Tips for visiting
Art Basel Miami Beach
December 1-4, 2016
If you like modern and contemporary art, don't miss Art Basel Miami Beach. In the United States, this event is the best opportunity to see a large amount of contemporary art.
More than fifteen satellite fairs operate over the same weekend. Add to that the local galleries, private collections, and museums that are open, and you've got more great art than you can see even if you walk fast and stay out late. Ideally you'll schedule at least four days for this event.
Art Basel in Switzerland is an immense art fair that features prominent galleries from around the world and almost all the top modern and contemporary artists. This year Christo will have a project in Italy at the same time, four hours away by car.
The page has beautiful examples of paintings in some of Mark Dahle's current art series, and it's a great resource to pass on to others.
Mark Dahle Portfolios
Thought-provoking and beautiful, Mark Dahle Portfolios feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.
Mark has released more than forty beautiful, engaging portfolios so far! Check out the titles available.
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Mark Dahle's acclaimed series of beautiful Endangered Photos are one-of-a-kind originals. Each image is printed in an edition of one.
Mark Dahle is creating a series of 1000 Mops, each a one-of-a-kind original artwork.
Mop 134 is one from this dynamic series of 1000 Mops.
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Mark Dahle's paintings and photographic portfolios on display at ArtWalk in San Diego. Mark had abstract paintings from his series on Orange County (with yellow backgrounds on the left) and Dallas County (with red backgrounds, on the right), plus several examples from his series of 1000 Mops and recent photographic portfolios, including The Grasshopper And The Flea.
Mark exhibited in both 2008 and 2015. The first two photos below show Mark and his parents getting his booth ready in 2008; the last two show Mark and his parents in 2015 and the booth from 2015.
Mark Dahle Portfolios on display at PhotoBook Independent at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. Visitors to the photography art fair got to see:
Mark Dahle Portfolios in paperback form
Limited Edition Artworks based on the covers of the portfolios
Limited Edition photographs from the portfolios
Limited Edition Portfolios
Endangered Photos (unique images released in editions of one)
Several examples from the series of 1000 Mops
It was great to meet so many wonderful collectors.
For some time, Mark Dahle has been working with the themes of permanence and extinction, memory and loss. Above is pictured Endangered Telephone Pole #221, an image from Mark Dahle's acclaimed series of beautiful Endangered Photos.
Unlike most printed photos where multiple copies exist, images in the Endangered Photos Series are one-of-a-kind originals. Only one artwork is made by Mark Dahle from each image. If anything happens to the artwork, it is lost forever.
Endangered Telephone Poles are available as individual artworks, in sets of 10 different images, and in sets of 100 unique images. Only 1000 total unique artworks will be created in the Endangered Telephone Poles series.
(Mark is working on other series of Endangered Photos, including a series on Endangered Fences. For more information, please write.)
Making the world more beautiful
Mark Dahle says, “You never can tell where an artist will find beauty. When I visited China a couple years ago, I saw mops everywhere and started taking pictures of them. I thought I might do a series. But I wasn’t in China long enough to take an impressive number of pictures of mops. So I decided to create a thousand artworks based on one mop.”
The artworks in this series invite conversations about what makes things related and what makes them different, what constitutes "family" and "individual."
The 13 x 19 inch artworks are printed on museum-quality 100% cotton rag paper with long-lasting pigment based inks. Each original is signed by Mark Dahle on the back. There is only one print of each numbered mop signed by Mark Dahle anywhere in the world.
Limited Edition Artworks based on the covers of Mark's beautiful Portfolios are now available
The beautiful cover for Mark Dahle's portfolio Amanda Gets A Pumpkin is now available as a limited edition artwork signed by Mark Dahle. Only 100 total artworks of the cover will be produced (in varying sizes and configurations).
The artwork currently available is a beautiful signed print on 13 x 19 inch acid-free 100% cotton rag archival paper. (The dimensions include the border and signature.) The paper has no chemical substances to contribute to premature deterioration and no optical brighteners that fade over time. The images are created with professional-grade, long-lasting pigment-based inks.
Artworks of the covers of all portfolios released so far are available in similar archival editions of 100.
How to know when to invest in art
I ask two questions when I'm thinking about whether I should invest in a particular piece of art or not. They help me avoid two common mistakes that I've made when I didn't ask the questions.
First, the questions help me avoid times when I invest but should have walked away instead. I don't do that very often. More commonly, the questions help me avoid what for me is a far more painful mistake: times when I walked away from a piece I should have invested in. I still think about some one-of-a-kind pieces that I let go and wish I had in my collection. In some cases I've had more than three decades to get over it.
Using the two questions has helped me avoid these two errors. Maybe the questions will help you too.
Mark Dahle Portfolios
Thought-provoking and beautiful, Mark Dahle Portfolios (and the videos of them) feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.
Most portfolios include:
* a colorful abstract painting
* twenty (or more) beautiful photos
* a short story or commentary
Unlike many picture books, the text in the portfolios is unrelated to the paintings and photographs.
More than forty portfolios have been released, some for children and adults, some for older kids and adults, and some for adults.
Mark Dahle's twenty-first portfolio, The Carpenter And The Twig, tells the story of a carpenter who made fine furniture from scraps. When he was asked to make a gift for the princess, he didn't know what to do. The portfolio includes 26 beautiful photographs from Detroit and an extraordinary painting. It makes a great gift!
Limited edition prints of all portfolios, including their beautiful covers, are available. Check out our page of brief descriptions of all the portfolios. Here are some of the great portfolios currently available: