A Marriage In Check, the heart of the bride stripped bare…

A friend of mine who is a big Duchamp-ophile recommended that I read this book knowing that I myself have plenty of interest and opinions regarding the mastery of Marcel. This book was eye-opening (not retinally speaking) and a pleasure to read…

A Marriage In Check is a fascinating account by Marcel Duchamp’s first wife Lydie Fisher Sarazine-Levassor of their nine-month courtship and marriage. (L.F.S-L.)

From the first page we are privy to the awkward dynamic and suspicious circumstances of Lydie and Marcel’s initial encounter and subsequent engagement.  She explains that her father, Henri Sarazine-Levassor, wanted a divorce from his wife of 25 years and that Mrs. Marthe Sarazine-Levassor would only acquiesce once their only child Lydie was married off. This unusual request may have come less out of concern for her daughter and more as a means of preventing the divorce.  Lydie was a twenty-five year old recluse, overweight and by her own account not very attractive. For a while Marthe Sarazine-Levassor’s plan seemed to work as her daughter was unable to attract a suitable suitor. That was until Henri Sarazine-Levassor’s friends, the artist Francis Picabia and his then mistress Germaine Everling, decided to help. From this account Picabia and Germaine were instrumental in introducing Lydie to the charming, available and broke Marcel Duchamp. Marcel’s money was tied up with a large Brancusi purchase and he had become preoccupied with chess.  Duchamp had publicly renounced art and proclaimed to Lydie that he did not work for a living but would live off his chess winnings or other laissezfaire endeavors. Lydie and Marcel received the slightest of dowries, one that proved too small for the both of them to live off. This strained their marriage from the outset and what money they did have was spread especially thin because Marcel needed his own space to work.  They began to live separately and ultimately, Marcel asked for his freedom, telling Lydie that a divorce will not change anything and may help their relationship. Lydie wondered what happened; why did he marry her in the first place? Lydie began to suspect a conspiracy between her husband, her father and their mutual friends and was guilt-ridden that her marriage forced her mother to succumb to the father’s will. Although Lydie was never fully embraced by Duchamp’s artistic milieu she did hope to win Duchamp’s love and trust, thinking that over time she would be accepted by Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Katherine Dreier and the rest of Duchamp’s posse. But this arrangement seems to have been a Fait accompli and those close to Duchamp (except for Duchamp’s youngest sister, Yvonne) kept Lydie at arm’s length when not interrogating her tastes and morals. This is a compelling read that gives the reader insight into familiar personalities and avant-garde artists from an alternative and unique perspective. It is also a wonderful window into the chaos of post-World War I France and the changing class-consciousness that would become prime subject matter for the avant-garde during the twenties.  Lydie Fischer Sarazine-Levassor’s observations and remembrances were written not as a salacious tell-all or as art history but rather for a Duchamp retrospective occurring at the Pompidou in Paris, 1977. I recommend this book to anyone who would like a better comprehension into the life and character of Marcel Duchamp the man, not the artist. Marriage

Pulse Art Fair 2014, NYC

www.coagulacuratorial.com
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COAGULA CURATORIAL at PULSE NEW YORK
MAY 8 – 11, 2014
The Metropolitan Pavilion
New York, NY
Coagula Curatorial is pleased to be included in this year’s PULSE New York art fair, with new works by:
Abel Alejandre, Mark Dutcher, Jonmarc Edwards, Ian Pines, Leigh Salgado, and Carol Sears
Coagula continues its run of the art fair circuit with a survey of recent works by 6 Los Angeles artists. Coagula’s
exhibit at PULSE is located at booth # C5, in the newly designed fair layout, under the direction of new fair director,
Helen Toomer.
Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has nurtured galleries and created an international community for them
to grow within the contemporary art market.
PULSE combines thoughtfully curated exhibitions with an evolving series of programming, which reflects the fair’s
commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.
Under the leadership of Helen Toomer, newly appointed director, PULSE New York 2014 will present a revitalized
platform for the discovery of contemporary art and will continue to demonstrate the fair’s commitment to the
exchange of ideas from pioneering and seasoned artists.

Mary Shelly III

MID CITY press release

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Coagula Curatorial

Jonmarc Edwards

MID-CITY

May 31 – June 21, 2014

Coagula Curatorial is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by LA based artist Jonmarc Edwards. There will be an opening reception for the artist Saturday May 31, 6-9pm. This show will feature work from Jonmarc’s provocative and tactile series of paintings, Mid-City. Named after the location of Jonmarc’s studio in Los Angeles, Mid-City integrates the topography of information and textual fallout with an array of mixed materials, distinctive color and bold compositions.

“The activity of painting is in part, the application of the past with the mixing of the new in preparation for the future. I see painting as an action and a consciousness of place, not limited to materials or form. My inclination is to communicate and challenge the viewer visually and then entice them into the realm of the un-said. Painting is the medium where the art is the activism of creative self-expression.”

Highly original yet containing the familiarity of the everyday, Edwards’ paintings contain layers of content while simultaneously engaging the viewer with activity and purpose. His work is thought-filled while remaining loose, candid and willing to follow a path of instinct rather than a pattern of style.

Jonmarc is best known for his work that transforms composed writings into concise, legible pictographic landscapes. His work has been individually exhibited in the United States and abroad at galleries that include Apex Art Gallery, NYC, Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles, Art Affairs, Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston, Texas. Edwards has received numerous grants, awards and commissions including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in New York City, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN, the Jerome Foundation, St. Paul, MN and the Neiman-Marcus Memorial Commission, Dallas, Texas.

Edwards diverse interests include set and costume pieces for dance and performance including; “Corral” at CalPoly Pomona, “Looming Bias” and “Intelligent Living” performed at Art Center, Pasadena. Jonmarc has also presented a billboard series “My Work Is Here,” located at major intersections around Los Angeles. Jonmarc has recently finished “The Truth Collection,” an edition of fifty-leaded crystal sculptures. It is the result of his commissioned painting, TRUTH completed in September 2012. “The Truth Collection,” under the direction of Mark Litwin M.D., MPH. Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is awarded to graduating residents that exhibit a gift for the sensitive and nurturing practice of patients’ rights advocacy.

Newsletter Vol 37 spring 2012

Newsletter Vol. 37, 2012
Spring – A Calendar of Events                    JonMarc Edwards – Artist
 
This will be the last quarterly newsletter. Starting July 15, all jme news, info and images will happen on the jmeblog located at the bottom Character of the jmeart homepage. I look forward to your interests, responses and questions!

INCOGNITO
Saturday, March 17, 2012   7 – 10 pm
Doors open at 7 pm sharp!
With original artworks by 500 contemporary artists, INCOGNITO features work by luminaries including John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, and Judy Chicago, as well as a host of emerging talent. This spirited evening encourages attendees, from sophisticated art patrons to first-time collectors, to trust their instincts as they select treasures that speak to their unique aesthetic. Each piece is signed on the back and the artists’ identities are revealed only after purchase.

 

JME’ studio floor, soon to be painted over for the next phase of the jmestudio/ captivity space.

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Newsletter Vol 36 winter 2012

Newsletter Vol. 36, 2012
Winter – A Calendar of Event                     JonMarc Edwards – Artist

INCOGNITO is Coming!
Saturday, March 17, 2012   7 – 10 pm
 With original artworks by 500 contemporary artists, INCOGNITO features work by luminaries including John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, and Judy Chicago, as well as a host of emerging talent.

High Fracas, Dance Set Installation, CalPoly 2012 Pomona, CA

Foundation Kaus Australis, The Prospectus, W.Hollywood, CA
January 26 – March 2, 2012 reception Thursday, Jan 26, 5-8pm

 
One Day Only
Array! Over 100 works on paper.
Saturday, February 18, 11am – 3pm
Captivity, 5574 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

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Newsletter Vol 35 fall 2011

Newsletter Vol. 35, 2011
Fall – A Calendar of Events                       JonMarc Edwards – Artist

The Cure at the Beacon Theater, NYC Reflections Tour Nov 27, 2011
Click on image for more photos from the concert

Upcoming Group Show
Foundation Kaus Australis, The Prospectus, W.Hollywood, CA
January 26 – March 2, 2012 reception Thursday, Jan 26, 5-8pm

Here and Now mixed media 20” x 16” 2011

Coming soon at Captivity, Array! Over 100 works on paper!!!

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Newsletter Vol 34 summer 2011

Newsletter Vol. 34, 2011
Summer – A Calendar of Events
JonMarc Edwards – Artist

“TRUTH” a painting commission.
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Click on image for more information

Truth Mixed Media 48” x 36”  2011

Switched At Birth,
Jonmarc’s painting are highlighted in episode #3 june 20, 9pm – ABC Family

HGTV’d
Featured artist – episode #4, air’s in July, 2011

I will be making updates on the website over the summer so check in periodically!

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Newsletter Vol 33 spring 2011

Newsletter Vol. 33, 2011
Spring – A Calendar of Events  JonMarc Edwards – Artist

Le Grande Minuet, Site-Specific Performance installation
Cal Poly Pomona, May 16, 2011, 10am – 2pm, Dance Theater

INCOGNITO April 30, 2011
Santa Monica Museum of Art’s highly anticipated annual art exhibition and benefit is on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Attendees – from sophisticated art patrons to first-time collectors – are encouraged to trust their instincts to guide their selections, as works are signed on the back and artist identities are revealed only after purchase. Hundreds of artworks are available – still only $300 each. Tickets start at $100. For more information, call 310.586.6488 x116 or email incognito@smmoa.org.

Coming Soon…
“TRUTH” a painting commission. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

www.jmeart.com has been updated with recent artwork, writings and information!!!

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Newsletter Vol 32 winter 2011

Newsletter Vol. 32, 2011
Winter – A Calendar of Events                     JonMarc Edwards – Artist

So Much Depends – Guest Curator Charlotte Eyerman
Royale Projects, 75270 Highway 111 suite 205 Indian Wells, CA 92210
January 22 – March 12, 2011, Reception January 22, 4-8pm
Artist include; JonMarc Edwards, Tom Friedman, Sarah Frost, Rob Reynolds David Buckingham, Ian Weaver, Timothy Ernst

INCOGNITO is Coming, April 30, 2011
Santa Monica Museum of Art’s highly anticipated annual art exhibition and benefit, will return for its seventh year on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Tickets start at $100. For more information, call 310.586.6488 x116 or email incognito@smmoa.org.

Tolstoy mixed media 48” x 36” 2009

My friend Jody Zellen is having an open studio January 29-30, 3-5 pm to coincide with Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Barker Hanger, 2900 Airport
www.jodyzellen.com/portfolio
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Newsletter Vol 31 fall 2010

Newsletter Vol. 31, 2010
Fall – A Calendar of Events  JonMarc Edwards – Artist

Inscription, …text…image…action…
Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA
November 8 – December 9, 2010 Click on Image for more info & images

Sirens of Titan mixed media  30” x 40” 2010 Click to see larger image

Looking forward to… So Much Depends
Opening January 2011, Royale Projects – Palm Springs
Curated ny Charlotte Eyerman

Please check out my first “Lish” influenced story, “Ms. Love Mark,” in the Personal section of the WritingTexts category in www.jmeart.com

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