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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Daily Greens

[Trustees Garden at ABG followed by the Neel Reid-designed 1920s Reid House across from the High. Photos by Courtney Barnes.]

Baby it's green outside. Whether you're driving or strolling down Atlanta's streets in June, you're probably under a canopy of verdant leaves.

Although based across the country, in Los Angeles, boutique wallpaper company Lake August has a design that captures this feeling: Garden Wall in olive. It's hand-drawn and then hand-printed in the U.S. with waterbased inks on recyclable paper. Don't have an apartment conservatory like Andie MacDowell's in Green Card (my 90s nostalgia run continues) or a Patrick Blanc-designed vertical garden like Laura Vinroot Poole's at Capitol in Charlotte? Bring in the vibe with paper.

Those undulating lines running through the densely-patterned Garden Wall are metallic, by the way.

Viennese artist Gustav Klimt is so associated with gold -- known for his shimmering 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer and, of course, Kuss, aka The Kiss. But along with his now iconic figures there are also his less-famous paintings of parks and trees. Klimt frequently studied summer greens, from deepest emerald to light apple, during escapes to the country. About ten years ago, the Clark Institute hosted the first exhibition to explore just this smaller body of mesmerizing work, Gustav Klimt: Landscapes.

The catalogue is available at Neue Galerie's shop, as are many Klimt-related books and DVDs including Adele's Wish, the story of the aforementioned portrait, once seized by the Nazis, and its long controversial journey to the States. Learn more about Ronald Lauder's Neue Galerie, home to the Bloch-Bauer portrait, here. And don't forget Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 is coming to London's National Gallery October 2013.


ArchitectDesign™ said...

yes - love the early summer green -still vibrant! After all of this rain we've had (and continue to get) DC is so lush and beautiful. Hope it lasts before the browns of August!

Style Court said...

Me too, Stefan! Stay dry :)

home before dark said...

Here in Kansas we've been in a drought cycle, but a late gold spring and some rain, have greened things up...we will hate to see it go. Years ago a gardening mentor told me we all started gardening seduced by blooms and color and as we age we value leaf contrasts in greens. I think she is right!

I enjoyed The Lady in Gold book. Would love to see this made into a movie!

Style Court said...

HBD -- that's the book I hope to get to this summer. The O'Connor book, right? Happy to hear you recommend it. And yes, the story is screaming to be a movie :)

Here's hoping the Midwest will get at least a small break from turbulent weather.

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

Lovely article...Here in Boston it is rain, rain, one day of sun...Then rain. At least it will keep the green longer!!

Style Court said...

Thanks, Maureen! Enjoy the green up in Boston.