New Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Available Now!

Ingrid’s new book, Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson is in print and available!

Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Madness of the Muses
Madness of the Muses

From the back cover:

Ingrid Dee Magidson’s art career began just over six years ago.  In that brief time, she has had 15 solo exhibitions (most of those sellout shows), a museum exhibition, her work included twice at the Hermitage Museum Foundation Gala in New York City, numerous magazine features and a loyal international group of art collectors which include: the Alpina Gstaad,  Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and Jackie Bezos.  The Madness of the Muses is a richly illustrated look at the life and work of this rising art star.  Magidson’s unique style combines the poetic paintings of the Renaissance with contemporary and antique materials to form works of sublime beauty.  Each piece is imbued with a sense of spirit, as if time has stopped and we are looking at people long gone, but brought back to life in Magidson’s extraordinary work.  One collector describes his experience:

It is as if the artist has compressed 500 years into a single work of art.  These few fragile layers of antique objects, paint and butterflies are arranged in such a way that  I can see into the very depths of a stranger’s soul.  I begin to pull away, but I can’t stop looking.

Here are a few glimpses inside of the book:

You can learn more about Madness of the Muses on Ingrid’s web site.

Madness of the Muses – The Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson
176 pages, hardcover with dust jacket
Available signed and dedicated by the artist
Stratumentis Publishing $65

To buy a copy, click here.

Available on Amazon.com in August
Also available at the art galleries which represent Ingrid’s work (Aspen, Vail, Miami and New York).

Solo Exhibition Opens August 3rd

Ingrid’s solo exhibition, Madness of the Muses, opens Saturday, August 3rd in Aspen at the Forré Gallery.  The reception is from 4 to 8pm.  This is Ingrid’s third one-person exhibition in Aspen.  The exhibition will be comprised of 12 of her most experimental works to date, none of which have been shown before.  Each piece is a reach into the depths of creativity that has made Ingrid’s work so unusual and so collectible.

Cherished Memories of Cornell's Lost Muse
Cherished Memories of Cornell’s Lost Muse

Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson, Ingrid’s new book, will be officially released at the reception.  The book features Ingrid’s work from the last seven years.  Also included is a catalogue of the complete works from 2006 to 2013, along with essays and articles by prominent art collector Bradley E. Place and others.  Hardcover, 176 pages.

Behind the Mask 74 x 44 inches
Behind the Mask 74 x 44 inches

TheForré Gallery is located at 426 East Hyman Ave in Aspen (a quarter of a block from the Wheeler Opera House).  Ingrid will be at the reception to visit with collectors and to sign books.  It is a rare opportunity to see so many great works together, meet the artist and get her new book.  RSVP is not necessary but plan to come early, it is likely to get very busy.  See you there.

 

A Week in Miami – Art Basel

It has been almost a week since Ingrid and I returned from Miami.  It is snowing right now and the warmth of Florida seems far away.  What an amazing trip that was.  Let me share a little with you.

We arrived late Monday afternoon at our friend’s, the Pathman’s magnificent home in Miami Beach.  The art arrived about an hour after us.  The Pathman’s were hosting a reception for Ingrid’s work the following evening.  We didn’t know what to expect.  It was “Art Week” in Miami, an insane number of art fairs and shows swarm the city, thousands of galleries, artists showing their work.  Would Ingrid’s private show get overlooked in the plethora of choices?  On Tuesday evening, the show was hung and the first guests began to arrive.  Before we knew it, our host’s spacious home was filled with art lovers, well over 120 we were told the next day.  We were too busy to count.  Past collectors and viewers seeing Ingrid’s work for the first time shared their mutual enthusiasm for her art.  It was a glorious evening we wont soon forget.  Thank you Wayne and Leslie.

But the week had only begun.  The next evening we went to the grand vernisage (reception) for Art Basel.  This is the art fair that Miami is known for, and brings many of the world’s best galleries to Florida.  It is a who’s who of art and collectors at the Miami Convention Center.  The art is, well, let’s say just say very challenging sometimes.  Some galleries bring traditional masterpieces from the Twentieth Century, but the majority bring cutting edge contemporary.  It is clearly not for every taste, but it is pretty exciting to see such enormous creative spirit.  If you are an art lover, go to Miami during “Art Week” you are sure to be inspired.

We had been discussing representation with Unix, Fine Art, a Miami gallery before we arrived.  Ingrid met with the gallery owners on Thursday evening.  They were exhibiting at Art Miami and took time out of their crazy schedule to see Ingrid’s work.  Of course they fell in love with Ingrid’s work and insisted on showing it as soon as possible.  In fact the next morning, they had a truck arrive and pick up several of Ingrid’s works.  One went immediately into their booth at Art Miami.  Very exciting.  Art Miami has grown to become one of the most important fairs in Miami.  In some critics’ opinions, on par with Art Basel.  In any case, Ingrid’s works were now in front of tens of thousands of art lovers.  Thank you Alex and Daniela, the owners of Unix Fine Art.

Ingrid Dee Magidson at Unix Fine Art in Miami
Unix Fine Art Gallery, Miami, December 8, 2012

Now that would have been enough for the week, but we weren’t done yet.  Coincidentally, the Wynwood Art District’s monthly art walk fell on that Saturday.  Unix Fine Art Gallery is in the Wynwood Art District.  They dedicated almost half of their expansive gallery to Ingrid’s work.  I’ve been to art walks in several cities, but I’ve never seen anything like this.  Some estimates are that 30,000 people fill the area.  I was there and would say that might be a low estimate.  It was nuts.  Miami loves a party, and clearly art too.

Well, finally we headed home after a wonderful week in Miami.  Our hosts treated us like royalty.  Unix gallery treated Ingrid’s work like treasure.  We made some new friends and will remember the week in Miami with a tropical warmth.  Thank you Wayne and Leslie, Alex and Daniela for a terrific week!

Ingrid Featured on the Cover of Professional Artist Magazine

Cover December Professional Artist magazine
Professional Artist – December 2012 – January 2013

Congratulations to Ingrid.  Her piece, “Strength and Honor” is featured on the cover of the December/January issue of Professional Artist Magazine.  Ingrid is one of five artists interviewed for an article about mothers who are also artists and how they balance their family lives and careers.  My favorite quote from the article is when Ingrid is asked why she is in an artist.  She says, “I remind myself everyday that I have been given a gift, and it is my purpose, and it is my responsibility, and its my obligation to fulfill it and to give it back.”

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Images from the article

Professional Artist is a terrific magazine.  You can find it at Barnes and Noble or you can buy a digital copy on their web site.

Ingrid Dee Magidson – Incarnazioni (Incarnations)

Enjoy this terrific article released today on Centro Sociale dell’Arte.  The Article is in Italian and English, so scroll down to the language of your choice.  Lots of images too.  Be sure to click on the link to see the whole article.

Words Social Forum

Ingrid Dee Magidson – Incarnazioni

 

Memories of a Winter's Garden

 

Ingrid Dee Magidson è un’artista statunitense originaria di Dallas, Texas. Vive e lavora ad Aspen, Colorado, dove ha il suo studio e crea le sue stupefacenti opere d’Arte. Famosa in tutto il mondo, le sue opere fanno parte di notevoli collezioni fra cui: Antonio Banderasvia…

Ingrid Dee Magidson – Incarnazioni.

Ingrid’s Recently Completed Commission

Ingrid with her recently completed commission
Ingrid with her recently completed commission

Ingrid recently completed a commission for a Colorado client.  You can see from the photo how large it is, nearly 7 feet tall.  It was a challenging piece that was started in March and finished in mid August.  We asked her a few questions about working on this piece and commissions in general.

Was the size of this piece a challenge?

I love working on large pieces, it allows me the space to express my visual ideas.  But it is also physically very demanding.  Just the shear size of the panels and weight can be hard on my body.  [The final piece was well over 100 pounds requiring two persons to move it.]  I’m very proud of this piece.  It brought out some new ideas and challenged old ones.”

Working on a commission
Working on a commission

Are there more commissions in the works?

Oh yes, I’m working on one now I’m very excited about.  And there is another in the idea stage.

Working on the commission
Working on a commission

How long does a commission take to complete?

That’s not easy to answer.  It depends how busy I am, if I’m working towards a show.  And it depends on how large the piece is.  But all things being normal (which they never are) I usually tell the client to allow 4 to 6 months.  If I can do them quicker, I always do.

Do you put more effort into a commission?

I pour my heart into every piece I create.

working on the commission
Working on a commission

Would you advise collectors to buy a completed piece or wait for a commission?

It depends on the collector, but I usually advise that they buy the piece they fall in love with when they see it.  If that piece is already sold, let’s talk.  I can’t do the same piece twice, but I can create something similar.  Some collectors are wary of commissions, that they may not be as good as the works the artist creates for himself.  If they are uncomfortable, I suggest they wait for new work.  But it might help to remember that many of the greatest works of art were commissions: the Mona Lisa, for example.  And many great renaissance painters only painted works for patrons on commission.  Some collectors are worried that they won’t like a commission piece when it’s done and they’ll be stuck with it.  That’s never happened with any of my collectors, but I understand their concern.  Each person has to judge their own comfort level about doing a commission.  Either way, it always works out.

Ingrid’s Gift of Art to Her Husband

The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson
The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid gave me this glorious work of art yesterday.  Let me share a little of what this means to me.  Ingrid is my wife of 16 years.  In that time we have experienced many things, children, challenges, joys, all of them wrapped in love.  We have always shared our creative spirits with each other.  When she began working on this piece, “The Oracle,” she asked me what I thought.  “You must keep it, it is magnificent.”  I replied.  Instead of keeping it, she gave it to me.  But it is much more than a great work of art, it is a connection to us, our family, our inspirations, even our mentors.

The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail
The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

A brief history of the artwork

The central figure is from a painting by our dearest friend and art mentor, Eva Cellini.  Now in her late eighties, Eva has been an inspiration to both Ingrid and me; Ingrid for her art and me for my writing.  Beneath the woman are the components of many dismantled computers.  My son and I got the joy of pulling them apart.  Ingrid knows my love of all things technological and sci-fi.  The butterflies were opened and chosen by my daughter; take a close look, one is impossibly beautiful, transparent.

The-Oracle-20x15-butterfly-detail
The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

The oracle doesn’t have a right eye, in its place is a laser emitter.  It cuts through the fog of time and reveals the truth.  Her gown is made up of music, the sounds of beauty and art.  And she is floating above all that technology.  She is not denying technology, her eye is made of it after all.  No, she accepts it, uses it where appropriate, but is not overwhelmed or in love with it, and it is part of her.  She weaves music, art, technology, nature and time into her prophesies.

The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail
The Oracle by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

It is a wonderful piece, personal and beautiful.  I am grateful to a beneficent universe that would put me together with my amazing wife.  Thank you.

A Detailed Look at Masquerade – Newest Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Queen of Masquerade by Ingrid Dee Magidson
Queen of Masquerade 55 x 35 inches

Ingrid’s newest work, Queen of Masquerade is unique in many ways, even for her.  In it she experiments with new materials to give a different illusion of depth and dimension.  Masquerade, along with several other new works are made with acrylic, wood, butterflies and objects.  Unlike her traditional work, the image is not transparent, but sits as the furthermost layer.   The other objects sit in front of it, solid and weighty.  The closest layer to the viewer is clear acrylic (Plexiglas) drawn with a fine grid, and a hint of misty paint.  That’s the structure of the work.  Let’s look inside and at some of the symbolism set there.

At first look, one sees the overall form of Countess Cecil, her mask against the dark background.  Masquerade  has a somber ghost-like quality that speaks of time, history, perhaps an ancient ball that the countess might have attended.  Its monochromatic theme is only slightly broken by the bright flowers and butterflies.  Even with the splashes of color, darkness pervades the piece.  One might be tempted to stop here, interested enough in the overall mood and feeling of the piece.  It is hauntingly beautiful in its entirety, but let’s move in for a closer look.

Queen of Masquerade Detail - face
Queen of Masquerade – Detail (click to enlarge)

As with all portraits, we are drawn to the subject’s eyes.  In this case, peeking through the ballroom mask, we find Countess Cecil’s haunting eyes.  Cecil was a very beautiful woman, we can see that now.  She was also confident of her beauty as she looks back at us, unafraid.  The wasp’s nest which makes up her headdress suggests something of a sting.  Gratefully this is softened by the feathers, soft and beautiful.  The white butterfly to her left symbolizes life and beauty and the fleeting nature of both.  Cecil may have been beautiful, powerful in her day, but she, like all living things, has been recaptured by time.

Queen of Masquerade detail hand
Queen of Masquerade – detail

We move our attention down to Cecil’s hands in the center of the artwork.  In her right she lightly holds a fan, perhaps suggesting a bit coquetry.  In her left hand a corsage of feathers balances that of the headdress.  Cultures across time, countries, even continents are more similar than they are different.  This is the same in Masquerade, suggesting that the countess could be African, Asian as easily as European royalty.

Queen of Masquerade - detail butterfly
Queen of Masquerade – detail

At the bottom of the art we see the surprising detail and depth which makes this such an interesting work.  The white butterfly seems to have landed on Cecil’s dress, which is deeply folded, and dark against the intricate patterns of the rich carpet.  We also see a portion of the grid which Ingrid has painted on the surface.  It gives us a sense of separation, a kind of window that we are looking through, or Countess Cecil is looking out of.  It is a metaphor for time, that which ultimately separates the subject from the viewer.  Transparent, but impenetrable.
The Queen of Masquerade is an example of how Ingrid continues to experiment with her work, breaking through barriers.  A dear friend and artist described this new body of work, as “bold and fearless.”  And indeed it is.

You can view the rest of Ingrid’s new work on her web site at www.IngridMagidson.com.

Documentary of Ingrid Magidson’s Work Wins 2012 Telly Award

Congratulations to The Reid Effect of Pioria, AZ for their recent award of a Silver Telly (highest honor) for “Windows Through Time” a documentary of Ingrid Dee Magidson’s art work.

Rob Reid came to the studio of Ingrid Dee Magidson in Colorado in the fall of 2010 to record and interview Ingrid and Jay Magidson.  He and his film crew were on site for three days filming and interviewing the artist and her husband.  It was a unique experience to say the least.  Rob is a consummate professional.  He has a way of making you feel at ease even in the most difficult shots.  For example, Ingrid was retelling the story of her youth, about particular difficulties that ultimately led her to a life of art.  At one point, she was overwhelmed with emotion and was unable to continue.  Rob respected the emotion and the moment.  He never hurried her or tried to move on, he simply waited, “when you’re ready, we’ll continue.”

Filming moved into Ingrid’s studio.  This was not an easy place to shoot.  It is very crowded and the light is difficult.  Ingrid’s work has many reflective surfaces that make it very difficult to photograph.  Rob and his crew moved in without a complaint, setting up lights and reflectors and in no time they were filming.  Take a look at the final minutes of the film, it shows some very creative shots that Rob came up with where Ingrid is on the other side of the art.

Thank you Rob and congratulations on your much deserved award.

2012 Silver Telly Award to The Reid Effect for Film Documentary, “Windows Through Time,” the work of Ingrid Dee Magidson

An In-depth Look at a New Work by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Whispered Memories by Ingrid Dee Magidson
Whispered Memories by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Whispered Memories is one of 12 new works featured at the upcoming one-woman exhibition for Ingrid Dee Magidson in Vail, July 5th.  Mysterious and thought provoking, it is a good example of her recent work.  Once again, Ingrid challenges herself to reach beyond the expected into the unknown.

Whispered Memories - detail
Whispered Memories – detail

We feel a great sense of time with this piece.  The little boy has long since grown up, lived, died, was buried and has long ago turned to dust.  Yet here he is again, as if reawakened from a dream.  The butterflies flying around his head, give the viewer a feeling that he just ran in long enough to get his portrait painted, and ran back out to play.  His clothes and hat reveal a deeper sophistication, however.  And his haunting eyes show a thoughtful look far past his young years.

Whispered Memories - Detail
Whispered Memories – Detail

When we look closer, we find an entire life woven into the boy’s figure.  His clothes are not just fabric but stories, mythology and adventure.  One see’s cupid and other cherubs.  But there are also kings, battles and castles, an entire life layered here.  It is the boy’s future, now our past, that is merged impossibly together.

Whispered Memories - Detail
Whispered Memories – Detail

One necessarily moves back to the boys face, cherubic and beautiful, but fractured.  Ingrid has layered it in such a way as to show a break under the eyes.  The mind dreams of the future, the eyes see past us beyond even our own lifetimes.  But the heart and body are separate from the mind, part of the past and history.  It is this fracture that keeps up coming back to his beautiful young face, the past and the future trapped in his small body.

Whispered Memories - Detail
Whispered Memories – Detail

Whispered Memories is about all of us, about our link to our own childhood, when we gazed into the future unafraid, without care for the past.  But as we get older, our future shrinks, and our past grows, the two threatening to tear apart from each other.  But they don’t tear us apart, the stay joined.  And just like Whispered Memories, we hold the impossible together.

Whispered Memories and 11 other works by Ingrid Dee Magidson will be featured at her One-Woman Exhibition opening July 5th and 6th at Galerie Zuger, Vail, 6 to 9pm both nights.  The exhibition continues for three weeks.