Posts Tagged ‘museum of modern art’

Artist of the moment……Charmion Von Wiegand

Charmion Von Wiegand was an American painter born in the year 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. For her collegiate education Wiegand attended first Barnard College( a private womens only liberal arts college) and then graduated from Columbia University located in New York City where she studied theater and art history. Von Wiegand is associated most with the ” De Stijl” movement. Her father was a professional journalist.

When the famous leader of the De Stijl movement, Piet Mondrian came to the United States, Von Wiegand had the opportunity to meet the artist. She enjoyed his method of painting and changed her process to include many of his concepts.

Charmion Von Wiegand was an avid Buddhist in her later years and this influenced her style. Von Wiegand began to employ symbols more often in her work.

Von Wiegand was first an art critic before becoming known as an artist. She wrote for many magazines including ARTnews.

Charmion Von Wiegand passed away in 1983.

The artist is included in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern both located in New York City.

Price range information:  Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.  Von Wiegand worked in graphite, gouache, oils, and collage.


Artist of the moment…..Judith Rothschild

Judith Rothschild was an American artist born in the year 1921 in New York City. For her collegiate education Rothschild attended Wellesley College. She also attended Cranbrook Art Academy and the Art Students League of New York. She was always looking to improve life and opportunities for artists. Rothschild served on many museum boards and was even a past president of the American Abstract Painters Association.

Her parents were Herbert and Nanette Rothschild and owned furniture production companies.

The Judith Rothschild Foundation was set up to help and support emerging artists. The selection includes works from 1935 to 2004. In this clip we view some drawings included in this collection. This collection has more than 2,500 works of art! The largest collection of drawings ever given to the Museum of Modern Art New York City.

In many works she uses a blend of mixed media using collage, gouache, and ink.

Rothschild is included in prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Judith Rothschild passed away in 1993 at the age of 71 years old.

Her foundation included many paintings collected by her parents including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. The paintings are to be sold off from time to time with the proceeds benefiting her foundation.

Its interesting to see how the artist was concerned about helping the art community as a whole as she was born into a well to do family. Rothschild’s spent her life living on Park Avenue with townhouse that looked like it was in Soho.

Rothschild was married to author Anton Myrer.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.


Art World News…..turning a $15 investment into six figures….


As a reader I hope you caught the posts showing people who purchased great works of art from Goodwill or garage sales. The well known artist Alexander Calder,  also designed around 1,000 pieces of jewelry over his lifetime.

A lady purchased a necklace years ago in 2005 at a flea market. Then years later she attended a jewelry show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A foundation certified that the piece the lady bought was actually included in a show at the New York Modern Museum of Art in 1943.

The piece of jewelry will be going for auction at the end of September and is expected to bring well into six figures!

Not bad for a $15 investment!

Always keep those eyes open for a great work of art!


Artist of the moment…..Melvin Edwards

Melvin, or Mel Edwards is a fantastic American sculptor known for his work dealing with African- Americans, race, and politics. Melvin Edwards was born in 1937 in Houston, Texas. For his collegiate studies he attended the University of Southern California and Los Angeles City College. Edwards also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute.

1970 became the first African- American artist to have  a solo show of sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art.

In college a major influence on Edwards was the artist from Hungary named Francis Erdelyi. Below a fine example of his style.


1976 he married a poet named Jayne Cortez.

price range information: Most works are small to medium sized and priced $5,000 to $15,000.

Has taught at many prestigious art schools including the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Connecticut.

Has works in many prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, and the Houston Museum of Art, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Based out of New York City.

A link to the artist’s own website.

Most popular series was that titled “Lynch Fragments.” These were small works that now number more than 200 works. As metaphors for his feelings on race and what it means to be African American are signified by using hammer heads, locks, scissors, chains, and railroad splices.

In this clip from a fellow art lover, we see a print made by cutting aluminum with a laser done by Melvin Edwards. Another artist already profiled here is also  featured named Faith Ringold.

part 1 of a series done on Melvin Edwards by the Chouinard Foundation.

part 2 of the series with Mr. Edwards.

part 3 of the series.