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22nd Dec 2010

Green Holly Greetings

This is my annual inspirational message, art and Seasonal Greeting:

For at least the past four years I have been creating images, and sometimes cards that I send at the Holidays and as time went on also post as a greeting for the people on my mailing list, subscribe to my RSS feeds, follow me on Twitter and also are my friends and fans on Facebook.

Around July I begin to think of ideas and pray for inspiration.

Green Holly Greetings is a departure from what we tend to think of as seasonal images, such as decorated evergreen trees, candles, cardinals (all used previously by me), and move into the green that the press covers most at this time of year: Money.

The greenbacks, the information and statistics concerning retail and online sales, and the year end sales, plus the Wall Street bonuses fill the news media, which is seasonally decorated by baubles of features that are heartwarming feel-good stories surrounded by advertisements.

For many people, greenbacks are the true green of Christmas and the holiday season.

But this year where I live, there seems to be a lot less sparkle, lights and cheer this year. People are clearly spending less on lights, celebrations and gifts. There are fewer greenbacks in wallets and bank accounts, even for those who have jobs and especially for small business owners.

While a dollar bill may seem like a strange image for a Holiday Card, how many people at this time of year are actually focused on money than on the real meanings of these holiday celebrations? What do Black Friday door-buster sales held in the early or even midnight hours of Thanksgiving say about our real thankfulness and contentment?

Considering the heavy focus on consumerism and money at this time of year, hasn’t money, which in the USA is most commonly represented by the face of the dollar bill, become a kind of symbol of the season?

Green Holly Greetings by Judy Rey Wasserman

Green Holly Greetings is a part of my new In God We Trust series. It is an original print that combines the Essence Portrait of George Washington with another image of the rest of the front of a dollar bill and then adds symbols created with English letters and numbers digitally.All of the strokes of the portrait and except for the English ones on the bill are the original Torah (Bible) font letters of Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments).  Since all the strokes are symbols this art is fully Post Conceptual Art, and to a degree als belongs in the branch of UnGraven Image based on its overall use of Torah font letters that come from a scriptural text.

This is the first of the In God We Trust series original prints to be printed. The printed part is the size of an actual dollar, which also has “white” space as a border.

The In God We Trust series challenges our concepts of worth and money and even about the value of art itself, including art as money and money as art.

People commonly write messages on paper money. What could be more fitting than forgoing the card and gift and writing greetings on a real dollar bill that then serves as both card and gift? If you have ever seen someone turn a card over to see how much the sender paid or try to figure out how much a gift actually cost, you understand that we value how much others spend on us as information both about them and their feelings and intentions for our relationship.

Green as a color has another seasonal message that predates our current winter holidays in its use at solstice winter celebrations. At a time when most vegetation has gone brown, evergreen trees and bushes remain with a visual promise of continuing life.

Out greenbacks, give us the power to bring life or enhance life by supporting causes that we cherish. While we take this opportunity for granted in a simpler society that does not enjoy the use of mass and valued currency, it is far more, if not impossible to support causes that we who use dollars or currencies that can be traded for dollars, can do with ease. I cherish that opportunity and power and I urge you to give to a cause that brings life or a better life to others during this season.

In Green Holly Greetings it is apparent that at least two different people have added messages to the card. One, is “Holly G.”. a person with a Manhattan area code who offers a “good time”, which is a kind of double entendre here as we celebrate the holidays. The other person(s) sends, “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy New Year” wishes. Both messages are backed here by the dollar.

One of the artistic influences on this series is again Andy Warhol, who made works about money, including the dollar. I give a nod to Warhol in this work with a reference to Truman Capote who was one of his good friends with the message in green from “Holly G.” In Capote’s stylish novel (but not the cleaner movie version) of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly was a escort and call girl. Although the book is stronger than the film both versions are stories of redemption through love, which seem fitting to me for the holiday season.

Wishing you and yours all the real and joyous blessings of the Holiday Season and New Year,

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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.
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15th Dec 2010

Warhol Foundation Sends Warning to Smithsonian re Censorship

Bravo to Joel Wachs and the Warhol Foundation for the transparent and courageous stand against censorship, while promoting visual art.

In a letter to Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, President Wachs writes, “For the arts to flourish the arts must be free, and the decision to censor this important work is in stark opposition to our mission to defend freedom of expression wherever and whenever it is under attack.”

This is especially praiseworthy as Andy Warhol is one of the USA’s great religious artists and the Smithsonian’s controversy is at heart about freedom of speech and religion.

Last week, House GOP Leader John Boehner demanded the Smithsonian remove an art video by David Wojnarowicz’s, A Fire in My Belly , which was a part of Hide/SEEK Difference and Desire in American Cultur,  a curated exhibit that is currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery. The video includes an image of the crucified Christ with ants crawling on his body. It is reported that John Boehner stated the video’s inclusion was an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars.

Thanks to the UK’s Guardian posting a video, I have seen “Fire in My Belly”, which reveals the agony of marginalization and loss due to AIDS. The ants crawling on a small ceramic of a crucified Jesus seems to me to be a cry to the church to resurrect and come to the help of these people who in the early 1990’s were facing an agonizing and sure death.

Further, I know that it is quite possible, even likely that ants, and other insects such as flies crawled on the bodies of people who were crucified. Although the ants are not mentioned in the Bible, scripture basically leaves out the obvious or what people took for granted.

What John. Boehner missed is that what may be offensive to him, may actually be promoting the very Christian values he holds dear. Ironically, this video would not be allowed to be shown in most totalitarian or fascist regimes in the world, as it questions their (and our) response to AIDS.  The last time I read the Bible it was clear that caring for and healing the sick is strongly promoted, even required.  [By the way, the last time I read the Bible was yesterday, and I also the letters from another scripture for my strokes in a painting.]

Few artists are ever as controversial as actual religious artists in their own lifetimes. When Warhol’s Last Supper works were shown they were very controversial as people stared at the Dove soap and GE logos, commercial symbols representing the sacred. Yet the artist’s vision prevailed as we saw how society had commercialized the sacred, how materialism had (and does) impact the basic Judeo-Christian teachings, and then, as Warhol was a genius, how somehow The Divine manages to be with us through all of that.

In a free country artists need to be able to be controversial, to open a dialogue, to encourage people to see in new ways.

This means artists have to have the right to be somewhat offensive to people as the radically new is always offensive and experimentation or pointing out problem’s in one’s society can  definitely annoy the establishment.

To deny artists this freedom of speech (or paintbrush, chisel and video camera) creates the kind of art we have seen from facist or totalitarian regimes that is uninspired, insipid but excellently crafted propaganda. Is this the kind of art we want for the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Yet, threatened with a loss of funding, the Smithsonian capitulated and removed the video from the already opened show.

We all vote with our dollars (money is another subject painted by Warhol).  As every lobbyist knows, money has more clout on a daily basis than the degree of power the minority of Americans who vote exercise once a year.

We vote with our dollars for businesses, including automobile manufacturers, banks, oil companies,  insurance companies, credit cards, etc.,  When we stop voting for a company they go out of business or ask for a bail out or aid.

We also vote for the museums we support with our admissions dollars and donations, and this is especially shown by the popularity of a museum’s shows.

Over the years, the Warhol Foundation has has helped advance the stature and worth of Andy Warhol’s art (and their holdings) while becoming widely respected for its support of visual art, providing funds to artists, art writers and critics, curators, and museums, etc.

Continuing to successfully promote Warhol’s legacy and visual art, the Warhol Foundation has now publicly contacted the Smithsonian, advising warning the Smithsonian that it will not support this censorship or a museum that allows it.

Somewhere, I believe Andy Warhol is smiling.

Joel Wach’s letter to Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution is reproduced here courtesy of the Warhol Foundation.

December 13, 2010

Mr. Wayne Clough

Smithsonian Institution

SIB Office of the Secretary

MRC 016

PO Box 37012

Washington , D.C. 20013-7012

Dear Mr. Clough,

The Warhol Foundation is proud to have been a lead supporter of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, but we strongly condemn the decision to remove David Wojnarowicz’s video A Fire in My Belly from the exhibition. Such blatant censorship is unconscionable. It is inimical to everything the Smithsonian Institution should stand for, and everything the Andy Warhol Foundation does stand for.

Although we have enjoyed our growing relationship during the past three years, and have given more than $375,000 to fund several exhibitions at various Smithsonian institutions, we cannot stand by and watch the Smithsonian bow to the demands of bigots who have attacked the exhibition out of ignorance, hatred and fear.

Last week the Foundation published a statement on its website www.warholfoundation.org , condemning the National Portrait Gallery’s removal of the work and on Friday our Board of Directors met to discuss the long-term implications of the Museum’s behavior on the Foundation’s relationship with the Smithsonian Institution. After careful consideration, the Board voted unanimously to demand that you restore the censored work immediately, or the Warhol Foundation will cease funding future exhibitions at all Smithsonian institutions.

I regret that you have put us in this position, but there is no other course we can take. For the arts to flourish the arts must be free, and the decision to censor this important work is in stark opposition to our mission to defend freedom of expression wherever and whenever it is under attack.

Sincerely yours,

Joel Wachs


cc:   Ms. Patricia Stonesifer, Smithsonian Chairwoman of the Board

Directors of Smithsonian Institution museums

Board Chairs of Smithsonian Institution museums

VOTE 2010 by Judy Rey Wasserman
Strokes of the dollar bill and Washington’s portrait are the original Biblical letters of Exodus 20- the Ten Commandments, unless otherwise obviously English letters of numbers. Original digital print.

Notes:  Andy Warhol’s later and last works include what is called his “ Last Supper ” works, which are Pop and also religious art. These and other Warhol works greatly influenced Judy Rey Wasserman, the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory, including the branch known as UnGraven Image. SEE Andy Warhol is a Grandfather to Post Conceptual Art

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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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03rd Dec 2010

New Open Edition Art Prints by Judy Rey Wasserman

We now offer the first authorized Open Edition Prints of Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art.

These initial Open Edition Prints were selected for their broad appeal.

Over the years, fans and collectors had requested Open Edition Prints of Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art.

Exodus 20- The Ten Commandments (George Washington) by Judy Rey Wasserman, Essence Portrait series

To see this print enlarged, plus a close up of the strokes, and discover more click: HERE

Genesis Dalet -by Judy Rey Wasserman ,Genesis: Sunset-Sunrise series

To see this print enlarged and discover more click: HERE

Mourner’s Prayer by Judy Rey Wasserman

To see this print enlarged and discover more click: HERE

Open Edition Prints are always less expensive than an artist’s Limited Edition Prints, assuming those are limited to no more than 700 in quantity per image.

Open Edition Prints are usually not created with the same quality of inks and media and attention to detail as Limited Edition Prints — but ours are!

However, since Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual Art, including UnGraven Image Art focuses on the stroke(s), which are the original Torah font letters of Bible texts, attention to detail is vital.

All of the artist’s Limited Edition Prints are created in the artist’s own studio, using the best and most archival inks and media available and the highest dpi (dots per inch) to ensure quality and clarity of detail. The meaning of the works is inherent in the strokes which can be seen here and there in the works in the prints produced by the artist’s UnGraven Image Publishing.

Many printers were contacted or researched, both online and via the Internet in an effort to produce open edition unsigned prints that would also have high resolution and attention to detail outside of the artist’s studio. However, to date not one was found who uses or will use the high resolution dpi as such minute focus on detail; especially during the set up process is not cost effective generally, plus the printing takes longer. Plus, in the end these prints would have been as costly or more costly to consumers, deprived Wasserman’s affiliates of commissions, and quality could not be guaranteed.

So the decision was made to offer Open Edition Prints directly through the artist’s studio to provide the same quality, attention to detail and care to all collectors and customers. These prints will be signed to show that they are from the artist’s studio and Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Publishing.

Our Open Edition Prints include the same quality of detail as the Limited Edition Prints. The current prints are also archival, using the best available inks and media. The only significant differences are that the Open Edition Prints are unlimited, and thus not considered to be a viable investment opportunity, plus a Certificate of Authenticity is not included, as the receipt and artist’s signature serve to show authenticity. Provenance is only kept on Limited Edition Prints as prints that have 700 or less are understood as investments in an artist’s work. [Note: When investing in any limited edition print the value of the print and its value as an investment depends upon who the artist is and the condition of the print itself.]

We print using the highest dpi ratio available, which means our prints have the best and finest detail reproduction. This is important because Post Conceptual and UnGraven

All of the prints issued from Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image studio include the same full money back guarantee.

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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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