I’ve never been to the Getty in Los Angeles, but if ever do make the trip, I’ll be keeping an eye out for this antique fresco depicting three cupids and Psyche preparing perfume. Look at the cabinet at left, with its shelves of scent bottles!
Image: Fresco fragment with Cupids and Psyche making perfume, third quarter of 1st century, fresco, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 72.AG.81. You can view the full object record here.
I may be reading too much into the holiday-season windows of this Vince boutique on Madison Avenue when I say that they immediately remind me of Minimalist artist Dan Flavin’s series Monument for V. Tatlin (1969-70).
Flavin’s sculptures in this series were made entirely from prefabricated fluorescent lighting tubes.
The series was a (semi-humorous) homage to Vladimir Tatlin’s design for an impossibly high and complex tower that would serve as a monument to the Communist International organization (1919-20). Some of Flavin’s neon arrangements referred to the shapes of that never-built monument, and others were simply abstract shapes.
Were Vince’s visual merchandising experts aware of Flavin’s work and its implications about art and history? Were they trying to suggest an abstract menorah? Or did they just want to come up with a window display that was illuminated and modern (and not too expensive to execute)? Your guess is as good as mine. I’ve never even been inside a Vince shop.
Images: Vince photo by Tinsel Creation; Dan Flavin photos/works courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art and Phillips.
Andy Warhol, Polaroid photograph of perfume bottles, 1979.
I passed the Hermès flagship boutique on Madison Avenue one day last week and paused to take this photograph. I wasn’t impressed by the overall window display—I don’t really understand the connection between the stacks of books, the geological print on the seated mannequin’s dress, and the arrow—but I recognized the small sculpture perched on one of the teetering book piles.
I haven’t been keeping up with my usual blogging schedule! Last week I was getting ready for an out-of-town weekend (visiting friends in Detroit) and now I’m facing several short-term deadlines at work. I should be able to find more time for writing next week!
Image: Francis Davis Millet, Reading the Story of Oenone (detail), Detroit Institute of Arts. Photo by Tinsel Creation.