Monday, April 23, 2018

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium



"You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once." - Helen Frankenthaler

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this spring in celebrating the life and work of Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 - 2011). Open now, Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium features the artist's lesser-known print work from her time at the workshop Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in Long Island, New York. Throughout this exhibition, we see Frankenthaler's signature vibrant, lyrical abstraction - typically applied to monumental canvases - on a smaller scale, as she explored a new medium. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!


 Frankenthaler represented an ideological and methodoloigcal departure from the first generation of Abstract Expressionists before her. She developed her individual, innovative technique by pouring washes of turpentine-thinned pigment onto surfaces. This method maintained the spontaneity and dynamism of her artistic predecessors, but distinctively foregrounded color in a manner that would come to be known as Color Field painting.


Frankenthaler's fusion of color and surface remained manifest as she experimented with other materials, as is evident in the lithographs, etchings, aquatints and woodcuts on view in this exhibition. 

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium
 is now on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through September 3rd.  Learn more here: Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Earth Day 2018 at the Art Institute of Chicago



 With Earth Day fast approaching on Sunday, 4/22, we are celebrating and raising awareness by featuring our favorite items made from recycled materials. From jewelry and accessories to home decor, we've got the goods to help you show some love for our Earth right now and all throughout the year. 

What will you do for the planet in 2018?

 




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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

To Bead or Not to Bead? Unique Beaded Jewery for Spring

 "To bead or not to bead" was never a question for us! This spring we're all about intricately beaded bijoux that occupy the intersection of art and craft.  Beadwork is a medium through which many parts are assembled into a significant whole, both aesthetically and symbolically. Many cultures have rich beadwork traditions through which skilled artisans tell stories utilizing motifs and distinctive visual language.

We've assembled a stunning selection from our spring assortment to help you refresh your look.
Brightly colored Czech glass and resin beads are layered and hand-sewn into biomorphic shapes to create our Amoeba Jewelry collection. Handcrafted in India, these pieces have all the vitality of a tropical breeze. 

Buzz, buzz! We're buggin' for these beaded beauties. Whimsical interpretations of garden dwellers are hand-embroidered and embellished with metal and glass beads on our insect pins.  Lightweight and exquisitely detailed, these are the ultimate in creature comfort.

Finally, our beaded cuffs are fun finishing touches for any outfit. Handmade in the USA, these bracelets are beautiful beading with a bohemian flair. Stunning showstoppers, they are sure to spark many a sartorial conversation. 

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 These styles are giving us life, so we hope we've inspired your reason for beading!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Our Best Art-Inspired Mother's Day Gifts of 2018

It may be freaky Friday but you're completely calm because you still have time to find the perfect gifts for the moms in your life! Featuring on-trend, ultra-pretty pastels, our Mother's Day gift guide is fresh, fashionable and art-inspired all the way.


No vase is necessary for this beautiful blossom. Give Mom an unfussy arrangement for her tabletop with our handcrafted Glass Multi-Colored Lily and she'll have flowers any time of the year.


How about some marvelous marbling for Mom? Our Pastel Bubble Marble Scarf is a feast for the eyes and a lift for the spirits. Make her Mother's Day with a one-of-a-kind hand-marbled scarf.


Soft swirls of multicolored molten glass meander on the surface of a simple circle.  Elegant and exquisitely handcrafted, Mom's sure to want to take this pin for a spin.

Water Lily Pin

One of our favorite flowers at The Art Institute of Chicago is the water lily, an inspiration for many iconic works of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Give Mom the luminous beauty of these ephemeral flowers in jewely form with our Water Lily Pin. 


Any architecture inclined moms in your life? You've come to the Wright place. Our Frank Lloyd Wright® April Showers Glasses Set  adds a sweep of style to any tablescape.


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Monday, April 9, 2018

Trending: Totally Timeless Blue & White




Few color combinations can compete with timeless blue and white. Perpetually pretty, this classic palette endures in decorating—from Chinese porcelain, to Delft pottery, to charming cabana stripes. It's effortlessly stylish and endlessly versatile as it complements virtually any decor, so it’s staying power is no surprise. 

We've assembled a gorgeous assortment of beautiful blue and white accessories to help refresh your wardrobe and your home this spring. We hope you'll feel inspired by this chromatic duo!





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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bottles Up!

Your wine may be bottled but your style doesn't have to be. Let it run free! Turn any wine bottle into a work of art with our recycled glass bottle stoppers. Need more incentive? These luminous lovelies are handmade right here in the USA. Tucked in the town of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, our designer heats clear glass to 2,000 degrees, then rolls it in bits of crushed, colored glass before forming the kaleidocopic globe. Blending beauty and craftsmanship, form and function, these jewel-like toppers make it easy to halt your happy hour.

Wine not open that second bottle when you can preserve it in style?



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Friday, March 30, 2018

April Showers

Time for April showers! Brighten any dreary day with art and design inspired umbrellas from the Museum Shop. Our selection of umbrellas stretches from Seurat to Samurai and features something for everyone. They provide shelter, convenience and style, and we're all in for these weather wins. Shop our assortment of unique umbrellas here:


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Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.