July 9, 2017
Summer is here! In Florence where I live in Italy it has been a particularly hot June and now July is following suit. At the moment I have six paintings I am working on, all of which seem to have promise to me, but all of which are seriously challenging. Each is for me a series of discoveries and destructions and then rebuilding. Since so much of my work is based on the belief that each picture is a search for content while being sure that I have lots of things to speak about, the final content is only arrived at through a series of tough choices. (photo of works in progress below)
May 29, 2017
Spring has sprung and summer is coming. I found this photograph from a few years ago which I attach for your possible interest. I sometimes forget how blue my eyes are and I also forgot that I had that nice hat that I no longer seem to be able to find.
For those of you who follow Instagram (@maidoffjules) you probably have noticed I am posting fairly frequently paintings while they are in progress and the responses from people are both amusing and informative. Everyone seems to see different things, especially in the beginning and for those of you who know my process it is a game kind of like hide and seek.
You probably have heard me discuss process before or my views but my guiding line has always been to find ways that my personal experience has some universal interest. I am convinced that only I will see the things I see in my paintings but do hope that some of the people looking at them have reactions appropriate to my intentions and are following my road to discovery.
April 24, 2017
and for me it has not been an easy one as I had an operation (which went well) but the month has been complicated. During the time in the hospital and just afterwards I did some drawings,
a few of which I have included below.
February 7, 2017
American collectors Megan and Eric Edwards have acquired an old picture of mine from 1976, and I am pleased to reproduce it below as it was based on my experiences seeing wandering circuses in small towns here in Italy back in the old days.
As those of you who know my work are aware, I have frequently visited the areas of make-believe that we have invented in order to transfer ideas. I have done pictures of actors, performers, card players, and people masquerading for as long as I can remember. I think I have been exploring the various ways people have devised in order to convince or perhaps deceive others. It is sometimes innocent and sometimes malevolent; figuring out which is which is part of the human game.
December 21, 2016
It is almost Christmas and soon we will be in the next year. As I look back over this past year, I am pleased to think I have produced a few good works and my archive of paintings, drawings, and prints is now at a good point. I keep receiving information from people asking about my pictures that they own. I always ask them first to send me a good photograph and any other information they may have because it all helps with the archiving job. If you or someone you know has one of my pictures, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have recently been asked to exhibit in Malta by the city of Valletta in a very prestigious setting and although it is very tempting, at my age it is a bit daunting. I will decide in the next month or so whether to go forward. I send my warmest greetings to those who know me for a very good upcoming year as well as to those who I do not know.
November 7, 2016
November and 50 years since the great flood in Florence and the autumn is in full swing. For those of you who know it, the Arno these days is not the tame stream you saw when here. I have been working on six or seven pictures for the past few months and managed to finish a few, one or two of which I rather like. Below is a reproduction of a picture which was recently acquired by local people and I reproduce it because I do think it was a wise choice on their part. The whole idea of who buys what is something that intrigues me and I do not know if my fellow artists in looking back over their dispersed works have similar reactions. As often as I am pleased to review a work, I have the opposite sensation and wonder why I thought the painting was any good. As I used to say to my students, all artists, even those who have works represented in the great museums, sometimes did pretty bad pictures. I guess I say that and feel that in order to console myself!
October 10, 2016
I decided to put up a photograph that I took in 1957 on the Amalfi Coast of a religious procession. I share it since this and many other photographs I took back then as a 23 year old provided much inspiration. I had been fortunate enough to have had the Fulbright take me to Italy and was deluged with images that impacted much of my work in that year. I did not actually make a painting based on this photo, yet living in a country where costumes, celebrations, decorations, and the thousands of years of ways of designing and elaborating their lives was totally new to this person from the Bronx. I'm currently trying to find more of these photographs which some people have suggested that I might either exhibit or put into a small book.
August 4, 2016
I hope that you will find this new version useful and more accessible than the last. The range of work on the site gives you the possibility to see my work since the mid 1950’s. I think they reflect my ongoing endeavor to speak about life in a thoughtful and sometimes provocative manner. The new site enables you to ask me questions and open a dialogue about any thoughts you may have. I thank you for coming to visit my visual history!
July 11, 2016
Over the past year I have been working on the archiving of my work with my assistant Molly Di Grazia who as both an artist and 7 years of experience at the Guggenheim Museum in New York has been organizing, documenting my work.
If you own a work by me please do contact me so I can include you in the archive. A photo and dimensions and the date is requested!
After the Jon and Jules show in Porto in June I go to Siracusa to exhibit at the Vivaio Cuba hosted by Pieter di Paola.
Photos when I am back...
I note that it is moving towards May and my 81st Birthday!
I am working more in the studio and am trying to push limits and trick myself into new avenues. Wet paint, transferred textures and reviewing some old pictures. 6 new canvases to cover in the next month........maybe.
The pictures are still appearing and soon I will start a portfolio here of both new work and images that I have rediscovered in my collection of Maidoff's, Maidoffs.
I have been ending up the year by doing a series of Black Painted Drawings on paper and perhaps will show some here. Some of you have asked about acquiring my work, email me for information. email@example.com
Here it is, Video of me talking about "Dancing at Poe Park" during the Aperitivo on September 28th at the Castello. Watch me ramble on in Bronxese and Italian
starting at 6 PM a chance to exchange ideas with the artist in front of his paintings in the Castello, a kind of closing of the exhibition.
this and a few other brief epics are there.
Exhibit on through October 1st at this lovely and historic Chianti Castle
MOSTRA/FESTA my 80th Birthday and exhibit and all are invited to be there at 6pm. Paintings most of which are of the last decade!
Preview photo at left.
Gallery Holber March 14th - April 20, 2013
The new home in Switzerland of Manuel and Josef's outstanding gallery.
I am most pleased to announce that I will indeed have the exhibit/party on May 4th at the;
Castello Gabbiano in the Chianti
As we go towards the end of the year I am considering how to celebrate my 80th Birthday next May...
Perhaps an exhibit/celebration in a castle!
So it seems that I can only write in this color!
The past months have been active and included my painting
"The Last Race". I refound my love of texture, 'materia' and while laying up transparent glazes over thick paint discovered some new thoughts and unlocked some images that intrigue me.
So the Summer went and I have been in the studio again this Fall re seeing pictures that I either will destroy or complete. I have around a dozen under review, that is reviewing what to do to take them from interesting to good or to destroy them.
Yes, I do destroy some of my paintings.
I go to Zurich next week to explore exhibiting there with Manuela Holber and look forward to seeing her and Josef and Zurich.
Just trying to get more more ideas out of my head and onto the surfaces. Images many and soon will publish them 2012!
I just opened my exhibition in January in Porto as announced below and it was as always a great pleasure for me to see the large crowd that the Artholber Gallery attracts. Please do go to see it if you are there.
Another One person Exhibit in one of the nicest cities in Europe with the serious and smart gallerists Manuela and Josef You are all invited to be there for the opening! I will also be doing a workshop with the wonderful Matrix Etching Center thanks to Julia Pintao and her wild and wonderful women!
The summer was the country studio cleaning and sorting and then Sicily which filled the mind and eye!
Back in the studio as I schedule my next exhibit in Porto with Artholber and Galeria Esteta and perhaps a workshop with the wonderful women of Matrix. Plans are for a big exhibit with Sergio Traquandi sponsored by the city of San Giovanni Valdarno in the Spring.
' H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y '
an exhibit celebrating my wife Mary's Birthday
gallery la corte - opening february 18th till March 3rd
paintings and drawings about our shared life
Lisbon Gallery Artholber on 20 January I open an exhibit of 14 recent paintings! All my Portugese friends, collectors and even those from elsewhere are invited, I will be there! Firenze Galleria La Corte opens February 15 with works on Linen and Paper some of those are my 'impulsive' images.
THE INAUGURATION OF THE
" PALAZZO JULES MAIDOFF FOR THE VISUAL ARTS"
will be held in Florence at Via Sant' Egidio 14 and all are invited to the celebration which will include an exhibit of some of my work and a series of guest speakers as well as a concert of Baroque music...............I would love to see my old friends from my life in art...............................................!
June is here and I have been painting some on wood and others on linen and the themes keep appearing again... One about my turning 77 years old and others about generations... Questions about the future and the importance of artmaking in a time of great confusion. I have re entered some old panel paintings of modest size and pushed to near conclusion another 6 pictures.
March a surprise as I fight colds and surfaces and try to focus on where my work is taking me.
Please do let me know about your viewing the site and remember that I am seeking to locate missing drawing books and paintings around the world. My work is all over and I do not know where many of them are, help if you have information. email me at; firstname.lastname@example.org
January is almost over and I am catching up on this site! I have begun to add some work from the past year and my most recent 'impulsive' experiments. I have been working on many pieces on Fabriano paper which are more skewed than usual. Marks and color drawn most freely and which I have found more suggestive and less narrative dominated. It is letting go and calling on all the years of looking at my work to be applied to the clues I find. They leave more room for the viewer to decide and to participate. My trials of these on friends and gallerists seem to support my attempts.
I have been spending the summer cataloging my work and although I have most of my work in photographs a great many are out in the world and I request that anyone who has works by me in their collection to contact me so that I can complete the task. I ask that you contact me and if possible send a photo plus the title and the dimensions.
On 25 April 2009 I present 25 drawings at Imprunetta hosted by Santo and Allyson Volpe.
I was honored with a large retrospective exhibit here in Florence at the Museo Marino Marini.
his is a show mainly of work from the past 15 years and contained 70 paintings. The exhibit was curated by Giuliano Serafini and a text by him and Cristina Acidini are part of a new catalog documenting work not reproduced in my prior catalogs.
If you wish more info or an electronic invitation contact me at;
I am most honored to have had the chance to exhibit in this prestigious space, the Museum which is the permanent home of the largest collection of Marino Marini's work. It was a challenge to present my own work in proximity to one of the most expressive artists of the 20th century.
February 17, 2007
I seem to have not updated this text in a long time and if by any chance anyone wanted to know more about what i have been doing it must have been frustrating! I am in the process of preparing for 3 exhibits right now, Laussane in March, Oporto in October at the Foundation Arvore and with Julia Pintao at her Galeria Esteta where I will also do a workshop for her etching group. As the years pass the work of preparing for these events is ever more a serious enterprise. One which is part of being an artist yet ever more a burden. I am also finally close to the publishing of the book of interviews that I gave to Laura Castro and will be published in Italy by Angelo Pontocorboli. When this project is finalized I will announce it here for the possible interest of you who come to visit the site.
December 4, 2005
As I say below I have started a Series of Digital Impressions of some of the pictures I will not sell for various reasons. I call the series Midoff's Maidoffs and will be opening a show in Orvieto December 18th with a few of the pieces together with the originals. It is a chance for me to share the images with people for modest prices and makes me feel more generous, or at least less anal! If you want to have more info about prices and images write me at email@example.com Writing as of October 2005. Just closed the exhibit in San Gimignano and today sent off 19 pictures to open November 8th in Milano at the Galleria Ciovasso, Corso Garibaldi 34. I have put in 2 experimental digital Impressions on Fabriano Paper which I call "Maidoff's Maidoffs. The idea was suggested to me by the Photographer Jill Furnakovsky who asked why I refused to sell certain works. I do want to share them and she convinced me to try these slightly reduced versions of the originals of which I will print an edition limited to 10. The first two are "The Embrace" and "Fear of Flying". They are pictures made in the 1970's and which hang in my home. Now some others may have these versions which printed with archivial standards. In December and in January of 2006 I will be exhibiting in Orvieto at the Galleria Zerotre. It was good to know Steven Music of the Galleria Albero Celeste who is now one of my adopted nephews in art. His creative and generous vision of the role of the gallerist is a model and indeed a rare one.
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