Category Archives: Moss Bureau

Baby Jesus Barbie. Supplies are dwindling fast.

dollNo, we are not at an Amazon Warehouse on Cyber Monday, my friends. We are back in time to 1954 and photographer Massimo Ascani shot this for United Press Photo and it’s called, for some reason, “A Part of Christmas”. You can find this and many other excellent examples of compelling and disturbing vintage press photographs just waiting for you at Torpedo.House. I’ll bet you know exactly who this shot would be perfect for. As a little going away gift.

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“You can’t abdicate and eat it, too”

duke and duck

So we watched a documentary on Netflix that claimed that Wallis actually said that to Edward. Who knew she was funny? Nazi, yes. Funny, no. This lovely portrait of the two royal Nazi sympathizers is part of the Tertium Quid collection and is available for purchase as of this very moment, right on our new website Torpedo House, which you should go see even if you don’t like the Royals or the Nazis or silver teapots. It’s all about expanding your worldview. Incidentally, Edward was quite the moron, it turns out, and Wallis was awful in too many ways to count. Click on her round smug little face for transport to Torpedo.House. You’ll land in Tertium Quid. Scroll down.

WWW.TORPEDO.HOUSE is online

balake.jpgIt’s the only red house gallery in the world. Okay, in the United States. Oh my god, all right, in Connecticut. Anyway, it’s private and by appointment and filled with wonder and dustfree and no, you can’t bring your dog, and yes, you can buy things. In fact, that’s the point. If you go to the website now, you can see the sort of things you can buy, and the amazing thing is you don’t even have to come all the way to TORPEDO HOUSE to make a purchase. You can do it from your sofa. Not online, though. You can communicate with us through the website and we will do it all the old-fashioned way. By email. Or the prehistoric way. Telephone. Anyway, you know what they say about torpedos.

Coming soon: Torpedo House, a new concept in gallery presentation

blakerA rare and magical private house gallery, where every room offers superb examples of overpainted vintage press photographs and black and white archival prints, many from the pages of the highly regarded Baltimore Sun. See this work in the residential context of an exquisitely restored 1929 Alice Washburn neo-garrison home where the furniture is as curated as the artworks. 

Let’s run it up the flagpole and see who takes a knee

boy treeSo flagpole sitting was a big fad in the US in the ’20’s. This kid was photographed in 1929 right at the end of all that fun. Doesn’t he look like he’s having a good time? I suppose there are stupider things to do. Let’s all think really hard and come up with a few. Well done, everyone. Now think of some stupid things that have nothing to do with Trump. Or go click the boy and find out more about this astounding photo.

Today is the first day of the rest of our vintage photographs

mmpi3Beginning today, a charm offensive of monumental proportions has begun, with coordination unseen since Dunkirk, among our various Instagram accounts, Twitter account and Facebook, as well as this blog and the two websites we maintain. The photos in this collection are unbelievable and there’s no way people like yourself would be able to resist grabbing them up if you just knew where to find them. That’s why we have started Operation Hitch Your Wagon to a Star (OHYWS in the confidential memos) the goal of which is to bring overpainted press photographs into the 21st Century and beyond. Over the next days and weeks, we’ll be sharing these with you, on a controlled basis, and I might as well warn you now, it will be First Come, First Served (FCFS) so as the head of the Orphanage always used to say,  Avoid disappointment. Come to dinner early. Each of these beauties is a one of a kind. We urge you to stay in close touch with our various media venues. Really, we’re only thinking of you.

Giant Pink Flamingo x 2, at the MFA shop in Houston

FlamingogoThere’s no business like the pink flamingo business, especially at the Moss Bureau enhanced shop at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. These babies get a lot of attention. No surprise, really. Just the thing to be riding around your pool on these hot hot summer days. Giddy up, Divine! Eat your heart out, John Waters.

Life is so complicated

screw_comp3So stop screwing around. Moss Bureau can simplify things. It’s simply what we do. Click  to learn more.

Zaha Hadid dies at 65

zahaHer death today was absolutely shocking. I think it’s because Zaha was always so amazingly powerfully THERE. She was a life force. She was brilliant and she was mean. A life of fighting for position took its toll. She was not nice. In fact, she was horrible. Look at that face. But you could not resist her and you could not ignore her astounding work. We will miss all aspects of this giant relentless breathtaking woman. Click on her photo above to go to a tribute today in the Guardian, a list with photos of her ten most extraordinary buildings.  And click on the photo below to go to a great interview with her in an amazing magazine called UNCUBED. It’s where both of these photos are from.

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Moss Bureau comes of age

MB20162016 is going to be a big year for Moss Bureau. We have new clients, we’re launching a new website, two new Instagram pages and this very blog is about to be transformed into a stupendous forum. For those of you who have been just waiting for something new, watch this space. We’ll starting rolling things out over the next week. Except for the obvious reasons why it’s not, 2016 is going to be a great year to be alive. And, of course, what’s the alternative? Stay tuned, friends and neighbors, stay tuned.