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): .

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.
“Green Piece”, 2004, oil/paper, 13”-15”. One from the “Still (Lives)” series. This piece and a few of the following paintings on paper were shown in my one person show at the More Gallery in Philadelphia (2005). The show was well reviewed by art critic Edward Sozanski in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

“Modern Primitive”, 2004, oil/paper, 15”-15.5”. Part of the “Still (Lives)” series.

"The Source”, 2005, oil/paper, 14”-15”.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Golden Petals”, 2005, oil/paper, 14”-15”.
"Tree People”, 2005, oil/paper, 14”-15”. From the series “Still (Lives)”.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"The Three”, 2005, oil/paper,14”-15”. From the series “Still (Lives)”.
“Cantata”, 2005, oil/paper,14”-16”. From the series “Still (Lives)”.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

"Familiar Objects”, 2006, oil/paper, 14”-17”. From the “Still (Lives)” series.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

“Signs,, Symbols, Shadows”, 2005, oil/paper, 13”-15”. From the “Still (Lives)” series.

Monday, February 23, 2009

One of a series of photos taken after my mother Marina Salz(Marina Lord)left the Ballet Russe and tried to promote herself as a potential movie star in the forties. The photos are by Bruno of Hollywood.

Photos of Marina Lord(Marina Salz)by Bruno of Hollywood(1940s)

After leaving Les Ballets Russes in 1940, my mother then took the stage name Marina Lord and had a series of photographs taken of her at the New York studios of Bruno of Hollywood. Anthony Bruno moved his studios to New York and was considered one of the 60 essential photographers at that time by American Photographer magazine(along with Richard Avedon, Edward Weston and others). This Mr. Bruno is not to be confused with the Bernard Bruno of  "Bernard of Hollywood" who took pictures of many of the famous film stars in Hollywood including Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, etc... The photos of my mother represent examples of that long gone style of the forties era.