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Adolf de Meyer Photographs at the Met

Adolf de Meyer Photographs at the Met


I was found myself in New York City for the Christmas holiday. I wandered over to the Met to see the Michelangelo exhibit, but it was so crowded I couldn’t get close to any of the work. Disappointed, I meandered through the museum and stumbled upon this photography exhibit by Adolf de Meyer.

de Meyer was a Baron and kept company with the privileged European elite. He photographed the wealthy and enjoyed travel to exotic locations. Ever the dandy, he documented the fashion of the times for magazines and ballet productions.







de Meyer was an explorer of color photography in its infancy, 1907. There are two color images in this exhibit, which are included in the highlights I have here for you to view. Unfortunately, the glass had a lot of glare on it, so all the images I photographed have light spots and reflections of the walls or people passing through the galleries.





He also photographed nature and any landscapes that caught his eye.







Here is an excerpt from the Met website explaining the show:

A member of the “international set” in fin-de-siècle Europe, Baron Adolf de Meyer (1868–1946) was also a pioneering photographer, known for creating works that transformed reality into a beautiful fantasy. Quicksilver Brilliance is the first museum exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 20 years and the first ever at The Met. Some 40 works, drawn entirely from The Met collection, demonstrate the impressive breadth of his career.

The exhibition includes dazzling portraits of well-known figures of his time: the American socialite Rita de Acosta Lydig; art patron and designer Count Étienne de Beaumont; aristocrat and society hostess Lady Ottoline Morrell; and celebrated entertainer Josephine Baker, among others. A highlight of the presentation is an exceptional book—one of only seven known copies—documenting Nijinsky’s scandalous 1912 ballet L’Après-midi d’un faune. This rare album represents de Meyer’s great success in capturing the movement and choreography of dance, a breakthrough in the history of photography. Also on view are the artist’s early snapshots made in Japan, experiments with color processes, and inventive fashion photographs.

This exhibit runs through March 18, 2018 at the 5th Ave Met.





Georgia O’Keeffe Painting Breaks Auction Records

O'Keeffe Jimson WeedImportant news in the art world. Georgia ‘Okeeffe’s “Jimson Weed/White Flower #1 has broken auction records for a female artist. It sold for 44.4 million US dollars, breaking the previous record by Joan Mitchell. Read details about the auction here.

Photographs And Paintings Used To Launder Money

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The New York Times reports detailed information about how art work is used for laundering money. It’s not just drug cartels. Greedy CEO’s are able to hide their millions through the vague business practices of the art world.

This activity has always been whispered about in art circles, but seems to be more prominent now. The art market has never been subject to the accountability of financial transactions as in other businesses. Auction houses and top galleries claim anonymity is necessary with transactions in the millions. Why? I can imagine clients want to keep their purchases quiet for security reasons, but anyone who can afford a Matisse can afford to keep their collections safe.

Read the NY Times article for the dirty truth.

Henry Ward Beecher Quote About Painting

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

~ Henry Ward Beecher



Guidelines To Help You Decide Where To Exhibit Your Art

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

On June 17, 2011, I wrote “Photo Contests – Beware – They Might Try To Rip You Off” about carefully selecting where you show your work. I have come across two recent articles that expand on this idea, and are worth reading.

Everyone is scrambling to make a living these days. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think nothing of taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of artists. Do your homework before plunking down money to a gallery, contest, or inclusion in a book.

The majority of artists do not gain success by participating in contests or paying for wall space. Success comes through honing your talent and participating in the art world by attending gallery and museum openings, and networking within that world. One person talks about you to another, and you get an exhibit when your work fits the needs of a curator’s future show.

There are several galleries that charge a monthly fee to join. They are nonprofits, and are dedicated to furthering the career of artists. They are supportive and introduce their artists to collectors and curators.  Many artist have gone on to success in the art world. Did you know Man Ray was once a member of Los Angeles Art Association?

Then there are the for profit galleries that charge a “wall space” fee, or monthly fee or both. Some also take a percentage of the sales proceeds. These galleries need to be scrutinized. Some try to lure you in by feeding off your ego. They will say you were chosen from thousands of artists. Others promise exposure to collectors and curators. Check out their reputation, talk to their artists, and see if these claims are true. Read the following informative articles. They provide a good guideline to help you decide if you should get involved. One of them lists galleries to be especially careful of.


Inventor Of Etch A Sketch Has Died

The favorite childhood toy of budding artists, Etch A Sketch

The favorite childhood toy of budding artists, Etch A Sketch

One of my favorite childhood toys was the Etch A Sketch. I spent hours trying to master the control knobs in just the right way to make the pictures I had in my head come to life. Over the years, some artists have elevated the Etch A Sketch to a high art form.

Sadly, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch, Andre Cassagnes, died on January 16 near Paris. He was 86. Cassagnes was an electrician by trade when he invented the Etch A Sketch over 50 years ago. One day, on the job, Cassagnes was installing a light-switch plate. He peeled a protective decal off the new plate, and accidentally made pencil marks on it. He noticed the marks were visible on the back of the decal. And off he ran with an new idea.

Etch A Sketch image of Paul McCartney

Etch A Sketch image of Paul McCartney

The Etch A Sketch is so popular, over 100 million have been sold. It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. The Toy Industry Association, in 2003, named it one of the hundred best toys of the 20th century.

To see more astounding Etch A Sketch images, Click Here.

Diane Arbus Quote #1

Diane Arbus at work

Diane Arbus at work

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
~ Diane Arbus, American photographer, March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971
Diane Arbus was most known for her portraits of people who lived outside “normal” society. Her stark images of transgenders, circus performers and misshapen people branded her with a reputation of being a photographer of “freaks”.

Diane Arbus photograph

“Child with toy hand grenade in Central Park” 1962 by Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus portrait

Diane Arbus portrait “Young Man in Curlers”

Diane Arbus image of a circus performer

Diane Arbus image of a circus performer

Diane Arbus photograph

Diane Arbus photograph

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