Tag Archives: Art

Just in time. Gift photos from Torpedo.House

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Hey, everybody, it’s that time again. Panic time. It’s like you were asleep and just woke up to find out it’s almost too late to get those gifts you need to get for all those people you like so much.  But look here. We have the solution to your problem. Yes, excellent one-of-a-kind, historically complex and oddly moving vintage press photos right from the walls of Torpedo.House. Overpainted, or from the archives of the Baltimore Sun, or the pages of Tertium Quid, Murray’s book. Or, hey, you could also give that book. Click on one of the elves and go straight to the big red house. But do it now. Tick tock. And don’t forget our 15% off the listed price, as our gift to you.

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The Introduction of Fairy Tale Architecture

snowwhite+Acclaimed Hamden landmark Torpedo House is proud to introduce an entirely new category of Important Architecture. Fairy Tale Architecture. We look at it as the marriage of Walk Disney and Alice Washburn, the architecture of Torpedo House itself. Free from allegiance to any existing architectural style or school, Washburn was able to draw from them all, and create her own signature style, one in which whimsy, fancy and childlike delight are the driving principles, where Garrison meets Medieval meets Colonial, on equal footing. In the next several weeks, we will be sharing more examples of this exciting historical (and historic) development

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.

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.

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.

Murray Moss Remembers Massimo Vignelli

Read Murray’s tribute to Massimo, and the inspiration he took from Massimo’s work, in NY Mag

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Announcing the Tertium Quid Site: TertiumQuid.net

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On May 12, contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth presented an exhibition of the Tertium Quid collection of vintage press photographs, curated by Murray, on the occasion of the launch of the Tertium Quid book, published by August Editions.

Now you can view the entire collection online at TertiumQuid.net and even purchase the photographs themselves, available as pairs. If you’d like to make an appointment to view specific pairs, please write to us at info@mossbureau.com.

Still want the book? It’s now available everywhere! Just kidding, it’s limited edition. But you can find it, including signed copies, on mossPop and Amazon.

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TQ in Wallpaper Online!

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