This will be about my views on what it takes to put a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. With a lot of digressing.
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Nov 30, 2009


DUALITY 40 x 48" Acrylic on Canvas (C) Margery Caggiano

I delve into the internet a lot, to see what's been auctioned, to see if links are accurate etc, and to see whats popped up as more and more info makes its way online.
I found a registry of women artists named CLARA, in case you ladies want to look.
Then my name came up on a portfolio that's in the database of the American Art Portrait Gallery Library of The Smithsonian. The entry was for a painting of mine, titled "Duality", with an approximate date of 1896 to 1975. Naturally I contacted the person of record, suggested that I was still alive, and asked why that painting?
Answer: "Peter and son Paul Juley headed the largest fine arts photography firm in NY from 1907 to 1975. Their clients included museums, galleries, schools, art dealers, private collectors, and nearly every major artist of the period. The Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired the Juley collection from Paul Juley, just prior to his death in 1975."
It seems that the (wincing here)1968 Audubon Artists Nat'l Exhibition was documented by the Juley firm, and I was one of the exhibitors, with "Duality" above, which received a Medal of Honor. Nice.
I cleared up the date with the library and sent an image for the archives. The site is SIRIS

The painting in question is of a friend and fellow artist, Edith Borax Morrison. I've used her as a model several times over the years.MRS B 16 x 18" Acrylic on Canvas c) Margery Caggiano
I was in my one-eye- Larry Rivers period.
MOI with frame
Edith and I were also antiquers, and found this top part of a cottage dresser, sans mirror.
So I painted her to fit. The (my) hand is cast plaster dipped in wax (yes, and ouch), the bird is of course faux. Both are on the shelf (arrow)
She looks a little double jointed, but you can't have everything
EDITH WITH BIRD Acrylic on Canvas (Size?)

Edith is an extremely accomplished artist, currently affiliated with the Kehler Lidell Gallery in New Haven, Conn.

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