Getting to know LUKE LICHTERMAN
SOURCE: Artwork Archive
Neither Raziel nor I reveal our hidden faces easily. His secret is deeply hidden from casual viewers and is revealed only to those who seek it.
Subject Matter: Abstract wood sculpture
1970's Hippie Wood Sculptor
I live in a North Carolina hardwood forest, surrounded by the media in which I work. My forest provides solace in its peaceful chaos and spiritual sustenance in the material it provides for my work. I value these attributes and strive to maintain its ecological balance and health by practicing sustainable forestry. I harvest only downed, dead-fall trees and those showing rot, infestation or other indicators of a terminal condition.
Unlike most woodcarvers, who work in milled lumber, I sculpt natural whole round timber. Commissions negotiable: Lead times vary depending upon the project, workload and ready availability of suitable timber.
In the 1950s I apprenticed with my old-world carpenter grandfather and learned that the concepts; ‘Square,’ ‘Level’ and ‘True’ were foreign to my dyslexic mind. I did discover, however, that given a suitable piece of wood and a knife, chisel or gouge, I could carve decorative sculptural forms.
During the years between the 1950s and 1970s, I served in the U. S. Army, married, fathered children, failed in business and was divorced by my wife. In a state of depressed desolation, while moving out of our home and preparing to go to sea, I rediscovered my grandfather’s tools.
Opening that old-world chest was an epiphany! It hadn’t been opened in years and the scent of old iron and desiccated oil that wafted out brought me back to the old man’s side and simultaneously projected me into the remainder of my life ashore.
My forest provides solace in it's peaceful chaos and spiritual sustenance in the material it provides for my work. I value these attributes and strive to maintain its ecological balance and health by practicing sustainable forestry.
I harvest only downed, dead-fall trees and those showing rot, infestation or other indicators of a terminal condition.
Columbus, North Carolina
Luke Lichterman is an autodidact artist of pure talent represented by works of spiritual, personal and artistic wood sculpture from sustainable whole timber.
Your Art Collection As Loan Collateral
Use the art you own to borrow the funds you need — all without a single work leaving your walls
Fine art is a powerful capital financial asset that may be considered as part of your overall wealth management strategy such as using your collection as collateral to gain liquidity for other financial opportunities.
Art and Liquidity
As a fine art collector, you no doubt have a very clear sense of what drew you to each piece in your collection. You may even be able to talk in depth on the personal history and creative influences of the artists whose works you own. Yet if you are like many collectors, you may only vaguely be aware that you can use art as collateral for a loan. By borrowing against your artwork, you may create liquidity to take advantage of a broad range of financial opportunities. You might think about:
Acquiring additional artwork
Financing business goals
Taking advantage of other opportunities
As a client of Bank of America Private Bank, you have access to a qualified team of credit specialists who can help you borrow against your art collection while you maintain possession of every piece.
Your Art Collection And Legacy Planning
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Whether selling, giving or donating your art collection, early planning is critical to ensuring your goals are fulfilled.
It is important to determine what you would like to see happen to your collection when you are gone. Preparing now can safeguard the legacy of your collection. Bank of America Private Bank has special expertise and extensive resources in this area. We can help clients who appreciate and collect art to navigate the financial and estate planning issues for potential financial benefits from their collection.
ART COLLECTORS' CORNER
Billie Zangewa, One of Africa’s Most Closely Watched Artists, Gets New York Gallery Representation
SOURCE: MAXIMILÍANO DURÓN, ArtNews
Germano Celant. COURTESY FONDAZIONE PRADA
Lehmann Maupin, which has locations in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul, has added to its roster Billie Zangewa, one of the most closely watched artists working in Africa today. The gallery will offer a work by the artist in its online booth as part of the Frieze New York art fair, which opens today to invited guests, and has a solo exhibition of her work scheduled for September in New York.
Zangewa creates works that combine different types of fabrics—from raw silk to stain—that she sews to create various kinds of scenes that explore her own personal narrative and look to celebrate womanhood. Among her most famous pieces is the 2010 work The Rebirth of Black Venus, which shows a semi-nude Zangewa rising out of the skyline of Johannesburg, where she moved after calling off a wedding engagement.
“The Rebirth of Black Venus was really a pivotal moment for me,” Zangewa told ARTnews. “I was going through a kind of identity crisis. One stage of my womanhood was ending and another one was beginning, and I was coming to the understanding that I needed to prioritize myself. In this rebirth there’s a personal freedom and expression of personal power.”
For Frieze New York, Lehmann Maupin will offer a 2019 piece by Zangewa in the range of $40,000–$70,000. Titled High Hopes, the piece shows Zangewa in a blue cocktail dress leaning on a dresser in her bedroom as she stares out of a circular window. In her practice Zangewa often looks to depict domestic and interior scenes that celebrate what is often a private experience in a public way. Her work “speaks to how society doesn’t make girl children come into their full power,” Zangewa said. “One of the reasons why I make works about my domestic life is to say that society doesn’t see this as being done but yet the raising of children and the keeping of home is so important to the structure of our society. It’s saying let’s celebrate those aspects of what keeps our society moving.”
Rachel Lehmann, one of the gallery’s cofounders, said that she sees Zangewa’s work as putting an “emphasis on what women have been doing for centuries, quietly, at home. So many of Billie’s images connect to the idea of creating something with you own hands, which was underrecognized even as a form of fine art. She talks about what it means to be a woman.” Part of that approach includes her use of sewing together fabrics, which Zangewa said, “is a celebration of a tradition that women have shared for generations. Before psychotherapy this is how women were dealing with being oppressed by patriarchy.”
Zangewa has a mid-career survey slated for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. It was originally to open this fall but has been pushed to 2021 because of the museum’s temporary closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. Zangewa said that amid the stay-at-home orders in South Africa she has continued to make work in addition to teaching her seven-year-old son.
For her solo show at Lehmann Maupin, Zangewa said that she is considering shifting her imagery to a new path that moves the focuses to her experiences in urban settings, outside the domestic space. “I’m playing on the psychology of how you relate to situations outside of your comfort zone because my home is my comfort zone,” she said. “It’s about the excitement of having new interactions. The challenges that may come as you develop new relationships, as well as how I feel being away from my son.”
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