Sunday, March 18, 2012

“New Toy”(for Monk), 2010, oil/baltic birch, 12”-12”. For jazz musician and composer Thelonious Monk. 
"Jungle Jim", 2010, oil/baltic birch, 24"-22". These are not so much shaped paintings but are more like annoyed and restless rectangles.
"Zim Zum", 2010, oil/baltic birch, 19"-27". A shape that contracts as in the Kabbalah.
"Eve", 2009, oil/baltic birch, 15"-19". Serpents are not necessarily meant as symbols of evil or temptation in some cultures but are also symbols of good.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Ping", 1992 (revised 1997, for Ernie Kovacs), oil/ping pong ball/wood, by Marc Salz, 14"-15".
For television comedian Ernie Kovacs.
"Pong", 1992 (revised 1997, for Bill Walton) oil/ping pong ball/wood, 12.5"-12.5". Both of my paintings using ping pong balls were also a response to Jasper John's "Painting with Two Balls" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

“Fall Scene”, 2010, oil/gessoed ragboard, 20”-17”. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

“Shattered, Scattered", 2012, oil/gessoed ragboard, 21"-17". According to the Jewish Kabbalah, the universe was formed through a shattering and scattering