Hsueh Shao-Tang, Stamp Connector.

Quote: “Several years ago, at a sumptuous Chinese dinner in Geneva, my hosts asked whether I would do them a favor, or, rather, a favor for their cook, who had prepared the banquet. I intended driving through the Alps later that night, to arrive at dawn on the French Riviera for celebrations honoring the ninetieth birthday of Pablo Picasso; who would surely remain behind his locked gate working, as on any other day. He once had sighed, “If people could only give me their wasted hours! Instead, they bring me things.” So, when my friends explained that their cook wanted me to take a gift to Picasso “from an admirer who never met him,” I tactfully declined. My friends actfully persisted. ‘This one is different! It’s a good-luck picture, the Chinese god of Happiness and Long Life—made from tiny fragments of postage stamps.” Next morning I arrived on the Riviera as the gift-bearing envoy of Hsueh Shao-Tang . . . master artist and master chef.” –David Douglas Duncan.

06.20. filed under: art. history. people.

thanks for sharing!
beautiful work.

posted on 06.22 at 07:12 AM.

Does history relate Senor Picasso’s response to his gift?

posted on 06.24 at 08:40 AM.

Beautifully executed, but am I the only one who finds them a tad kitschy?

posted on 06.24 at 09:57 AM.

@Rob: I wasn’t able to find any mention.

@Michelangelo: I can see that, definitely.

I would attribute it to two causes. 1) the synthesis of separate aesthetics, particularly when one might be identified as “high” and the other “low” or “crafty,” seems an inherently kitschy undertaking; a fact which might have more to do with our own biases than with the artist’s intention. I’m not sure how they would have been viewed when they were actually created. 2) His use of postage stamps, opaque, angular, and cut-out as they are, seem a particularly strange choice for mimicking compositions and themes most often represented in watercolor and ink… which is to say they are guaranteed to be less “elegant” than what we would expect from this subject matter, and consequently seem even more “crafty” and “naive” and in as much, kitschy. That tiger piece especially.

That’s my take anyway.

posted on 06.24 at 10:25 AMjmorrison

Yeah, kitsch is in the eye of the beholder - there is nothing remotely objective about it, even by the standards of aesthetic discourse ;-)

posted on 06.24 at 10:39 AM.

Thanks for sharing this information.
i am amazed by all the picture.
All the collection of pictures is great and the way you have given the information is superb.
Gifts to India

posted on 09.03 at 05:10 AMSend Gifts to India

it;s a masterpice!!! are you selling it? :)

posted on 09.05 at 03:29 AMLove Quotes | Romantic Quotes | Biblical Quotes

return to the front page