Thursday, April 14, 2011

SOFA NY "FUNCTIONAL ART" FAIR + John Marin in Chicago +Le Gâteau de Madame Baltimore

Merete Rasmussen Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Sculpture, Objects & Functional Arts Fair
SOFA, the World's Fair of Contemporary Decorative Arts & Design, will open to the public on Thursday, April 14, and continue through Sunday, April 17, 2011.
This show is about ART OBJECTS from furniture to fine art. Some of the pieces shown are worthy of high end art galleries and some worthy of high end tourist gift shops in Maui, but it is ALL ABOUT SHOPPING.
Doug Heller of the Heller Gallery
If you have the shopping bug, and you enjoy buying unusual and radical jewelry, or your passion is art glass, pottery, turned wood or wire sculpture you and your interior designer will love SOFA.  The notable art jewelry gallerists include: Sienna Gallery from Lenox, MA, Ornamentum from Hudson, NY, Jewelers' Werk Galerie from Washington, DC, and Aaron Faber Gallery from New York.
Jennifer Trask, Ornamentum,
Hudson, NY
Expanding to three days this year, the highly popular lecture series with  internationally prominent scholars, artists, and curators will take place in the Armory’s Tiffany Room on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 14, 15, and 16th.  Artist talks at individual dealer's booths are also planned. Museum notables speaking include The Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London and The Curator of the Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Michael Eden, "Grey Bloom", 2010 edition 1/12
3/D Additive Layer Manufacturing, high quality nylon
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London

Efharis Alepedis, Necklace, 2010
red patent leather, silk cocoons, epoxy resin, silver
Charon Kransen Arts, New York

Kate Malone, Atomic Vase, 2010
glazed stoneware
14.5 x 12.5 x 10"
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London

Geoffrey Mann, Nocturne
Long Exposure Series, 2009, nylon
Joanna Bird, London

Daniel DiCaprio, Mutation 11.1
Charon Kransen Arts, New York NY

Now Showing

John Marin. The Red Sun-Brooklyn Bridge (detail), 1922. 
Alfred Stieglitz Collection
John Marin
An American Master Watercolorist,
from the Early Twentieth Century.

Not widely know outside of today's art circles, American modernist painter John Marin was the country’s most celebrated artist, during his lifetime. His improvisational approach to color, paint handling, perspective, and movement situated him as a leading figure in modern art and helped influence the Abstract Expressionist movement. At the heart of this exhibition is a group of 40 watercolors which were donated to the Art Institute in 1949 and 1956 from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz by his wife, Georgia O'Keeffe. While a few individual works from this gift have been loaned on rare occasions to other institutions, this collection has never before been presented and published in its entirety. Important loans from other Chicago collections enrich this cache of material even further. This exhibition  ranges from early images rooted in traditional practice to more personal and experimental compositions, showcasing how Marin, in the process of reinventing watercolor, transformed American painting.
This video on Marin is very interesting, although 14 minutes long. 

John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism
will be on view in the museum’s Jean and Steven Goldman Prints and Drawings Galleries in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Wing  only until this Sunday, April 17, 2011.  Afterwards it will travel to the High Museum in Atlanta and will be up from June 26 until September 11, 2011.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404 phone (312) 443-3600
Source: All information for this article came from the press department of The Art Institute of Chicago, the cropped image of the John Marin painting is © 2011 The Art Institute of Chicago.

Le Gâteau de Madame Baltimore

A white cake with a luscious frosting and filling made with figs, candied fruits, and chopped pecans.

  • white cake, from mix or see white cake recipe below
  • .
  • Frosting and Filling
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped figs
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/8 cup candied cherries diced
  • 1/8 cup candied mangos
  • 1/4 cup candied pineapple diced
  • Fresh Fruit cherry halves on top
Using a mix or your favorite white cake recipe, bake a 2 layer white cake according to recipe or package directions. Put a coating of filling between the layers, stack the cake together and frost the top and sides.

Combine sugar, flour, and corn syrup in a saucepan; cook, stirring, over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and boil to 240°. Meanwhile, when syrup reaches about 234°, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; add salt. Remove syrup from heat when 240° is reached and immediately pour a very thin stream over stiffly beaten egg whites and salt, beating constantly. Add vanilla. Continue beating until frosting cools and is of spreading consistency, about 10 minutes.
Add chopped fruits and nuts to about 1/3 of the frosting mixture and use as filling between layers. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
Adapted from a recipe in McCall's Magazine, 1926, submitted online by Diana Rattray through

White Cake
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour (sift before measuring)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy; stir in vanilla. Sift flour with baking powder. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with the milk, beating well after each addition.
Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites, incorporating evenly. Spoon batter into two deep greased and floured round cake pans. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests done.

Until later, 

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