Fun with Art Crime: Forgeries Auction for the Charter Oak Cultural Center

November 22, 2010 in Craft and Art, Fashion, Textile Addiction by alliemcc

Saturday night my husband and I trekked up to Hartford for the Forgeries art auction, to benefit the Charter Oak Cultural Center.  If you've been following the blog, you've surely seen my cryptic posts about a "mystery project", which I revealed last week.  My baby was auctioned off at Forgeries, with proceeds benefiting the Charter Oak's youth arts programs.

The premise of the call for donated works was to select one of 10 masterpieces to copy or interpret in one's own style.  For all my fans who've been dying to know for sure, I worked from Divan Japonais by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

"Divan japonais" translates as "Japanese settee" or "sofa".  This lithographed poster was commissioned for a cabaret in Paris that was decorated in the very trendy Japanese-influenced style of the 1890s.  Rather than using anonymous models, Toulouse-Lautrec depicted three very well-known celebs of the Paris cabaret circuit of the time: Jane Avril, center, in black, was a famous dancer; Edouard Dujardin, behind her, was an art critic; and the performer on stage, with her signature opera-length black gloves, was Yvette Guilbert, a singer.  The print is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

There's so much going on in this composition– it has a real narrative quality, and gave me lots of ideas for a photo shoot, even a short film…

You can take a close look at my interpretation in my previous post, here.

And here's the lay of the land at the auction:


There were some really creative pieces there, and I was happy to see I wasn't the only person who worked with textiles, nor the only person who submitted wearable art– there was a blouse and jacket inspired by Katsushika Hokusai's Great Wave off Kanagawa, and a fabric collage interpreting the same piece.

And here's what I wore:

Image via, a rather addicting site archiving LP covers. <3