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Curious Curator George

A curator is one who manages or oversees such  as the administrative director of a museum collection or a library. One can be a curator of other place as well, such as a home! a shop! the storage closet at work! Wherever your jurisdiction and little kingdom of creativity might be, the best way to spruce up an empty space is by decorating naked walls.

No matter how keen your eye might be, buying original art as a gift for someone else can be perplexing business. Giving art can be one of the most unique and personal items that elucidates knowledge of one’s aesthetics, desires, decor and overall lifestyle. Because art comes in a variety of media, from a bevy of different artists, on a variety of surfaces – canvas, paper, masonite, wood – it also runs the spectrum of pricing! Art can be affordable! So, surveying my own friends as test subjects, I give you a buying guide for categories much more specific than just MOM, DAD, BOSS, HUSBAND, WIFE, et. al.

UGallery X TheWalkup Coupon Code

Because I also love my followers so much UGallery and I have teamed up to give you 15% off any item, that’s right 15% off just for readers of The Walkup! Use the coupon code: thewalkup15 anytime between now and December 21. Spread the word to spread the cheer!

Test Subject #1 – Danielle Long King – Program Manager, Public Programs at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Danielle speaks for all of your theater-going, performance art visiting, foodie, non-fiction reading, NPR-listening friends. She is intelligent and quirky yet tinged with a southern charm leftover from her New Orleans childhood – this might also explain her uncharacteristic obsession with the New Orleans Saints.  Have a friend like that? Get them this:

In Motion x The Walkup

In Motion by Savina Gost, photography on paper. Available in several sizes at UGallery HERE.

Test Subject #2 – Mike Ballaban – Reporter at Mergermarket, Financial Times Group. Mike is a Brooklyn based political and finance junkie. He loves old-timey things like banjos, nautical terms, gimlets and steam engines. He also loves a good deli sandwich with brisket, pastrami or corned beef. He even has his own irreverent news blog HERE. Have a friend like that? Get them this:

Around The Bend by JOHN HUERTA JR.

Around the Bend by John Huerta Jr., oil painting on canvas board. Note: painted on location in Midway Utah by the Provo River. Original painting available at UGallery HERE.

Test Subject #3 – Nora Bugescu – Associate Marketing Manager at Barnes & Noble.com. Nora is an effortlessly fashionable and well-traveled LA to NYC transplant. She favors indie-rock listening but also digs a good classic rock vinyl. She is the queen of inane internet trends, Game of Thrones humor and anything featured on BuzzFeed. Have a friend like that? Get them this:

Cold by Meredith O'Neal x The Walkup

Cold by Meredith O’Neal, oil painting on stretched canvas. Original painting available at UGallery HERE.

Test Subject #4 – Max Stettner – Senior Development Coordinator at Birthright Israel Foundation. Max dresses so sharply that you could hurt your eyes looking at his peacoat. He also has impeccably groomed sideburns and facial hair. He listens to stellar remixes, little-known DJ’s and club music. Above all, his first passion is basketball (playing, watching, all forms). Have a friend like that? Get them this:
Listen to Me by Philip Mckay
Listen to Me by Philip Mckay. Available in several sizes at UGallery HERE.
Test Subject #5 – Adam Heller – Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader, US Army. Adam is currently stationed in Germany. He loves The Shins, Belle & Sebastian,  Deathcab for Cutie, Mumford & Sons and The Decemberists. He also has an amazing ability to remember facts from Douglad Coupland novels. He knows cars, computers and  DSLR photography. He will come to your next LAN party. Have a friend like that? Get them this:
The Standard Hotel by ADAM GARELICK
The Standard Hotel, 2011 by Adam Garelick, photography on paper. Available in several sizes at UGallery HERE.

Happy Holiday shopping and don’t forget to use the special coupon code – thewalkup15 – to receive a whopping 15% off ANYTHING on the UGallery website!
(which happens to be where all the images above can be purchased)
Cover your naked walls! Support a community of independent artists.
Give the gift of artwork. 
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Mixology (5)

Art: GABRIEL SCHAMAUntitled (Hexagons) 12 / 25, 2012, printmaking on paper, 18″ h x 12″ w – Purchase HERE  / Room: Alidad Interior Design – Islamic style: Library London – Found HERE.

Art: Tasty Treats by Cheryl Frey, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas, 12.0”h x 36.0”w – Purchase HERE. / Room: Villanova Residence – butler’s pantry – by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., Photographer: Tom Crane – Found HERE.

Room: AK DAVESDuh!?, 2010, mixed media artwork on stretched canvas, 16″ h x 20″ w x .5″ d, 3 lbs. 0 oz. / Art: Green and Yellow Guest Room by Cristi Holcombe, found HERE.

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An Artist’s Dwelling (4)

Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter and protege of the Austrian symbolist (and lover of the female body), Gustav Klimt. Schiele is most famous for his twisted bodies, hyper sexualized sketches, grotesque, and almost endless self-portraits. He is considered an early expressionist painter who leans toward figurative painting. Figurative art is considered to be drawn from actual objects or persons – therefore it is representational rather than based in imagination. Expressionist painting allows the artist to transform works based solely on emotion and subjective perspectives and distortions – often these works are not in the realm of “the real”. Technically speaking an expressionism painting and a figurative painting are at odds with one another – one aims to be wholly based in “fact” and the other in “feeling”. This dichotomy adds a layer of beautiful confusion to Schiele’s paintings.

Egon Scheile, The Little City II (View from Bohemian Krumlov), 1912-1913, Oil on Canvas (Wikipedia Commons)

Egon Schiele, Fräulein Beer, 1914, Oil on Canvas (Wikipedia Commons)

Early in the artist’s career, while studying with Klimt, he met a woman named Valery (Wally) Neuzil. Some consider this woman to be a mistress of Klimt, however she appeared as a model in Schiele’s works as well. Together, they escaped what they considered “the conservative society” of Vienna to the countryside of Neulengbach. The rent was inexpensive because it was so far from this city (what Brooklyn is the NYC). This allowed Schiele to afford more space for his studio.  This home became a gathering place for many delinquents and children in the area – it was also where Schiele painted several youths in questionably pornographic situations (many of whom were considered below the age of consent). Paris von Guetersloh, a young artist who was Schiele’s contemporary, remembered that the establishment was overrun with them:

They slept, recovered from beatings administered by parents, lazily lounged about – something they were not allowed to do at home – combed their hair, pulled their dresses up or down, did up or undid their shoes … like animals in a cage which suits them, they were left to their own devices, or at any rate believed themselves to be.

Egon Schiele, Kauernde

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