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WHAT: Erté Art Deco Themed Holiday Party

WHERE: Martin Lawrence Gallery
433 Royal Street (between Conti and St. Louis Streets)

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Exhibit runs through December 31, 2016

RSVP requested but not required (504) 299-9055

SCOPE: Martin Lawrence Galleries New Orleans invites the public to join us for wine, music, food, and fun at our Erté Art Deco Themed Holiday Party. Come celebrate the works of The Father of Art Deco during this special reception and exhibit. Attendees are encouraged to wear Erté inspired costumes and prizes will
be awarded for the best ones!

Of special note and interest, gouaches painted by Erté dating back to 1917 will be featured during the exhibit and available for acquisition.

Martin Lawrence Galleries offers the largest and finest inventory of extraordinary works from the rare to the sublime including paintings, etchings and linocuts -- Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, the brilliant imagery and sculptures by Erte, the father of Art Deco, Joan Miro and today's finest artists including Liudmila Kondakova, Robert Deyber, Philippe Bertho, Felix Mas, Kerry Hallam, Francois Fressnier, Douglas Hofmann, Takashi Murakami, Rene Lalonde, Mark Kostabi and Ali Golkar are among the select group. 


Victoria & Albert Museum


"Art Deco, of course, is the confluence of Cubism and Art Nouveau."

The designs created by Erte during his long and illustrious life influenced not only the world of theatre, film and fashion, but an entire art movement as well. The genius of Erte is evidenced by an enormous body of work that is considered among the most influential and unique of the 20th century.

The legendary career of Erte spanned nearly the entire length of his life. In 1912, Erte moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city's most established couturiers. In 1915, Erte began an association with Harper's Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years.

The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of this periodical influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as "Art Deco." Throughout this period, Erte also created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era's renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Norma Shearer and others. His creations for the stage included extravagant designs for productions at such venues as New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Bergères and George White's Scandals.

At the age of 75, Erte was encouraged to embark on a new career and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth in bronze and serigraphy. The Art Deco movement was hence reborn. A lifetime of international success has ensured this unique artist's place in the history of art. The original designs by Erte grace the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and London's Victoria & Albert Museum.