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31st Oct 2008

New Art of Seeing The Divine Blog Update

This week as work continued on setting up the new site and blog it became obvious that I could not come near the features offered by Word Press.

So the new Art of Seeing The Divine blog was moved to Word Press.  The new address is: http://www.artofseeingthedivine.com/blog/
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

Or, This link should work, depending on your browser and permissions: Art of Seeing The Divine blog.

The recent posts to that blog, including one a couple of days ago, were all moved to the new Word Press   blog site. A post will be placed on the site announcing its new location, which will be the last post there.

This week I met a medical doctor at a party. You know the usual banter of what do you do , what do I do ? I said I am an artist, with a new theory of art that is Post Conceptual as it uses symbols for every stroke, and that I had just finished an e book that is kind of a Visual self help seminar that can help people see more and actually change the way they see the world.

The doctor knew a little about art, so the new Post Conceptual theory gained his attention, but he gave me one of those kinds of smile more knowing adults bestow on children or those who seem sweet but daft.

As I explained that 90% of vision happened in the brain not the eyes, he nodded along as he knew all about it. So I explained how seeing the images of my artwork, with the tiny strokes that represent the essences of the universe, simultaneously the strings of elementary physics and for many people also the words of the Creator, created visual memories.  Now I really had his interest, and even cautious respect.

So I explained just a bit about the exercises and how looking at my art creates a visual impression on the brain, which then begins to decode the impressions of light that it actually sees but now, thanks to the images recognizes.  Then I stopped speaking as the doctor looked at me in amazement for a moment, smiled genuinely and said, “you’ve got it!” That would work! It really world!” He took my card.

If you have not yet checked out the new Art Of Seeing The Divine site and discovered the exciting e book that can actually help you change the way you see the world — do it now!

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28th Oct 2008

New Blog Site for Judy Rey Wasserman

Judy Rey Wassernman has begun a new and second blog .

[Note: See the blog that follows this one: “New Art of Seeing The Divine Blog Update” as a few days after this posr the blog moved to WordPress at URL: http://www.artofseeingthedivine.com/blog/ ]

The new blog is more relevant for the just available e book, The Art of Seeing The Divine – Book 1 and the web site that has more information about the book, The Art of Seeing The Divine (artofseeingthedivine.com)

Back in the spring of ’08, while researching web hosts and new blogging software for Post Conceptual UnGraven Image’s site, a blog was tested through what is now Google’s software.  Eventually the decision was made to create Post Conceptual UnGraven Image’s new blog through Word Press software that is self hosted through ungravenimage.com.

However, the other software and site hung around over at Google. So for now, as an experiment, another blog, The Art of Seeing The Divine (http://artofseeingthedivine.blogspot.com) is there. The new second blog deals with spirituality, how we see the world, inspiration, empowerment, religion and enlightenment, etc.

This blog, Art and Inspiration through the Post Conceptual UnGraven Image web site deals more with fine art, art shows and fairs, art news, collecting tips and of course, artistic inspiration.

Many people who are interested or find meaning at this Art and Inspiration blog will also appreciate the other one, too.

Over the weekend more work was done on The Art of Seeing The Divine web site. The home page tells the story of how and why my eyesight actually changed so that I can see more energy, which for  me and many others are the inspirational words of The Divine.  The site also tells how the and how the book came about, including the special Visual Exercise/Experiences that use art to help ap person chage the way the world is actually seen.

Plus now on both sites there is an email sign up for the free newsletter, which will include more art, inspiration and information of new print releases, shows, events, and discounts currently available.You are invited to come and see the blogs and sites for yourself. See more. Share the vision.


As of 10/30/08 now at URL: http://www.artofseeingthedivine.com/blog/

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24th Oct 2008

Sneak Peek– The Art of Seeing The Divine

For the past few weeks I have done little but work at writing a book, which is the first is a series– and then building a web site for it, the prints and other items that will be available.

A tad over a year ago, I began to sort thorough the blog articles using some of them as first drafts of parts of chapters for a book. Last winter, when I stumbled into portraiture and what became the Essence series, I realized I had a series of books, each dealing with a different series.

The books were meant to be visual and inspirational, using images of my art, plus inspirational writing. When the web site host and blog software became impossible, about the time of the spring art fairs in NYC 2008, I began the tedious task of creating unique pages for each of the former blog articles, since the old software that was giving me so much trouble would not allow me to migrate the blogs into Word Press.

As I converted the blogs, I edited many (more need it!) and began earnestly working on a book. I also began to include visual experiences into the book, using my art and works by artists such as Monet and Picasso to illustrate ideas about how we see and how art can influence vision.

The task of rebuilding the programming and moving the web site and blog was completed, along with the revised manifesto just slightly before the weekend of ArtHamptons in July 2008..[I seem to tell time by art events.]

Also during the time of the spring fairs I was becoming increasingly more aware of a change in my eyesight, actually in how I saw the world. I am nearsighted, and discovered that whether I was looking at objects close of far away, with or without corrective lenses, I was definitely seeing more energy.

Tiny points of vibrant energy were everywhere, sort of like a Pointillist painting, but much smaller, vibrant and well, it is visually clear to me that the world is really energy! I see more, and am aware of more detail, plus for me seeing energy everywhere relates to the spiritual understanding and Abrahamic theology that the Words (letters) of the Creator are the essences, the building blocks of the universe.

Apparently, what happened is as I painted with all the tiny, tiny Torah font letters which form into a narrative image my brain was forming visual memories. 90% of the perception of vision happens in the brain as it decodes the impressions of light sent by the eyes. My brain had learned to decode impressions of light that my eyes were receiving throughout my life, but my brain had no experiential way of decoding.

When I began painting I said I wanted to change the way we see the world, but I had no idea how truly I was going to do that! Of course, it had to begin with me.

Once I realized that I was actually seeing more energy, basic energy that is spiritually the Words of The Creator,  I set about to write an introductory book so that other people could learn to do this too.  The Art of Seeing the Divine — Book 1: Introduction is  a kind of inspirational visual seminar in the format of an illustrated book, which would help other people to also see what I am now seeing. The idea that energy, the Words of the Creator is everywhere is no longer theoretical for me, I see it – even now as I keyboard this message. It is everywhere I look and it is real. It has changed my life and my outlook.

Earlier this week I completed The Art Of Seeing The Divine – Book 1: Introduction. The rest of the week was spent finishing the artofseeingthedivine.com website, including setting up a shopping cart, coding and writing the information and creating buttons and images, etc. in Photoshop. As I write this I am still working on a good way to have people sign up for a newsletter. At the moment, my forms are simply coming up as email, which will work if a person sends it. However, I am going to have to get a better form of newsletter system before I really announce the book and site widely, early next week.

However, if you are one of the people who frequent this Art & Inspiration blog, you can have a sneak peek. The book is available (that all works). Send me an email to sign up for the newsletter – links are provided, just place write sign up in the subject and fire it off.

Any feedback is appreciated!

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16th Oct 2008

Sarah Palin Nudes- What is Art?

Can a woman be sexually attractive and be taken seriously as a leader or powerful person?

Is a painting defined as an image made with paint, or is there more to art?

Does calling something art make it art and news worthy? If the main focus of an artwork is to gain publicity for its maker, is it art?

Reportedly, two men have separately used paint to fashion images of Sarah Palin nude. Neither man has ever met Governor Palin or seen a photograph of her in the nude, so in actuality, although the images are entitled as Sarah Palin nude, these “portraits” are imaginary.

The titles however, mention her, because if they did not, the woman depicted could be another nude woman who has her current hairstyle and eyeglasses. It could even perhaps be Tina Fey, except I am not too sure what connection Tina Fey has to a moose. A moose and a rifle are props used in both images.

Why is a moose used? Does Sarah Palin have a pet moose? Aren’t they in Maine and other states? Even in Canada? What is with the moose?

The first artist reportedly used his daughter as the model for thfe naked body and then added what is assumed to be Governor Palin’s face portrait. The second artist used his own male body part to apply the paint. How far are these men willing to do to gain publicity?

The first “artist” apparently has his “masterpiece” up in a bar in Chicago. It is brining in customers who want to see Sarah Palin nude. Of course what they are seeing is a naive art representation of the artist’s daughter nude body wearing a Palin-like head.

The second image was sent to the blogger who is posting this stuff a few days later. He seems to have been influenced by the ideas of the first, but his rendition has Governor Palin shooting the rifle from her crotch, which is a disturbingly mixed metaphor.

Neither of these cartoonish paintings is meant to be a true artistic nude, rather each is sexist, salacious, and misogynistic.

These works are publicity stunts that play into the fear of people (perhaps men? then, what kind of men?) who are afraid (or to be politically correct: have concerns) about women who are both powerful and sexually attractive.

Since the blog that posted these images is usually a good one for news of the art world. I subscribe to their feed. Normally it is a blog I would plug here. If the idea is to report the news of the art world, are these images of Sarah Palin truly news, or just publicity stunts by basically obscure men who claim to be artists?

Neither image is even a good political cartoon. Certainly everyone of the four presidential candidates have provided much opportunity for political humor and cartoons, however these nudes are not humorous, just would-be sensationalism. If the titles did not mention Sarah Palin, but were of an anonymous woman, I wonder if the works would sell in a yard sale.

Although I strongly support the right to freedom of expression, includinng the right to paint whatever one wishes,  I have the right to question their motives, even their politics – although it seems this is not really about politics. If it were only about politics, then many, many Democrats and Republicans – all men – would have been previously pictured as naked male pin-ups.

Sarah Palin the only woman running on either ticket, only the second woman ever to be nominated for VP and she is also the only candidate that anyone is painting as a nude. I do not recall any candidate receiving that “honor” before this.

Clearly it is not about politics, but is just meant to demean Sarah Palin and dismiss her as attractive, plus gain publicity for the two male painters. If images had been painted that were racist of Barack Obama there would be a rightful amount of protest were they publicized. If age, race, religion and to some degree sex were mocked and dubbed art, there would be an outcry. I would outcry unless all parties were equally skewered (to bring up Tina Fey one more time – she and Saturday Night Live are equal satirists). However, female attractiveness seems to be the only fair game. Why is that?

A few words on a page is not automatically thought to be a poem or even if its author insists it is one, it is not newsworthy. A gesture is not a dance and newsworthy. A few musical notes are not counted as a song, nor considered newsworthy. In the fields of literature, performance and music a work needs more than a title to have it considered as art or newsworthy.

Yet paint applied to a canvas or board is readily considered as a painting and as art. Questioning whether it actually is art is usually taboo. That question is  thought to infringe on freedom of speech. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech!

So while I am grateful to live in a society where paint can be applied to canvas to create whatever, as an artist just because paint and canvas are used does not mean the result necessarily has anything to do with my profession or art. Real art not only gains public attention, it creates inspired controversy that provides insights and new understandings. Art is visual communication that is powerful and meaningful.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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10th Oct 2008

Art Market Crisis Looming?

The art market bubble of the last few years has been threatened – or at least put on hold – due to the current crisis in the world’s financial markets.

Yet, art continues to sell. The art market has rippled in response to the ailing financial markets, not followed suit.

Some prices, especially at auction have fallen or basically stayed at minimum estimate, while others have slightly increased. At the recent Sotheby’s sale of 20th-century Chinese art in Hong Kong, two-thirds of the lots went unsold. Two weeks earlier at Sotheby’s New York ale of Impressionist and modern art early in October, 263 of 326 lots sold, which is good..

According to the economic news commentators, the stocks that are currently selling – at plunging prices – are “forced sales”. They are being sold by people or firms who need cash desperately, and by money market managers who need to cover withdrawals, even if they have to take a loss. The stock market is plunging, but it is not plunging based on high volume trading. Most people are holding on to wait and see what happens.

It can be expected that some stock market investors who are also art collectors could determine that holding stocks and riding out the storm can be accomplished by selling art, which so far has basically not lost its value.

Months ago due to signs of a recession, a possible art market dip was discussed by dealer Mary Boone. She has weathered the vicissitudes of the art market, which is often tied to the financial markets previously. When the market slows and dips in a recession galleries and artists are often forced to lower the prices for an artist’s work, especially if previous work declines in price at auction.

Even when an artist’s prices at auction are obviously lower due general economic conditions, the artist is perceived as being worth less. Art is all about perception. After the financial sector and the art market began to see gains, some of the artists whose works suffered in price during the last recession were overlooked for years, while newer artists quickly filled in their space and superceded them in price.

Ironically, over time the better bet for investors has proven to be holding onto their art. Unlike stocks, great and even much good art survives to eventually regain and supercede its highest price. Many companies and their stocks falter. Remember the dot.com bust? How many of those companies are around today? Although that bear market led to many living artists enduring lower prices for their work, today most have regained and then surpassed their former prices for their new work, with their previous work selling at even higher price points. [I will not name names to protect some artists, but this data is easily found by doing some research on artnet.com]

Princes for oil, gas, food and other goods have been climbing slowly but steadily since the winter of ’08. The dollar is falling in relation to other currencies during the current financial crisis. That means it has less buying power in relation to other currencies. If the government of the USA decides to print more money to handle billions of dollars it is pouring into the bailout(s), the dollar will be worth even less.

In my high school history text book there was a political cartoon that had been printed in a German newspaper before Hitler’s rise to power. The image illustrated the rampaging inflation of that era, by depicting people pushing wheelbarrows filled with paper money to buy something like a loaf of bread or gallon of milk.

Psalm 22 (Rembrandt)

The ravages of war, political upheaval and catastrophic weather and natural forces have proven that art, gold and precious metals and gems hold recognized value over time. Ten pounds of gold, a small bag of good quality high carat diamonds, a Rembrandt, van Gogh or Klimt will generally hold and then surpass its current value over time. Van Gogh and Klimt were used as their work was not as valued at the time of the German inflationary period as they are today.

While some lower and mid range galleries will fold as discretionary income reduces. Those galleries that represent blue chip artists, plus those galleries that can find and represent emerging artists with unique voices and theories (especially painters as paintings sell the best at auction) will easily pull through the financial crisis and possibly even thrive. So will their collectors.

Collecting art is a passion, but it is also an investment and thus, involves risk. As a result of a recession, some lower and mid range galleries may fold as discretionary income reduces for collectors.

Those galleries that represent blue chip artists, plus those galleries that can find and represent emerging artists with unique voices and theories (especially painters as paintings sell the best at auction) will easily pull through the financial crisis and possibly even thrive. So will their collectors.

In November Sotheby’s will hold an important sale of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art. The global nature of the art market has previously bolstered sales even though the USA was experiencing the financial stress of the housing markets and oil prices. Now that the financial crisis has gone global, the next auctions and art fairs anxiously awaited.

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02nd Oct 2008

What Do the Greatest Artists Have in Common?

People have always differed vastly in their opinions about art and artists, but now thanks to the web they can easily access images and express their views to an international audience through web sites and blogs.

Google is my personal “Post Conceptual Art” post concierge. It sends me an almost daily update – for free –on any and all articles and blogs that use the words Post, Conceptual, and Art. So far, almost no one but me is stringing those words together, all in a neat little triad of new meaning. Some use the term wondering what Post Conceptual Art can be. Mainly Google sends me links to sites that use all three words in a paragraph, but not in a row.

Last night I should have ambled off to bed, Google emailed me a report that linked to a blog article entitled “Art and Meaning” and used all three words in a paragraph. It was a new blog to me, not one of the regular art blogs I enjoy. How could I resist? With a click of the mouse I was at Albert Sonntag’s Legal Blog. Legal blog? Huh? Well, “Art and Meaning” is a unique and interesting post by an attorney who clearly appreciates art.

Albert Sonntag discussed his take on Cy Twombly, Abstract Expressionism and great artists. Sonntag and I seem to share a fascination with the “scribblings”, or strokes of artists. However, I had an instant strong response to his comment: “…I think that he [Cy Twombly] will soon be considered to be one of the two or three greatest artists of the second half of the twentieth century, rivaling Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg.”

Although Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and an influence on my art, Mark Rothko, are certainly three of the best, any discussion of the greatest artists of the second half of the twentieth century that fails to mention Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali or Jasper Johns immediately seemed off target to me.

What makes artists revered as great beyond their own time? What do all the greatest artists have in common?

While artists today who have learned how to be provocative and grab headlines gain recognition and financial fortunes through aptly playing fame game, will their work remain be heralded in the future? Why? Or, Why not?

What do undisputed masters, artists who would be counted as certainly some of the greatest ever, such as Giotto, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Turner, Monet, Cezanne and van Gogh have in common?

Well, for one thing, these artists’ works bring in the crowds to museum shows. Clearly, they meaningfully communicate to people today. Wandering around in great museums that encompass the history of art, such as the Metropolitan, one realizes that the artists who best communicate in a non-linear way, call that spiritual, emotional or psychological, have the power to withstand time. However, many lesser known artists of the past and present also have this ability.

Great artists, certainly every one in our sample group of greats, had a distinctive style. Their works are easily distinguished from others of their own time. Although some of their actual signatures are famous, their works are also their signatures, portraying visions that are uniquely their own.

However, many great artists convey emotional or spiritual visual content and have a unique style but do not quite make it onto the topmost peak reserved for the greatest. What else distinguishes the greatest artists?

The work of every great artist mentioned in our distinguished group found new ways of painting, portraying light, perspective, color and/or space. They used strokes in new ways; they chose subjects that were different and sometimes controversial. They pioneered new ways of making art. This made their work influential.

The work of the greatest artists has inspired and influenced the work of other good to great artists. Their work continues to inspire and even provoke artists today. This seems to be the one attribute that only the greatest artists share. New schools of artistic thought and/or art movements can be traced back to their work. This places them in an ongoing historical context.

Copycat artists always abound and even flock together as they can earn a living seeming to plough a popular pre-ploughed field, so there are many artists today who are Warhol, Dali, Twombly, Rothko, etc., knock-offs. We even have Rembrandt, van Gogh, Monet and Picasso knock-offs. Apparently more people have artistic talent than artistic vision.

We are too close to the last half of the twentieth century to have any true perspective on how and if the next generations will relate to the works of the artists of that time. We are just beginning to learn of their influence on innovative Contemporary artists.

To discover the greatest artists of yesterday we need to find the great artists they influenced today – and tomorrow. Artists who truly innovate based on the innovations and work of previous great artists, while communicating emotional or spiritual content in a unique style that inspires other artists are and will continue to be the greatest artists whose works remain relevant and meaningful for generations.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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