Eve Tartaroff Brown (1910 – 2000)

Mix Media on board  Measures 15x15 inches  signed lower right Titled lower left "Cosmic Spin". number III Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Mix Media on board
Measures 15×15 inches
signed lower right
Titled lower left “Cosmic Spin”. number III
Farhat Art Museum Collection.

 

Mix media on board Measures 22x18 signed on the back  Titled: Cosmic Egg Farhat Art Museum Collection

Mix media on board
Measures 22×18
signed on the back
Titled: Cosmic Egg
Farhat Art Museum Collection

 

Artist Eve Tartar (1910-2000) American artist
Carmel Valley resident acclaimed for collages, sculptures and murals
Renowned artist, Eve Tartar, who won acclaim for her paper collages and sculptures and whose work adorns buildings in the Monterey area, died at her Carmel Valley home. She was 89. Born in 1910 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Russian immigrants, Tartar decided to become an artist when she was in her teens. She began by studying oil painting, and counted Dutch artist Piet Mondrian among her mentors. At first, she painted in the realist style, but after being captivated by a Van Gogh painting, she explored impressionist techniques. Early in her career, she followed her mother into the fashion industry, stocking a boutique on Madison Avenue with her own designs as well as writing a book on fashion and designing costumes for Broadway productions. She was the first American designer to take a collection to Paris after World War II. She first visited Carmel in 1961. She moved to Carmel Valley.” There, she set up a studio and turned her hand to sculpture and collage. Her abstract works, which use paper and wood to explore forms and spatial relationships are displayed in galleries and private collections around the country. Several of her works can be seen on the Peninsula. Her two-ton sculpture, “Genesis” rises four stories high in the atrium of the Spindrift Hotel on Cannery Row. Her murals hang in the Pacific Hotel in Monterey, Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel Valley and at Monterey Peninsula College. Tartar was known for her commitment to her art, her joie de vivre and her strongly held opinions. She enjoyed having friends and artists gather in her home for lively debate. Tartar and her husband were active members of the Monterey Peninsula Society of Friends. She also liked to travel, opening her eyes to art from around the world. “Creativity is the marriage of innocence and skill,” she once said. “It is the courage of exploring what is unknown, of allowing the rising to the top of existence what is submerged below consciousness. It is trusting the unfamiliar into life. It is allowing the mind to trail behind the doing. The creating comes first, and the judgment follows.”
Source:
By Anna Davison / Herald Staff Writer
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

 

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