The Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson The Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson

A Selection of Articles and Press

Professional Artist, December/January 2013, Cover, Interior article and photos

Western Home Journal Aspen, Winter 2012, Full page review of Ingrid Dee Magidson and Korologos Gallery.

Hermitage Museum Foundation Benefit, November 5, 2011, Special Card. Ingrid Dee Magidson is the featured artist for the event. Sotheby's, New York.

Vail Valley Gallery Guide, Spring 2011 Ingrid Dee Magidson is the featured artist on the cover and two page spread inside.

Laguna News-Post, December 3, 2009 Art Gives Historical Personalities ‘New Beginnings’, Exhibition Review by Roberta Carasso

ArtScene December 2009, Exhibition review by Liz Goldner

La Pietra Cucina’s Facelift, Review of Atlanta’s hottest new restaurant including pictures with Ingrid’s artwork on the walls.

Aspen Sojourner, Artist Review, Summer 2009
Ingrid’s art is an ecclectic blend of her own personal history...

Vintage Girl, April 17, 2009
It was love at first sight when I discovered the exquisite work of American Artist Ingrid Dee Magidson...

Atlanta Symphony Designer Showhouse 2009
(to benefit the Atlanta Symphony)

Luxe Magazine, Artist Review, January, 2009

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, February 2009

The Best of Portland, Artist Review, November 2008

Jackie Blue Home, The Art of Ingrid Dee Magidson, Nov. 25, 2008

Exhibition Review, Art and Living Magazine, Los Angeles, June 11, 2008

One Woman Overview: Laguna Beach Independent, May 30, 2008

Blog Comments, from the editor of The Coastline Pilot, May, 2008

Tales From the Loft, The Coastline Pilot, The Girly-girl emerges: May 2008

Exhibition Review: The Aspen Times, July 7, 2007

 

 

Ingrid Dee Magidson on the Cover of Professional Artist,December/January 2013

Professional Artist Cover

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Ingrid Dee Magidson feature in Western Home Journal Aspen, Winter 2012

Western Home Journal Featuring Ingrid Dee Magidson

Ingrid Dee Magidson Feature in Western Home Journal 2012

 

Ingrid Dee Magidson is the featured artist for the 2011 Hermitage Museum Foundation Benefit in New York

Special Hermitage Museum Foundation Card

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Ingrid Dee Magidson is the featured artist in the 2011 Vail Valley Spring Gallery Guide

Vail Valley Gallery Guide

Vail Valley Gallery Guide

Vail Vallery Gallery Guide

Vail Valley Gallery Guide


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ArtScene Decenber 2009
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Ingrid Dee Magidson, “Mortal Desires,” Layered mixed media, 35x30” is currently on view at Marion Meyer Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA

Ingrid Dee Magidson’s nine large layered artworks have depth seldom seen in paintings of any era. At first glance, the viewer sees a classic painting of a woman, an Old Master style image you might see at the National Gallery. But look closely and it will register that you’re seeing the painting through a window or in a dream – with layer upon layer of paint, fabric, torn bits of sheet music, broken china, all behind or on top of the image. In most works, lyrical script, sometimes the artist’s poetry, other times love letters from historical figures, overlay the paintings or the glass. Double images, painted on jewels, striated paint, torn bits of paper partially obscuring the eyes, and shadowy images from complementary paintings pervade each almost sculptural work. The artist says, “The pople painted so long ago were as alive as each of us now. They had hopes, dreams, and lives we can never know. I bring them back to life, perhaps only for a moment, but alive nonetheless. This mix of transience and permanence is so captivating to me.” To us as well (Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Orange County, Laguna Beach).

- Liz Goldner, 2009
Art Critic for Various Art Publications
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bill Lowe Gallery Invitation:

Bill Lowe and Ingrid Magidson at La Pietra Cucina

Foodie Buddha’s Review of la Pietra Cucina Restaurant in Atlanta
la Pietra Cucina Restaurant with Ingrid's work

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Aspen Sojourner, Summer 2009
Ingrid Dee Magidson, Art As a Family Business
Ingrid Magidson Featured in Aspen Sojourner 2009

Ingred Magidson Featured in Sojourner Magazine

Ingred Magidson Featured in Sojourner Magazine

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Atlanta Symphony Designer Showhouse to benefit the Atlanta Symphony
Hosted by Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, 2009

Ingrid Magidson at the Atlanta Symphony
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Luxe Magazine, 2009

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Luxe Review - Ingrid Magidson


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles: January 2009

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The Aspen Times: July 7, 2007


Ingrid Magidson, Past Becomes Present: July 7 to July 21, 2007
by Stewart Oksenhorn, Arts Editor



Ingrid MagidsonASPEN - In her teen years and her 20s, Ingrid Magidson discovered a taste for sales. She worked first for a computer firm in her native Texas, and then for a series of high-end shops on Rodeo Drive. What attracted her was the stuff that most people find dull about selling: following up with customers, building relationships with clients. When she took a job at Magidson Fine Art some 15 years ago - and then married the boss, Jay Magidson, and became a co-owner of the Aspen gallery - she specialized in selling, leaving the seemingly more dynamic task of handling artists to her husband. Ingrid finds more satisfaction in selling than in the ”glamour” job she had as a teenager - modeling, in Dallas and then Europe, usually in tandem with her twin sister, Sybil.

It wasn't exactly an artist's temperament, then, that lived in Magidson. When she said, in an interview with The Aspen Times - "They eat, drink and sleep it. They'll sacrifice anything, even their families, for their art. That's the passion Jay and I love." - she was speaking about the artists that show at the gallery. She most definitely was not referring to herself.

But that statement was made a little more than two years ago, just as Magidson was staring at the final days of being in her 30s. A few weeks later, she had turned into a different sort of being.

"When I turned 40, something snapped in me," said Magidson. "I withdrew into myself, and I didn't know why. I didn't feel like I was living my life. I started to dig deep inside and wrote poetry, really profound poetry.

"If you asked me, at 39, if I would be going crazy like this, I'd say, 'Yeah, right.' But I fell into it hard."

That fall into the creative realm has meant many nights in a tiny studio, where she has traded sleep for the pursuit of her art.

And it has translated into a body of work, the first Magidson is ever showing publicly. Her art - which combines her poetry, appropriated Renaissance-era images, butterflies and a computer-driven, three-dimensional technique that she declines to reveal in any detail - is featured in a show at Magidson Fine Art which opens with a reception Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Queen of the HouseIngrid Magidson - then Ingrid Hill - was surrounded by art as a child. Her father, Irving, is an inventor and artist, who now lives near Redstone. Her mother, Elaine, is an artist. Ingrid herself messed around with her father's materials, making 3-D boxed sculptures out of scraps of frame. She mostly abandoned actually making anything, but the creative process seems to have continued between her ears.

"She's been thinking of these ideas for years," said Jay Magidson, whose own creative desires are expressed in running the gallery, and in writing sci-fi. "And then they came into a culmination, to a focal point, and it breaks out into the physical world. That happened a year ago, when the technical stuff worked out and she just took off."

In her inner vision, Ingrid had ideas of what she wanted: transparent images, illumination, music, butterflies, images seen through other images. Translating that so others could see it was an often agonizing process.

Ingrid, the mother of two kids, 9 and 6, said, "Those were very hard times for me. It was trial and error, sitting in my studio all night, lots of nights, frustrated, trying to figure it all out. Thank god I had friends I could call at 4 in the morning."

And there were the sorts of friends who you can't get on the phone at any hour. Magidson's collages are inspired by beings she likens to angels: Joan of Arc, the surrealists Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, Puccini. (Other inspirations are those who do pick up the phone: Ingrid's husband and parents; Eva Cellini, an 82-year-old artist who shows at Magidson Fine Art.)

"I love people who do great things in life. I've met people who have such a profound impact on me, and I take what I feel, what I read," said Magidson. "I take their energy, what they do for me, how they lift me, and put it in the work."

The first piece from the current exhibit that she completed was "Voices in My Head," something of a self-reflection. The piece is relatively uncomplicated, but in the scribblings of verse in the work is conveyed the energy Magidson brings to the art, and even the breakthrough that the piece represents.

"This was an intense night. This was the discovery of all this," she said. "It was me going crazy."

The technical breakthrough was a relief, but also a challenge. "This fear set in. This fear - did I want to keep going there? Did I want to spend all the money on materials?" Magidson said.

She did continue, and a sense of peacefulness came into the art. Where "Voices in My Head" contains an unbridled energy, successive works became more about a complex, considered ideal of beauty. The pieces - "Queen of the House," dedicated to her mother; "La boheme," for her husband, an opera enthusiast; "Surrealism Lives in Me," for Dali and Magritte - combine sheet music with found objects and borrowed portraits by Renaissance giants da Vinci, Correggio and Titian in a captivating layered effect. Magidson prefers to address the emotional impact rather than the process.

"Art today is so literal and angry and about war and hate," said Magidson, who credits Jay for helping her work out the computer side of the technique. "I understand artists are trying to express themselves. But I want the beauty of the Renaissance period. I wanted to bring that back. I want people to feel beauty - or sadness, some kind of intensity."

Bringing other worlds - the past, the hidden - into this world is a big part of Magidson's motivation. "I become a voice for these souls," she said, referring to the Renaissance painters whose images she uses, and the figures who have inspired her work. "A lot of these paintings, these people, nobody gets to see them anymore. They're tucked away in storage, in museums, and I want people to see them in a new way.

"People should ask these profound questions: Are there soulmates? What happens after we die?"

La Boheme by Ingrid MagidsonMore or less hidden in the art are the butterflies. But each work has a butterfly image; in "Alive in Me," the butterfly appears as a mask. At tomorrow's opening reception, Magidson plans to release a swarm of butterflies. (There will also be a string quartet from the Aspen Music School performing.)

Magidson talks about the butterfly as a symbol: "Butterflies are something that are here so briefly, so delicate and fragile and beautiful. That's sort of my signature."

But she doesn't specifically relate the butterfly to herself. She doesn't point out the connection between the butterfly and her own mental fragility that has had her despairing over her life's purpose, spending sleepless nights in an eight-by-12 foot studio that barely fits her art.

Maybe that's because she isn't so fragile and short-lived. Magidson considers her dark period at an end. There are still nights spent awake, but there is a different quality to them.

"I thought, 'OK, I've figured it out, now I'll be OK,'" she said, referring to overcoming the technical hurdles a few months ago. "No. Now I'm driven to produce the work. I don't sleep anymore. Because I can't stop working.

"But the frustration is gone. I'm at peace, understanding where I'm going with it."

Stewart Oksenhorn's e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com

 

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