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This website features paintings, photos, and comments about art and art events.


Tips for great art vacations and travel

The Venice Biennale

Art Basel Switzerland

Art Basel Miami Beach

Armory Week and Frieze New York

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids


Tips for visiting
Art Basel Miami Beach
December 4-7, 2014


Miami Beach, Florida

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 in one weekend.

The main event brings so many art collectors to Miami that 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 a whole week for this event.

Be sure to check out our article tips for visiting Art Basel Miami Beach. Also check out our information on the top satellite fairs Art Miami, Scope/Art Asia, and NADA.


Tips for visiting
New York Art Galleries, Armory Week March 5-8, 2015 and Frieze NY May 14-17, 2015.


Reconstruction, New York, copyright Mark Dahle 2011.

If you're going to Manhattan to look at art, you'll find helpful tips on our page about New York Art Galleries, Armory Week, and Frieze NY.


Tips for visiting the
56th Venice Biennale in
2015


Venice, Italy

Get a head start on planning your trip to the 56th Venice Biennale and check out our report on highlights from 2011 and 2013.


Tips for visiting
Art Basel in Switzerland June 18-21, 2015


Basel, Switzerland

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.

Check out our article on Art Basel Switzerland to help plan your trip.


ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Sept 23 - Oct 11, 2015


Grand Rapids, MI, home of ArtPrize

If you like discovering artists before anyone else, one opportunity might be at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI.

The $200,000 top prize in this event is a purchase award, so you won't likely see any art valued more than that amount. But if you're up for lots of walking and the chance to see an interesting social experiment, it's worth a trip.

For great tips about visiting this event, see our article on the Grand Rapids ArtPrize.



Understanding Abstract Art


If you (or someone you know) can't figure out abstract art, our article on Understanding Abstract Art is a great place to start.

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


One Days Encouragement Cover Galfins Restaurant Cover An Assignment From Hell Cover

Mark Dahle Portfolios can be read in a few minutes and then enjoyed for a lifetime. Thought-provoking and beautiful, they feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.

Unlike many picture books, the text in the portfolios is not related to the art. This might seem a little weird at first. One thing that helps is to order more portfolios or watch more videos of them until you get used to it.

Luckily you can do that - Mark has released more than twenty beautiful, engaging portfolios so far! Check out the titles available.

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Endangered Telephone Poles


Endangered Telephone Pole #221 Copyright Mark Dahle 2014

Images from Mark Dahle's acclaimed series of beautiful Endangered Photos are one-of-a-kind originals. Each image is printed in an edition of one, with no artist’s proofs or printer’s proofs. Someone saving an image in this series has the only print signed by Mark Dahle in the world.


1000 Mops


1000 Mops #134 copyright Mark Dahle 2014

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.


Random Topics


Steel Bridge, Portland, OR

From time to time Mark posts a comment that's not related to art.

Neighbors that smoke, resumes that keep people from being hired, people and products that try to pretend they're something they're not -- all are covered in our Random Topics section. Plus you get great photos not seen on any other page.


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Endangered Photos - one-of-a-kind originals

Endangered Telephone Pole #221 Copyright Mark Dahle 2014

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.)

1000 Mops make the world more beautiful

1000 Mops #101, copyright Mark Dahle 2014

People have a hard time imagining numbers like a million or a billion. But a thousand is a human-scale number. We can picture what a thousand might be like, but it‘s still big enough to be impressive or mystifying. A thousand mops? Really? Why?

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, and 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.

Mops are available as individual mops, as an unbroken series of 10 Mops and as an unbroken series of 99 Mops.

 


 

Limited Edition Artworks based on the covers of Mark's beautiful Portfolios are now available

Limited Edition Artwork based on the cover of Amanda Gets A Pumpkin, copyright Mark Dahle 2014

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. Canon, the ink manufacturer, says, “your prints will have incredible longevity and phenomenal photo vividness.”

You can order your Mark Dahle Limited Edition Artwork without risk: it's covered by a Five Year For-Any-Reason Unconditional Guarantee. When you receive your beautiful artwork, if it doesn't meet your expectations for any reason, return it any time within five years and we'll give you a full refund. This generous guarantee gives you plenty of time to make sure that your artwork is exactly right for you.

Artworks of the covers of all 20 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, but I've bought a couple pieces of art that I regret owning. More importantly, the questions help me avoid what for me is a far more painful mistake: times when I walked away from a piece but should have invested in it instead. I still think about some one-of-a-kind pieces that I let go and still 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:
How can things that are
so simple and beautiful
be so unsettling?

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. That seems simple enough. It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to get used to.

Featured video: When The Trolls Moved

So why is it that something that seems so straightforward, with simple elements that independently are so beautiful, create such an unnerving mix? Why should such simple concepts stretch one's brain so much?

Some people think Mark Dahle Portfolios are confusing or subversive. Others think they are mind-expanding and ahead of the curve. Others ignore the problem, figuring that they have two books instead of one. First they enjoy the pictures, then they enjoy the story and they pay no attention to the combination.

What do you think? How can such simple little volumes with such beautiful elements create such powerful reactions?

Other videos to sample: Trip 21 BirdSeed Hungry

The Carpenter And The Twig, Mark Dahle's 21st Portfolio, will be released soon

Mark Dahle's twenty-first portfolio will be released soon. 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 will make a great gift!

Limited edition prints of all the 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:

Stories For Children & Adults
Amanda Gets A Pumpkin, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Any Pet I Wanted, A Mark Dahle Portfolio The Ostrich Fart, A Mark Dahle Portfolio When The Trolls Moved, A Mark Dahle Portfolio


Stories For Older Kids & Adults
An Assignment From Hell, A Mark Dahle Portfolio The Boy Who Loved Monopoly, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Cover of Farmer Jane, a Mark Dahle Portfolio Galfin's Restaurant, A Mark Dahle Portfolio The Harvest, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Hungry, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Mama Yah's Kitchen, a Mark Dahle Portfolio The Man Who Liked To Dream, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Nina Goes To Hell, a Mark Dahle Portfolio Race Day, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Roger's Well, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Teri's Renovation, A Mark Dahle Portfolio Trip 21, A Mark Dahle Portfolio

Commentaries For Adults
Birdseed, a Mark Dahle Portfolio Finding Joel, a Mark Dahle Portfolio One Day's Encouragement, A Mark Dahle Portfolio


Abstract painting copyright Mark Dahle 1992

Abstract art © Mark Dahle 1992.


Abstract painting copyright Mark Dahle 1999.

Abstract Art, #9912. © 1999 Mark Dahle.

Abstract painting copyright Mark Dahle 1996

Abstract painting copyright Mark Dahle 1997


Abstract art, #9612 © Mark Dahle 1996.


Abstract art © Mark Dahle 1997.

Abstract painting copyright Mark Dahle 2008

Abstract art, #2008 © Mark Dahle 2008.

Abstract painting copyright Mark Dahle 2007

Abstract art, Stop and Go Series © Mark Dahle 2007.

Abstract art, Heart Experiences Series © Mark Dahle 2009.

Abstract art, Heart Experiences Series © Mark Dahle 2009.


Abstract art, Heart Experiences Series © Mark Dahle 2009.


Abstract art, Heart Experiences Series © Mark Dahle 2009.