Thursday, April 19, 2007

New York artist, fashion illustrator sweeps into Milton
Warhol contemporary’s life is a rich tapestry

By Molly Albertson Cape Gazette staff

Like the breezes of serendipity that carried Forrest Gump into famous world events, chance brought artist Nadja Merino ­Kalfel (Corncub's Great and beloved Aunt) of New York City into scenes from history books.
The 95- year- old artist (!) inspired Andy Warhol’s soup can paintings, educated Steven Spielberg on surviving the holocaust for “ Schindler’s List,” and sketched fashion illustrations for Vogue Magazine and The New York Times in the 1960s.

( She worked with Antonie de Paris during the 60s and the duo created the beehive hair style. Merino designed it and Paris made it a reality.)

Merino Kalfel is much like Gump she’s been all over the world and is happy to tell about it and share her sketchbooks of scenes. But she is a refreshing, nonfiction character whose experiences took place in the real world. (I've been sworn to secrecy and since I know my family lurks around ABCN I cant get into the really juicy stuff) Chance, or what she calls following her intuition, landed her in Vienna, Paris, and New York.
Merz is displaying works, including oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, illustrations, and six sculptures. Many of the works are about 50 years old, Merz said.
“ Artists live a different life than others, on a whole separate plane up here,” Merz said, gesturing high in the air.
“ The way we stumble through life, artists are really living it,” he said.
Merino- Kalfel was born in Vienna, Austria, where she attended art school until she moved to Paris to continue her fine art education. During World War II, she was working as a fashion illustrator in Paris, but after the Nazis occupied the city, she got a job with (had an affair with the Chilean embassador) consulate. There, she helped countless families, including her own, escape Europe. Eventually, she moved to New York and established herself as an illustrator. That’s where she became the senior illustrator for the New York Times. It’s also where she had coffee with Warhol, who at the time drew purses and shoes for fashion plates.
“ I said, ‘ Why don’t you develop your art?’ I pointed to the left to an exhibit of soup cans at the café, and he agreed,” she said. Merino ­Kalfel said she later realized he took her comments to heart and painted the now famous Campbell’s soup can.
At that time, she drew women in high style fashions and make-up and hair products. She worked for several large companies, including Revlon and Saks Fifth Avenue in addition to sketching for Vogue Magazine. She was the first person to sketch a beehive hairstyle, later adopted by women all over the world as the most fashionable look of the era.
Merino- Kalfel’s work trans-forms the Federal Street Gallery/Espresso bar into a time capsule of high style from the 1950s and 1960s that captures how woman wanted to live, and look in that era. Eerily, the paintings still portray the sought- after glamour and glitz that still fuel the imagination of women today.

more about her show and the beehive hair style here

I dont have a picture of her to post but this is the general idea--------------->The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Nadja's cigarette of choice

for reals, corns?? so this is where you get your remarkable talent and sense of style?
yes, its for reals. We've got many kooky artists in the family but Nadja takes it.


I love that word. I've got to remember to use it in crits.
where u been peeds?
that's so cool. i love beehives! you know, people still wear them proudly in remote indian casinos out west.
i always wondered what people did with their pillowcases back then, when men had all that oil in their hair, and women had all that sticky hairspray. sleep probably had a whole different sound to it, too. hmm.
Great story Corn. Thanks for putting it up. Nice to be cut from the same cloth.
the same paisley patterned gold brocade cloth my friend
hi corny (?)

bk here - trying to get the word on out mr post's beautiful new creation ...

thought you might enjoy...

love your murals, too

-- b


Manchester, VT, April 21. 2007

Acclaimed video artist, Gardner Post, today announced the launch of his newest product, Baby Grand Master (BGM), The King of Video Instruments. Over 6 years of research and development have gone into the innovative final design of the BGM, which houses an impressive array of video technology stylishly integrated with the elegance of of a concert hall piano.

Mr. Post, its inventor, said, “The Baby Grand Master is the Rolls Royce of video performance instruments. It is designed to suit the demanding requirements of today’s top remix artists while commanding an impressive stage presence. Baby Grand Master marks an evolutionary advancement in video instruments, and I am delighted to be announcing its availability to select clientele.”

Post will produce a limited number of BGMs, customized to suit the specifications of museums, collectors, VJ’s, and remix artists.

Experience the grace and power of the Baby Grand Master for yourself at

Holy smokes, Corny! How excellent.
As THE only family member who knows to look in the "comments" section, dish out the secrets on the youngest, i've come to realize how LITTLE i really know!
Dear Corny: I am from Chile and I need your help. Please give me the name of the chilean diplomat. I want writte in spanish about the history of Nadja and I am looking more information about she.
Sorry my very bad english.
Best regards
Me again. My e-mail is
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