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!

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A Closer Look at The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid recently completed this exceptional work entitled, The Traveler.  It is quite beautiful and deserves a closer look.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson

“The Traveler” by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The subject is from a 17th Century portrait of a young boy who would later grow up to be king.  Innocence pervades this young monarch as he looks to the future.  Ingrid wanted to bring him back to our time in her art, so she placed the world within his reach – all the various modes of transportation, maps, a compass and other objects for his journey.  Below you can see a detail of the map and compass.  These are actual objects in the art and give us a clue as to the actual depth of the piece (almost 4 inches).  Photography tends to flatten Ingrid’s work and unless you can see the work in person it is difficult to understand this important aspect of her technique.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

Moving to the bottom of the piece, we see a detail of the prince’s hand laying on his helmet, which gives us a different understanding of “The Traveler.”  Perhaps you noticed the toy car on the prince’s his belt.  It symbolizes his link to his childhood even as he is busy becoming a king, reaching into his own  future.  Music penetrates the boy’s hand, one could even say his hand is made of musical notes.  As in so many of Ingrid’s works, this signifies the importance of culture and beauty.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

Next we come to a close up of the prince’s face.  We are immediately captivated by his eyes, a young man’s eyes looking out to the voyages ahead, maybe even through time to us.  Resting at the outermost layer, they signify a reach beyond his own world.  Deeper and below this, we see lines of latitude and longitude, symbols of travel, reminders of those voyages already taken and those to come.  Beyond the boy’s face we see layers of music and maps, wisps of clouds, symbolizing life itself, potential, and the unknown.

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson - Detail

The Traveler by Ingrid Dee Magidson – Detail

“The Traveler” by Ingrid Dee Magidson, 31 x 25 inches and approximately 4 inches deep.  Thank you for taking a closer look.

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.

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

Magidson’s Work Featured at the Hermitage Museum Benefit in NYC

On November 5th, Ingrid’s work was featured at the Hermitage Museum benefit at Sotheby’s in New York.  The benefit was arranged by the Hermitage Museum Foundation to raise funds to expand the Hermitage Museum to include a contemporary wing that will house 20th and 21st Century art works.  The prestigious $25,000 per table event included some of the biggest names in the art world.  Ingrid’s artwork was the only piece for sale at the event.

Ingrid Dee Magidson at the Hermitage Museum Foundation Dinner
Nov. 5, 2011 Hermitage Museum Foundation Dinner

The evening began with a cocktail reception on the 10th floor of Sotheby’s in the preview rooms of the Contemporary Evening Auction.  This important auction included masterpieces by Willem deKooning, Clyfford Still, Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, and more.  We moved down to the 7th floor for the main event and dinner.  Several important contemporary artists were honored for their impact on Russian art, and to the Hermitage Museum.  These included: Cy Twombly, Sergei Bugaev Afrika, and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov.

Ingrid Dee Magidson with her art at the Hermitage Museum Foundation Dinner in Sothebys New York
Bradley Place, Margarita Litvak, and a very proud Ingrid Dee Magidson with “A Moment in Time” at the Hermitage Museum Foundation Dinner and Auction, November 5, 2011

Of course, the height of the evening was when Ingrid’s piece “A Moment in Time” was auctioned off.  She created this unique piece as an homage to Catherine the Great, founder of the Hermitage Museum in 1764.  In the piece, Catherine, 16 looks to the future through a web of events connecting her to the past, and her impact on the future.  It is a beautiful work.  The auction was conducted by one of Sotheby’s auctioneers.  The bidding began at a modest $5,000, and quickly rose to $10,000.  There was a pause as several new bidders entered the auction bringing the piece up to $11,000, $12,000, $14,000.   Ingrid and I watched with excitement as the piece ultimately sold for $16,000.  What a thrill to have major collectors appreciate her work.  And most gratifying to know that the money will benefit one of the most important art institutions in the world.  Bravo and congratulations to Ingrid and the Hermitage Museum!

A Moment in Time by Ingrid Dee Magidson Auctioned at the Hermitage Museum Foundation Dinner November 5, 2011
A Moment in Time by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Card and Description