Dallas Museum of Biblical Art Exhibition

Life's Journey 47 x 25"

Life’s Journey 47 x 25″

Ingrid’s work will be featured along with 5 other artists at a special exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Art opening October 18, 2018.  This exhibition will highlight 7 of her most iconic layered works spanning 8 years.  Each piece is a jewel and several have been pulled from Ingrid’s private collection.

I was honored when asked to participate in this exhibition.  I wanted them to have my best, so I borrowed several pieces from Galerie Zuger in Vail and filled in from my personal collection, special pieces that I have held for years for their special meaning to me.

Predestiny 55 x 49"

Predestiny 55 x 49″

The work to your left, titled Predestiny is one of the works featured in the exhibition.  It is about how we come to this life with a destiny.  The central figure is revealing our destiny.  In the lower portion are two dolls representing two lives.  The one on the left is the fighter or warrior, doing what’s right, changing the world.  And the doll on the right represents the harmonious life, the mother, the nurturer.  In the center of the piece is a clock, representing time; that on one hand there is a limit to how long we have, but on the other hand that it’s never too late to choose a different path.

Another Season's Past 30 x 22"

Another Season’s Past 30 x 22″

The Dallas Museum of Biblical Art is best known for its rare religious works, but regularly exhibits contemporary artists with a spiritual element.  They have expanded their venue with the belief that art, by its nature, is a spiritual endeavor.  They were first introduced to Ingrid’s work in 2014, clearly impressed and have been in active communication until they were able to host this current exhibition.

There will be two private receptions with the artist in attendance:

Private Reception: Thursday, October 18, 5-8pm
Private Reception: Friday, October 19, 2-7pm

If you’d like to attend one the private receptions, you will need to RSVP by October 10, 2018 to Galerie Zuger Vail, either by email: art@galeriezugervail.com or by phone: 970-476-5619

Public Viewing begins on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 to 3pm

Houston Press Review of Ingrid Magidson Exhibition at Unix Gallery

Houston Press Article by Susie Tommaney reviews Ingrid Magidson’s Exhibition at Unix Gallery.

Houston Press Review of Ingrid Dee Magidson

Click Here to Read the Full Article

Ingrid Dee Magidson’s Work Presenting at Aspen Art Museum Benefit

The Traveler to benefit the Aspen Art Museum

The Traveler to benefit the Aspen Art Museum

Ingrid’s beautiful work, The Traveler will be shown at Artcrush 2013, the Aspen Art Museum’s annual benefit and gala on August 2nd.  The Traveler will be auctioned off along with many other exceptional contemporary works to benefit the Aspen Art Museum.  Artcrush has become so popular, the event tickets sell out within hours of their announcement.  If you aren’t going to the event on August 2nd, you can still preview and bid on the auction items either online : http://aspenartmuseum.org/artcrush/auction_items.htm or at the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen.  If you’d like to go directly to Ingrid’s piece on the Aspen Art Museum Website, click here: http://aspenartmuseum.org/artcrush/artwork/ingrid_dee_magidson.html.

Artcrush auction preview will be presented at the Baldwin Gallery on South Galena on Thursday, August 1st

The Artcrush event is on Friday, August 2nd.  For more information and how to place an absentee bid, here is the website link: http://aspenartmuseum.org/artcrush/event_info.html
Artcrush is presented by Sotheby’s and sponsored by Barclays, Netjets, Audi, Dom Perignon and others.

Thank you for supporting the Aspen Art Museum and Ingrid’s work!

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).

Back from NYC – Hermitage Museum Benefit a HUGE Success

We returned from New York City a few days ago.   Our hearts go out to all the people of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  For the most part Manhattan looked pretty good (excluding some of the southern part).  New Yorkers are a hearty bunch and they got things up and running very quickly.  We visited our dear friend Eva Cellini in New Jersey and that was another story.  Trees and light poles littered the streets.  The damage took one’s breath away.  It is obviously much better now, but we certainly offer those still suffering our thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, November 10th the Hermitage Museum Foundation threw its annual gala to support the Hermitage Museum and specifically the “Art From America” program.  Jeff Koons and Erik Bulatov were this year’s honorees.  Both spoke eloquently about their art and inspirations.  Two great artists from different cultures, with more in common as artists than not.  Truly inspiring.

Ingrid Magidson at the Hermitage Museum Gala November 10, 2012

Ingrid and “Reflection” at the Hermitage Benefit

After the dinner and speakers the auction began.  OK, I’ll admit it now, Ingrid and I were nervous.  Her piece was the first to be auctioned off.  We held our breaths as the bidding began.  This was an $18,000 piece and the bidding began at $2,000.  It bounced around, $4,000, $6,000, then stalled at $8,000.  OK, somebody’s going to get a great bargain, we thought.  Then a collector jumped in at $10,000 and the bidding stopped.  The auctioneer was about to slam the hammer down when… I’m not going to tell you.  You are going to have to see for yourself.  I posted the video of the auction on YouTube.  Forgive the poor quality, it was taken using my iPhone.

Hermitage Museum Gala Auction Video – November 10, 2012

The video only shows the auctioning of Ingrid’s piece.  The rest of the evening was terrific and I’ve heard report that they raised quite a bit of money from the sale of works by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Michal Rovner and Martin Mull.  It is also gratifying to know that a portion of the money raised will go to help relief efforts for hurricane victims – nice touch.

Ingrid and I would like to thank the many people who put on this elegant and important event: the generous board members of the Hermitage Museum Foundation, especially Paul and Chauncie Rodzianko and their daughter Marina, Mark Kelner.  Thank you staff and associates of the Hermitage Museum Foundation, especially Annie.  Thank you Phillips de Pury Auctioneers for the beautiful setting surrounded by great contemporary art.  And thank you Simon de Pury for your auction wizardry.  A very special thanks goes to Brad and Penny Place, our dear friends and patrons who helped make the evening possible for us.

Wow what a night, we’re still flying!

Hermitage Museum Benefit Auction Catalogue Now Available

 

The Hermitage Museum Foundation Annual Gala and Benefit Auction Catalogue is now available.  Items for sale are artwork: by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Martin Mull, Damien Hirst, Michal Rovner, David Levinthal, Jeff Koons; an exclusive tour of St. Petersburg White Nights, 2013 the 400th Anniversary of the House of Romanov, and many other exciting items.  The Auction is November 10th at Phillips de Pury in New York.  Click Here to See Entire Catalogue

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.

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.

Exhibition details released for July 5th and 6th

Here is the official Press Release for the upcoming Exhibition in Vail this week.  We are excited for this Thursday, hope to see you there!

A Cameo Performance

A Cameo Performance by Ingrid Dee Magidson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Transparent Canvases of Artist Ingrid Dee Magidson to be Featured at  Galerie Zuger in Vail

VAIL, Colorado (July 2, 2012) – On Thursday and Friday, July 5th and 6th Galerie Zuger will be presenting the innovative artwork of Ingrid Dee Magidson.  The artist will be at the receptions for both evenings.  Magidson, a Colorado artist, has been showing her transparent canvases for just over five years.  In that short time, she has captured the attention of numerous museums and prominent collectors, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Whitney, the Hermitage Museum Foundation and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.  This exhibition, her second at Galerie Zuger Vail is titled, “The Illusion of Time.”

Magidson mixes modern materials and renaissance images to capture what she calls “the illusory nature of time.”   In the piece “The Butterfly Effect” Magidson presents a beautiful renaissance woman in a classic pose.  But she is ghostly and transparent.  One can see through the subject into the layers beneath.  Butterflies hover in and around her as if in full flight.  Images, musical sheets, antique jewelry and manuscripts can be seen through her.  The more the viewer looks, the more is revealed.

To create this floating effect, Magidson uses layers of acrylic, collage and objects in a kind of three dimensional assemblage or transparent canvas.  As the viewer moves around the artwork, hidden objects reveal themselves and others disappear.  It is a kind of reverse illusion; what appears flat is actually three dimensional and the objects that are three dimensional appear flat.  Once involved, it is difficult to look away.

Magidson is no stranger to art.  Both her parents are artists, as is her identical twin sister.  Her husband is an art dealer and writer, whom she met at his art gallery.  Asked how she came up with her unique style of art Magidson said:

“I used to go to museums with my parents as a child.  I never forgot the paintings I saw and wondered how many other beautiful paintings were tucked away in storage that no one would see.  Later, as an artist, I decided to bring these paintings and the people they depicted back to life.  I couldn’t just paint them in an ordinary way – that had been done before.  So I started playing with modern materials and techniques. Those first exploratory months were the most challenging and darkest times of my life, but I finally had a break-through and it made all those moments worth it.”

There will be two receptions with the artist in attendance, Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th from 3 to 7pm both nights.  The exhibition will continue for two weeks.   Galeryie Zuger Vail is on the second floor of the Solaris building in the heart of Vail, Colorado.

For More Information:

Rayla Kundolf
art@galeriezugervail.com
(970) 476-5619

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