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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.
On December 23, my husband and I decided to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art. We especially enjoy the modern art wing. I thought I’d share a few of the works that captured my attention on this visit.
The photo above is my favorite photographic piece on display. The power of the massive hyena (with a staggering bite of 11oo PSI) is controlled by the power of the man who handles it. Man vs. beast seem equally matched here. (Sorry for the glare. As you would imagine, the photo is under glass, and there was no way for me to get a clean shot.)
The tribute to Harriet Tubman’s life is apparent in this painting. The subtle white ray and circular patterns on top of the painting gives it a feeling of hope. It is an illusion of the sun and light rays shining down on the scene, like a blessing from heaven. Douglas could have omitted this white wash of rays, and the painting could still be strong, but the rays add an extra emotional punch that I appreciate.
This Kiefer painting and mixed media work is massive. It takes up a whole corner of a room in the modern wing of the museum. Each time I see it, I notice more details. The complicated textures alone make me want to get lost in it.
Matisse makes me happy. Bireline’s tribute to Matisse makes me happy. The masterful use of color and pattern lead me into this window and I want to open it to see the French Riviera just like Matisse did from his studio. I adjusted the white balance in my camera to show you the purity of the colors in this painting.
Feininger has always been one of my favorite painters, but this cubist canvas has to be one of his best. Again, I adjusted my camera’s white balance so you can see accurate colors. Put your finger over the yellow doorway. Without that small touch, the painting loses interest. The man knew what he was doing.
This is a shot of one of the hallways leading to wings of paintings and sculptures. Below is the same hallway, facing in the opposite direction.
We planned our visit so we could have brunch at the museum restaurant, Iris. We are never disappointed with the food and atmosphere of the well-lit, clean-lined room. If you haven’t experienced the restaurant yet, you will you enjoy the quality and taste of the menu, as well as the fair prices. I had a very creative version of eggs benedict (on cornbread muffins with fresh and locally grown ingredients) and it was only $12. Keep Iris in mind for your next trip to the museum.
Hi Friends and Bloggers,
Just want to let you know that I am trying out a new gallery in Idyllwild. Forest Furniture Gallery, a gallery and hand make furniture store located upstairs in the Fort, is now carrying my photography. The image you see above won the month of December in the Idyllwild Town Crier calendar competition, and will be one of the available prints.
The image above, “Lake Fulmor With Ice”, is currently the cover of the Idyllwild Visitor’s Guide. This image is included in a room screen that has 3 panels, each panel with 4 of my landscape or nature photographs in it.
A horizontal version of “Lake Fulmor Reflections”, above is on display and waiting for a new home.
Contact Forest Furniture for details. As for Martin. He’s the owner and a really cool and funny guy. He will ship.
Forest Furniture Gallery
54225 North Circle Dr. Ste. #B18
Idyllwild, CA. 92549
Phone: 714-717-9447 email ForestFurnitureGallery@gmail.com
I take a lot of photographs. Some are for my fine art series that show in museums and galleries. Some are strictly personal; a record of my life. Others are for commercial purposes. I have looked at millions of images, so it takes something special to get me excited. Sometimes an image needs a little extra help. When I want to spice it up, I use onOne software. In the images of the poinsettia above, there is a drastic difference between the color image and the black and white. The color image is the original. I don’t think it is memorable. It has the makings of a great black and white, so I used onOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 and started working the magic. It ended up being my holiday greeting card. The positive response was overwhelming.
Look at the difference between the two Nashville cups. There’s nothing wrong with the original below, but the vibrant version above, is much more engaging.
Next, let’s see what you can do with a landscape photograph. It only took two clicks to get the effect I had in mind. When you compare the original to the edited version, you can see that I added a color pop, a softer look, and a border.
Below is an example of how you can take an average photo and turn it into something worth looking at. The army boots in the original version are not very memorable. By adding some contrast, texture, and glow with onOne, I got the photograph I envisioned.
If you want to see what I have done with an entire series of work, click here to see Things We Leave Behind. I edited completely with onOne software. Why? I wanted to give it an ethereal look. As if the person who had lived in this house had one foot in our world, and one in the next. You can’t get that type of look without some fancy editing. This series has been successful enough to have three exhibits lined up so far, and more to come.
Now you get a prize for reading through this post. OnOne is having a $100 off sale on Perfect Photo Suite 6 – but only until February 15th. That makes the price for the whole suite only $199. Very reasonable for all of the things you can do to your images. Click on this link to automatically get your whopping discount: http://www.onOnesoftware.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=344
Have fun with Perfect Photo Suite 6, and send me your edits to share.
Economy Portraits is a project I started for an Artist In Residence stay at the Huntington Beach Art Center from March 1 through April 9, 2011. I take portraits of anyone who comes into HBAC and ask them the question how has the collapse of the economy affected your life?
I was interviewed by the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper, and the writer asked a question that has come up many times. “What inspired you to do this project?” The answer is annoyance. I am highly annoyed with the news about the American economy. One night I hear that the recession is over and jobs are coming back. The next night, there is a report that 4,000 workers have been laid off from a large corporation. I thought it would be interesting to find out from everyday people exactly what is going on.
The project evolves in two phases. As I take the portraits, they hang from the ceiling of the gallery in rows, at eye level. Each portrait has the answer to the question written in the person’s own handwriting.
The portraits are photographed on three different colored backgrounds, red, white, and black. The purpose is to construct an American flag on the wall. I chose to use black instead of blue as a metaphor for our dark economic times. When the portraits fill the middle of the gallery, they are replaced by newly printed images. The first ones take their place on the wall.
I photographed 245 people during the six-week residency. I thought the wall was big enough to use all the portraits, but it turns out a wall looks a lot larger when you see it in an empty room. I used less than half of the portraits to make a flag that measures 11 feet high by 18 1/2 feet long. I hope to take Economy Portraits to a museum that has a space that will accommodate a full flag with all 50 stars and 13 stripes.
To view a two minute video of the making of the portraits and flag, click here to view on YouTube.
To read an article about Economy Portraits in the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper, click here.
Afterword: On April 18, I gave a short speech to the Huntington Beach City Council. As in all cities of California, a serious budget crisis puts the Huntington Beach Art Center at risk of being closed down. Click here to read the speech.
Economy Portraits was awarded “Best Art Show of 2011” by OC Weekly. See the article by clicking here.
Update: Economy Portraits is on exhibit at Orange County Center of Contemporary Art (OCCCA) from August 5 – 18, 2012 in an exhibit titled The Spirit of Democracy. Opening reception is August 4th from 6 – 10 p.m. Click here to see a short video of the opening reception on YouTube.