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An Art Collectors Dilemma:
What do you do
when you have no wall space left?

An artist's book by Mark Dahle

Sooner or later, every art collector hits the same problem: they've got more art than they've got walls to display the art.

Most of us keep collecting anyway.

Herbert and Dorothy Vogel had drawings, sketches and works on paper stuffed under their bed, on top of their refrigerator, and all around their flat. Their eventual solution: to gift some of the more than 4,000 artworks they collected to 50 different museums.

Eli and Edythe Broad had storage spaces around Los Angeles until they were able to consolidate 2,000 artworks at their new museum.

What will you do when you run out of wall space?

Will you build a museum? Create a storage space for the overflow? Shift your collecting focus to something that doesn't require walls?

One solution that some collectors adopt is to start collecting art that can be displayed in the middle of a room. Some collect sculpture. A few collect artists' books. Most, of course, just get more storage space and keep their collection mostly hidden from view.

One great solution

Our great solution won't work for everyone. But for some collectors, Mark Dahle Portfolios are an amazing way to add more art without impacting your walls. Mark Dahle Portfolios can be displayed on large bookshelves in your library, on coffee tables in any room, and on pedestals anywhere.

Cover of Farmer Jane

The Special Collector's Edition of each portfolio, at 13 x 19 inches, fits on any oversized bookshelf. Each portfolio contains at least 20 beautiful fine art photographs, a story or essay, and a photograph of one of Mark Dahle's paintings.

There are 49 Portfolios to date, so there's a topic for everyone. Some of the children's stories are funny. Some of the science fiction stories are slightly creepy. Some of the commentaries are inspirational. You'll probably find something just for you.

Besides the varieties of the stories, you can find a wide variety of locations captured by the mostly urban and industrial photos -- scenes of Madrid, Basel, New York, Alaska, and the Arizona desert, to name a few. But don't expect glamor shots of the cities. Mark takes pictures of things that are accidentally beautiful. Luckily you can preview the various locations for only $12.95 each at fine bookstores.

One Day's Encouragement

A complete set of all 49 portfolios (so far) would add more than 1,000 works of art to your collection and still be contained in only four feet on a bookshelf in your library.

Admittedly, not every art collector is interested in artists books, or in urban photography, or in stories, or new art forms. So our solution isn't for everyone. But for some who like being ahead of the curve, collecting Special Edition Mark Dahle Portfolios will be a great way to add to their art collection without impacting their wall space.

Of course, if you still have wall or storage space, Mark Dahle has some solutions to fill that as well. His set of 31 paintings in the Dallas County series or the 34 paintings in Orange County series will overwhelm most walls and spaces except those specifically designed for contemporary art.

The rest of this page gives information about some of the artworks available from Mark Dahle, including current prices.

Price List for Special Edition Portfolios

Any Pet I Wanted Trip 21 The Carpenter And The Twig

Each Mark Dahle Portfolio is available as a Special Edition printed and signed by the artist. The Special Edition Portfolios are 13 x 19 inches and are limited to ten copies, five of which are reserved for Mark Dahle Art Museums.

Portfolio #5, if available

Portfolio #4, if available

Portfolio #3, if available, bundled as a set of four or more portfolios
$36,000 each


Price List for Portfolio Covers

Race Day Nina Goes To Hell The cover of The New President Aesops New Gang

The covers of each Mark Dahle Portfolio are available as a Fine Art Special Edition, 13 x 19 inches, printed and signed by the artist. The covers are available in an edition of 100.

One Portfolio Cover

Any Ten Different Portfolio Covers
$9,770 Save 10% on set: $8,770

All 49 Portfolio Covers released to date
$47,873 Save 10% on set: $42,770

All 17 Endangered Photo Collection Covers released to date
$16,609 Save 10% on set: $14,770

All 66 Portfolio and Endangered Photo Collection Covers released to date
$64,482  Save 10% on set: $56,770


Price List for Endangered Photos

Hay Bales 112-222 Railroad Ties 223-333 Train Cars 112-222 Telephone Poles 445-555

Each of the above books shows the images of 111 Endangered Photos. Each Endangered Photo is available in an edition size of one, meaning that it is a unique artwork. Although the artwork is easily recognizable as part of a series (for instance, part of the series of Telephone Poles), each is one-of-a-kind. Endangered Photos are 13 x 19 inches and are signed by Mark Dahle on the back.

One Endangered Photo

Ten Different Endangered Photos
$9,770 Save 10% on set: $8,770

A Complete Collection of 111 Endangered Photos
$108,447 Save 10% on set: $97,602

Price List for Mark Dahle's 1,000 Mops

1000 Mops #101 copyright Mark Dahle 2014 1000 Mops #150 copyright Mark Dahle 2014 1000 Mops #185 copyright Mark Dahle 2014 1000 Mops #190 copyright Mark Dahle 2014

All 1,000 mops are easily identifiable as being part of the series and yet each is unique.

The artworks invite many conversations, including discussions about what makes things related and what makes them different.

Each artwork is 13 x 19 inches. They are printed by Mark Dahle and signed on the back. Most sets of ten in this series are built on a theme.

One Mop

Set of Ten Different Mops
$12,770 Save 10% on set: $11,477

Set of 99 Mops
$126,423 Save 10% on set: $113,770