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.
Ingrid recently completed her artwork honoring Catherine the Great.
The intricately layered mixed-media work is entitled “Reflection.” It is an homage to the Hermitage and its founder Catherine the Great:
“I am deeply inspired by men and women who have changed the world profoundly. Catherine the Great was one of these women. I wanted to capture her essence in this piece. Deeply rooted inside her soul, she knew her purpose and her destiny. With that inner driven passion, she alone helped give the world one of the greatest gifts to its future, the Hermitage Museum.
In this piece Reflection, Catherine is shown in her coronation gown along with her crown. The viewer is able to look into her dress to see a present-day Hermitage – a view towards the future. Surrounding her to the right and underneath are many portraits of her family, her husband, and her lovers who influenced her and formed her life. Like a family tree, I’ve included branches to represent their connection to Catherine.
To the left of the main portrait, the viewer can see a reflection of Catherine. It is ghostlike, representing the lasting impression of her life echoing into eternity. Like the butterflies, each of us lives only a brief time, but can leave a permanent mark. Also, if the viewer looks into Catherine’s reflection at the correct angle, they will see themselves. This is symbolic of how each of us never actually sees oneself, but only a reflection as seen through the eyes of another.”
The Hermitage Museum Foundation has announced the date for the annual Hermitage Dinner – November 10th. This year the event will be hosted by Phillips de Pury & Company in New York. Jeff Koons and Erik Bulatov are the featured artists. Ten to fifteen important artist’s works (including Ingrid Dee Magidson’s) will be auctioned off to support the Hermitage Museum’s expansion and collection of post-war and contemporary American Art. If you would like to attend, please see the information below and call early. There is limited space and the event is likely to sell out.
Proceeds from the evening will support the Foundation’s Art from America campaign, which aims to build up the Hermitage Museum’s collections and exhibition program of post-war and contemporary American art. The Museum’s Impressionist and Modern art collections will be displayed in the Museum’s new 20th and 21st century galleries of the General Staff Building, set to open on the occasion of the Museum’s 250th Anniversary in 2014. Other projects of vital importance to the Hermitage will also benefit, such as educational outreach, restoration projects and curatorial exchanges.