The false Don S. Shoemaker biography exposed

Furthermore to the unfortunate Don S. Shoemaker exhibition of fakes, forgeries and attributions at the Mexico City Museo de Arte Moderno, I will share with you some anecdotal occurrences that I discovered when I went through the reading of the exhibition catalogue: Among many pages of boring, mediocre and irrelevant hellip;

Don S. Shoemaker at Museo de Arte Moderno 2016 vs. Museo de Arte Moderno 1975

Beloved Don, After more than 20 years of hard work, in the year 1975 you finally made it to Mexico´s Modern Art Museum (MAM) with some furniture pieces in the collective exhibition “Exposición Retrospectiva y Prospectiva de Diseño Mexicano”. 41 years later they have become iconic design works and proof hellip;

ZONA MACO visitors captivated by Don S. Shoemaker designs

ZONA MACO Salón del Anticuario 2014 first edition was presented in Mexico City last month. I happened to be visiting the city during those days and I decided to check on this new Antiques Show. My adventure definitively paid off! Even tough the exhibition area was rather small, my attention hellip;

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – William Spratling, Don S. Shoemaker, George R. Shoemaker, Po Shun Leong

William Spratling was an American-born silversmith and artist, best-known for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design. He established a model for the artistic development and growth of the silver industry in Taxco and deserves the title #8220;Father of Contemporary Mexican Silver”. Spratling visited Mexico for the first time hellip;

Don S. Shoemaker: A Craftsman’s Legacy

Don passed away in May 1990. He left us an unrivaled aesthetic legacy through his remarkable furniture designs, now becoming modern classics sought after by collectors, galleries, auction houses and individuals worldwide. Apparently the intrinsic value of the woods used in the production (some of them now extinct) is something hellip;

Shoemaker´s work at Zona MACO 2011

I was busy in Paris checking out a wonderful desk from my favorite 20th century French Art Deco designer, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann when the Mexican Contemporary Art Fair Zona MACO 2011 was taking place in Mexico City from April 6-10, 2011. Of course, I counted on my readers to keep me hellip;

Mexican Design exhibition at the MAM in 1975 – Part #3

#8230;../3 Po Shun Leong´s story (Part #3) on his acquaintance with Don S. Shoemaker in Mexico since the 1960’s and how this friendship impacted his career. So, how did Po Shun Leong come to Mexico? Here is his humorous narrating: “It was a serendipitous accident. Actually I was not sure hellip;

Don S. Shoemaker and Po Shun Leong–Part #2

#8230;../2 Po Shun Leong´s interesting story (Part #2) on how he met Don S. Shoemaker in Mexico since the 1960’s and how this friendship influenced his career: In 1981 we left Mexico and settled in California just before the deep recession began. It was as though life had stopped still. hellip;

Don S. Shoemaker and Po Shun Leong–Part #1

It is an honor to present my guest writer, the world known artist Po Shun Leong and his interesting story how Don S. Shoemaker inspired him to start his career in woods craftsmanship over 30 years ago. Po Shun Leong, former architect, sculptor and furniture maker, known since the late hellip;

Another decade goes by#8230;

The 1940#8217;s: Don´s adventure in Mexico started in 1947 in San Miguel Allende. The 1950#8217;s: In 1951 Don and Barbara settled in Santa Maria de Guido, Morelia. By 1955 the Shoemakers fled to the U.S. overnight. Their business became a cooperative and soon went broke. The 1960#8217;s: The Shoemakers are hellip;