Painter Audrey Flack’s comment comparing Jewish art with Jewish food (i.e., not minimalist) seems thoroughly in the spirit of Thanksgivukkah. Pile on the pastrami-wrapped turkey and sweet potato latkes, please!
Oral history interview with Audrey Flack, 2009 Feb. 16, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
The rewards of archival research are so sweet! Today one of our fabulous researchers brought in this “honey bread,” which she baked from a recipe she came across while studying the Beatrice Wood papers. She included the recipe on a card she made to accompany the cake. My favorite instruction is: “If one wants to be really fancy, one can add crystallised ginger on top.” Sorry we didn’t manage to get a picture before someone had already taken a piece (baked goods do not last long in this office).
Bolton Coit Brown records his reaction to an exhibition of Turner drawings in a letter to his parents. Has an artwork ever moved you to tears or yelling?
Bolton Coit Brown, Paris letter to Edmund Woodward Brown and Martha Coit Brown, 1887 June 13-14. Bolton Coit Brown papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
June 26, 1963: Reviving the American Indian art of painting on furs, the Fifth Avenue fur designer Jacques Kaplan commissioned five American artists to paint on his collection to be worn by “the modern woman.” Within two hours, the first coat — painted by Anuszkiewcz, with a geometric arrangement of black dots on white calfskin — was sold to Mrs. Harcourt Amory. Each design came as a complete surprise to Mr. Kaplan, as he allowed the artists “absolute freedom to do whatever they wanted.” Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times
An Op Art coat painted by Richard Anuszkiewicz? Well, that’s cool.