Tips for visiting
56th Venice Biennale now through November 22, 2015
Get a head start on planning your trip to the 56th Venice Biennale. Check out our report on what to expect in 2015 as well as highlights from 2011 and 2013.
ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Sept 23 - Oct 11, 2015
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.
Tips for visiting
Art Basel Miami Beach
December 3-6, 2015
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 at least four days for this event.
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
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
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.
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.
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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Mark Dahle's paintings and photographic portfolios were on display at Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego this year. 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.
ArtWalk is the largest fine art festival in Southern California, with more than 350 artists participating. Mark participated 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 were also on display this year at PhotoBook Independent. PhotoBook Independent was held four blocks from Paris Photo LA, 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, size 19 x 13
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
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.
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. 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.
Mark Dahle Portfolio: 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. 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?
The Carpenter And The Twig, Mark Dahle's 21st Portfolio, is now available
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: