Friday, July 30, 2010

Underpaintings in International Artist Magazine

In each issue of International Artist Magazine, the Portrait Society of America's Chairman, Gordon Wetmore, presents a segment dedicated to the Art of the Portrait. His contribution to the bi-monthly magazine contains a selection of photographs, interviews, and articles, written by and about members of the Portrait Society, and I look forward to reading it every issue.

For the August/September edition of International Artist, I was approached and asked if I would allow the use of the write-ups I posted to this blog from the last PSoA Conference to help recapitulate the events for readers of Wetmore's column. I was happy to contribute my writings, and with the aid of PSoA's Executive Director, Christine Egnoski, who filled in descriptions of the portions of the conference I was unable to attend, and with the help of photographer Steve Smith, who recorded the event through his camera lens, our article was complete. It has been my honor to be included in this fantastic art magazine.

The Portrait Society of America's 13th Annual Art of the Portrait Conference will take place April 28th through May 1st, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. Registration for the event is discounted through August 1st, at a price of $335.75 for PSoA members; after October 1st, prices for members will increase to $395. Membership to the PSoA is currently $70.00 per year for artists, and includes a subscription to International Artist Magazine, a $38.00 USD value.

International Artist Magazine was recently named the most popular art magazine in an online poll conducted by Making a Mark, one of the top-rated art blogs in the United Kingdom.

Portrait Society of America's Art of the Portrait Conference, Washington, D.C., 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Addendum: Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné Price Set to Increase

On the previous post concerning the new retail price of the William A. Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné, I listed two letters from Betsy Gillen, an American representative for the publisher, Antique Collector's Club. She was kind enough to answer my questions regarding price changes and whether or not the books listed at Amazon were indeed paperback (they are not). She is NOT, however, the person to contact if you wish to order the book set. Ms. Gillen has provided the distribution center's contact information below, should you choose to order directly from ACC.

The price of the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné, as of this moment, varies by vendor.

The Art Renewal Center - $350.00 USD + $20 shipping and handling
The Antique Collector's Club - $350.00 USD + shipping (USA) - $220.43 + free shipping within the USA (Canada) - $197.73 USD + shipping (to locations outside Canada) (United Kingdom) - $175.30 USD + shipping (to locations outside UK)

I do not know if The Antique Collector's Club in Great Britain will raise their price to match the $350.00 price tag in the U.S., or if they will keep the list price at £179.

The letter from Ms. Gillen containing the information for ordering directly from ACC is attached below:

Dear Matthew,

A gentleman who reads your blog called me today and mentioned that you are giving readers my name and phone number in order to contact me to purchase Bouguereau for the price of $295.00. Please note that, as mentioned in my email to you yesterday, ACC has changed the retail price to $350.00. Bouguereau will not be sold for $295.00. Please also note that I do not take purchase orders but that anyone who wishes to pre-order a copy of Bouguereau can do so by contacting our distribution center, National Book Network (NBN), by calling (800) 462-6420 or by emailing at

Thank you for your cooperation,


Betsy Gillen
ACC Distribution
116 Pleasant St, Suite 49
Easthampton, Ma 01027
Ph: 800-252-5231 ext:100
Fax: 413-529-0862

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné Price Set to Increase

If you were thinking of ordering the William A. Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné, now is probably the best time to do it. RIGHT NOW. The two-volume, hardbound set in slipcase has been listed for a retail price of $295.00 USD for a year now, but the publisher, Antique Collector's Club, has just announced they will be raising their price to $350. Amazon will soon be making the change on their website.

The page from the current ACC Fall 2010 catalog.

For those of us who invested in this project through the Art Renewal Center (co-publisher of the set) beginning five years ago, the price we had to pay was $350. However, everyone else who decided to purchase the books through a vendor other than the Art Renewal Center was able to purchase the books for as low as $170.00. Refunds from ARC were denied, and unfortunately, rather than refunding the difference in retail list prices, the Art Renewal Center has requested that the Antique Collector's Club raise their prices (ACC is a vanity press, so ARC has that prerogative).

If you want the books, now is a good time to purchase, before Amazon makes the price adjustments. Currently, the best deal for Americans seems to be (Canada), where the price is CDN$204.12 ($198.66 USD at the moment). Although the books are listed by Amazon as being paperbacks, they are in fact the hardbound edition. Not only does the ISBN on Amazon match that of the ACC catalog (see above), but ACC also confirmed to me that there is only a hardbound edition being printed.

Dear Mr Innis,

Thank you for your email. We are looking into your queries regarding the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonne (isbn 9781851496129) now and will hopefully have answers for you early next week. We can say that this is a hardcover set (slipcase), and is definitely not a paperback. We have asked Amazon to make this correction and we thank you for bringing this error to our attention.

Kind regards,

Betsy Gillen

Betsy Gillen
ACC Distribution
116 Pleasant St, Suite 49
Easthampton, Ma 01027
Ph: 800-252-5231 ext:100
Fax: 413-529-0862

Below is the letter I received from the Antique Collector's Club today announcing their plans to match the ARC store price:

Dear Matthew,

ACC has increased the retail price of William Bouguereau to $350.00 as well. The new price will be reflected on Amazon shortly.

Kind regards,

Betsy Gillen

Betsy Gillen
ACC Distribution
116 Pleasant St, Suite 49
Easthampton, Ma 01027
Ph: 800-252-5231 ext:100
Fax: 413-529-0862

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Salmagundi Club Annual Non-Member Show Reception 2010

Elizabeth Pollie, Grand Promenade, Oil

Congratulations to Elizabeth Pollie for her Best in Show Award for Grand Promenade.

This past Friday evening, the Salmagundi Club in New York City held the reception for their 33rd Annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members. It was a great turnout, and I always have a lot of fun visiting the club's historic brownstone. Congratulations to all who participated!


1. Best in Show Award - Elizabeth Pollie
2. Joseph Hartley Memorial award for OIL - Max Ginsburg
3. Thomas Moran Memorial Award for WATERCOLOR - Ken C. Hamilton
4. George Inness, Jr. Memorial Award for PASTEL - Barbara Groff
5. VASARI Classic Artist's Oil Colors Gift Certificate Award for an Exceptional Work in OIL - Joel Carson Jones
6. National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Inc. Award - Jim Potterton
7. Jack Richeson & Co. Inc. Material Award - Nicole Moné
8. Pastel Society of America Award - Roxanne Weidele
9. Allied Artists of America Award - Henry Buerckholtz
10. American Artists' Professional League Award - Sol Korby
11. Dale Meyers Medal Award for a Watercolor - Dean Mitchell
12. Audubon Artists Award - Alexandra K. Wisnoski
13. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Award - Luis De Mena
14. Winsor & Newton Material Award - John S. Richter
15. Connecticut Pastel Society Award - Sangita Phadke
16. Gamblin Artists Colors Co. Art Material Award - John Grieco
17. Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Award - Mervyn Vowles
18. Ridgewood Art Institute Award - Dora Atwater Millikin
19. The Katlan Family Seascape Award - Nancy Davis
20. ART TIMES Award - Jack Brown
21. The President's Award - Matthew W. Cutter
22. Certificate of Merit for OIL - Jill Banks
23. Certificate of Merit for WATERCOLOR - Jinnie May
24. Certificate of Merit for PASTEL - Rita Agron


1. Joseph Hartley Memorial Award - Arthur Bernstein
2. Olivia Olsson Memorial Award - Freya Gervasi
3. Salmagundi Club Award - Debra Friedkin
4. Certificate of Merit for Sculpture - Arlene Fins

Mervyn Vowles, Jamey in Profile, Oil

Joel Carson Jones, Shadows of Youth, Oil

Max Ginsburg, Crossroads, Oil

Jeanne Ciravolo, Seth, Oil

Nicole Moné, The Model's Perspective #2, Oil

Alexandra Tyng, Harriet Pattison in her Landscape, Oil

Luis De Mena, Maria, Oil

Susan Daly Voss, Orange Sections with Pewter, Oil

Thank you to Susan Daly Voss for providing many of the photographs for this post.

To see images from 2009's Annual Non-Member Show, click here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Heritage Illustration Auction August 2010

Heritage Auction Galleries has quickly become my favorite source for gathering images from America's Golden Age of illustration. Not only have they recently handled some very large auctions filled with iconic artwork from leading illustrators of the past, but they also provide some of the best, up-to-date, online pictures of each of these artist's work. Their scans are large and clear, and for each sale, they provide hundreds of mouth-watering images, covering nearly every lot at auction.

This August, Heritage will again be offering an auction of Illustration Art (#5054), and the electronic catalog for the sale is already available at their website. The 754 lot sale includes, but is not limited to, such famous illustrators as Robert McGinnis, Earl MacPherson, Tom Lovell, Andrew Loomis, J.C. Leyendecker, Earl Moran, James Montgomery Flagg, Patrick Nagel, Olivia, Bob Peak, Willy Pogany, Norman Rockwell, George Rozen, Frank Schoonover, Haddon Sundblom, Saul Tepper, Boris Vallejo, Alberto Vargas, Coby Whitmore, John Whitcomb, Morgan Weistling, Dean Cornwell, Gil Elvgren, Harold Anderson, James Avati, McClelland Barclay, James Bama, and Pruett Carter. Also included in the sale is a large collection of art by illustrators who cannot be identified.

Bidding for the art begins at prices as low as a single dollar, so it is quite easy for someone to grab an original piece of illustration history for a really great deal. The final auction will take place on August 17th and 18th in Dallas, Texas.