DAILY ART FIX: New Play Will Bring Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Theatrical Life

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Edward Hopper “Nighthawks” oil on canvas 33″ x 60″

At the time of its creation in 1942, realist works like Edward Hopper’s iconic Nighthawks painting were not trendy in the art world. As leading critic Clement Greenberg sneered in 1946: “[Hopper] is not a painter in the full sense; his means are second-hand, shabby, and impersonal.”

And yet Hopper’s work have stood the test of time much better than the abstract artists Greenberg and others championed at the time. Now the painting Nighthawks has inspired a new play. Nighthawks: A Theatrical Meditation on Solitude and Loneliness, is premiering in Chicago, the city where the painting is on display.

A little boy was trying energetically to climb atop one of the two lions that have long “guarded” the Art Institute as people poured through the doors on Saturday, becoming the latest of the millions of people who have gotten pleasure from the art inside.

Some of those creations have provided inspiration for artists in other realms — writers, musicians, playwrights — and the latest of these is June Sawyers, who has created a show titled “Nighthawks: A Theatrical Meditation on Solitude and Loneliness.”

“I call it a hybrid theater piece,” she says. “It is meant to establish a mood of loneliness and solitude. That for me is the essence of the painting.”

She does not remember the first time she saw Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” currently located in the Arts of the Americas-Gallery 262. But, she says, “It has always haunted me. It is my favorite American painting.”

Read the full article here: MSN – New play will bring Edward Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks,’ one of Art Institute’s most popular paintings, to theatrical life

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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DAILY ART FIX: Why the Iconic Athenaeum Portrait of Washington was Never Finished

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Gilbert Stuart “George Washington (The Athenaeum Portrait)” April 12, 1796. Oil on canvas. 47.99 x 37 in.

The portrait is right on the money, as they say-literally. Gilbert Stuart’s painting of 65 year old George Washington is the basis of the dollar bill portrayal. As such it has become how we picture George Washington. It has been suggested the President was looking extra stern in it, perhaps due to problems with his dentures, or frustrations with the artist and the posing. Stuart did end up doing a tricky thing:

Washington agreed to sit for Stuart, however, the artist did not want to give up this new portrait because he knew that he could use it as a model for future commissions. Stuart purposely left the work unfinished and began to create and sell copies.

He reportedly called these copies his “hundred dollar bills” after the price he charged for them. It is believed that Stuart ultimately copied 130 portraits from the unfinished work commissioned by Martha Washington. Of those, around sixty survive today.

Read the full article here: ART & OBJECT – Why the Iconic Athenaeum Portrait of Washington was Never Finished

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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DAILY ART FIX: Edgar Degas and the Dancer – The Artist’s Most Beautiful Representations

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Les Danseuses 1899 Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas “The Dancers” 1899

An exhibit upcoming this fall highlights the ballet paintings of French Impressionist Edgar Degas.

From 1860 onwards, Degas frequented the backstage of the Paris Opera, which he was familiar with, being part of a family of music lovers. As a child he observed the dancers during their training with wide eyes and always with a pencil and paper at hand. The artist preferred to watch the dancers in moments of intimacy, for example when they were between routines, during conversations with each other, when they were tired and started to yawn and while they adjusted their corsets before performances. The foyer of the Palais Garnier was his playground; it is where he would spend hours observing the dancers and their teachers. He made this place, which was too often associated with meetings and social gatherings, his inspiration.

Read the full article here: VOGUE – Edgar Degas and the Dancer – The Artist’s Most Beautiful Representations

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

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DAILY ART FIX: Before Roy Lichtenstein Went Pop

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The artist wearing a hat sits at his easel painting an abstract work.

Roy Lichtenstein “Self Portrait with Easel” circa 1951-1952

Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his paintings that look like comic book panels. But before he hit on the formula that brought him fame and fortune, he experimented with a body of work which frankly seems a lot more interesting.

In fact, almost the whole of Lichtenstein’s pre-Pop œuvre consists of boyish renderings of boyish enthusiasms: battle scenes, mechanical devices, cowboys and Indians, medieval knights, pilots, deep-sea divers (probably inspired by magazine coverage of the scuba diver Jacques Cousteau). There is a brief stretch of pure abstraction late in the decade, although that work, too, seems like a pastiche or an imitation of abstract painting. By 1958, you start seeing the face of Mickey Mouse, and you sense that landfall is near.

An exhibit of these early works is currently on tour.

Read the full article here: THE NEW YORKER – Before Roy Lichtenstein Went Pop

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: How Wielding Lamps and Torches Shed New Light on Stone Age Cave Art

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two researchers, one holding a torch in a dark cave

It’s one of those observations that seems so obvious in retrospect.

All my life I’ve been fascinated by the magnificent cave paintings left behind by our prehistoric ancestors. Yet I never contemplated just how many different light sources the artists had available. The assorted kinds of light available to early humans would change how the works would have appeared to their creators and viewers. Now modern researchers are testing the various effects.

Torches are just one of several light sources Stone Age artists used to navigate caves. Intxaurbe and colleagues are wielding these fiery tools in dark, damp and often cramped caves in an effort to understand how and why humans journeyed beneath the earth and why they created art there…

In the wide chambers and narrow passageways of Isuntza I Cave in the Basque region of Spain, the researchers tested torches, stone lamps and fireplaces — nooks in cave walls. Juniper branches, animal fat and other materials that Stone Age humans would have had at hand fueled the light sources. The team measured flame intensity and duration, as well as how far away from the source light illuminated the walls.

Read the full article here: SCIENCE NEWS – How wielding lamps and torches shed new light on Stone Age cave art

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

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DAILY ART FIX: Visions – A major retrospective of the mid-century British painter Victor Willing

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Victor Willing, Swing, 1978, oil on canvas © The Artist's Estate. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, on loan from Colin St John Wilson, since 2004

Victor Willing “Swing” oil on canvas 1978

These days, British artist Victor Willing (January 15, 1928 – June 1, 1988) is more likely to be known as “Mr. Paula Rego.” Since his death from multiple sclerosis, Willing’s widow has endured to become one of the most renown painters working today, overshadowing her late husband’s reputation.

In 2019, Victor Willing received his first retrospective, which recalled his days as a promising young student, and the changes his work underwent through the ensuing decades.

During his time at the Slade, Willing came to know artist Francis Bacon and the renowned art critic David Sylvester who described him as “a sort of spokesman for his generation”. While still a student Willing’s work was included in two exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art. He had his first solo show at the prestigious Hanover Gallery just one year after graduating.

In 1957, Willing moved to Ericeira, Portugal to be with Paula Rego and their family where theyremained until the Carnation Revolution in 1974. During these years, as their family grew, Willing’s work went through a profound change and the exhibition will feature key works produced in this period between 1957 and 1974.

Following the political revolution and economic crisis in Portugal in 1974, the family returned to London, and Willing created work with a renewed urgency until his untimely death in 1988.

Victor Willing, Standing Nude, 1955, oil on canvas © The Artist's Estate. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

Victor Willing “Standing Nude” oil on canvas 1955

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: Raw power – Why Iggy Pop posed naked for Jeremy Deller’s Life Class

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Iggy by, from left, Taylor Schultek, Levan Songulashvili and Kallyiah Merilus on show at Brooklyn Museum.

Lust for Life Drawing! Iggy Pop Poses

In 2016, rock ‘n roll shaman Iggy Pop acted as a model for a special life drawing class and exhibit sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum.

Deller convinced the Brooklyn Museum, a group of local artists and Iggy himself to play along. The result, Iggy Pop Life Class, opens at the museum next month. The show involves 107 interpretations of the star’s nude physique by 22 artists, ranging in age from their teens to their 80s. The museum will pair their work with objects from its collection depicting the male figure over the last few centuries: sculptures from ancient Egypt, Africa and India; drawings by such artists as Egon Schiele and Max Beckmann; as well as photographs by Jim Steinhardt and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Deller, best known for creating vast imaginative works with a political theme, first approached Iggy 10 years ago, but the star demurred. “Ten years ago I was a little too young,” says Iggy, now 69, in the book that accompanies the show. “I thought I didn’t have the weight. Now I feel like a lot has happened with and to my body. For some reason, it felt important for me to just stand naked for a group of human beings and have an exchange.”

Iggy Pop poses for, from left, Jeremy Day, Patricia Hill, Jeannette Farrow and Danielle Rubin.

Read the full article here: THE GUARDIAN – Raw power – Why Iggy Pop posed naked for Jeremy Deller’s Life Class

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: Surviving The Art World During A Crisis – A Crash Course For The Art Entrepreneur

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Surviving The Art World During A Crisis: A Crash Course For The Art Entrepreneur

The Overblown Outbreak of the Woo Hoo Floo was designed to disrupt life as we know it. Ch1na and their deeply embedded Western co-conspirators are trying to make sure we can never get back to reality, but will instead submit to their arbitrary and tyrannical diktats. Something’s got to give, and soon.

In the meanwhile, we all try to find ways past the erratic demands of the corrupt elite’s “New Normal.” The art world, always a wildly inconsistent market, also is trying to navigate the pandemic of lies. In April 2021, Entrepreneur.com hazarded a few creative business strategies for survival.  

Like all industries, the pandemic drove people in the art industry amok- however, this resulted in them working together and finding new ways of resurrecting, connecting, redefining, and stretching the commercial reach of art. Some were more ready than others, be it by taking their art platforms online, or by changing target markets/creative offerings.

A lesser known fact is that the creative industry roams, in a kind of “stealth mode,” across a very large market terrain. Art can be found in many places that are considered the wide social domain; this domain includes the very places people frequent- like restaurants, hotels, parks, beaches, retail areas, hospitals, gyms, schools, and work spaces. 

Read the full article here: Entrepreneur.com – Surviving The Art World During A Crisis – A Crash Course For The Art Entrepreneur

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: WATTS TOWERS – THE STORY OF AN LA ICON

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Property of Discover Los Angeles

As Los Angeles, California swirls down the drain of blue state mismanagement and corruption, it unfortunately limits access to many notable landmarks.

The Watts Towers were built as the work of one inspired man, Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia. He worked for almost daily for 34 years, using scavenged materials to construct 17 sculptures, the tallest one almost 100 feet high. Now that’s an artist.

The Watts Tower | Amusing Planet

I would love to visit someday.

Simon Rodia Beatles Sgt Pepper's

Watts Towers Sculptor Sabato Rodia Makes an Appearance on the Cover of Beatles Album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-in profile next to young Bob Dylan

Read the whole article here: DISCOVER LOS ANGELES – WATTS TOWERS: THE STORY OF AN LA ICON

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: Edward Gorey’s Toys

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Handmade toys by Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey’s Handmade Toys

My wife, artist Michele Bledsoe, and I have a saying we frequently refer to: “They say the way you something is the way you do everything.”

What this means is no matter what endeavor you undertake, it will be shaped by your unique character, traits, and perspective. No matter what medium I work in as an artist, it always comes out as me.

Edward Gorey sure demonstrated that, with his hand sewn toys which look like they stepped right out of his macabre and stylized illustrations.

See The Work of Renowned Artist Edward Gorey at the Ball State's DOMA

Gorey’s Doubtful Guest in Action

From THE NEW YORKER:

He was an obsessive sewer of small fabric arts,” Hischak told me. “I think the toys were born out of nervous energy, a device to keep his hands busy.” Most evenings, Gorey sewed and stuffed the toys by hand while watching VHS recordings of his favorite television shows: “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Golden Girls,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The X-Files,” and “Murder, She Wrote.” He used whatever fabric he happened to have around (blue denim, gold lamé, gray velvet, green gingham, pink satin, white cotton) and, once he cut out the shapes, he stitched them together by hand, then filled them with rice—preferably Uncle Ben’s, because it was the only brand that came with a spout for easy pouring.

The resulting creatures included some actual animals, like bats, elephants, frogs, and salamanders, but also some of Gorey’s own imaginary creations, like the penguin-ish “Doubtful Guest,” which appeared in one of the artist’s books wearing sneakers and a scarf and stayed for seventeen years without explaining itself, or the flexible, Gumbyesque “Figbash,” a typographic acrobat of sorts that the artist shaped into letters and numbers as needed. Gorey made hundreds of these toys over the years, sometimes in batches of identical fabric, with subtle variations on the shape of the head or the size of the limbs, but all floppy and friendly looking. Gorey gave the toys as gifts to family and friends, as well as to cast members of theatrical shows he was involved with, like the Nantucket Stage Company revival of “Dracula”…

Read the Full Article Here: THE NEW YORKER – Edward Gorey’s Toys

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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