Andrew Wyeth

Notes on the Death of Andrew Wyeth

*This is a repost from Howard Bosler Artist website. I have included it because it does involve 20th century art and modern art criticism: First of all, this is not an article on the history of the Wyeths, in particular, Andrew Wyeth, but a musing about the nature of art and art criticism. I have […]

Dinky Bird by Maxfield Parrish, 1904

Maxfield Parrish: The Beautiful View

[1]Normally one does not think of Maxfield Parrish as a mid-century artist. He was born in 1870 and died in 1966. However, during the decades of the 60s and 70s his resurgence was remarkable. His pictures, with their breathtaking views and their mythical characters, had a strong influence on those looking for the idyllic. Because […]

Quonset Hut: A Modern Dwelling

I remember as a child traveling in the car with my parents in the direction of what are called the Foothills in Yuma, Arizona. Yuma, situated on the Colorado River on the border with California and a stone’s throw from Mexico,  was only around 14,000 people at the time and surrounded by a true desert […]

Philip Johnson's the Wiley House

The Wiley House: A Philip Johnson Masterpiece

It is a shame that the architect can not emulate Monet and build one building after another in experimentation and variation. The Wiley House leads to one creative idea after another, and not just in the form of the house, but also in the use and types of materials. The fact that the design follows […]

Paul McCobb

Paul McCobb

[1]Paul McCobb (June 5, 1917 – March 10, 1969), like a few other famous American designers, did not start out creating furniture. He desired the life of an artist and studied drawing and painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. Although in actuality art and design intimately embrace, art schools rarely […]


5 Tips to Add Mid Century Modern Style

So you live in an Arts and Crafts style home or a traditional Victorian? Not everyone who prefers modern over anything else can choose the house that one lives in. Some houses are easier than others to remodel into a MCM style. The ranch house that dominates the Southwestern area of the country comes to […]

Mid Century A-Frame.

A-frame: Very Groovy!

When thinking of the mid-century, one rarely thinks of the A-frame. Yet the A-frame was a familiar notion at the time, mainly as a mountain getaway. Indeed, even to this day, the A-frame’s association with the woods and mountain cabins, strikes people as unusual when seen in other environments. Nevertheless, the A-frame has certain advantages […]

Juliana Arm Chair by Hans Wegner.

Chairs: A Designers Joy!

Chairs From a Personal View The love affair of modernist designers with the chair provides an abundance of choices to admire. Howard Bosler A WARNING The following article makes no attempt at an objective look at the chair design by modernists. This is simply a list of some chairs that I admire. I will attempt […]

Chicago’s Marina City

Bertrand Goldberg, the architect of Marina City, actually worked briefly for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Bauhaus. After returning from Europe, Goldberg worked in the offices of the modernist firms of Keck and Keck, Paul Schweikher, and Howard Fisher, finally opening his own office in 1937. Before and after World II, he mainly […]

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Mac Conner Illustrator

Art of the 20th Century Mac Conner   Illustrator extraordinaire I have always admired the American illustrators of the early to mid 20th century. N. C. Wyeth, father to Andrew Wyeth and grandfather to Jamie Wyeth, made so many fanciful illustrations from pirates to English knights. Gloriously colored and carefully designed, his pictures were meant […]

William Haines Designs.

William Haines: Hooray for Hollywood?

William (Billy) Haines started out as an actor in the early days of Hollywood and starred in quite a few films, both silent and sound. His career in film lasted from 1922 through 1936 and he quit acting in 1935. Known for a relationship he had with another man, Jimmy Shields, the stories vary as […]

Dymaxion House by Buckminster Fuller 1933

Domes: The Geodesic Kind

When we look back on the artistic accomplishments of the mid 20th century, many times we neglect the significance of the geodesic dome. Not only was this design original, but it served as a symbol of the modern impulse of glorifying technology and science and refined the image of modern humanity as the accumulation of […]

Frey House by William Krisel

So cool, Portland to Palm Springs: Modernism Week, midcentury home tours and more (photos) |

William Krisel via So cool, Portland to Palm Springs: Modernism Week, midcentury home tours and more (photos) | This is an article in OregonLive about Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Unfortunately, it closes tomorrow. However, this occurs every February and is a nice respite from the harsh winters elsewhere. Much like here in Phoenix, […]

Bar Table by Howard Bosler

Bar Table and Cube Chair

I’m getting closer to finishing converting my furniture designs that I have made and use in my house from drawings to digital, 3D models. Even though I have beds, bedside tables, chests of drawers, desks and side tables, many of these fit the definition of minimalist, and therefore, hardly need the transition. For instance, a […]

The above featured image for this article, Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché (Reclining Nude) (1917–18), received £113 million.

Are the Telegraph and Christies Seeing the Same Thing!

News in the Art World Are the Telegraph and Christies Seeing the Same Thing! ALL About Art Sales in February Don’t read the art news. The art world news has become like reading “Tiger Beat”. It is all about the celebrity of the month and who is cool and who isn’t. Let’s talk and talk […]