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24th Dec 2009

Holiday Greeting 2009

This year, four days ago as I write this, a snowstorm finally ended that has broken all the records for my area since they began keeping them in the 1600’s. If snow was gold we’d be able to lift the whole country out of recession and pay the national debt we’ve got so much of the stuff.But snow is not gold. It is frozen water.Schedules and plans were seriously impacted as many of us were busy tunneling out of our snowbound homes and into equally snowbound businesses, once they were reachable via the roads. People in Denver, The Dakotas, Maine and other far more snowy places take this kind of snowfall in stride but here in Southampton we are not prepared for such a record breaker.

For larger image click: Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal) Print

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Our winter holidays celebrate light and inspiration, which is always a new beginning or birth

Usually it is a delight to tour our streets as shops and homes decorate with lights for the holidays. Now, with ice on the road there are little traffic and due to the snow many of my neighbors

are not displaying the lights they had up late last week.

While we usually think of light coming from the sun, moon and stars, snow can easily be viewed as a weather form of light. It is not only white– it reflects light to the extent that people who are out in the snow on sunny days are urges to wear sunglasses to prevent eye damage.

For larger image click: Psalm 23 (Female Cardinal) Print

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Biblically, water symbolizes the word of the Lord– inspiration– especially in the first five books of the Bible. I am not saying that the water mentioned in the Bible is not real water, but that it also represents the word of the Lord.In the time of Noah when people perish in the flood but Noah and his family safely float in the ark, when the infant Moses is floating in the basket in the bulrushes, when the red sea parts, and when Jesus turns water into wine and then walks on the sea, the waters mentioned can all be understood to also be the word of the Lord. Clearly some people benefit and are able to transform their circumstances while others who are seeking their own egotistical ways flounder or perish is suggested by the metaphors.Again, snow is frozen water.

The snow fell here equally on all, without respect to age, race, religion or wealth. It was an equal opportunity snow.

While that last quip is a kind of a joke it is also true because the opportunity to benefit from the snow was equally there for each person. Some people were inspired with ways to benefit and make the record breaking snowfall with the delays, changes in plans and two snow bound days fulfilling. Others failed to be inspired or discover benefits for themselves.

Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal) was the initial painting of the Written on the Wind series. It was inspired by the tsunami, which was followed by a blizzard and massive snowfall where I live and have my studio. Each is created using the strokes of Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd…”) for each and every stroke.

As the reports of the animals who survived, including those from a game preserve where there were many human deaths came in, I painted and watched from my window as a pair of cardinals flitted in the deep snow finding berries and forage somehow despite the heavy blanket of snow that seemed to cover everything.

We were housebound during and for a day after the snow, while the news on radio and TV was filled with stories of the tsunami. One story was about the wild animals, most of whom survived as the somehow knew to head inland for higher ground. The animals managed to know something that so many human beings who were busy enjoying the beaches and the sea failed to see or hear.

The animals were in tune with their environment, including the water, naturally seeing or hearing the inspiration they needed to stay safe.

Close up of Psalm 23 (Female Cardinal)

Close up of Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal)

Wishing you and your loved ones a Blessed and Inspired Holiday Season and New Year.

Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal) Large Tote ForestGreen & Natural Cardinals Mug- opposite side has Psalm 23

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17th Dec 2009

Un – Deniable Red Portrait of Andy Warhol

The question is being played out in the media and soon in court in a new form, “What is an authentic Andy Warhol work?”

According to Arthur Danto, Andy Warhol’s work questioned what is art: “What is the difference between two things, exactly alike, one of which is art and one of which is not?”

While one of Warhol’s Brillo Boxes is worth a fortune, a similar regular box that contains Brillo shipped to stores becomes trash that is hopefully recycled.

But now the question has moved one step further to include Warhol’s own work, often produced under his direction by others in his Factory. What makes an authentic Warhol different from one he merely consented to issue? More importantly, is there really a difference?

Warhol would have loved the controversy, since he said, “Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” The dispute is getting a lot of inches!Tate Modern’s Nicholas Serota, wealthy art dealer Anthony d’Offay, Sussex businessman and underwater explorer David Mearns, and American film producer Joe Simon have all had their works of the Andy Warhol portrait denied by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc, a part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, headed up by Joel Wachs.Although at present magazine publisher Richard Ekstract is not reported as a part of the class action lawsuit headed up by Joe Simon against the authentication board, his red self portrait of Warhol is also denied.

No one disputes that Andy Warhol himself had the photo taken in an inexpensive photo booth, and then turned into an acetate transparency for silk-screening. The controversy swirls around the use of the acetate to create the second group of red portraits.It seems that Andy Warhol had an associate bring the acetate to an outside firm which ran the red portraits. It is said that he later approved them, but apparently the authentication board lacks the solid proof it wants for that, although there is fairly solid proof as Warhol personally signed one copy to his longtime business partner, the Zurich-based art dealer Bruno Bischofberger (“To Bruno B Andy Warhol 1969”).Andy Warhol also signed a copy of Rainer Crone’s 1970 catalogue raisonné of Warhol’s work. Warhol worked on this catalogue with Crone, plus an image of Bischofberger’s signed portrait appears both on the cover and inside of it.As an artist, who like Warhol is the founder of a new art theory (Post Conceptual Art– using symbols for strokes, plus the branch called UnGraven Image), this conflict has major implications and lessons that I and all artists today need to learn.

To begin with, we need to carefully keep provenance and catalog our own works, or oversee this. While printing plates can be destroyed, digital images are fairly easy to reproduce and artists like myself who create original digital prints need to be especially careful to keep records.Prominent artists need to set up the foundations and boards that will handle their works with checks and balances, to prevent abuses by those who hold power. There is a lot of money and art world power. Money and power can sorely tempt mere non-artist mortals who have not learned that standing in front of a canvas is standing in front of a canvas, whether in a mansion or a converted garage – what matters is light, heat or air-conditioning.Collectors, museums and dealers have the right to question authorities. While an artwork that is the undisputed and well known work of an artist is the safest investment, does the opinion of one expert or body of experts really make a work worth more less when equally educated authorities hold a different opinion?For a presentation video that is almost completed I created Double Un – Denied Andy Warhol digitally using the basic portrait in much the same way Andy Warhol used his acetates. It is a playful homage to Andy Warhol who is one of the artists whose work has directly inspired my work and Post Conceptual Art theory. [See: Andy Warhol is a Grandfather to Post Conceptual Art] This artwork will be available soon as an original digital print/painting (I will be painting on each one also) through a dealers soon.So, another question to ask is. “When does an art authority cease to be recognized and taken seriously by collectors, museums, and dealers – who really decides?” If an authority claimed my work is fake, but I, as the artist claimed it as my work, which would be true?The answer seems obvious. Let me toss in Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 work Fountain. Was Duchamp present when his Fountain was created? Yet, we attribute it to him.

When collectors, museums and dealers accept Fountain as a great work of art, why would they give weight to the denied claim of the authentication board? At least museum curators and dealers should be able to distinguish whether the emperor is wearing any clothes, whatever he claims.
The reports, including an excellent one by Richard Dorment in the New York Review of Books , are saying that stamping a work “Denied” basically renders it unsaleable in our art market. As an artist, I personally feel this relates to Warhol’s groundbreaking work painting dollar bills and questioning value and the link between art and money. It is a question that I intended to also pursue with my own work – but with new slants.I never anticipate the current brouhaha over Andy Warhol’s own work, which clearly by several accounts he at least appropriated as his own. But, since my art, and the theory I am founding owes so much to his work, and although I am still emerging, I have a responsibility based on what I am doing and the recognition that historically must follow.

So I am about to take another revolutionary stand.Humor me for a moment as I deeply need to thank the Warhol Foundation itself for its wonderful philanthropic work, including for the grants and help it continues to offer to artists and not for profit groups, art writers and, frankly the world because art can change lives. In no way would I take a stand other than for the Warhol Foundation itself, which basically I support.Yet the questions exist that need to be addressed in relation to these Warhol portraits and art works in general.Who decides if something is a work of great art?This question is at the heart of the issue as the red portraits will be considered great art if they are by Andy Warhol and , well, perhaps not really art if they are not.An expert is only an expert if people agree on his/her expertise and adhering to the expert’s opinions. It is not only the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board that is deciding that the red Warhol portraits are not actual Warhols – it is also anyone, including art collectors, advisers, curators, museums, and dealers who accept and act upon their decision.What if collectors, dealers, museums, curators ignore the stamps of denied and findings of the board? Or any art expert? Who really decides if the Emperor is wearing any clothes for you?Is there a fall domino effect that will befall other art professionals who accept the strange possibility that the authentication board is correct and that a self portrait that was signed by an artist and sent to a close friend, then included in a catalogue raisonné that was approved and also signed by the artist is not actually to be considered the work of the artist?Is discrediting a work of art accomplished simply by stamping “denied” on the verso? Why does this have to be?To mitigate, even turn the tables on the dreaded and seemingly powerful “Denied” stamp, I am “stamping” the word: DENIED on the back of ever single authentic red Andy Warhol stand alone portrait I create and sign. This includes the Double Un – Denied Andy Warhol along with a small edition of Holiday cards I am privately sending.Although I am a Post Conceptual artist, I see the lettered stamp on the verso as a kind of Word Art that somehow adds conceptually to the image and work on the front side.On November 11, 2009 in a second kind of article dubbed ‘What Is an Andy Warhol?’: An Exchange in the New York Review of Books In an answer to Joel Wachs ‘s comments in letters to the Editor Richard Dorment answers Joel Wachs’ comments in the Letters to the Editor concerning the original article linked above.

Richard Dorment writes,” Readers should not be fooled by Mr. Wachs’s bluster. His complaints are a diversionary tactic intended to shift attention away from the sublime idiocy of his board’s closing sentence in its letter: ‘It is the opinion of the authentication board that said work is NOT the work of Andy Warhol, but that said work was signed, dedicated, and dated by him.’Not the work of Andy Warhol but signed, dedicated and dated by him?

What would Marcel Marcel Duchamp say?

UPDATE: Wednesday, January 5, 2010– This blog article and @judyrey are honored with 15 MINUTES OF FAME via @WarholWednesday on Twitter. For the next week this article is linked and featured on @WarholWednesday’s Twitter Profile page and messages Tweeted about this award!

UPDATE: November 10. 2010 – According to stories carried in the major press the case also included allegations by Joe Simon-Whelan claiming that the Warhol Foundation illegally restrained trade and rigged prices, “…engaged in any conspiracy, anti competitive acts, or any other fraudulent or illegal conduct”.  Huh?!This is going way overboard as all that was at issue was the authenticity of one artwork, which is a print in a series.These unsubstantiated claims are, according to U.S. District Judge Andrew Peck, “Frivolous allegations.” This information was not put forth in the press releases and information that seemed to focus on the authenticity of one work of art!Fortunately the case was dismissed as an agreement was reached between the parties, wherein Simon-Whelan received nothing and the Warhol Foundation decided not to try to recover legal costs as the plaintiff lacks assets.

“Not only did we not pay him any money, but he admitted on the record in court that there was no basis for his allegations, and the court agreed,” said Nicholas Gravante, an attorney for the foundation.

I am appalled at the allegations and believe that the term “frivolous” may be legally correct, but falls as short as a grain of sand used to describe a mountain, when it comes to these false allegations about the Warhol Foundation. While I continue to hold that the artwork is an authentic Warhol – for the sake of the artist and other collector’s—certainly not Joe Simon-Whelan,  given these unsupported, and clearly to me false allegations about the Warhol Foundation, I support the current dismissal of the case.

The basic black and white Essence Portrait, Psalm 19 (Andy Warhol ) seen here was used for over three weeks by Interview Magazine as their avatar on twitter and to represent their Twitter presence on Facebook. Interview Magazine assumed it was by Warhol himself.However, the work is actually created with using hand drawn & painted tiny symbols as strokes. The symbols used are the original letters of Psalm 19. Several models (art & photos) inspired this work including the Denied Red Portrait pictured above. My work captures that expression. Psalm 19 (Andy Warhol) by Judy Rey Wasserman
Double Un – Denied Andy Warholby Judy Rey Wasserman If we ask the question, “What American artist and founder of a revolutionary art theory created an authentic red portrait of Andy Warhol?” Currently, the only correct answer to that question would be Judy Rey Wasserman, according to the actions of the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc.Although it is possibly 15 minutes of fame I could happily bask in, there’s deeply something amiss in the answer not also including Andy Warhol, his name first , especially since my work is an homage to his.
My current stamp is handmade from Styrofoam, which can be cut and pushed out , sort of like a piece of lino, only the Styrofoam is far more fragile making rigid lines and perfection impossible. The fragility of the Styrofoam refers to the fragility of truth and artist’s connection to a work, both physically as it passes to a collector and now Warhol’s connection to his red portraits. Denied Stamp by Judy Rey Wasserman with artist’ signature, initials and dated

 

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11th Dec 2009

Your Name in Hebrew is Hidden in My Paintings

Your name, in Hebrew, is hidden in my paintings.  Really. Everyone’s is!

Not only that, but the name of the Creator, referred to as Ha Shem (The Name) by observant orthodox Jews, is actually physically present, but hidden in everyone’s Hebrew name.

To begin with , everyone has a biblical style name in Hebrew, whether it is known to them or not. This includes everyone who is not Jewish. It does not matter what language their name(s) derive from, there is either a Hebrew version or the name transliterates into Hebrew.

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Genesis Sunset-Sunrise series

For instance, imagine winning a wonderful prize so that an article is written about you in The Jerusalem Post , they will either translate or transliterate your name into Hebrew.

Biblically people are referred to as son of (ben), daughter of (bat). In synagogue one is called to the Torah and gives their Hebrew name. Thus the most famous Jew had the name of Yeshua (Joshua) ben (son of) Mara (Mary) v(and)Yosef (Joseph).

The concept of one’s name harkening back to the very names of our parents brings new meaning to the commandment of honoring one’s father and mother.

Names are important and have significance in the Bible, beginning with the Creator’s naming of Adam, whose name means red and refers to the earth (dirt) from which he was formed. There are many biblical references to people who are only known to us by their names and the information as to who begat them and who in turn they begat.

Names reflect one’s relationship with the Lord. Sari and Abram’s names are changed to Sarah and Abraham, denoting their new status. Jacob becomes Israel after wrestling with the angel.

Adam’s first job is to name the animals, because by naming them he forms a relationship with each one. The idea that knowing someone’s name puts us in relationship continues when we meet people today.

“Every one that is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him.” — Isaiah 43 7

How can someone be called by Ha Shem’s name? And which name would that be, since the Creator has many?

The most common name in the Bible for HaShem is the Yud-Hay-Vav-Hey, which has been often transliterated as Jehovah.

In Torah font Hebrew all of the letters can be created from a yud (like a comma only in top placement) and a vav (resembles a plain capital “i” with a tiny top to the left, also described as a spear). This makes Hebrew also a binary language of yuds and vavs.

Heys are comprised of two vavs and a yud. In the yud-hey-vav-hey there are two heys. Thus the Great Name is comprised of five vavs and three yuds.

It is easy to dissect any Hebrew name or word into the basic number of vavs and heys necessary to create all the letters. My Hebrew name is Yehudi Rachel, but let’s just focus on my first name, Yehudi, which is spelled, yud-hey-vav-dalet-yud. The letter dalet is composed of two vavs in torah font. Thus my first name equals 5 vavs and three yuds – actually the same number of yuds and vavs in the Great Name. So, like a hidden the Great Name is hidden in my name!

In the example above we only used my first name. However, using my full Hebrew name would have yielded many more yuds and vavs. This is true for anyone’s full name in Hebrew. Thus the basic five vavs and three yuds needed to create the name of Ha Shem are easily found in anyone’s name!

This gives more meaning to the quote from Isaiah as to how we can be called by HaShem’s name! It certainly gives new meaning to the idea of protecting one’s own good name!

Since I paint using the Hebrew Torah font letters (yuds and vavs for every stroke, which combine into letters) from original Hebrew texts, the yuds and vavs necessary for your Hebrew name are in each and evey one of my paintings many times over, even hundreds of times for the larger works. Not only that but the actual letters themselves are in each and every painting to create your full name in Hebrew many times over in most but the postcard size “Shema” paintings, where you will still find more than enough yuds and vavs.

A few years ago there were a series of NewYork Times bestsellers about a finding called The Bible Code . Essentially, names and events in history are reportedly contained in the Hebrew Bible, such as JFK’s assassination. The idea is that the words are hidden in grids that can run left to right, right to left, horizontally or diagonally. In this same way everyone’s name is possibly found in the Hebrew Bible , or more importantly the Torah ( Pentateuch ), which the Book of Life . In the Bible Codes the grids are two dimensional and no letters overlap.

In a similar way, the letters that make up most everyone’s name translated into Hebrew should be able to be found actually touching or overlapping, vertically, horizontally and/or diagonally in any direction since there are many layers of letters in my work, making it really many layers (grids) of letters. The odds are that this happens in all of the larger works, considering the many layers of letters. This is in addition to the fact that the letters of everyone’s name are certainly in the works, plus all the yuds and vavs necessary to create anyone’s unique name.

As the artist, it gives me pause to realize that. This is a new idea for me, one I realized in the past 24 hours. It seems to mean that each painting is both uniquely intimate for individuals and yet universal. Since this is being posted as a blog article, I would be very interested in any feedback, whether from a theological or artistic view.

Thus, your name, in Hebrew, is hidden in my paintings. Really! Everyone’s is.

Not only that, but the name of the Creator, referred to as Ha Shem (The Name) by observant orthodox Jews, is actually physically present, but hidden in everyone’s Hebrew name.

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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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