Thank you everyone for making last Saturday’s reception (August 3rd) an amazing success. We didn’t get an accurate count, but close to two hundred collectors and fans came through to see Ingrid’s newest work. It is truly an honor to have so many appreciate and enjoy her work. Ingrid is so grateful for all the support and enthusiasm. A very special thank you to Ania and Gunther of the Forre Fine Art Gallery for hosting Ingrid’s work and of course to Jeff and Laurent for your dedication. It was an evening we will long remember. And luckily we had two very talented photographers to document the event, our children, Isabella and Teagan.
Ingrid’s new book, Madness of the Muses – the Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson is in print and available!
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:
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
Available on Amazon.com in August
Also available at the art galleries which represent Ingrid’s work (Aspen, Vail, Miami and New York).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 has completed three experimental works recently. These rich, subtle pieces are different from most of her work. Each is nearly monochrome with splashes of intense color from the butterflies or other objects. The main subject seems to hide in the background like an apparition, either fading into the background or emerging into our foreground. There are fewer layers on these pieces, yet they appear almost more three dimensional. Some so realistic, the figure seems to hover on the verge of life. Haunting, subtle, beautiful, Ingrid has created three incredible new works. Please post your comments, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
PS: The codpiece on the “King of Renaissance” is a real wasp’s nest!
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
Below, is a very brief video of one of Ingrid’s works, “Together We’ll Make History.” It is a romantic and beautiful work dedicated to all lovers of beauty. It is 47 x 36 inches and is one the newest works featured at Forre Floria Fine Art Gallery in Aspen, Co.
To see other videos about Ingrid Dee Magidson and her extraordinary work, click here or “Videos” on your left.