Sunday, September 26, 2010

When paintings are worth the price of music: Sam Salz and Vladimir Horowitz.

When I was growing up in our home with my father the art dealer Sam Salz, there was a special small room in the back of the house for playing cards. Many of my father's customers would come and play gin rummy or bridge there. Aside from a card table, the room had a small bar while the walls were lined with photos of the actor Edward G. Robinson, the writer Erich Maria Remarque and other personalities my father knew. Two of the visitors and card players that would come there were the virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz and the choreographer George Balanchine. Horowitz wanted to buy two Impressionist paintings from my father but he could not meet my father's asking price. He also had been losing at bridge so my father decided to make a deal with him: Horowitz could give a free concert for my parents at his apartment and he then could buy the paintings for his lower price. Both my father and mother later went to Horowitz's place and he played for them a concert of Ravel and Debussy. Horowitz ended up with the paintings.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Earth Tears", 2002, by Marc Salz. oil/wood, 21"-22". One from my series titled the "Talmudic Abstractions". The format of these paintings was based on the Jewish Talmud which consists of a central text of law (Torah) with surrounding visual "commentaries" like the ones made by rabbis and scholars. This series came after my one on triptychs that had an early Renaissance Christian influence in their format. Both can now be seen as paying tribute the Judeo-Christian tradition in art although I wanted to give the Talmud group the same weight and importance as the more historically familiar triptychs.
"Water, Water", 2001, oil/wood. 21"-22". Dedicated to Romanian Jewish poet Paul Celan who survived the Holocaust but ended his life in water. Here is an example of Celan reading a poem in German about the Holocaust:
And the English translation:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"Trilogy", 1989, oil/wood, 19"-25" by Marc Salz. Between 1987 and 1997, I painted a series of paintings based on the format of the 14th and 15th century Sienese triptychs. These pieces were shown in solo and group shows at the Dolan Maxwell Gallery(1989) and the More Gallery(1991-1995). A few were selected for shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia(1991) and the Chicago International Art Exposition(1989). The final shows of the series were at the Ganser Gallery at Millersville University(1996) and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia(1997).

"Shrine", 1989, oil/wood, 21"-25".
"Wing", 1990, oil/wood, 19"-20".
"Limbo”,1995, oil/wood, 24”-25”.
"Before the Fire", 1997, oil/wood, 28"-35".

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Twists and Turns”, 2009, watercolor/gouache, 16.5”-14”.
“Fireballs", 2010, oil/ragboard, 19.5"-17".