Road trips have always been a favorite way to explore this vast country of ours. What better way to experience the varied landscape, urban and rural space and inherent local flavor than by car.

The Whitney’s latest installment, America by Car, takes us on a tour across country with renowned photographer Lee Friedlander. We pass through vibrant cities, one-horse towns, scenic backdrops, and encounter loads of welcoming citizens, all of which are visualized through the camera lens, as well as the car window.

In each of the black and white square-framed pieces, mostly taken between 2004 and 2008, Friedlander gives us a glimpse of our fabled country, in addition to the interior of his rental car – rear view mirror, dashboard, gear shift, and seat belts. The entirety of the exhibit exudes a mystical quality, although somewhat tedious at times (192 images), and a vivid snapshot of life on the road.

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Goblet Portraits 1977

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The work of Zeke Berman demonstrates a truly unique eye in the world of photography. We are truly grateful to have such a talented artist on board, partaking in our upcoming auction.

Berman has honed his craft over the last 35 years, producing singular, studio-based photographs that reflect his long-standing interest in visual cognition and optics.

His work has evolved much over the years but always explores an intersection between sculpture, photography and drawing.

From the outset Berman received strong critical acclaim. His work has been collected, published and exhibited in galleries and museums such as MoMA, The Metropolitan, The Whitney, and Art Institute of Chicago. He has been featured in the first New Photography Exhibition at MoMA and has received multiple awards, including the Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA Arts Fellowships.

In the beginning

As a kid, Berman loved sculpture. He attended the High School of Music and Art and studied sculpture at the Philadelphia College of Art. He only backed into photography after graduating. To date he approaches photography as a studio based art and his sculptural training clearly plays an important part in his working process.

During his years in art school, conceptual art and minimalism were a fresh aspect of contemporary art. At that time, Berman began a developing fascination in perception theory –  a lifelong interest that involves questions of cognition, optical illusion and the evolution of the senses. The idea that an illusion can change in appearance,  right before our eyes, is equally fascinating and inspiring to him.

His study found its way into his working process when he began to experiment with a camera in the studio. Berman’s epiphany came when he discovered a deep mystery and possibility in the transformation of a three-dimensional construction into a two-dimensional photograph.

A cumulative process

The formal range of Berman’s work and his sculptural use of materials is varied, original and idiosyncratic. All his pieces are intricately designed and constructed in his studio.

Berman uses a 4X5 studio view camera  to create all his photography. The procedure is an old one that delivers extremely sharp, and clear prints, as well as images that are very realistic in the description of the materials used. The end result is often a photograph designed from a construction but with the appearance of a drawing.

His process is cumulative in nature – he makes photographic sketches constantly as he constructs and reconstructs, creating many, images as the work evolves. Intuition and spontaneity ensue throughout the process. We asked him how he knows when he has finally completed a piece.  His answer is that it simply feels complete.

Optical illusion

In the late 1970’s Berman had a direct interest in creating different kinds of illusion. His work from this period clearly demonstrates optical illusion and the transformation of three-dimension into two-dimension.

“Cup with Objects” from 1979 is a great example of 3D/2D play. All the objects fill up the frame up to the edge, however, one slight shift of the camera and the pieces wouldn’t work together.

Cup with Objects

“Web,” a piece from the late 80’s contains an actual spider web. It is a very linear, abstract work, and one that clearly depicts the flow from drawing to sculpture to photography. In fact, much of his work from this time period was very linear in nature.

Web

Later pieces demonstrate the evolution and progression in his photography.

Take for example “Shoe and Tire,” a 1993 commission piece for Progressive Corporation, an auto insurance company. The company CEO is an avid art collector and commissioned Berman to create a suite of still life’s around which the company’s Annual Report was designed. He won several design awards for this work.

Shoe and Tire

“Heart,” created in 1995 was commissioned by graphic designer Mark Schwartz for his daughter who was born on Valentine’s day.

Heart

Although Berman rarely photographs people, “Standing Stack” from 1997 was made at a time when he wished to bring more human presence into his work.

Standing Stack

Berman lives and works in NYC. He now works mostly in color, a new turn in his evolving body of work.

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Fat Lamp and Cherry Blossoms 2008

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We were thrilled to see such a great turnout of art aficionados at our preauction reception last Thursday in lower Manhattan.

More than 100 guests attended the event to see the works of several of our NewYork based artists, including Tom Smith, Mike Lindwasser, Dulcie Dee, Sean Parrott, EGSilberman, Robin Antar, Alex White-Mazzarella, Zeke Berman, Marilyn Weiss and Joni Diskint.  A great time was had by all as many of our talented artists were also in attendance to answer questions and share in conversation and cocktails.


All of their wonderful and varied pieces are available for sale, as are those by our many other talented artists across the country – and all at extremely affordable prices! We are currently featuring a wide array of media – photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media,  so there is truly something for everyone irrespective of taste.

Our auction date is soon approaching and it’s still not too late to bid on work that you love. Or perhaps purchase a piece for someone else – art makes for a  fabulous gift idea!

Please visit www.artistsinauction.com to view our complete roster of artists and browse through our catalog to see the entire collection of artwork we are offering for sale.

Untitled (magician) by Tom Smith

Floral #2 by EGSilberman

Picnic by R. Gene Barbera

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"Her " by Monika Agic

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"Competition of Forms 2" by Robin Antar

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"Blue" by Roshan Houshmand

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"The Swimmer #23" by Paul Sierra

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"IN and OUT" by Marilyn Weiss

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"Green House" by Darrell Jones

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"After Dark My Sweet" by J. Kieran McGonnell

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"Untitled" by John Phillip Davis

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ArtistsinAuction is proud to announce that our December 5th online auction catalog is now Live!!

Browse through a wide array of media – photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media – and place bids on pieces of interest. It’s a fantastic way to start or expand a collection of great art.

You can view our catalog directly or go to our website and connect through the “Bid in Auction” button at the top of every page. Remember, you will need to register in order to become an active bidder. Once you have done so, you may place preauction bids at any time. On December 5th, the live online auction will take place, at which time all bids will become final.

We encourage you to take advantage of the many affordable pieces of fabulous artwork we have on offer by our select group of talented artists from across the US.

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Her

"Her " by Monika Agic

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"Competition of Forms 2" by Robin Antar

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"Blue" by Roshan Houshmand

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"The Swimmer #23" by Paul Sierra

In and OUT

"IN and OUT" by Marilyn Weiss

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"Green House" by Darrell Jones

after dark my sweet

"After Dark My Sweet" by J. Kieran McGonnell

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"Untitled" by John Phillip Davis

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"Picnic" by R. Gene Barbera

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Saturday night was the opening reception for Dreamer’s Rendezvous, a group show at the A-forest Gallery in NYC’s midtown area.  We were proud to view the most recent work of our very own featured photographer, Mike Lindwasser.

Outside of the traditional Chelsea gallery neighborhood, the empty, dark street was a contrast to the bright, inviting feeling of the small gallery.  The show highlighted wonderful works in photography, painting, pen and mixed media by six different artists.

It was intriguing to see what Mike had been working on since we brought him on board at ArtistsinAuction.  Although he’s a local guy, (born and raised in NY, living in Jersey), Mike has been traveling a great deal.  His current photography is a reflection of his latest journeys to Japan (where he participated in another group show) and Mexico.

Mike prefers to shoot many of his pieces at night, without the aid (or as he might say, distraction) of lighting.  He works with long exposures, sometimes up to 30 seconds at a time, which create surreal-like images with a ghostly lighting effect.  One of our favorites at the show was of a tree Mike had photographed in Japan. The consequence of the extended exposure created a “whitening” that gave the appearance of a photo taken at midday.

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Mike is also a transformation artist, manipulating everyday objects into surreal images by shooting from below.  Many of the pieces in our current auction, from the Building and Truck series, are small slivers of places or things encountered everyday.  But, by pointing upward, Mike creates an entirely new perspective, forcing the viewer to take a second look.

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Lately, Mike’s preferred work is his Truck series, a personal favorite of ours as well. Most of the images were shot in yards around his New Jersey home. Once he had mastered entering the areas at night without getting caught he discovered fabulous details and vibrant colors that called out to him.

Galactic Truck

Galactic Truck

Blues

Blues

Previously displayed at a show at the Brooklyn Collective, our December 5th Auction will mark the first time these exciting pieces have been offered for sale.  We know you’ll love them as much as we do.

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ArtistsinAuction recently caught up with one of our newest contributors, nature photographer, Billy Newman, while he was hanging out at home with his wife in Newnan, Georgia. Billy works in both black & white and color, and he produces some of the most gorgeous images of nature and florals we have ever seen.

Unlike photographers who create a scene around a concept, Billy goes out and explores with his camera. Nothing is set up beforehand, and there is no preconceived plan of what he will be shooting.  This makes a big difference because his work becomes a true form of self-expression.  As Billy says, “When we create art we try and show a mirror of ourselves.”

While he definitely prefers color, his black & white images are equally stunning. We discovered that his black & white’s are actually tritonal – similar to the process of adding a duotone in Photoshop, he adds a tritone in order to add a little mystique to the image. It’s kind of like a painter using dark green, dark red and dark blue to create black instead of actually using black, which often flattens the work.

Billy has always been a fan of Monet’s Water Lilies, which is evident when you look at his color images. Witness pieces like Around, and Arise (in our gallery of images) and you’ll see what we mean.

AstraA by Billy Newman

AstraA by Billy Newman

Up until 6 months ago, Billy used conventional lenses and film, which he later scanned into digital images. He switched to digital, and now prefers it because he gains greater control over tone and color. His images are then printed through an archival inkjet process.

Billy, a prolific photographer, has previously sold his work through dealers into private corporation art collections. We are thrilled to have him participate in our upcoming auction, giving our buyers and collectors the chance to purchase exquisite works of nature photography at auction prices.  Make sure to check out his collection of work offered at the Gallery section of http://www.artistsinauction.com!

There is no question that Kieran McGonnell is a prolific and disciplined artist. He has been painting constantly for many years, currently in his upstairs studio, and works with galleries and dealers both in New York and Chicago, where he currently resides. He also shows once a year in Ireland. He says this has been the toughest year to date –no small statement from a talented artist such as he.

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DawnA by Billy Newman

DawnA by Billy Newman

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