As one first proceeds towards the Metropolitan’s Greek and Roman Galleries and gets a glimpse of the long hall of statues ahead, the response is complete awe. For housed in these next rooms are some of the best examples of marble and stone carvings anywhere in the world.

Many are in various states of restoration and most are Roman reproductions of the Greek originals.  However, they are all awe-inspiring. Plus, the natural light, towering ceilings and expansive rooms all aid in bringing a magnificent time in history back to life.

In the center of the first hall is a majestic warrior from the Roman Antonine period, AD 138-181, a copy of a Greek bronze. He holds a shield in his left arm and probably had a spear in his right, as his grandiose presence commands over the long hall and the many fabulous works surrounding him.

Bronze Warrior

There is the Apollo with the missing head, some fragments of the Great Eleusinian Relief, immense ceramic urns, as well as a few robed women from the second half of the Fourth century B.C. The exquisite detail, such as the many creases in the garments, suggests that these pieces are Greek originals and not Roman copies.

Greek Robed Woman

If you turn off to the room to your left you will encounter a marble statue of a Kouros (youth) from the Greek Attic period 590-580 BC. It is one of the earliest marble statues of a human figure carved in Attica and it is clearly derived from Egyptian art. This piece marked the grave of a young Athenian aristocrat.

Kouros

Now enter the grand light-drenched room – encompassed by a glass-installed atrium with a stately marble fountain in its center – and you will be overwhelmed by many masterful pieces, most of which are from the Roman Imperial period, the 1st to 2nd centuries A.D.

Witness the marble Hercules seated on a rock (only his torso remains), the statue of Aphrodite and that of a seated muse, each brilliant in it own right.  Further along you will pass The Three Graces standing side by side – Aglaia (Beauty), Euphrosyne (Mirth) and Thalia (Abundance) – said to be the handmaidens to Aphrodite.

The Three Graces

Then there are the fabulous over life-sized Hercules’, one youthful, the other bearded, standing across the hall from each other. Both may have been excavated in the remains of public baths constructed under Nero in AD 62 near the Pantheon.

Young Hercules

Bearded Hercules

The Crouching Aphrodite is a particularly special piece as it was designed to be viewed from all angles. The work is of the goddess crouching at her bath with Eros (no longer seen) behind her.

Crouching Aphrodite

Crouching Aphrodite

Towards the back room are the absolutely amazing Sarcophagi. The highlight is the intricately carved structure of Dionyses on a panther with his attendants. The work is Roman from AD 220-230.

Further along is a marble sarcophagus lid with a reclining couple from the Roman Severan period, AD 220. The piece represents the personification of earth and water, with the wife’s head left unfinished, suggesting that the husband likely predeceased her and that no one added her portrait after she died.

In the back room are housed some very singular works. Witness the portrait head of Emperor Constantine I, from the Roman Constantine period, AD 325-370. Constantine was the first emperor of Rome and this bust is an ideal example of what an emperor should look like – neat, clean-shaven, imperial.

Emperor Constantine l

The immense bronze statue of Emperor Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253, is one of the very few nearly complete statues of the Third Century preserved today and has gone through several campaigns of restoration.

Trebonianus Gallus

Meandering through these halls one can easily get lost in thought of times long ago. The many benches in the main hall offer the ability to spend hours here, gazing at the exquisite carvings, soaking in the chronicles and legends of history.

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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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Plant Slice 1999

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

Blue[1].A

"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

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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

7CompetitionOfForms2A

"Competition of Forms 2" by Robin Antar

Blue[1].A

"Blue" by Roshan Houshmand

swimmer 23 30x42

"The Swimmer #23" by Paul Sierra

In and OUT

"IN and OUT" by Marilyn Weiss

greenhouse01

"Green House" by Darrell Jones

after dark my sweet

"After Dark My Sweet" by J. Kieran McGonnell

jpdcs001

"Untitled" by John Phillip Davis

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"Picnic" by R. Gene Barbera