing silent auction donations contributed by artists and architects to raise funds to sustain the ongoing exhibitions and programs at the A+D Museum. 


Located directly across from LACMA on Museum Row, the A+D Museum celebrates its 12th anniversary with a Journey-themed gala party on Saturday, May 11th with culinary delights, cocktails and a parade of designer custom carry-on pieces for auction! 

To purchase tickets, go to www.aplusd.org or http://aplusd.org/celebrate-2013.
Farnsworth House by Scott Frances  
One of 60 curated pieces in the silent auction, this beautiful (and very large 60" wide) image of the Farnsworth House by architect Mies van der Rohe, photographed by noted architectural photographer Scott Frances, was framed by our own Monica Sicile at the Brentwood Frame Store. Come to the gala and bid on this extraordinary piece! See it on display through May 4th. 

Come CELEBRATE with the A+D Architecture + Design Museum! 



MOCA Presents: Retrospective of Swiss Artist Urs Fischer


Public opening: Sunday, April 21, 3pm-6pm


In 2013, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) will present the first comprehensive museum retrospective of works by the internationally acclaimed Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer. Fischer is one of today's most important contemporary artists, who is known for using a range of media to express the transience of art and, concomitantly, the human condition.


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The FBI announced at a press conference, that they have identified two possible suspects in the scandalous 1990 Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum heist of $500 million in art, which include three works by Rembrandt, Vermeer's "The Concert" from the 1600's, Govaert Flinck's "Landscape with an Obelisk" (1638), five works by Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet's 150+ year old "Chez Tortoni", and a historic Chinese beaker from around 1200-1100 BC.


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SoCal Art Happenings -


Santa Monica Museum of Art:

  Blue Mickey by Joyce Pensato      

Joyce Pensato:

I Killed Kenny

June 1, 2013 - August 17, 2013


New York born artist Joyce Pensato's subjects are easily recognizable to anyone acquainted with pop culture cartoons, but the style and presentation take the familiar figures to new and sometimes vaguely menacing and disturbing places. 


The exhibition that will be opening in June at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, I killed Kenny, will feature many of Pensato's charcoal works created over the decades since the 1990s, but will also feature many new contextual works drawn directly on the walls of the museum exhibition hall. Accompanied by sculpture, toys, and found items, these new site-specific works in enamel and charcoal will remain until August 17th.


I Killed Kenny evokes the classic South Park cartoon and it's sarcastic, irreverent and iconic wit. Pensato's own wit is visible throughout her abstract impressionistic works as she transforms and explorers some of the 20th century's most iconic characters. Be sure not to miss this exhibit, when it comes to Santa Monica!


And if you visit the exhibition, be sure to leave us your thoughts and impressions on our blog over at http://blog.customframestore.com/



Blum & Poe:


  Fate by Takashi Murakami c2013      

Takashi Murakami:

April 13, 2013 - May 25, 2013
A new exhibit has opened at the Blum & Poe gallery featuring the work of Takashi Murakami. I was fortunate enough to get to see Murakami's previous exhibit in 2009, so I perked up when I heard he had a new display going up in Los Angeles this month. I highly recommend checking out his work; I most certainly will be dropping by. Read the official press release for more information below:
Blum & Poe is very pleased to present Arhat, an exhibition of new painting and sculpture by Takashi Murakami. This occasion will mark the artist's sixth solo exhibition with the gallery and his first major presentation in the United States since the 2007-2009 traveling survey titled © Murakami. Coinciding with this momentous exhibition will be the world premiere of Murakami's first live-action feature film, Jellyfish Eyes, presented with Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater on April 8, 2013. The film has been ten years in the making and utilizes both live-action and computer generated imagery (CGI) in a coming-of-age tale about a boy in contemporary Japan confronting its past and future, post-Fukushima.
The cycle of paintings on view at Blum & Poe continues Murakami's newest mode of painting, developed for his exhibition Ego, mounted in Doha, Qatar in early 2012. The Arhat paintings conflate historical, contemporary, and futuristic Japanese references with a myriad of styles, methodologies, and forms into single picture planes. The artist's long-standing interest in Japanese nihonga painting and the contemporary practices of manga and animation are highlighted in this important body of work.
Arhat, which derives its name from the ancient language of Sanskrit, translates to "a being who has achieved a state of enlightenment." The largest gallery will contain three imposingly scaled paintings measuring between eighteen and thirty-five feet in length, whose source imagery is drawn from an ancient tale of Buddhist monks confronting decay and death. Demonic monsters and decrepit monks in traditional robes and paraphernalia wander psychedelic landscapes. Standing tall and center amongst these large paintings will be a monumental new sculpture depicting a massive skull enveloped in flames, whose antecedents can be found in Buddhist statuary located in temples throughout Japan.
The gallery's second room will consist of a new suite of six-by-five foot paintings, combining the artist's optimistic and bright, smiling flower faces with his dark and brooding skull imagery. These paintings intermingle the handmade, silkscreened, and gestural techniques that have become a trademark of the artist. This gallery will also feature Murakami's first wall-mounted sculpture, portraying a constellation of cascading skulls overlapping and melding together in a highly crafted manner.
The third gallery will include a series of painted self-portraits featuring Murakami and his beloved dog "Pom." In the center of the gallery will be a third new sculpture made of highly polished stainless steel; a self-portrait of the artist with his dog, sleeping flat on their backs. This body of work furthers Murakami's investigation into his own image, most notably seen in the recent sculptures, Oval Buddha, 2008, several versions of Pom & Me, 2009, and Welcome to Murakami Ego, 2012.
Taken as a whole, Arhat articulates more than twenty years of Murakami's mastery of melding form, content, history, and methodology into a succinct body of work. Murakami distills his signature "Superflat" style into a reflection on high, middle, and lowbrow culture.
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA, and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki Co., a large-scale art production and art management corporation. In 2000, he organized a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art titled Superflat, which traced the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture to historical Japanese art. His work has been shown extensively in venues around the world, including the Qatar Museum Authority; Palace of Versailles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 



  The Happy Show by Stefan Sagemeister       

Stefan Sagmeister:

The Happy Show


March 20, 2013 - June 9, 2013


Austrian graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister spent ten years exploring the nature of happiness while attempting to increase and understand his own happiness through a combined cocktail of mind-altering drugs, meditation and cognitive therapy. The result is the intriguing and transgressive exhibit The Happy Hour, now on display at MOCA for the first time after recent showings in Pennsylvania and Toronto.


The installation uses a combination of film, sculpture, print and info-graphics, along with interactive exhibits to take the visitor on a stream of consciousness journey through the artist's mind as happiness is explored in all it's glorious and sometimes unsettling forms.


Don't miss the chance to see this tantalizing display of an inner world turned outward for all to see. It will be showing at MOCA in downtown LA through June 9th.


In the Studio -


In the Studio:  


  Madonna and Child by Duccio c 1284


Art Education

Techniques and Mediums:  




Tempera, also known as egg tempera, is a permanent fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with a water-soluble binder medium (usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk or some other size).


Tempera also refers to the paintings done in this medium. Tempera paintings are very long lasting, and examples from the 1st centuries AD still exist. Egg tempera was a primary method of painting until after 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil painting.

Tempera painting has been found on early Egyptians sarcophagi decorations. Many of the Fayum mummy portraits use tempera, sometimes in combination with encaustic.

Related technique has been used also in ancient and early medieval paintings found in several caves and rock-cut temples of India. High quality art with the help of tempera was created in Bagh Caves between late 4th - 10th century AD and in 7th century AD in Ravan Chhaya rock shelter, Orissa.

The art technique was known from the classical world, where it appears to have taken over from encaustic painting and was the main medium used for panel painting and illuminated manuscripts in the Byzantine world and Medieval and Early renaissance Europe. Tempera painting was the primary panel painting medium for nearly every painter in the European Medieval and Early renaissance period up to 1500. Every surviving panel painting by Michelangelo is egg tempera.

Oil paint, which may have originated in Afghanistan between the 5th and 9th centuries and migrated westward in the Middle Ages eventually superseded tempera. Oil replaced tempera as the principal medium used for creating artworks during the 15th century in Early Netherlandish painting in northern Europe. Around 1500, oil paint replaced tempera in Italy. In the 19th and 20th centuries, there were intermittent revivals of tempera technique in Western art, among the Pre-Raphaelites, Social Realists, and others. Tempera painting continues to be used in Greece and Russia where it is the required medium for Orthodox icons.




Tempera is traditionally created by hand-grinding dry powdered pigments into a binding agent or medium, such as egg, glue, honey, water, milk (in the form of casein) and a variety of plant gums.

Tempera painting starts with placing a small amount of the pigment paste onto a palette, dish or bowl and adding about an equal volume of the binder and mixing. Some pigments require slightly more binder, some require less. Distilled water is added.

Egg tempera

The most common form of classical tempera painting is "egg tempera". For this form most often only the contents of the egg yolk is used. The white of the egg and the membrane of the yolk are discarded (the membrane of the yolk is dangled over a receptacle and punctured to drain off the liquid inside).

The paint mixture has to be constantly adjusted to maintain a balance between a "greasy" and "watery" consistency by adjusting the amount of water and yolk. As tempera dries, the artist will add more water to preserve the consistency and to balance the thickening of the yolk on contact with air. Once prepared, the paint cannot be stored. Egg tempera is water resistant, but not water proof.

Different preparations use the egg white or the whole egg for different effect. Other additives such as oil and wax emulsions can modify the medium.

Tempera grassa

Adding oil in no more than a 1:1 ratio with the egg yolk by volume produces a water soluble medium with many of the color effects of oil paint, although it cannot be painted thickly.


Some of the pigments used by medieval painters, such as Vermilion (made from cinnabar, a mercury ore), are highly toxic. Most artists today use modern synthetic pigments, which are less toxic but have similar color properties to the older pigments. Even so, many (if not most) modern pigments are still dangerous unless certain precautions are taken; these include keeping pigments wet in storage to avoid breathing their dust.


Tempera paint dries rapidly. It is normally applied in thin, semi-opaque or transparent layers. Tempera painting allows for great precision when used with traditional techniques that require the application of numerous small brush strokes applied in a cross-hatching technique. When dry, it produces a smooth matte finish. Because it cannot be applied in thick layers as oil paints can, tempera paintings rarely have the deep color saturation that oil paintings can achieve. In this respect the colors of an unvarnished tempera painting resemble a pastel, although the color deepens if a varnish is applied. On the other hand, tempera colors do not change over time,
whereas oil paints darken, yellow, and become transparent with age.
Tempera adheres best to an absorbent ground that has a lower "oil" content than the tempera binder used (the traditional rule of thumb is "fat over lean", and never the other way around). The ground traditionally used is inflexible Italian gesso, and the substrate is usually rigid as well. Historically wood panels were used as the substrate, and more recently un-tempered masonite and modern composite boards have been employed. Heavy paper is also used.


Melisande by Marianne Stokes

Tempera Artists
Although tempera has been out of favor since the Late Renaissance and Baroque eras, it has been periodically rediscovered by such later artists such as William Blake, the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Joseph Southall. The 20th century saw a significant revival of tempera. European painters who worked with tempera include Giorgio de Chirico, Otto Dix, Eliot Hodgkin, and Pyke Koch; and the medium was popular with American artists such as the Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton and his student Roger Medearis; Social Realists Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, and Ben Shahn; Jacob Lawrence, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Rudolph F. Zallinger, George Tooker, Robert Vickrey, Peter Hurd, Andrew Wyeth, and science fiction artist John Schoenherr, notable as the cover artist of Dune.

Other practicing tempera artists include, Philip Aziz, Ernst Fuchs, Antonio Roybal, George Huszar, Donald Jackson, Tim Lowly, Altoon Sultan, Grégoire Michonze, Shaul Shats, Sandro Chia (e.g. Studio 1986), Jon Gernon, Fred Wessel, Michael Bergt, Tim Donovan (wildlife artist), Alex Colville, Beverley Bonner, Estefan Gargost, Elaine Drew, and Fred Wessel, Australian artist Jeremy Gordon, and Russian-American artists Scherer & Ouporov, Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov.
c 2013 Wikipedia



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