Saturday, February 2, 2019

   A wall in my former studio where I painted for thirty seven years. I called this "The Wall of Fame". It featured photos of paintings, composers, musicians, actors and comedians. Some of them were: Giulietta Massina(La Strada), Cezanne, Thelonious Monk, El Greco, Samuel Beckett(obituary), Moondog, Jack Benny, a Fayoum portrait, the planet Saturn, "The Honeymooners", Matisse, Buster Keaton, Bob Dylan, Morandi, Morton Feldman, Charlie Chaplin, Malevitch, John Waters, Fra Angelico, Monet's palette, Anton Webern, Captain Beefheart, a baby shoe, and a toy blue rhinoceros. All these images kept me painting over the years. Every studio should also have it's own toy blue rhinocerous. Please click on the photo to enlarge it.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Welcome to “The Salzmines”.

   Welcome to my blog "The Salzmines". Here you will find highlights from the past thirty years of my paintings. I have been painting for over forty. The site also contains photos of my mother Marina Salz from her Ballets Russes days and beyond. There are as well stories and photos of my father art dealer Sam Salz a few paintings by my brother Andre Salz. My newer paintings and drawings are followed by older shaped pieces but there is mostly no chronological order when you reach the older work. Please click on each photo to enlarge it and also on "Older Posts" as you scroll down to get to the bottom on the right of each page. You may also choose to go to the various years in the "Blog Archive" section on the right side. For more information, please email .

 “Other Languages”(No.1), watercolor/gouache, 13.5”-12”. One in a series of six watercolors based on my paintings on wood that appropriated the format of the Jewish Talmud with it’s central text(Torah) and surrounding commentaries by rabbis and scholars.
“Other Languages”(No.2), watercolor/gouache, 13.5”-12”.
“Other Languages”(No.3), watercolor/gouache, 13.5”-12”.
“Other Languages”(No.4), watercolor/gouache, 13.5”-12”.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Marina Franca (Marina Salz, my mother) in a costume designed by Henri Matisse for the Ballets Russes production of "Rouge et Noir"(1939) with the music of Dimitri Shostakovich's First Symphony. Matisse had already completed his murals for the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania (1931-33). Those murals were done in the central arches in the main entrance room of the Foundation and gave the artist the idea to repeat them again in his set for the ballet. For more on my parents and Henri Matisse, please go to posts made on June 3, 2010.