Monday, December 28, 2009

"Invisible Cities"(for Italo Calvino), 2001, oil/wood, 24"-22", from the "Talmudic Abstraction" series.
"Five Movements"(for Morton Feldman), 2001, oil/wood, 28"-23".
Part of the "Talmudic Abstraction" series, this painting is dedicated to minimalist composer Morton Feldman. Feldman wanted to compose musical pieces as if they were like Rothko's monolithic paintings. He wanted to eliminate separate movements and concentrate on the gradual development of subtle patterns. My piece for him has movements or surrounding "commentaries" like the Talmud. If Morton Feldman's wish was to become the "Jewish Shubert" then this painting has more in common with him because of its Talmud format. Link to the Feldman website (Art Links): http://www.cnvill.net/mfalinks.htm .

The "Talmudic Abstractions" (2001-2004).

Between 2001 and 2004, I continued my series of "Talmudic Abstractions" based on the Talmud format. The paintings from this series were shown in a solo show at the More Gallery(2004), a two person show at the Old City Jewish Art Center(2008) and a solo show at The Society Hill Synagogue(2012). They were also in group shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art(2002) and the Borowsky Gallery(2009).

Monday, December 14, 2009

My father Sam Salz (on the left) and Marc Chagall. This photo was taken while visiting Chagall's home in the South of France in the nineteen sixties.

The Salz family visits Marc Chagall.

In the summer of the early sixties(1962), the Salz family went to visit Marc Chagall and his wife at his home near Saint Paul de Vence in the South Of France. My father had been Chagall's early principal dealer and showed his portraits of rabbis in his gallery in Germany in the thirties. This did get him into trouble with the current Nazi party and the name of Sam Salz was put on their list as a Jew. Two of the paintings my father had at the time were Chagall's " Birthday" and "Over Vitebsk" which he sold and later were bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. My father then left for America and began what was to become his art business there. The reunion in 1962 was one of old friends who came from the same type of Eastern European Jewish backgrounds. They both spoke Yiddish but were largely non observant when it came to religion. The photo above is one of the two men coming down from the stairs of Chagall's home while my brother Andre and myself waited below. It was then that my father asked Marc Chagall: "These boys are about to have their Bar Mitzvahs. Is there anything that you can give them?". Chagall then replied with a kiss on each of our foreheads. Blessed to paint.
"Two Sides"(for Buster Keaton), 1999, oil/wood, 21"-21". Keaton had both a sad and comic side to his character and life. This painting was shown in a gallery In Taos, New Mexico. Here is a wonderful film clip from Keaton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FZSTM3knaao#!