White Gallery: The First Review Is In!

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

To all the ships at sea, take a look at our first review!

“From Commercial to Fine Art

 By Leon Graham

“Raindrop” is currently on display at The White Gallery. photo by Joe DiMaggio

“Crossing the Line,” now at The White Gallery in Lakeville, is a collection of work from three talented commercial photographers, good friends with award-winning credentials, who now make fine art  for their own pleasure. Throughout their careers they created images for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, major companies. Now they bring the same eye and originality to these very personal photographs.

Dennis Wheeler is best known for the many Time magazine covers he created. And created is the right word, because he made covers that were collages designed to grab attention on newsstands as well as comment on the cover subject in powerful ways. Four silhouetted male profiles — red, yellow, white, black — overlapped for a story on leadership in America. A cover on the sex explosion showed a young man and woman facing each other with much of their bodies covered by a giant fig leaf zippered down the middle.

At the White, Wheeler shows complex mixed media collages of carefully arranged objects, drawings, little photos, slashes of paint both long and short, all on brilliantly colored backgrounds.

“Pasture” stands out for its evocation of land and horses and the suggestion of fences. Made in browns and blues, the work is focused on a central black-and-white image of horses eating in a pasture. A gentle horse face peers at us from behind the pastured animals; there are small pictures of lakes too. All lie on swirls of thin, colored lines that suggest fencing wire.

JoAnne Kalish was the first woman photographer at Sports Illustrated. She is known for her ability to capture light and motion, as well as for the sensuality of many images. Her pictures of vegetables — two bell peppers at the White show — are luscious, rounded, inviting. Her pears are erotic and painterly. Even the two dogs meeting in “Venezia” seem about to begin a romance.

Kalish’s “Eiffel” is a pyramid of luminosity as if reflected in water. Her “Reflections” catches a small boat to the left tied up on a narrow canal, while buildings are reflected abstractly in the water on the right, which has the sheen of a mirror.

Kalish’s partner, Joe DiMaggio, is also a former Sports Illustrated and Time magazine photographer. (His and Kalisch’s images of professional hockey are now shown at the NHL Hall of Fame in Canada.) He worked for many advertising agencies, won many art direction awards. He is a master of suggesting motion in still photos. “Chevelle” shows a bright and shiny wheel cover that seems to be catching a passing landscape on its surface. In “Frankfurt,” a group of people are blurred so they appear in motion.

“Raindrop” catches a pearl of water as it is about to fall from the wide brim of a black cowboy hat that glistens from the moisture. We see only the nose and mouth of a man, who sports a marvelous neck bandana studded with white stars. “Infinity” is made of double yellow highway lines stretching into the distance between hazy trees and road shoulders that appear to converge up the road. It is wonderfully composed.

“Crossing the Line” continues at The White Gallery, 342 Main St. in Lakeville, Conn., through Sept. 9. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 860-435-1029 or go to www.thewhitegalleryart.com.

 

“The Lakeville Journal, COMPASS,” August 4, 2016″

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

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© Dennis Wheeler

Delray? IcK!

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© JoAnne Kalish

I walked past JoAnne’s desk the other day and saw this photo and was knocked on my ___ ___ ___… okay, my ass. Simple, clean, elegant… until I saw the name! IcK! I don’t like titles, any titles! Yes, in recent days I have been forced to come up with titles, but you know what makes a great title? “Untitled”! I like that title!  I am going to try everything in the world to get JoAnne to change the title of this to “Untitled” or “Beach”, or maybe “Sand” or “Soft”. So by now you have probably put two and two together and figured out that I don’t like titles… but I love this photograph. It’s a direct contradiction to what JoAnne does so well. No title necessary.

Oh my God, JoAnne just used a word  “yes”! To all the ships at sea, please note the time and date because the next time this happens Haley’s comet will be going over your head!

“New Photography” on Saatchi Art

There is a rumor out there that my very dear friend and partner are married. I’m not going to comment on that, it is just not my place. When I think of JoAnne, I never think of her as a woman photographer. I think of her as a great photographer. She has a huge talent and a very small ego. I doubt she would put this on her blog but I am going to put it on my blog.

JoAnne was featured on Saatchi Art with one of her iconic photographs.

On behalf of chief curator Rebecca Wilson and the Saatchi Art curation team, I’m very pleased to let you know that your work has been chosen to be featured in the New Photography Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here: http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Photography/New-Photography/722504/148747/view  “

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© JoAnne Kalish

My Saatchi art account can be found through http://www.saatchiart.com/joedimaggio and JoAnne’s can be found through http://www.saatchiart.com/Whatssheupto.

 

Kalish: In the Permanent Collection (Portrait Section) of the National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.

© Joe DiMaggio

To all the ships at sea,

JoAnne Kalish has an extremely small ego and a great talent. If you sipped a cup of tea, had a glass of Chardonnay, or had a Jack Daniels on the rocks with JoAnne, she would not tell you that she was the first woman hired by Sports Illustrated. She wouldn’t tell you that she was the first woman at the Indianapolis 500 or the first female photographer in the NHL penalty box. And the list goes on and on and on. To be honest, when I think of JoAnne I never think of her in terms of a woman photographer, just one hell of a great photographer. If you want to have a really good time and see some great art, the DiMaggio/Kalish/ Wheeler “Crossing the Line” show opens at the White Gallery in Lakeville, CT. (http://www.thewhitegalleryart.com on Friday, July 29th and runs to September 7th with Artists’ reception on Saturday July 30th .

“JoAnne Kalish a professional photographer since the age of 18, JoAnne was the first woman photographer hired by “Sports Illustrated.” She was the only photographer at the Long Beach Grand Prix, who got the famous near shunt involving Mario Andretti and James Hunt at the start of the race. The photo was featured on the cover of SPORT ILLUSTRATED’sYear in Photos” and was used as a double page spread for the coffee-table book “Andretti.” JoAnne has worked for numerous national and international publications, as well as doing advertising and corporate work. Her specialties are portraiture, beauty and sensuality. She is most recently known for her iconic portrait of Artist Will Barnet which is now in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art’s portrait section in Washington D.C. Her work is featured in many private and public collections.”

 

 

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

© JoAnne Kalish

Wheeler: In the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art

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Artist Dennis Wheeler

To all the ships at sea,

Anyone who know me knows that I have a basic philosophy in life: the greatest things in the life are free. They don’t cost anything. If you want to have an absolutely great time and see some wonderful art, the DiMaggio/Kalish/Wheeler “Crossing the Line” show opens at the White Gallery (http://www.thewhitegalleryart.com/) on Friday, July 29th and runs to September 7th with artists’ reception Saturday July 30th. Dennis Wheeler (http://denniswheelerart.com/bio/) has been a dear friend, teacher, and mentor of mine for a very long time. Hope to see you at the show.

“Dennis Wheeler’s experience in designing information stems from a varied career of award-winning Art and Creative Directorships.  In 1970, after several Art Director positions within Time Incorporated, he created the Corporate Creative Services Division, a department of five people responsible for delivering solutions for inter-corporate ad campaigns, exhibits, video presentations, identity programs and special advertising sections. During this period he also succeeded in producing designs for covers of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines.  13 of Wheeler’s 40 covers for Time are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.  “The Sex Explosion”, July 11, 1969, is currently on view in an exhibit there called “Time Covers the 1960’s”.  Five of his posters for Life magazine are in the permanent collection of Design and Architecture, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Upon creating his own company in 1972, many of Wheeler’s clients within Time Incorporated became his clients outside the company.  He was responsible for the entire identity and development of printed materials for Manhattan Cable Television, and the name, logo and two full “dummies” of Discover magazine. Transportation Displays Inc. retained him to supply a complete information display system for Logan International Airport, which was a factor in the widespread use of digital television in airports’ signage.

In 1980 Wheeler formed B&W Productions, as a subsidiary to his company, to create brand names and merchandising programs for mass marketers – JC Penney, Sears, and K-Mart.  Within two years, B&W Productions had created retail programs – Body Lingo and Ultimate in Sports Apparel  – which yielded nine-figure returns to the marketers.  The Education Utility, a joint venture between AT&T and the National Information Utility, provided an opportunity in 1987 to design his concept for “The Classroom of the Future” and present this work to the United States High School Superintendents Association.

In 1990, Wheeler began specializing in corporate identity programs, event identity programs, and new product development while also finding time to pursue his fine art activities.  A studio/gallery was opened on his property in Hillsdale, NY in 2006 where he now can implement designs he has been working on for several decades.”

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

© Dennis Wheeler

You May Not Believe in God

 

©Joe DiMaggio

©Joe DiMaggio

I consider myself extremely lucky, and without plagiarizing Lou Gehrig, I’m one of the luckiest people in the world.  I’ve received 3 doctorate degrees over my years of traveling this blue marble they call the Earth.  Another reason I consider myself very lucky is I have great friends.  The majority of them are either scientists or artists, but all of them, to a man and a woman, are considerably smarter than I am.  It’s a good thing to have highly intelligent friends because I never stop learning.  What the hell does this have to do with God?  When you look at a lion in the middle of the jungle, and you look into the lion’s eyes, it’s one of the most amazing visions you’ll ever see.  The lion will look back at you, and you will feel terror, fear, love, and respect at the same time.   But the majesty, the beauty, the strength, is off the charts.  The lion didn’t get the name “King of the Beasts” because it was a flea.  I would like to share with you a few photographs.

Under normal circumstances, I would try not to judge my fellow man.  But I’m going to make an exception on this low life piece of s*** who chose to wound a beautiful animal, and then take a half a day to kill it.  If I could get my hands on him, I’d put an arrow to his thigh close to his groin, and watch him take a day to die.  God forgive me for a bad thought.  In case anybody hasn’t figured it out, we are killing this planet.  Everyday, we’re killing this planet.  There’s an old cliche, people who live in glass houses should not throw rocks, so in the interest of being open and above board, there was a period of time in the 70’s that I would fish for large game fish.  Every ounce of those fish were eaten and nothing went to waste.  The only reason that this even happened is because I was filming for Sports Illustrated, HBO, Discovery Channel, etc., etc., etc..  99.9% of every fish I caught was tagged and released.  For the record today, if I go fishing, I fish with a camera only.

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©Joe DiMaggio

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Wow! This Really Blows Me Away

© Michael Hartnett

© Michael Hartnett

To all the ships at sea, last week ranged from brutal to inconceivable, and back to brutal cubed. I was suffering from negativity, which was probably my doing because I allow things to bother me. Well, enough of that. A young man showed up on our doorstep with a number 2 pencil and a tape recorder and interviewed JoAnne and myself. Separately, as a matter of fact, which I thought was a pretty innovative way of doing it (“no white lies, you’ll get caught!”). There’s something about a consummate professional; there’s an aura about them. In my experience, they’re bright, intelligent, soft spoken, and honest. I’m talking about Michael Hartnett. I normally have some minor defense mechanisms in place, but Michael was able to have me drop them in about ten seconds. Great interviewer, again I was totally impressed. We talked a little bit about some of his art and he showed me this beautiful illustration with which I fell in love. Then he explained that he makes them in the woods. Makes a record photograph and within hours it disappears. The initial concept threw me for a loop. You mean I can’t take it home? I can’t put it on my wall? It’s not archival? It’s here today, gone tomorrow? Then I gave it a little bit more thought and realized how brilliant it is. Just like us; here today, gone tomorrow. He’s written a novel called Tales of Allamucha; expect to see it on Amazon in the upcoming future. What a breath of fresh air! This is Joe DiMaggio signing off. PS, he was writing an article on JoAnne and myself for The Milford Journal. Check out the July issue.

 

Embrace

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

Why would anybody put up this genre of photograph in June when obviously the photograph as taken in the dead of winter? That’s funny, I asked myself the same question. There are two basic reasons: the first is I just found this photo I had been trying to find for the last few years for my book, so I scanned it and now you have an opportunity to see it, and the second is I just liked the feeling. It makes me feel warm. Two lovers outside a coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Very cold and snowy night. One grabbed shot, EOS camera, 85 1.2, ISO 200, 1/60th at f2. No rhyme or reason, I just like it.

Art By Wheeler

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

Dennis Wheeler is one of the finest artists in America today. He has to his credit: his work is in the permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art, and his artwork is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. When he talks about Andy, he’s not talking about Andy Rooney; he’s talking about Andy Warhol. He also has 40 Time covers to his credit. He’s one of the smartest and most creative people I’ve ever met. Extremely bright, creative, and quite humble. If you ever have an opportunity to be in Hillsdale, stop by his gallery. It’s absolutely awesome. And he makes a mean martini! How bad could it be?

Have a great day, Joe D signing off.

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio