Ben and I recently went back up to Chapel Hill to meet with Rachael Cozad, an art dealer and consultant from Kansas, and Stephen Fletcher, a historian, and archivist at UNC Chapel Hill.
Rachael is doing the appraisal of the collection. (I'm guessing a net worth of one trillion bazzilion dollars, but it might possibly be a real number)
It's really exciting to work with such nice and enthusiastic people.
We went through a great deal of prints, and history of my grandfather's work, and I think Rachael was quite impressed.
Stephen and Ben check out slides of Tom's work.
Ben laughs while showing the image for Tom's 1971 Christmas card. The remains of a tree with the note Phase 3. A reference to Nixon economic plan Phase 2.
Rachel photographs a series of Polaroid photos. I love these images. If you look closely you can see they are double exposures resulting in the ghostly image of a teenage girl, who just so happens to be my mother. I love when ideas and techniques that I've experimented show up in my grandfathers work.
Ben holds a halftone transparency far back to show how it turns into an eye at a distance. This piece was originally printed pretty big, at least 5 feet tall, and stood in the Mint Museum at the back of the gallery. When guests walked in they could see the eye, but as they drew closer the image was lost as it turned into dots. In the mint museum show Tom really wanted to get the audience involved rather than just having photos in a straight line.
Rachael looks over prints of Harry Golden and Carl Sandburg. (sorry you can't see them on account of being upside down)