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Culver City Arts District First Annual Summer Solstice Art Walk: Wax Cylinder Recording and Live Musical Performances at Century Guild

Posted in Century Guild Events, Wax Cylinder Recordings with tags , , on 24 June, 2014 by Kat Handler

In 2013 a number of galleries, restaurants, and retailers in the Culver City Arts District worked with the city to establish a proper designation as an “arts district”- the first landmark being a series of banners running the length of Washington from Helms Bakery to I-10.  The first event that we all planned (thanks to Josetta at Fresh Paint for starting this off!) was the first annual Summer Solstice Art Walk, which presented over twenty-five live bands at creative venues in the area across the day.  That evening, our gallery was host to musical guests Adrian Bourgeois, Kevin Dippold, and Emmett Skyy, as well as a performance by Thomas Negovan.  Jason Louv of the website Ultraculture joined us to speak about the summer solstice and shared a unique perspective on the pressing importance of creative imagination.  Most exciting was Shawn Borri’s demonstration of Edison’s wax cylinder recording, a process invented by Thomas Edison in the 1880s and the very first recording medium in history.

The presence of songwriters from this moment in time paired with a process dating back to the first moments in recording history was a very special experience to witness- and somewhat cathartic to celebrate given today’s digitally preoccupied musical culture.  Emmett Skyy has the voice of an angel, like Marvin Gaye in his prime; Kevin Dippold complimented him with an earthy vibe that reminded me of California music from the late 70s.  Adrian Bourgeois writes smart pop masterpieces that makes me think of Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney, and listening to Thomas Negovan is like nesting in comforting, mystical poetry.  All in all, this was a fantastic night at the gallery and overflowing with wonderful talent and camaraderie.

-Kat

Jason Louv shares a hymn celebrating the art of imagination and resistance to artistic clichés.

Jason Louv shares a hymn celebrating the art of imagination and resistance to current artistic clichés.

Shawn keeps masterful tabs on the cylinder as Thomas Negovan demonstrates the recording process.

Thomas Negovan demonstrates the wax recording process as Shawn keeps masterful tabs on the cylinder.

Adrian Bourgeois performs "Parachutes" on wax cylinder

Adrian Bourgeois performs “Parachutes” on wax cylinder; Shawn monitors the wax heating process.

Emmett Skyy sings into the phonograph

Emmett Skyy sings into the phonograph

The dynamic duo

The dynamic duo of Kevin Dippold and Emmett Skyy

Tommy2 enjoys the musicale.

Tommy-squared enjoys the music of Adrian Bourgeois.

My contribution to the evening materialized as a creepy selfie with a Doc Hammer painting.

My contribution to the evening materialized as a creepy selfie with a Doc Hammer painting.

The phonograph saw its share of action that evening.

The phonograph saw its share of action that evening.

Adrian performing into the recording machine

Adrian performing into the recording machine.

CEREMONY in Los Angeles: Gail Potocki, Clive Barker, Matthew Bone, Michael Hussar, Olivia, Shepard Fairey, Jeremy Lipking and more…

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Clive Barker, Gail Potocki, Matthew Bone, Michael Hussar, Stephanie Inagaki on 16 June, 2014 by Thomas Negovan

Painter Matthew Bone and chef Craig Thornton (aka Wolvesmouth) have created a culinary oasis with their elegant and artistic private Wolf+Bone dinners, and the second run of their series concluded with a group art exhibition titled CEREMONY.  Curated by Matthew Bone, we at Century Guild were honored to be asked to handle the business operations of the exhibition.

Ceremony.

Ceremony

Thank you so much to everyone who came out!  We were so busy that I didn’t do a very good job of taking photos, but do a search for this online and I’m sure a ton of images will come up!  It was a beautiful immersive forest experience- with an art gallery built right in the middle!  I did manage to take photos of some of the artists and performers, here are my favorites.  Click on them to enlarge.

Thomas Negovan and Gail Potocki at Ceremony

Thomas Negovan and Gail Potocki at Ceremony

The Art of Being Numb by Matthew Bone SOLD

The Art of Being Numb by Matthew Bone SOLD

Painter Gail Potocki, fashion designer Giuliana Mayo, and Yee Lam

Painter Gail Potocki, fashion designer Giuliana Mayo, and Yee Lam

Nesting - Karasu by Stephanie Inagaki $1400

Nesting – Karasu by Stephanie Inagaki $1400

Exhibiting artists Gail Potocki, Stephanie Inagaki, and Jason Shawn Alexander

Exhibiting artists Gail Potocki, Stephanie Inagaki, and Jason Shawn Alexander

Pelican band members studying Shepard Fairey's This New Wave is a Little Slick For My Taste

Pelican band members studying Shepard Fairey’s This New Wave is a Little Slick For My Taste

Exhibiting artists Michael Hussar, Gail Potocki, and Matthew Bone

Exhibiting artists Michael Hussar, Gail Potocki, and Matthew Bone

Flowers For Fun by Michael Hussar $32000

Flowers For Fun by Michael Hussar $32,000

Artist Matthew Bone and Chef Craig Thornton

Artist Matthew Bone and Chef Craig Thornton

Dalilah in Pink by Jeremy Lipking $16,000

Dalilah in Pink by Jeremy Lipking $16,000

Guests at the exhibition

Craig looking things over as the doors open; Thomas greets early guests at the exhibition

Skull Tree by Clive Barker $13,000

Skull Tree by Clive Barker $13,000

Craig and Matthew interviewed

Craig and Matthew interviewed

The Flora and Fauna of Ceremony

The Flora and Fauna of Ceremony

 

 

Coming January 12th, 2013… After the Apocalypse!

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 8 January, 2013 by SeanChase

The Mayans were wrong and the world did not end, so we’re celebrating!  Century Guild is proud to present a new show on January 12, 2013, which will feature three very different artists exploring visions of life, death, and the possibilities of what may come after.  The themes and imagery will be rooted in the human psyche and range from the divine to the obscene, from despair to salvation, from paradise to perdition.  We’ll be showcasing very rare artworks by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha, German Expressionist Bruno Goldschmitt, and contemporary artist Richard Friend.  In other words, this will be one hell of a show!

After the Apocalypse... January 12th, 2013 at Century Guild!

After the Apocalypse… January 12th, 2013 at Century Guild!  Featuring the indelible artwork of Mucha, Friend, and Goldschmitt!

 

Alphonse Mucha‘s name should be more than familiar.  He was the single most important figure of the Art Nouveau movement and certainly the most recognized for his outpouring of creativity and his prolific capacity.  His paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and decorative designs were hugely influential at the turn of the century and are still highly sought after by collectors today.  Aesthetically, the imagery he created with its fine line work, decorative floral elements, and graceful figures of femininity, became the groundwork for Art Nouveau.  Best known for his many commercial works, mainly lithograph posters, postcards, and illustrations, Mucha’s work expanded far beyond that as well.

Frustrated with the fame he achieved almost solely through his commercial endeavors, Mucha declared that it was his aim to produce artwork that was more personal and spiritual.  As a result, Mucha created two series of masterful narrative images, all done in his distinct style, but with greater attention to detail and more thematic intensity.  The latter of these two series was his ambitious and enormous Slovanská epopej (Slavic Epic) inspired by the history and legends of the Slavic people.  This series consisted of twenty large canvases that took him over eighteen years to produce from 1918 to 1928.

However, of equal import both in terms of his artistic development and the shift in his aesthetic to more complex thematic content, and lesser known due to its limited printing of only 510 copies, are his symbolically rich drawings for Le Pater (The Lord’s Prayer) published on December 20, 1899.  Originally printed by F. Champenois and published by Henry Piazza, Le Pater was an elaborately illustrated and illuminated work in which Mucha took each verse of The Lord’s Prayer and created a corresponding illustration to it.  Filled with enigmatic figures and occult motifs, it was described by Mucha in the January 5, 1900 issue of The Sun as “the thing which I have put my soul into”.

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" by Alphonse Mucha (1899, lithograph).

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Alphonse Mucha (1899, lithograph).

"Give Us This Our Daily Bread" by Alphonse Mucha (1899, lithograph).

“Give Us This Our Daily Bread” by Alphonse Mucha (1899, lithograph).

"Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us From Evil" by Alphonse Mucha (1899, lithograph).

“Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us From Evil” by Alphonse Mucha (1899, lithograph).

 

Bruno Goldschmitt was a German Expressionist, who although somewhat obscure today, is probably best known for his printmaking using woodcuts, although he also made tapestries, paintings, and worked in various other mediums.  A friend and associate of Nobel winning German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Herman Hesse, Goldschmitt was very much of the contemporary school of art stylistically and he incorporated a great number of influences into his aesthetic.  His work is imbued with much of the iconography of Symbolism and the emotional potency of Expressionism, as well as the bold line work and sharp, exaggerated angles of the latter.  But in terms of the themes he expressed, most can be traced back to Germany’s ancient history and medieval European art in general.  Allegorical woodcuts and drawings of classical figures of European myth and legend abound in his work, as do idyllic and somewhat pantheistic scenes of rural countryside activities and seasonal changes, but most fascinating are his dynamic images inspired by the Old Testament.

"The Prophet" by Bruno Goldschmitt (circa 1920, woodcut print).

“The Prophet” by Bruno Goldschmitt (circa 1920, woodcut print).

 

One of the things that I love about Century Guild is how various artists from different eras and movements are all brought together to form a lush collective representing different styles and genres of art.  Not only do we have classic works from the key movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries, but we also get to introduce people to some of the most original, innovative, and moving pieces of contemporary art.  With that in mind, we’re proud to be displaying the work of Richard Friend

"Black Drawing VII: Falling" by Richard Friend (2010, ink on paper).

“Black Drawing VII: Falling” by Richard Friend (2010, ink on paper).

Brimming with imposing shadows, tormented souls, and atmospheric locales, the compositions almost seem caught between recollection and nightmare, and simultaneously function as commentary on societal woes and project the dilemmas of the subconscious, making Richard Friend‘s Black Drawings unforgettable.  The high contrast of the black and white, the intricacies of the line work, and the pervasive images of decaying buildings, crumbling statues, and of human lives lost in torment help to evoke a haunting mood quite unlike anything else.  Spending most of his life as a musician, Richard’s work is understandably endowed with a dark, compelling lyricism that enriches the themes he so adeptly explores.

"A Feast of Saints" by Richard Friend (2010, ink on paper).

“A Feast of Saints” by Richard Friend (2010, ink on paper).

Explaining the inspiration for the above image, “A Feast of Saints” to me,  he said, “The idea is that we as humans are vulnerable, victims to larger things: our own fears; religion; power.  So, the figure is god-like [and represents these things] and then you have man below cowering.  There’s also a maternal element to the piece.”

Striving to create art that would be both deeply personal and original, Friend’s drawings are gripping works that not only express his own ideas and feelings, but are also sure to elicit strong emotional reactions from viewers.   Among Richard’s diverse inspirations and influences are Rembrandt, Goya, Dalí, Saudek, and Giger, so it’s no wonder that his vivid imaginings are so captivating to look at and so difficult to categorize.  He has more than achieved his goal of creating contemporary art that is both personal  and original, he has created something that is transcendent.  Richard described the reactions to his art, saying, “It can almost act like a Rorschach for people.  It’s very interesting to see which pieces appeal to what people.  It surprises me.”

 
Information on the After the Apocalypse opening and exhibition:

AFTER THE APOCALYPSE opens January 12, 2013 with a reception from 6-9pm at Century Guild.
Exhibition continues January 17, 18 & 19 from noon-8pm.

For further information or press photos contact the gallery at 1-800-610-CENTURY or gallery@centuryguild.net.

Century Guild
6150 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

So, is the end nigh?  Far from it, we’re just getting started.

– Sean

Jeremy Bastian and His Cursed Pirate Girl Return!

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Jeremy Bastian, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 10 November, 2012 by SeanChase

As you know, Century Guild has relocated its gallery from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, and we are very pleased to announce that our new location will open with a very special book signing with none other than our good friend, Jeremy A. Bastian.  We will be holding a Grand Opening for the new gallery on December 1st, 2012 from 6-9pm.  Jeremy will be there in person to sign books, including advanced copies of his graphic novel, Cursed Pirate Girl, which is being published by Archaia Entertainment.  We will also be displaying exclusive artwork from Cursed Pirate Girl for the first time.

Cursed Pirate Girl: The Collected Edition, Volume 1 (Archaia Publishing, published Dec. 2012)

The ongoing story of Cursed Pirate Girl tells the whimsical tale of a young girl as she sets sail for adventure in search of her missing father, who is one of the legendary Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas.  On her voyages, both above and below the surface of the ocean, she encounters a series of bizarre, charming, and grotesque characters that leap forth from the page with such vitality and imagination that they rival the fantastical creations of Lewis Carroll, Winsor McCay, and Terry Gilliam.

Jeremy A. Bastian, attending San Diego Comic-Con 2012, stops by the Century Guild booth to meet fans and sign autographs of his work.

At a time when just about everyone seems to be familiar with comic book characters and their worlds, primarily due to the high-end film adaptations of superhero comic books, it has become increasingly rare for comics fans to stumble across anything original.  As Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has said, “It’s all too rare that I see work that is truly original – and I almost never see work THIS original – Jeremy Bastian is a genius.”
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Tonight’s End of Summer blowout sale!

Posted in Century Guild Events on 18 August, 2012 by Thomas Negovan

Getting ready to open the doors: ten minutes and counting!

SPRING IS SPRUNG: Featuring Gail Potocki studio sale!

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Gail Potocki on 7 April, 2012 by Thomas Negovan

Here are some room snapshots of the gallery before tomorrow’s event!  If anything catches your eye, please email us at GALLERY at CENTURYGUILD dot NET and we’ll do what we can to help you feel like you’re in Chicago at the sale!

Spring Sale: Dave McKean, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alphonse Mucha

Spring Sale: Dave McKean, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alphonse Mucha CLICK TO ENLARGE

McKean, Schiele, Klimt, Mucha and more

McKean, Schiele, Klimt, Mucha and more CLICK TO ENLARGE

Hans Christiansen, Silent Movie posters, Arts+Crafts, and 1950s exhibition lithographs

Hans Christiansen, Silent Movie posters, Arts+Crafts, and 1950s exhibition lithographs CLICK TO ENLARGE

Gail Potocki, studio sale artworks

Gail Potocki, studio sale artworks CLICK TO ENLARGE

Angela with Veil, special price $1500

Angela with Veil, SOLD

Gail Potocki studio sale: all sold!  CLICK TO ENLARGE

Gail Potocki studio sale: all sold! Thank you! CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

THIS WEEKEND: The Century Guild Holiday Antique Bazaar Sale!

Posted in Century Guild Events, Uncategorized on 7 December, 2011 by j.a.

Give yourself (or a loved one) the gift of ART
this Holiday Season!

CENTURY GUILD
2041 West Carroll, C-220
Chicago, IL 60612

SATURDAY, December 10th &
SUNDAY, December 11th
10a.m. – 5p.m

"La Loïe Fuller at Folies Bergère" Jules Cheret, 1897

"La Loïe Fuller at Folies Bergère" Jules Cheret, 1897

Century Guild opens its doors and welcomes you to a special holiday sale unlike any other! The two-day only shopping event in the style of the Parisian flea markets, Century Guild will have a gorgeous selection of antique Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque, and Art Deco posters and lithographs from 1880-1920, 1940s and 1950s movie posters, plus vintage jewellery and accessories at unbelievable prices — original posters from the 1890s as low as $75! Come find a special and rare gift for you or a loved one!

Can’t make it but you’d still like to partake in this exclusive sale? Visit CENTURYGUILD.NET this Saturday, where items from the sale will be on display and available for purchase!

SNEAK PREVIEW: “Grand Guignol II: HÄXAN – Satan + The Women who love Him”

Posted in Austin Young, Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Gail Potocki, Grand Guignol, Malleus Rock Art Lab on 21 October, 2011 by j.a.

"Your first look at 'HÄXAN - Satan + The Women who love Him'"

Just over 40 hours until decadent Hell is unleashed upon Chicago…

Austin Young’s 1999 portrait of avant-garde diva Diamanda Galás lures you in to bear witness to the sensual horrors Century Guild has curated; Georges de Feure’s 1893 Japonist conjuration of wickedness “Friends of the Devil in the Flesh” and Gustav Klimt’s ultra-seductive “The Witch” (1919)  are but a few of the number of important works documenting magical women.

If you look closely, you can also see Italian Art Nouveau master Adolfo Hohenstein next to modern Italian artists Malleus, painter Gail Potocki, and sculptor Stanislav Szukalski adding to the ambiance…

If you’re in Chicago, you DO NOT want to miss what we have in store for you.  For more information, click HERE.

–j

Just in time for HÄXAN… Michael Hussar and “The Devil & His Consort”

Posted in Century Guild Events, Michael Hussar on 18 October, 2011 by j.a.

A brief glimpse at some of our latest acquisitions for THIS SATURDAY’S exhibition, “Grand Guignol II: HÄXAN – Satan + The Women who love Him”.

The first, from painter Michael Hussar:

"American Teet" by Michael Hussar

"American Teet" by Michael Hussar

This piece, as well his painting “Apple of Eden”, join a roster of fiendishly gorgeous artworks adorning our walls.  If you aren’t able to see these in person, worry not: in addition to the exhibition book slated for release after the show, the show will be available to view online!

We also welcome the black-hearted bon vivant, the most dapper Lord of Darkness himself… with the loveliest of corseted companions! “The Devil & His Consort” are a pair of antique, carved wooden sculptures from 1883.

"The Devil & His Consort", 1883

"The Devil & His Consort", 1883

It is impossible to top this quote commenting on the statues from an arts periodical. After commenting favorably on the furniture and decorative works in the Esposizione di Belle Arti in Rome, the correspondent was taken aback by one artist’s works- and two pieces- in particular:

(From The Architect, March 17, 1883)

“Amongst the furniture of F. Toso in the next gallery there are a number of figures, life size, carved in coloured woods in a realistic manner for hall decoration, than which it would be more difficult to conceive anything more disagreeable, or to imagine where and to whom they could give the slightest pleasure. One of these is a fiend with hoofs and horns in elaborate evening dress, holding out a plate for the reception of cards; another is a female to match, offering a ring. The vulgarity and hideousness might poison the taste and fine artistic feelings of a child for a lifetime, and shake the nerves of a sensitive person in any house in which they might be found.

You’ll have to wait until the 22nd of October to see them in all their decadent glory. To present inquiries about placing them in your art collection, email us at inquiries@centuryguild.net.

Hope to see you Saturday.
–j

 

HAUTE CAMPE Poster Inventory Liquidation Sale!

Posted in Burlesque, Century Guild Events, Exploitation Films, Grindhouse, Haute Campe, Hot Rods, Merchandise, Vintage Film Posters on 16 September, 2011 by j.a.

It’s been a hurricane of a week, and what better way to end it than with a MASSIVE sale…

"X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" Original vintage poster

One of the many vintage gems in our Haute Campe sale: "X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes" 40 x 60 inches

CLICK HERE FOR THE HAUTE CAMPE POSTER LIQUIDATION SALE!

Our (ill-behaved) sister company, HAUTE CAMPE, is liquidating a large selection of posters from its inventory at unbelievable prices.  Read on and take advantage of this limited time offer: Continue reading

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