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4th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography – Berlin Foto Biennale 2016

4th Edition of Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography

Throughout October 2016 Berlin welcomes once again the largest German festival for photography–the 7th European Month of Photography. The Grand opening of the 4th Biennial is at the elegant Palazzo Italia, situated in the historic heart of of Berlin as Associated Partner of the EMOP Berlin the first edition of the Berlin Foto Biennale.

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Olivia always finds her way!


I have the honor of being one of the finalists in the 7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Female Photographers in the Nude and Figure category. One of my photos from my Pain and Loneliness series was chosen to be on exhibit.

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I’m also honored to be included in the special section about the Holocaust and Second Generation with works by Aliza Augustine, Hannah Kozak, Sebastian Holzknecht, Beth Bursting, Vienne Rea and Quyen Pfeiffer. I was also given the honor of 1st prize documentary photo from the series He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard and 1st prize children’s category. Show opened on October 6, 2016 and will run through October 30.

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Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belzec, Sobibor Triptych
by hannah kozak.

Five of my images from my ongoing series–He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard were finalists in the 8th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

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He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

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He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

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He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

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He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

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He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard

Here are some other photographer’s works from the Binnial 2016.

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Marea Reed, Australia
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Cooling the Blood, 2014

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Boguslaw Maslak,
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United Kingdom
Spirit of Ganges, 2013

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Isabel Karl-Herunter
Austria
Back to Paradise, 2014

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Marilyn Maxwell,
United States
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Long Reach, 2014, Tanzania

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Chris Scavotto

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Aline Smithson,
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Lucy in Turquoise, 2013

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Sebastian Holzknecht,
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Jacek, from the series “Not Guilty”

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Andrea Star Reese,
United States
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Disorder 01, 2010

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Steve McCurry,
Walking on High Ground, Bangladesh, 1983

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Karmen Corak, Italy
CL1, 2014, Spain

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4th Edition of Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography

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Sandra Klein: An Artist with Heart

Sandra Klein: An Artist with Heart

Meeting Sandra Klein in an Aline Smithson class was a gift. Sandra was doing intricate hand embroidered stitching on her photography and I was deeply moved and touched by the detail in her art. Her photographs are poems, and her self portraits are layered with her beautiful heart. She adds text that resonates for her and explores loss, aging and family. Goethe said we see in the world what we carry in our heart and Sandra finds beauty in every corner of her world and her heart. Sandra is also an expert printmaker, with a BFA in printmaking.

Sandra Klein is in a group show running January 11 – April 2, 2015 at the American Jewish University called Wisdom:The Tree of Life.

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Etz Chaim, The Tree of Life is referred to throughout the Torah and is central to Jewish thought, wisdom and teaching. The tree of life is a symbol of knowledge, strength and identity, is in fact, found throughout all spiritual communities. It is often used as a reoccurring theme in poems, songs and visual art both historically and through to present day. The exhibition, Wisdom, The Tree of Life, explores the significance of the tree through the work of four Southern California based artists: Isaac Brnjegard-Bialik, Sandra Klein, Maddy Le Mel and Karen V. Woo.

Sandra Klein-Whisper

Sandra Klein –
Whisper
Archival pigment print
2014

Sandra Klein:  Tea Garden Archival pigment print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Tea Garden
Archival pigment print
2014

Sandra Klein:  Shimmer Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Shimmer
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein:  Green Island Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Green Island
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein: Early Spring Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Early Spring
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein: Snake Tree Archival Pigment Print 2014

Sandra Klein:
Snake Tree
Archival Pigment Print
2014

Sandra Klein: The Calling Archival pigment print 2014

Sandra Klein:
The Calling
Archival pigment print
2014

Sandra Klein Wisdom: The Tree of Life

Sandra Klein
Wisdom: The Tree of Life

Here is Sandra Klein and another photographer and friend Susan Swihart. Susan is part of a collective in Los Angeles known as The Verge. Susan is an observer, a caring mother of three, a committed artist who finds time to create personal observations and was recently featured on Lenscratch:

http://lenscratch.com/2014/10/susan-swihart-if-only/

Susan Swihart, Sandra Klein

Susan Swihart, Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein, a Jewish soul sister, who, like all of us, is in search of herself. Sandra doesn’t claim to have the answers to life, which makes her all the more lovely to be near. Sandra seems to embody what Goethe wrote about: “If you can imagine it, you can create it.”

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein

Sandra Klein: An Artist with Heart

Goethe quote

Goethe quote


Photographer David Bailey at Taschen in Los Angeles celebrates The Rolling Stones “It’s Just a Shot Away”

Photographer David Bailey at Taschen in Los Angeles celebrates The Rolling Stones “It’s Just a Shot Away”

Along with Douglas Kirkland and Melvin Sokolsky, David Bailey is one of the last great living photographers from the film era. David Bailey appeared in person for the first group show since he exhibited in London with artist David Hockney in 1971. Mr. Bailey arrived at Taschen on Beverly Blvd on Saturday, December 13, 2014 for the premiere of the sumptuous book, “It’s Just a Shot Away: The Rolling Stones in Photographs”.

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Photographer David Bailey @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Photographer David Bailey @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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David Bailey @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014


There were surprise visitors like Jack Nicholson, Pamela Anderson, Steven Tyler, photographer Sam Fielding and David Fahey; co owner of Fahey Klein, one of the most respected photo galleries in the world.Fahey/Klein has an inspiring collection of photography, and continues to innovate as its exhibition space changes every two weeks.

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Jack Nicholson @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Pamela Sue Anderson @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Steven Tyler @ Taschen 13 Dec 2014

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Photographer Sam Fielding, David Bailey
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Sam is working on “Performer: The Book: http://www.oninstagram.com/profile/performerthebook

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David Fahey of Fahey Klein Gallery

Taschen has a reputation for stunning books and now they have their first, equally impressive gallery in Los Angeles. Here’s a few shots of some of my favorite photographs from the book:

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Photographer: Ethan Russell.
Keith Richards: Patience Please a Drug Free America Comes First, 1972.
48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 14
$13,000
16 x 20 in (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 250
$2,350

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Photographer: Ethan Russell.
Mick Jagger “Lips”, 1972
20 x 24 in (50.8 x 60.9 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 50
$2,960
16 x 20 in (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 250
$1,950

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Photographer: Ethan Russell
Keith Richars with Jack and Coors, 1972
35 x 24 in (88.9 x 60.9 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 40
$4,500
20 x 16 (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 100
$2.350

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Photographer: Bent Rej
Keith Richards at Home 1,
19.7 x 19.7 in (50 x 50 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 25
$2,500

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Photographer: Terry Richardson
Rolling Stones, 2013
24 x 20 in (60.9 x 50.8 cm)
Digital C-Type Print
Edition of 5
$5,000

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Photographer: Ethan Russell
Keith Richards Exits “The Starship”, 1972
35 x 24 in (88.9 x 60.9 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 40
$4,500
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 75
$2.100

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Photographer: Anton Corbun
Mick Jagger, Glasgow, 1996
57.5 x 57.5 in (146 x 146 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition 4 of 6: $21.000
Edition 5 of 6: $27,500

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Photographer: Albert Watson
Mick Jagger in Car with Leopard, Los Angeles, 1992
55 x 37.5 in (139.7 x 95.3 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 10
$14,000

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Photographer: David Bailey
Mick Jagger, 1964
35 x 36.8 in (88.9 x 93.4 cm)
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
Price on Request

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Photographer: David Bailey
Mick Jagger, 1973
Goats Head Soup
33.9 x 50 in (86 x 127 cm)
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
20.3 x 30 in (51.6 x 76.2 cm)
Archival Pigment Print
Edition of 20
Prices on Request

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David Bailey at Taschen

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David Bailey at Taschen

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The photographers

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Taschen: It’s Just a Shot Away

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Taschen

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Goat’s Head Soup with Sam Fielding

Photographer David Bailey at Taschen in Los Angeles celebrates The Rolling Stones “It’s Just a Shot Away”


Mark Ryden’s “The Gay 90’s: West” – a new exhibition at Kohn Gallery

Mark Ryden’s “The Gay 90:s West” – a new exhibition at Kohn Gallery

Hundreds if not thousands of Angelenos, including myself, waited in line for an hour and a half to have pop art painter Mark Ryden sign his books at the new location and grand opening of the Kohn Gallery on Highland Avenue in Hollywood. This exhibition is a continuation of his show “The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show” that took place in 2010 at the Kasmin Gallery, New York. The Mark Ryden exhibit inaugurates the new 12,000-foot space and runs from May 3 – June 28, 2014.

I took special notice of Mark Ryden’s art four years ago at Bergamot Station Arts Center. His art kept me up all night.
https://hannahkozak.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/bergamot-station/
Mark blends techniques reminiscent of the old masters along with pop culture themes that gives his art a cryptic, cute yet disturbing archetype of childhood innocence blended with the mysterious recesses of the soul. Just like Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson, Mark has a passion for Abe Lincoln. I think of him as the Alfred Hitchcock of surrealism.

Mark Ryden, The Cone of Memory, 2012, oil on canvas with vintage frame 37.5 x 2 30.5 inches

Mark Ryden, The Cone of Memory, 2012, oil on canvas with vintage frame 37.5 x 2 30.5 inches

Mark Ryden, The Parlor, (Allegory of Magic, Quintessence, and Divine Mystery), 2012, Oil on canvas with artist designed frame. 98 x 120 inches

Mark Ryden, The Parlor, (Allegory of Magic, Quintessence, and Divine Mystery), 2012, Oil on canvas with artist designed frame. 98 x 120 inches

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden, Meat Dancer, 2011, Oil on canvas with vintage frame, 75 x 50 inches.

Mark Ryden, Meat Dancer, 2011, Oil on canvas with vintage frame, 75 x 50 inches.

Mark Ryden, The Piano Man, 2006, oil on canvas with artist designed frame, 29 x 39 inches

Mark Ryden, The Piano Man, 2006, oil on canvas with artist designed frame, 29 x 39 inches

Mark Ryden, Incarnation, 2009, oil painted on canvas with artist designed frame, 86.5 x 63.5 inches

Mark Ryden, Incarnation, 2009, oil painted on canvas with artist designed frame, 86.5 x 63.5 inches

Mark Ryden, The Creatix, No 54, 2005

Mark Ryden, The Creatix, No 54, 2005

Mark Ryden, Tree of Life, No 53, 2007

Mark Ryden, Tree of Life, No 53, 2007

Mark Ryden, Katy Perry

Mark Ryden, Katy Perry

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Mark Ryden, Queen Bee, No 105, 2013

Mark Ryden, Queen Bee, No 105, 2013

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Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden, The Grinder, 2

Mark Ryden, The Grinder, 2

Mark Ryden, Medium Yams, No. 102, 2012, oil on panel

Mark Ryden, Medium Yams, No. 102, 2012, oil on panel

Mark Ryden, Pink Lincoln, 2010, Oil on canvas with artist-designed frame, hand-painted by the artist

Mark Ryden, Pink Lincoln, 2010, Oil on canvas with artist-designed frame, hand-painted by the artist

Mark Ryden @ Kohn Gallery , 3 May 2014

Mark Ryden @ Kohn Gallery , 3 May 2014

Mark Ryden and daughter @ Kohn Gallery, 3 May 2014,

Mark Ryden and daughter @ Kohn Gallery, 3 May 2014,

Mark Ryden @ Kohn Gallery , 3 May 2014

Mark Ryden @ Kohn Gallery , 3 May 2014

hannah kozak - self portrait

hannah kozak – self portrait

Mark has a unique way of not only painting but the way he signs his books. I brought along my Taschen (one of my favorite publishers) April 15, 2013 – 352 page edition of of Pinxit. At 7.7 pounds, it is a heavy beauty.

Mark Ryden's Pinxit, 15 April 2013 edition published by Taschen

Mark Ryden’s Pinxit, 15 April 2013 edition published by Taschen

Look at the stamp he uses on each autograph.

Mark Ryden autograph & special stamp

Mark Ryden autograph & special stamp

I also brought along my Mark Ryden December 1, 2011, 110 page, gold trim pages with soft faux leather blood color cover edition of “Blood: Paintings of Sorrow and Fear.” It’s larger than the previous edition and contains 16 additional pages. Mark provides his readers an explanation and apology for his outwardly morbid theme confessing it reflected his innermost feelings during a particularly vulnerable depressing period in his life. He was exploring feelings of grief, trauma and loss.

Mark purposely created the paintings in Blood small because he wanted to make quiet things about pain. They seem to have an underlying purpose and have been described as a postmodern version of memento mori , a Latin phrase that means “remember you must die”. In other words, start living your life by whatever means of inspiration you can find. Memento mori is the artistic or symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death.

Mark, like most artists, understands that by revisiting the roots of dysfunction and suffering, we abandon the memories that create our emotional barriers. Federico Fellini said there is only the infinite passion of life and Mark Ryden truly embraces his infinite passions in his art.

Mark Ryden, Blood

Mark Ryden, Blood

Mark Ryden Blood autograph and stamp

Mark Ryden Blood autograph and stamp

Last but really not least, Mark handed me a special present. Not only a genuine, warm smile but also a pin called Daisy along with a Limited Edition Dum Dum. Mark likes the same lollipops as Michael Jackson did!

Mark Ryden special Daisy button

Mark Ryden special Daisy button

Creative people

Creative people

Mark Ryden’s “The Gay 90:s West” – a new exhibition at Kohn Gallery


Suzan Woodruffs’ Echo Maker at Katherine Cone Gallery

Suzan Woodruff’s Echo Maker opened tonight at the Katherine Cone Gallery on La Cienega and will run from October 26 – December 7, 2013.

http://www.katherineconegallery.com

The first time I saw Suzan Woodruff’s paintings in person, I was moved to tears. In the swirling movement of people in a crowded gallery, Woodruff’s paintings touched me to my core. I discovered an emotional poetry that connected us from our childhoods.

Ghosting

Ghosting

Woodruff is an artist who has mastered the fine art of letting go of control. She touches the heavens with her skies or are we swimming in an ocean with no end in sight?

Lunar Palpitations

Lunar Palpitations

A powerful woman, she told me once that being an artist is the only way she has lived her life and is inspired by the awe of nature, science, space, emotional memories and experiences. She looks at everything; the sky, the oceans, as if she may never see them again.

After Burn

After Burn

She has described herself as part mad scientist and part shaman and uses meditation methods to control the chaos while creating paintings that are quieting. Her paintings evoke Georgia O’Keefe, one of the female artists she admires for her use of feminine and sexual imagery.

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Woodruff has supported herself as an artist since she left home at sixteen. Truly a non-conformist, she has always lived on the edge of life and in part because her grandmother insisted Suzan was a reincarnated artist, she has always believed in her gifts and her life as an artist. She was born to create.

Smoke

Smoke

Everyone is born creative but most people’s insecurities prevent them from pursuing their passions and they are so afraid of failure that it inhibits their ability to explore themselves creatively.

Self Similarities

Self Similarities

As we orbit through the universe, Woodruff controls bits of our planets’ chaos long enough to create quiet slices of life. Her passion, her presence and her commitment to her art is an art.

Ghost Dust Particles

Ghost Dust Particles

Ghost Dust Particles

Ghost Dust Particles

Occulation

Occulation

Little Echo II

Little Echo II

Little Green Echo III

Little Green Echo III

Little Echo

Little Green Echo

Little Green Echo

Little Green EchoII

Little Green Echo11

Little Green Echo11

Casper Brindle & Suzan - friend and artist.

Casper Brindle & Suzan – friend and artist.


Israel’s Memorial Day Remembrance in Jerusalem with James Turrell’s Space That Sees

Jerusalem proved to be full of surprises that will stay with me forever. I walked into James Turrell’s “Space That Sees” at the Israel Museum of Art with a new friend I met at The Arthur Hotel in Jerusalem. I could be in a pyramid, a mausoleum, or a temple from this creation by Turrell, who is known for spaces with openings in the ceilings or walls and edges so thin that it looks like there’s no separation between them and our sky. Turrell has the ability to seduce people into paying attention to the present, to find gratification from staring at the sky for long periods of time.  While observing the sky through this profoundly simple work of art, I was feeling a deep connection to my surroundings in Israel. There is an acute sense of Jewishness here, a spiritual connection between land and soul. I belong.

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James Turrell – A Space That Sees @ The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

We sat on the concrete and limestone and within moments of arriving, a siren started, commemorating Israel’s Memorial Day.  Everyone in the space stood simultaneously, no one moved an inch and I felt the stirrings of my father’s past come up inside me. The tears are healing.  There is a desolation in traveling that is soul crushing yet I imagined my father getting on a boat called General Blachford, alone, crossing the Atlantic from Germany, not knowing the language where he was heading, without any money, or a friend in the world and I am filled with and energized by his fearlessness and bravery. So while fear is an obstacle for most people, it is an illusion for me. I’m never alone for too long for G-d is in my heart and always seems to put wonderful souls into my path. I was also moved by the friendly, caring spirit of my new found friend who lives in Rome, that I met in Jerusalem.

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In observation of Israel’s Memorial Day

The others left the space shortly thereafter the ending of the siren, clearly planning to be in the space for that event, while ours was a serendipitous moment, simply divine synchronicity followed by a meditative experience, laying on the ground together, looking up to the heavens imaging saints and thanking the angels for making this magic occur.

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James Turrell – A Space That Sees

Situated on a hill in the Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem is the Israel Museum, one of the leading art museums in the world. These works of art in particular, made me take notice and moved me.  If something moves me, I like to photograph it. If something causes me pain, I photograph it. Art is meant to provoke feelings; good or bad. As I continue to wander through Israel, I feel alive. I find myself by getting lost.

Adi Nes

Adi Nes – Untitled – 1996

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Adi Nes – Untitled- 1999

This is Adi Nes’ version of the “Last Supper”. There are fourteen young Israeli soldiers sitting and standing at a long table in a bullet-pocked desert barracks. His photos are elaborately staged, often homoerotic, with macho Israeli soldiers featured.

“I wanted to express the idea that in Israel, death lingers. Death is being foreshadowed in most of these pictures,” says Nes, standing in front of his huge “Untitled” (1999), which was inspired by Leonardo’s “Last Supper.”

Israelis, he says, “are dying not only in combat, but in their daily activity — from bombs on buses, suicide bombers in restaurants. The moment you serve as a soldier, you choose to give yourself over to the society, to the army, to someone else. You have to take the possibility you’re going to die. Here, I tried to incorporate the idea that this supper may be the last for any of them, not just Jesus. All of them are Jesus, all of them are Judas, ” adds Nes, whose pictures, with their attention to detail and dramatic contrast of light and shadow, are composed with an eye toward Caravaggio.

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Henri Edmond Cross – Clearing in Provence ca. 1906

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Théo van Rysselberghe, The Mediterranean at Le Lavandou, 1904

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Camille Pissarro
Sunset at Éragny, 1890

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Paul Gaugin, Upa Upa, (The Fire Dance) 1891

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Vincent Van Gogh, Corn Harvest in Provence, June 1888

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Oscar Kokoschka, The Eibe at Dresden, 1918-1922

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Andre Derain, Three Trees, L’Estaque, 1906

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Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hebuterne, Seated, 1918

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Hans Hofman, Golden Glows into a New Day, 1965


Favorite love songs, artists and inspirations

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My favorite photographers:

Diane Arbus ( 1923-1971)

Pronounced Dee-Ann, She was a privileged child, raised with her two siblings in large apartments on Central Park West and Park Avenue. She later told Studs Terkel, for his Hard Times: An Oral History of the Depression , “I grew up feeling immune and exempt from circumstance. One of the things I suffered from was that I never felt adversity. I was confirmed in a sense of unreality.” I think her work is still problematic for many because she crossed boundaries by making friends and photographing “freaks.”

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Ruth Bernard (1905-2006)

There is no finer photographer of the female nude. When she met Edward Weston on the beach in Santa Monica, she was overwhelmed by his photos and said “Here before me was indisputable evidence of what I had thought possible – an intensely vital artist whose medium was photography. ”

Ruth Bernhard -  Classic Torso with hands - 1952

Ruth Bernhard – Classic Torso with hands – 1952

Ruth Bernhard - In The Box- Horizontal , 1962

Ruth Bernhard – In The Box- Horizontal , 1962

Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)

Her career was brief but extraordinary. Born to a family of artists, she started photographing at the age of 13. She worked in black and white, frequently made self-portraits, or other young women, nude. What’s astonishing is she completed nearly all the work in her catalogue as a student.  After living in Rome, Rhode Island and New York, she felt her art wasn’t being taken seriously and her boyfriend broke up with her. Woodman committed suicide at the age of 22.

Francesca Woodman, Rhode Island

Francesca Woodman, Rhode Island

Francesca Woodman - House #3, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976

Francesca Woodman – House #3, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976

Melvin Sokolsky

Melvin was creating inventive photographs that boggled the mind, long before Photoshop existed.  He floated models down the Reine,creating The Bubble Series for Harpers Bazaar magazine in 1963.He suspended the models with a crane using an eight-inch aircraft cable and tested models to see who he could hang. He reminds me of some of the good stunt coordinators I worked for over the years.  The first time I saw his photos, I stopped dead in my tracks at A & I Photo.

Melvin Sokolsky-Bubble on the Seine

Melvin Sokolsky-Bubble on the Seine

My favorite artists:

Robert Cardinal

I fell in love with the simplicity of his paintings the first time I visited Cape Cod. Just like a good photographer, Robert searches for the light and usually paints at sunrise or sunset. His paintings have been described as Edward Hopper gone color ballistic. I love his skies of purples and oranges, isolated beaches, and lonely Cape homes.

Robert Cardinal - Stage Harbor Light - 30" x 20"

Robert Cardinal – Dory at Pamet, 11″ x 14″

Robert Cardinal - Beach Cottages - 10" x 20"

Robert Cardinal – Beach Cottages – 10″ x 20″

Robert Cardinal - Stage Harbor Light - 30" x 20"

Robert Cardinal – Stage Harbor Light – 30″ x 20″

Mark Ryden

His art is beautiful, while aiming at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. He’s been called the godfather of pop surrealism,  inspired by old toys, stuffed animals, skeletons, and religious ephemera found in flea markets. Michael Jackson commissioned Mark to create the cover for his 1991 Dangerous album.

Mark Ryden -Blood

Mark Ryden – Blood – 2005 – oil on board

Michael Jackson-Dangerous by Mark Ryden

Michael Jackson-Dangerous by Mark Ryden

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Mark Ryden – Dead Characters – 1997- oil on panel

Remedios Varo (1908-1963)

Born in Spain and died in Mexico. Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter and anarchist. I think she is one of the greatest artists in the 20th century along with Leonora Carrington.

Remedios Varo- Creation of the Birds

Remidios Varo: Creation of the Birds

I especially like the violin hanging where her heart should be.

remedios_varo_Revelation of the Clockmaker, 1955

Remedios Varo- Revelations or The Clockmaker, 1955

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)

led a life almost as surreal as her art. Born in England, she was expelled from two schools for rebellious behavior, my kind of girl. She saw her first surrealist painting in a Left Bank gallery when she was ten years old. Even though she found little encouragement from her family to forge an artistic career, a curator at Tate Modern, helped to champion her work through Edward James, who arranged a show of her work. She saw Max Ernst’s work and was attracted to him before she actually met him. Not only did they collaborate on sculptures to decorate their home, they supported each other’s artistic development. Sounds like a dream relationship to me. Unfortunately Ernst was arrested during the Nazi occupation of France and after escaping, Peggy Guggenheim arranged for him to come to America. Carrington was so devastated by his arrest that she had paralyzing breakdowns and was institutionalized for three years. After Ernst married Guggenheim, Carrington wrote a book called Down Below, about the events of her psychotic experience. From painting to writing, all art is healing.

Leonora Carrington -Self portrait

Leonora Carrington – Self Portrait

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Leonora Carrington – Adieu Amenhotep, 1955

In this piece four priestess perform a surgery on a levitating Amenhotep (the first monotheistic pharaoh) whose wound is in the shape of  a lotus flower. Men wearing priests’ hats sit in the gallery to watch the performance. The compasses along the box signify a magic transformation. The dish in the foreground, which is presumably used to collect an extracted organ, contains a small lizard.

Carrington believed that monotheism was the root of a patriarchal society, thus the priestesses are extracting that root through a magical surgery. In her later years Carrington wrote that “a woman shouldn’t have to demand rights. The rights were there from the beginning, they must be taken back again, including the mysteries which were ours and which were violated, stolen or destroyed.”

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Kron Flower – Carrington understood that women were to maintain your youth at all costs’ meaning maintain your sexual desirability at all costs. But then she ruthlessly mocks those women who cannot resist the shame-inducing admonitions of the culture and feel the need for excessive make-up, a face-lift or to still dress in tight, provocative clothing.

Frida Kahlo  (1907-1954)

I love Frida because she transformed her suffering and pain into remarkable art. She is best known for her self portraits and said “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” While it is easier to hide, it has been widely accepted that an artists’ best work is his or her most personal. Frida was not scared about showing her pain, soul, and fears in her art. Every great artist comes bearing the gift of their soul.

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Frida Kahlo – The Suicide of Dorothy Hale – 1938/1939

This is one of Frida’s most shocking and controversial paintings.  Dorothy Hale was an aspiring actress who was unable to find work and left financially dependent on her wealthy friends after her husband’s death. She killed herself by jumping off a New York city building. Clare Boothe Luce requested a painting for Dorothy Hale’s mother. Hale was known to have said “I would not have requested such a gory picture of my worst enemy, much less of my unfortunate friend. Kahlo painted actress Dorothy Hale not only as she jumped but fell, and landed, dead and bloody on the concrete walk outside her apartment building. The blood-red lettering at the bottom of the retablo details the tragedy in Spanish. Luce’s response was to destroy the painting but her friends dissuaded her. What Luce didn’t know was that at the time that Kahlo painted this, she was in a desperate state of mind over losing Diego and was having repeated thoughts of committing suicide.

My favorite artist ever:

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Michael’s calling was clear. He would dance to the rhythm of the rickety Maytag washing machine when he was on the floor wearing his diaper and holding his little bottle. His art beckoned him and whether it was putting pen to paper, a song to the ethers, his brush to a palette or his feet to dancing, he had no choice. His passion called him and he listened in return. He put his soul out there and was courageous about his art because he believed his gift came from G-d.  The soul of art is the art of soul. Here is a video by a fan who puts together MJ videos and does the finest job of remixing videos that I’ve seen. Yes, that’s Sheryl Crow at 1:32!

Hannah Kozak - Inspiration 1

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My favorite love songs

1. You’re Just Too Good To Be True – Lauryn Hill

2. Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams

3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

4. To Have and Not To Hold – Madonna

5. Nobody – Kate Earl

6. All In Love Is Fair – Stevie Wonder

7. You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me- Gladys Knight

8. Anyone Who Had a Heart -Shelby Lynne

9. Soul Mate -Natasha Bedingfield

10. I’ll Be Near You – Ivy

11. Looking For The Right One – Art Garfunkle

12. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White

13. Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners

14. If I Were Your Woman – Gladys Knight

15. When You Really Love Someone – Alicia Keys

16. Fall Again – Michael Jackson

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Man’s truth lies in what he hides.

–Andre Malraux


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