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My book, An Early Work Late In Life is now available through PixelPreserve at: http://www.pixelpreserve.net/bookstore/

We are currently in the very early stages of working on digitizing the book, but that might still be a little ways off in the future. There are 160 images in the book, most of which are in color, so that rules out reading the book on a standard Kindle. I’m looking into whether KindleFire will be able to handle carrying a book of this size and complexity—but it will translate easily for iPads. This, as previously mentioned is still off in the future. Standard printed high quality paper copies of the book cost $29.95 plus shipping and handling. First editions are in limited supply.

There are two book signing/readings coming up. The first will be at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery at 500 University Avenue, Rochester, New York on Thursday, May 16th at 5:30pm. The second book signing/reading will be at Giovanni’s Room at 345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, June 1st at 5:30pm.

 

Is It A Drawing of Marlene Dietrich?

Danny Allen, blue crayone on newsprint. Perhaps a caricature of Marlene Dietrich. 1973. Private Collection.

Danny Allen, blue crayon on newsprint. Perhaps a caricature of Marlene Dietrich. 1973. Private Collection. Outside frame – 20″ x 26″.

When I first started to think about raising book funding through KickStarter, the whole idea of incentive rewards stumped me. I wasn’t about to offer coffee mugs, sweatshirts and tote-bags. A little decorum was required. But in thinking about reward incentives I was hesitant to offer one of Danny Allen’s original pieces in the mix—but something told me it would be alright. An old friend of Danny’s bid-on and secured this piece for her own personal collection—and voluntarily offered to see to it that the drawing will be provided for in the future..

This drawing is one of a little collection of Conté/litho-crayon sketches that Danny was able to confidentially dash out without so much as a false move. That sort of sure hand is not something every artist possesses (me included). I personally think this is a caricature of Marlene Dietrich—but even if it isn’t, it sure does look like her.

The art is being shipped to Rochester, New York, matted and framed. It’s in an archival, acid-free mat, and will receive a sheet of conservation clear glass (which filters out ultra violet light) once it arrives in Rochester. It currently has a temporary sheet of Plexiglas protecting it. It’s packed, padded and ready to travel. I don’t like the idea of shipping art while under glass. Glass can break causing shards to slash things to pieces while the box gets shaken six ways from Sunday during its travels. Congratulations to the lucky couple receiving this drawing. I’m especially pleased to have this very unique drawing enter this particular home—I have every confidence it will be loved and appreciated for many, many happy years to come.

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EarlyWokCopverPGN300dpiI have a limited number of books available. Anyone who’d like to purchase a copy contact me at billandedna@hotmail.com. Put the words “Sunny Ducks” in the subject heading. $34.95 includes shipping and handling. $29.95 if you live within walking distance.

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Books are on sale at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Museum Store for $29.                  It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

March 17–June 9, 2013 500 University Avenue · Rochester, NY 14607-1484 585.276.8900 · 585.473.6266 http://mag.rochester.edu/

Thinking About the Future of Art from the Past

Danny Allen - Surrealist drawing, 1974. Graphite and mixed media. Private collection.

Danny Allen – Surrealist drawing, 1974. Graphite and mixed media. Private collection.

More of Danny Allen’s art is about to become part of the permanent collection of the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery (see the image above).  As for the pieces I have, I’ve made a provision in my will that Danny Allen’s family will receive all of his art in my possession. In fact, I will probably make that transfer while I’m still hale and hearty rather than waiting until I’m a great deal older, and life is more difficult. Much of Dan’s work is lost forever because a collector failed to make special provisions for the art she owned, and left her entire estate to a caretaker who didn’t understand the value of what she been given, and disposed of it all. That is a scenario I’d like to see avoided in the future.

A prominent collector and retired museum professional willed his original art by Danny Allen to go to the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery (a drawing and a collage if I’m not mistaken). For a man with his credentials and professional history, this is and honor to Dan’s memory—and wonderful news in general. The donor has chosen to remain anonymous, and I’m respecting that request. If you want to figure out who it is, buy the book, and you’ll figure it out easily enough—I’m just not publishing the name online.

This bequest insures the survival of more of Dan’s art. It is my understanding that the art is officially accepted, but not yet physically transferred. Generally speaking, one can’t simply “will” art to a major institution and expect it to be part of the permanent collection. There’s a process that needs to be followed—submitting things through committee or through museum personnel with the authority to act on behalf of the institution. For the most part, I am advising people who own art by Danny Allen to leave it to the Allen Family. Anyone wishing to do so, please contact me through this site, and I will handle contacting the point person for the family.

Sometime in the future I’d love to find reasonable gallery space for a small retrospective exhibit of Danny’s work. I can’t allow myself to think about the costs involved with matting, framing and transporting art at the moment. All of that is a challenge for another day.

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BookJacketStudyAdI have a limited number of books available. Anyone who’d like to purchase a copy contact me at billandedna@hotmail.com. Put the words “Sunny Ducks” in the subject heading. $34.95 includes shipping and handling. $29.95 if you live within walking distance.

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Books are on sale at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Museum Store for $29.                  It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

March 17–June 9, 2013 500 University Avenue · Rochester, NY 14607-1484 585.276.8900 · 585.473.6266 http://mag.rochester.edu/

The Conduit

Danny Allen, 1967 - Pen and ink with wash. Collection of Eva Weiss

Danny Allen, 1967 – Pen and ink with wash. Collection of Eva Weiss

A kind of chain reaction has begun, which I expected. The conduit for this chain is of course the book. It has been inevitable that art would surface. My friend Eva Weiss sent me a scan of a very atypical Danny Allen drawing, which for whatever reason didn’t make it into the book. The drawing looked more like something done by Dan’s friend, Ramon Martinez—who with his Latin American heritage found himself interested in Mayan images and faces. I don’t know if Ramon had any Mayan ancestry but that wasn’t the point. This piece is signed by Danny Allen in 1969. It’s pen and ink with handwriting that reads: “Carmen Apostolides the ass.” Who knows what that means….

Danny Allen, 1969. Pen and ink with white Placca, mounted oj board. Collection of Leah Warnick.

Danny Allen, 1969. Pen and ink with white Placca, mounted on board. Collection of Leah Warnick. There’s writing on the drawing too, but I can’t make out what it says.

Then another Danny Allen surfaced that looks very similar to this drawing and is also dated 1969. Again, it looks more like a Ramon Martinez than it does a Danny Allen. But it also looks like a parody of a Rembrandt self-portrait. Artists definitely borrow from each other and take on influences. I don’t know if Dan was influenced by Ramon or vica versa.

Danny Allen's headstone in Hilton, New York. Photo by Art Wheat.

Danny Allen’s headstone in Hilton, New York. Photo by Art Wheat.

More stories have surfaced and some mysteries have been solved. Albert Robbins has reminded me that Danny Allen and I were married in Mount Hope Cemetery in a mock-service that was officiated by Albert, himself. Dan and I later “legitimized” our relationship by opening-up a joint checking account. We wore English ivy wreaths in our hair, but did not enter the bank wearing them. Our witnesses were other stoned hippies—which we also had the presence of mind not to invite along with us to the bank either. As far as I know the account it still open, if I dould only think of the name of the bank…. It’s an embarrassing state of affairs when your friends have to remind you that you were once married. I was a wife/husband who had a husband/wife. You’d think a thing like that would have stuck in my mind, but it didn’t until Albert brought it up at a cocktail party back in Rochester. Lord knows what else will surface between now and my next return to that peculiar little city on May 16th.

A final revelation. It turns out that there’s one surviving poem from Danny’s lost folio of writings Diana pinched from me. I made a copy of that poem when Dan died, and sent it to his parents. That poem survives chiseled on his grave marker.

  • “I’m waiting for the maker of the lord to reveal to me, how he became the one to create the God who created me.”
The entrance to the carriage house/art studio that I shared with Danny Allen. Contemporary view. Photo by Eva Weiss.

The entrance to the carriage house/art studio that I shared with Danny Allen. Contemporary view. Photo by Eva Weiss.

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BookJacketAngledI have a limited number of book available. Anyone who’d like to purchase a copy contact me at billandedna@hotmail.com. Put the words “Sunny Ducks” in the subject heading. $34.95 includes shipping and handling. $29.95 if you live within walking distance.

An Early Work Late in Life – Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DannyAllenArt?ref=hl

Books are on sale at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Museum Store for $29.                  It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

March 17–June 9, 2013 500 University Avenue · Rochester, NY 14607-1484 585.276.8900 · 585.473.6266 http://mag.rochester.edu/

Advance Copies Available of ‘An Early Work Late in Life’

BookJacketStudyturnedI just received ten boxes of books via UPS this afternoon. There’s barely room in my living room to accommodate all the boxes. For anyone in the Rochester area, books are available at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery–and will eventually be available through Pixel Preserve (details to follow). Meanwhile I have a limited number of book available. Anyone who’d like to purchase a copy contact me at billandedna@hotmail.com. Put the words “Sunny Ducks” in the subject heading. $34.95 includes shipping and handling. $29.95 if you live within walking distance.

An Early Work Late in Life – Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DannyAllenArt?ref=hl

Books are on sale at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Museum Store for $29.                  It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

March 17–June 9, 2013 500 University Avenue · Rochester, NY 14607-1484 585.276.8900 · 585.473.6266 http://mag.rochester.edu/

Save the Date for Book Signings in Two Cities

Piles and piles of books reading for shipping to upcoming book signing sites.

Piles and piles of books reading for shipping to upcoming book signing sites.

Following a wonderful book launch that piggybacked on the spectacular opening of the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery’s opening of It Came From the Vault—I will be going back to Rochester, New York for a reading and book signing at the Memorial Art Gallery on Thursday, May 16th at 5:30pm. You can get more details as the MAG’s May events calendar is posted and updated regularly on their website: http://mag.rochester.edu/ — I am also anticipating a cover article by Rochester art journalist, Becca Rafferty to appear in a publication titled ‘City’ which should hit Rochester newsstands on May 1st.

Equally exciting is a book signing scheduled in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA at Giovanni’s Room located on the northeast corner of 12th and Pine Streets on Saturday, June 1st at 5:30pm http://www.queerbooks.com/event/reading-willian-whiting. That signing will be proceeded by a story in the Philadelphia Gay News by art journalist Jen Colletta appearing in the Friday, May 31st “Summer Reading” issue. I’ll keep people posted as we get closer to both dates.