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20th Dec 2012

Seasons Greetings Card 2012 Rothko Warhol Lion Sunset study

We share this season of lights.

Jews celebrate by lighting Chanukah menorahs. Menorahs are a symbol of the tree of life, a holy tree. Chanukah is also called the Festival of Light.

According to John 10:22-39, Jesus celebrated the Feast of Dedication, which is Chanukah.

When Christians decorate Christmas trees with lights, and Jews light menorahs, they are participating in similar
activities. The same goes for the Kwanza “tree” of lights.

The Bible, and also the physical universe (according to physics) begins with the sound of light.

So while a sunset image may not be a traditional seasonal image, like the poinsettia, candle, cardinals in the snow, or even handwritten greeting on a dollar bill, which have been some of my previous holiday greetings, the symbolism of light works for the season, whatever holiday(s) you celebrate.

In ROTHKO LION WARHOL SUNSET ( Study 1) the symbolism of the portraits is both secular and religious, as Rothko and Warhol are both also known for their spiritual or religious artworks. The lion refers to their stature (for me as an artist, as they have influenced my work, but and also based on what seems to be a consensus that continues to be backed up by auction sales), and is also a symbol for the Lion of Judah, the Jews and hence the tribe of Jesus’ royal birth. The artwork below is a study for a much larger painting on canvas that will be approximately 4.5 feet by 8 feet.

The dollar bills that form a kind of frame er are a visual comment on the relationship of art and money, and the stature
of these artists, and as a holiday card a comment on this season’s materialism.

May your and your loved ones be blessed in this season and throughout the new year be filled with light, happiness, health and safety.

ROTHKO LION WARHOL SUNSET by Judy Rey Wasserman

ROTHKO LION WARHOL SUNSET (Study 1)

by Judy Rey Wasserman
2012, tradigital print

Strokes of the hand painted elements: Essence Portrait of Mark Rothko =  Psalm 101, Ecclesiastes Ch 1 and 2; Andy Warhol =Psalm 19; Lion of Judah= Genesis 49:8-10, Numbers 23:23-24; Dollar bill = Exodus 20; and, the sunset is Genesis 1-2:7.

Happy Holidays!
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To inspire and brighten your day and season see previous holiday greetings and artworks click on titles:

Holiday Greetings! Poinsettia Psalm Artists 2011 Greeting
Poinsettia Print
Green Holly Greetings Green Holly Greetings 2010
Holiday Greeting 2009 Male and female cardinals in snow
Limited edition prints of Male Cardinal and Female Cardinal
’08 Holiday GreetingCandle Blessings

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13th Dec 2012

Post Sandy Chelsea Art Shows

In New York City’s  Chelsea there are some must-see art gallery shows that will brighten your holiday season. While some galleries remain closed, most Chelsea galleries have reopened, or reopened one or more of several sites.

The sidewalks are all clear, or clear enough to easily navigate, but every possible parking space if taken by commercial trucks that are involved with rebuilding, renovating and restoring galleries that remain closed or partly open, with special attention to basements, even when the street floor above gallery has reopened its doors.

As reported previously, David Zwirner is committed to helping the community of galleries and artists to recover from Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA). The effort continues via the gallery’s website’s news page’s links. So my first stop was the open David Zwirner gallery at 519 West 19th Street, to see Diana Thater;’s multi-screen video Chernobyl. I rarely write about art videos since I only cover what I appreciated and can recommend but since I have a professional background in professional film, I am unfairly prejudiced toward story structure and production values. However, I can easily recommend this show, which explores the continuing effects of the man-made Chernobyl disaster surrounding the viewer, bringing the viewer inside of what is uninhabitable.

Diana Thater's Chernobyl

Image above is an installation view of Diana Thater’s Chernobyl

As I write this blog the 12.12.12. Concert for Sandy relief is actually playing in the background on PBS. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is not man-made, a point that seeing Chernobyl at this time elegantly delivers.

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. has a sumptuous exhibit of large scale works by Mark Bradford.  My affinity for Bradford is obvious as he sometimes uses words, that include collaged and found words, which he covers with paint or more collage materials and then he  partially removes a layer, leaving the written meaning is obscured. Unfortunately the images on Sikkema Jenkins’ website and the one here cannot begin to show the engaging tactile surface and details of these large works. So go see them!

Judy Rey Wasserman at Sikkema Jenkins

The image above is of me, all bundled up as it was cold when I left Southampton earlier. I’m standing to the side of  Mark Bradford’s Her Mouth Across the Table, 2012.

It was a pleasure to see that the Nicole Klagsbrun gallery is back open with a show of many artist’s works. Make sure you look up above you when you enter the main room! It is a good show presented by a gallery that was hit very hard by the storm that we are fortunate to have back up in Chelsea. Also of special note is an untitled work or ink on green paper by Carroll Dunham.

The James Cohan Gallery has an exhibit of Trenton Doyle Hancock’s ongoing painting saga. His work never fails to fascinate and amuse me thanks to his inventive use of interweaving a storyline of words with his images.

More words, this by Glenn Ligon via a show entitled, Neon , which is the media used. These can be discovered in Ligon’s first solo show at Luhring Augustine. These works can be appreciated from the gallery website, so if you cannot make it to the show—the best idea, then enjoy the online version.

The Gagosian Gallery at 555 West 24th Street was open with an exhibit by Ed Ruscha of images of books that turns the gallery into a larger than life private library. Some of these are very tongue – er paintbrush – in cheek.  If you love books—as I do – you will enjoy this Ruscha show.

 I have always been a great fan of Chuck Close’s works. I was especially looking forward to his new solo show at Pace gallery. And I was surprised and fell in love with close’s work all over again,because there are new works that take his ideas of color and visual understanding in a somewhat new direction that I find enchanting. These new works take what could best be described as a pixelated portrait that is created with the gentle and subdued watercolors. Instead of a in your face pixelation, the result is a soft and sumptuous new Twenty-first Century next step from Pointillism.  I have heard close speak on how computers grew out of the art of weaving, especially tapestries, which developed a card system. These new works are clearly the intelligent painterly result of his understandings of tapestry meets PC . This is further developed by the large scale black and white tapestry portraits, that can easily be mistaken for photographs.  So, from me, the artist who paints with words (letters) for strokes, and also writes, I have only one word for these new works from Chuck Close: Wow!

The night before my visit the PaulKasmin Gallery had opened a new solo show by photographer David LaChappelle, whose work I also always appreciate, so I figured I would be able to cover it for this blog.  Usually I shy away from covering photography,even when I appreciate the work. However, David LaChapelle fully stages and arranges his scenes or images and the result is a rather painterly approach that I easily comprehend and can appreciate much like a painting.

In his new works LaChapelle has taken broken statues of celebrities from wax museums and arranged them into the show’s title, Still Lifes, and I suspect the double entendre is intended. According to the PR release, LaChapelle is, “addressing the fleeting nature of humanity, fame, celebrity and power.” These concerns are also Warhol celebrity portrait territory. LaChappelle has a new, original and authentic way to express the broken, skewed and impermanent façade of fame and power over others.

What makes these images hauntingly significant is the problem inherent with most was museum sculptures.  Unlike a good art portrait or sculpture, the wax figures, although often anatomically correct from life casts, fail to capture the spark of humanity or personality of those portrayed. Just as Warhol’s portraits aimed at losing that humanity, and being machine driven images, these wax figures, although recognizable are all a bit off, revealing only the mask, not the individual.  This is further revealed by the wax figure of Heath Ledger in full mask makeup as the Joker, which is the most true to life of the show—naturally because human is already hidden behind a mask! Again, I urge you to see the show, but you can get a good idea from the link to the gallery website above.

The Paul Kasmin Gallery is another gallery that stepped up to help the ADAA’s Sandy Relief Fund, by partnering with Artspace.com for a benefit and sales of gallery and artist donated artworks. The relief effort continues. Please make a donation online at Sandy Relief Fund.

David LaChapelleill Life Michael Jackson

David LaChapelle

Still Life: Michael Jackson 01, 2009-2012,

chromogenic print

72 x 71 inches, 182.9 x 180.3 cm

Images are used by the courtesy of the David Zwirner gallery and the Paul Kasmin Gallery. The iPhone image of me at Sikkema Jenkins was taken and used with the gallery’s consent.

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

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05th Dec 2012

Song of Songs — Essence Portrait of a Swan Couple

The love song of the Bible is the Song of Songs. The letters of the the words from chapters 1 through 8 (in the original Torah font) are the strokes in the new Essence Portrait of a  Swan Couple art work below.

There are pairs of snow white swans in each lake, pond or sheltered cove off a bay, where I live.  They are almost always together, the male and the female, followed in the summer by their cygnets.

How many hearts can you find?

Song of Songs Swan Couple by Judy Rey Wasserman

Song of Songs — Swan Couple by Judy Rey Wasserman, December 2012

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