The Posters & Prints of Toulouse-Lautrec

Sorry for the month-long absence, my loves – catalog writing got the better of me. Get excited, though, because this September’s auction may be the best we’ve had in the six years I’ve been here.

In the meantime, we just opened our Toulouse-Lautrec show! That’s over 50 original posters and prints by the Grand Master himself.

"Jane Avril - Jardin de Paris" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893. $78,000

“Jane Avril – Jardin de Paris” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893. $78,000

Yes, I know that MoMA is also doing a Lautrec show right now – but ours is way better. For one, you can actually buy the stuff you see on the walls.

Second, we have some crazy rare pieces that no museums have. For example, this print of La Tige:

"La Tige" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894. $26,000

“La Tige” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894. $26,000

Personally, I think she looks like a rat; but, her lanky frame and elongated face got her the nickname of The Stalk in the brothels of Montmartre. And the dude behind her – champagne rep Maurice Guilbert – is totally checking her out. To each their own, I guess. Either way, this is one of three known copies in the world, and the only one of which that is hand-signed by the artist.

We also have some insanely rare proofs. Below you’ll see a two-color printing of Lautrec’s famous La Reine de Joie poster (my personal favorite).

"Reine de Joie" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892. $36,000

“Reine de Joie” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892. $36,000

You can see that this sheet has only gone through two of the four printing stages, and will eventually become this poster:

"Reine de Joie" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

“Reine de Joie” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

There are also a few rare photographs from the period of various ladies of the Moulin Rouge, as well as a hand-done self-portrait by Lautrec.

Keep checking back over the next few weeks – I plan on going over in more detail some other stellar images in this show.

Super Sunglasses | Summer 2014 “Motorpsycho”

Super sunglasses Summer 2014

Super sunglasses new Summer 2014 “Motorpsycho” collection is now available.

An eccentric ode to the rebel. —The collection draws on influences from biker culture and 70’s psychedelics.  We see intricate brazen gold detailing, new use of mirrored lenses, reinterpreted classics, and wild new acetates.

All frames are handmade in Italy and feature Carl Zeiss or Barberini tempered glass lenses. Some of the pieces are highly limited.

Check out the highlights below:

Super Sugardaddy sunglasses

Daddy’s home.  The black flat top is detailed with ivory inlay, gold trim, and a small gold cannabis leaf. An extremely limited release!  We’re the only retailer to get them in the States.

Super Flat Top Sugardaddy sunglasses

Super Flat Top Sugardaddy sunglasses

Super Flat Top Sugardaddy sunglasses

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Super Zoot Gold sunglasses

AKA the rocky mountain high. Laser carved cannabis leaves adorn the gold metal temples of Super’s basic shape frame.  A limited release, with very few available.

Super Basic Zoot Gold sunglasses

Super Basic Zoot Gold sunglasses

 

Super Basic Zoot Gold sunglasses

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Super Primo Hunter and Super Primo Thompson sunglasses

A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson, this series uses the classic shapes and colors of aviator sunglasses.   The frame has an etched eye wire and its bridge is shielded by a slab of rich tortoise acetate.  Additionally they have tempered glass lenses by the esteemed Italian lens company Barberini.

Super Primo Hunter sunglasses

 

Super Primo Hunter sunglasses

Super Primo Hunter sunglasses

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Super Primo Thompson sunglasses

Super Primo Thompson sunglasses

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Super Francis Occult sunglasses

Intricately carved, the black and gold merge to form “a cryptic vision of ancient symbols”.

Super Basic Francis Occult sunglasses

Super Basic Francis Occult sunglasses

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Ciccio >>

 

Super Novanta sunglasses

A new shape addition to Supers line up, the Novanta is a slick, streamlined 90’s style rectangular frame.

Super Novanta Black sunglasses

Super Novanta Black sunglasses

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Super Gals Fierce Lava

The 60’s style Gals frame is made with a unique mottled acetate, that is both a statement piece and at the same time comes off natural and highly wearable.

Super Gals Fierce Lava

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Super Horizon II sunglasses

The HORIZON II series is one of the most technical in Super’s range, featuring partially mirrored lenses.

This technique of mirroring only the top portion of the lens allows you to cross various terrains under strong sunlight, by blocking the direct glare coming from above.  While the base Carl Zeiss brown lenses provide excellent contrast.

Super Horizon II sunglasses

Super Horizon II sunglasses

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Jaguar >>

 

Super Lucia Pink Pussycat sunglasses

Super’s Lucia model is offered in pale pink contrasted with full gold Zeiss mirrored lenses.

Super Lucia Pink Pussycat sunglasses

Super Lucia Pink Pussycat sunglasses

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Illesteva Summer 2014 | Mercury Mirrors

Illesteva Summer 2014 | Mercury Mirrors

Illesteva Sunglasses Summer 2014 | Mercury Mirror Lenses

Flashes of silver and gold set the stage for the new set of mirrored lenses from New York based ILLESTEVA.

Their signature and flagship Leonard sunglasses are now offered in a series that juxtaposes classic Italian acetates with futuristic silver mirror coated lenses resembling liquid mercury. Also just released is matte black with “Golden Bronze” mirrored lenses.

Check them out below:

 

Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Amber w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - ASP w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Half/Half Brown w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Matte Black w/ Mercury Mirror

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Illesteva Leonard sunglasses - Matte Black w/ Golden Bronze Mirror

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Ksubi Eyewear | SS 2014 ‘Replicants”

Ksubi Eyewear | SS 2014 ‘Replicants”

Ksubi sunglasses SS 2014

Australian based Ksubi Eyewear is back with their new Summer 2014 collection, and their signature avante-garde aesthetic. Their new range entitled “REPLICANTS” embraces the duality of their contrasting and seemingly polarizing influences: street and luxury, minimalism and baroque, antique and post-modern.

Black serves as the base color throughout the REPLICANTS collection, with accents of translucent purple, metal trims and military green reflective lenses. Also introduced is a custom polka dot acetate which has been exclusively created for collection staples ‘Bellatrix’ and ‘Batcat’.

 

The collection:

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses

Ksubi Aquila sunglasses
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Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

 

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

Ksubi Scorpius sunglasses

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Blue / Purple >>
Black / Silver >>

 

Ksubi Ara sunglasses

 

Ksubi Ara sunglasses - Black / Green

Ksubi Ara sunglasses - Black / Green

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Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

Ksubi Mensa sunglasses

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Ksubi Bellatrix sunglasses

Ksubi Bellatrix sunglasses - Polka Dot

Ksubi Bellatrix sunglasses - Polka Dot

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Ksubi Batcat sunglasses - Polka Dot

Ksubi Batcat sunglasses - Polka Dot

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Ksubi Sagitta sunglasses

Ksubi-Sagitta-sunglasses

Ksubi Sagitta sunglasses

Ksubi Sagitta sunglasses

Ksubi Sagitta sunglasses

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Ksubi Octans sunglasses

Ksubi Octans sunglasses

Ksubi Octans sunglasses
Ksubi Octans sunglasses

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Black / Green >>
Black  >>

 

Ksubi Cygnus sunglasses

Ksubi-Cygnus-sunglasses

Ksubi Cygnus sunglasses

Ksubi Cygnus sunglasses

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Thierry Lasry Sunglasses Spring Summer 2014

Thierry Lasry sunglasses SS 2014

The perfect fusion of old-world glamour and contemporary design, Parisian designer Thierry Lasry is back with a whole new set of stunning sunglasses for 2014.

The line-up showcases limited edition collaborations, anniversary edition frames, and of course some of the most beautiful and unique vintage acetates you will see.  For those who love cat-eye frames, you are sure to find a fit this season, as there are several variations. Ranging from the thick and chunky “Nudity” style, to the sleek and sexy “Dirtymindy”, one of our favorites.

As always, each frame is meticulously handmade in France.

The collection:

Thierry Lasry Nudity sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Nudity sunglasses - V742Thierry Lasry Nudity sunglasses - BlackThierry Lasry Nudity sunglasses - Tortoise

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101 >>
008 >>

Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses - BlackThierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses - BlackThierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses - 724Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses - CA2Thierry Lasry Dirtymindy sunglasses - V675

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724 >>
CA2 >>
V675 >>

 

Thierry Lasry Tipsy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Tipsy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Tipsy sunglasses
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Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses

Thierry Lasry has teamed up with renowned designer Kelly Wearstler for this chic limited edition cat-eye sunglass.  Checkout the luxe gold metal temples featuring a unique marbled inlay.

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Blue

Thierry Lasry  X Kelly Wearstler sunglasses - Black
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384MBL >>
101MBL >>

 

Thierry Lasry Perfidy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Perfidy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Perfidy sunglasses
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Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses - C54

Thierry Lasry Lippy sunglasses - V8097
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Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

The Lively, a sleek and sexy cat-eye sunglass, has been a fan favorite and staple in the Thierry Lasry collection since its inception.

To commemorate its 5 year anniversary Thierry Lasry has released this limited edition “Black out” colorway. Black on black on black, that is: matte black acetate with matte black metal temples, and black polarized gradient lenses. It comes complete with a special edition commemorative box.

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

Thierry Lasry Lively - Matte Black Limited Edition

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Thierry Lasry Deeply sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Deeply sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Deeply sunglasses

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Thierry Lasry Kendry sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Kendry sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Kendry sunglasses

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Boy Scouts & Pride

"Boy Scouts Jamboree" by Norman Rockwell, 1937

“Boy Scouts Jamboree” by Norman Rockwell, 1937

In case you haven’t heard the news, this year’s Pride Parade in New York City will be led by a troupe of openly gay Boy Scouts in uniform.

This is the first time that the Boy Scouts of America have been allowed to openly participate in any LGBT events, let alone admit to being gay. In fact, as a national organization the Boy Scouts still bans gay leaders and scouts.

That said, the Greater New York Council for the organization has repeatedly noted that its chapter is for complete equality amongst all members.

"America Builds for Tomorrow" by Norman Rockwell, 1938

“America Builds for Tomorrow” by Norman Rockwell, 1938

In honor of this milestone towards equality, I’ve decided to share with you three Boy Scouts related images from our last auction – all by Norman Rockwell, who had a long relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.

"The Scouting Trail" by Norman Rockwell, 1939

“The Scouting Trail” by Norman Rockwell, 1939

A Little Pop in Our Shop

For nearly twenty years you could find all things Keith Haring at the Pop Shop on Lafayette Street in Manhattan. There, Haring, one of the late 20th centuries most recognizable artists, strove to make his art available to all and sundry — the people’s art. Visitors could take in the murals covering floors, ceiling, and walls, or buy Haring designs in all sorts of media. This weekend we had a young woman visit the gallery looking for Haring art, and lamenting that the Pop Shop had closed in 2005.

Here at Rennert’s Gallery, while we don’t go around the city painting murals, we love the poster as a medium that makes fine art available in a similar way. And, wouldn’t you know it, we happen to carry one of Haring’s posters. It is the poster shown above, created for a 1985 exhibition of theater memorabilia in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

 

(As a personal aside, my elementary school art teacher, Ms. Lucky, ADORED Keith Haring. Somewhere in a school building on Long Islland, there is a ceiling tile painted in the style of Haring, done by yours truly at age 10.)

Cutler and Gross SS 2014 – “English Garden Party”

Cutler and Gross Spring Summer 2014

The new Cutler and Gross Spring Summer 2014 “English Garden Party” collection is inspired by classic British outdoor pursuits. The collection debuts brand new shapes and colors that draw on glamorous femininity in contrast to relaxed, effortless gentleman’s frames.

The colors of the season, are those from nature. Ranging from warm and earthy tortoiseshell or Olive Tweed, to the sweet crystal honey in the new cat-eye 1112 sunglass — which comes to life with a playful bug pattern, in a color-way fitting named “Bug on Granny Chic”.

Notable features throughout include an opulent blend of the finest Italian acetates, metal, and luxurious hand-stitched Italian leather. Needless to say, as always with Cutler and Gross, the materials and craftsmanship are the finest you will find. Checkout the new additions below…

The collection:

Cutler and Gross sunglasses

 

 

 

 

Cutler and Gross 1119 sunglasses

The Cutler and Gross 1119 is a timeless design accentuated with sharp angles, thick and chunky Italian acetate, and a classic keyhole bridge.

Cutler and Gross 1119 sunglasses

Cutler and Gross 1119 sunglasses - Autumn

Cutler and Gross 1119 sunglasses - Autumn

Cutler and Gross 1119 sunglasses - Grad Brown Amber

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Cutler and Gross 1070 sunglasses

The 1070 is a beautiful 1970′s inspired round frame. A luxurious combination of handmade mosaic patterned acetate, fine metal rims, and temples enrobed in hand stitched Italian leather sleeves. The frame is then finished off with eye-catching full silver mirrored lenses.

Cutler and Gross 1070 sunglasses - Mosaic

Cutler and Gross 1070 sunglasses - Mosaic

Cutler and Gross 1070 sunglasses - Mosaic

Cutler and Gross 1070 sunglasses - Mosaic

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Cutler and Gross 1084 sunglasses

The 1084 is a modern aviator with a rich blend of handmade matte acetate and fine metal rims, with temples enrobed in Italian leather sleeves.

 

Cutler and Gross 1084 sunglasses - Olive Dream

Cutler and Gross 1084 sunglasses - Olive Dream

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Cutler and Gross 1112 sunglasses

The Cutler and Gross 1112 is a one of a kind, chic, and playful sunglass. Its delicate yet striking feminine design, combines soft curves with a slightly upswept cat eye browline. Translucent honey colored acetate is paired with a whimsical bug print throughout, for an eye-catching colorway appropriately named “Bug on Granny Chic”.

Cutler and Gross 1112 sunglasses - Bug On Granny Chic

Cutler and Gross 1112 sunglasses - Bug On Granny Chic

Cutler and Gross 1112 sunglasses - Bug On Granny Chic

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Cutler and Gross 1117 sunglasses

Cutler and Gross 1117 sunglasses - Autumn

Cutler and Gross 1117 sunglasses - Autumn

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Cutler and Gross 1120 sunglasses

The 1120 is an understated frame with a clean modern line.

Cutler and Gross 1120 sunglasses - Black

Cutler and Gross 1120 sunglasses - Black

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Cutler and Gross 0736 sunglasses

One of Cutler and Gross’ staple frames, the 0736 returns this season in their signature “Autumn” colorway.

Cutler and Gross 0736 sunglasses - Autumn

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Cutler and Gross 692 eyeglasses

For those not familiar, the Cutler and Gross 0692 model has been in continuous production for over 20 years. It features a straight brow bar, wide temples, and vintage rectangular pins. Offered here in the new and very distinctive “Olive Green / Tweed” colorway.

Cutler and Gross 692 eyeglasses - Olive / Tweed

Cutler and Gross 0692 eyeglasses - Olive / Tweed

Cutler and Gross 0692 eyeglasses - Olive / Tweed

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Cutler and Gross 1046 eyeglasses

A timeless unisex design, with great proportions and classic keyhole bridge.

Cutler and Gross 1046 eyeglasses

Cutler and Gross 1046 eyeglasses - Smokey Blue

Cutler and Gross 1046 eyeglasses - Camo Green Turtle
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Cutler and Gross 1084 eyeglasses

A modern aviator with a luxurious combination of handmade matte acetate and fine metal rims, with temples enrobed in Italian leather sleeves.

Cutler and Gross 1084  - Olive Dream

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Picasso’s The Blue Room

If you’re at all up on your art news, you’ll notice that the internet is abuzz this morning with reports of the newly-discovered Picasso portrait ‘hidden’ underneath his early masterpiece The Blue Room.

Maybe it’s because I’ve worked here too long, but once I saw the original painting I didn’t give two shits about the portrait. Why, you ask? Well, let’s see if you can figure it out:

"The Blue Room" by Pablo Picasso, 1901

“The Blue Room” by Pablo Picasso, 1901

Yes, my poster loving brethren, that is indeed the May Milton poster by Toulouse-Lautrec above the bed.

"May Milton" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

“May Milton” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

What does this all mean?

Well, for starters, it means that Picasso (or whoever owned the room in which this portrait was painted) liked Lautrec. Then again, who doesn’t?

More importantly, it means that people around the turn of the century treated posters just as college kids do in their dorm rooms: pinning them to the wall as pleasant decoration rather than as a collectable work of art.

The poster would have been six years old at the time of this painting – so it had either been in that room for a while, or carried from apartment to apartment.

Obviously, there’s also a lot of compositional balance within the piece by including the May Milton poster – both women are blonde and lily white, their bodies creating a rhythm of line and color across the canvas further echoed in the middle painting and the slightly soiled sheets.

New goal: to find the exact poster that hung in this room. Provenance for the win!

Bloomsday!

As any of our literary fans will tell you, today is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the masterwork that is James Joyce’s Ulysses.

La Noche de Molly Bloom, 1980. $800

La Noche de Molly Bloom, 1980. $800

Right now, most especially in Dublin, people are reading passages from the novel, reenacting scenes, and/or drinking heavily.

Oddly enough, we happen to have a Ulysses-themed poster in the gallery right now: a hand painted woodblock print for the 1980 production of La Noche de Molly Bloom, a Spanish play from the perspective of Joyce’s central female character.

Happy Blooomsday!

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