Alex Katz, Good Afternoon

New Pop Art And Hyperrealist Works for Sale

As October rolls in, we find ourselves striding into our South Florida Contemporary Art gallery with a bit of extra enthusiasm, as we anticipate the start of the upcoming season. Hopefully, you are among our clients, family and friends who will soon be spending more time in our neck of the woods and will be afforded new opportunities to visit. We’re pleased to provide you with a quick snapshot of newly acquired fine art for sale at Vertu Fine Art.

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Robert Motherwell, Capriccio, 1961

Abstract Expressionism: Part II – Featured at VFA

Our collection of works from Abstract Expressionist artists is ever-changing in our Boca Raton Contemporary Art gallery. In addition to limited edition prints from Abstract Expressionist masters such as Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns and Helen Frankenthaler, we also carry inspired works from an array of world class Pop Art and Optical Art masters who have been strongly influenced by the AE movement.

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Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism: Part I − A Profound Shift

Like all powerful art movements, Abstract Expressionism is a phenomenon that is the result of a perfect storm. In the years following World War II, as powerful nations worked to rebuild, both physically and emotionally, and millions of people were transplanted worldwide, change was undoubtedly in air. No wonder that New York City emerged as a Contemporary Art powerhouse, with the unconventional works of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and others signifying a new shift in the art world.

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Nicola Lopez

The Colliding Worlds of Nicola Lopez

It’s hard not to appreciate a Contemporary Artist who helps us to define and often redefine our environmental perception. Just as young children are given words to describe all that they comprehend, artist Nicola Lopez gifts us images to help better understand all that we feel about our urban world. The fact that Ms. Lopez resides in Brooklyn and teaches at NYC’s Columbia University is helpful for understanding the artists’ daily structural inspirations. Not to say that Nicola Lopez wouldn’t […]

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Chuck Close Self Portrait

Chuck Close Artwork: Face Value

For a number of truly gifted artists, pursuing their craft is about something more than acquiring fame and fortune, it’s a chance to prove something important to themselves. Such is the case with American artist Chuck Close, whose foray into hyper-realism and photorealism are chiefly the results of self-serving motivations. While Close credits art critic Clement Greenberg for providing a healthy dose of inspiration, there’s more to the story. In the late 1960s, when Greenberg declared that, “the one thing […]

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Floored by Polly Apfelbaum Prints and Mixed Media

New York artist Polly Apfelbaum is one of the more unique Contemporary Artists working today. The artist is undoubtedly best known for her “fallen” paintings and mixed media installations, which are primarily crafted on floors. Recently, collectors have become intrigued with Polly Apfelbaum prints, some of which are currently available for sale at Vertu Fine Art Gallery in Boca Raton. Apfelbaum’s playful combination of vibrant colors, rich textures and funky shapes have become the artist’s easily identifiable brand. With enormous talent […]

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Donald Sultan Prints

Donald Sultan: Positively Brilliant Negative Space

There’s a saying about artists that speaks to the fact that while they often grow up seeking to move away from home, they spend the rest of their lives paying homage to where they’re from. Such is the case with Donald Sultan, a favorite son of Asheville, Carolina, who has spent most of his career as a New York City based artist with a pervasive “tar heel” approach to his craft. In fact, one could say that Sultan is a Contemporary Artist whose use of tar, spackle and other industrial materials, has helped him “pave” his own road into the annals of art history.

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Art for Sale Alex Katz

Six Newly Acquired Contemporary Works Available At Vertu Fine Art

One of the more gratifying aspects of owning an Art Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida is to see the reaction of our guests as they peruse the space and take in the striking Pop, Optical and Abstract Expressionist works.  At Vertu, there’s fresh energy that comes from each new acquisition from our favorite artists.  Here is a glimpse of six works of art for sale that we’re quite certain you’ll enjoy. Late Summer Flowers is a beautiful silkscreen from one […]

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Sam Francis

Sam Francis: Pure Expression

Seeing the art of American Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis is nothing less than an adventure. Vibrant colors hit the canvas like notes from a jazz musician, with white space representing time and tempo. In time, the white space would come to dominate more of Sam Francis’ paintings. As experienced jazzmen taunted their unique power over the fermata − “a pause of unspecified length on a note or rest”, Sam Francis confronted white space on his unique terms, tugging at the […]

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Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg: Highly Contextual

Every Contemporary Art master contributes irrevocably toward the establishment or growth of one of more art movements.  In the case of Robert Rauschenberg, an artist who we feature consistently in our South Florida art gallery, his untempered use of mixed media and highly contextual philosophies breathed life into the Neo-Dada and Pop Art movements that placed New York City as a Mecca of Contemporary Art during the mid-century. Today, artists who gain favor for their use of “up-cycled” reclaimed materials, […]

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Takashi Murakami

The Superflat World of Takashi Murakami

Contemporary Art never feels more alive than when we are granted the opportunity to witness the birth of a movement and experience the evolution the master who founded it.  Such is the case with Takashi Murakami, a Japanese Pop Artist who will forever be tied to the term he coined − Superflat – in reference to a unique style that blends traditional and modern Japanese elements with a philosophy and commentary about cultural stereotypes. The Superflat world of Murakami pays […]

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Damien Hirst Portrait with his artwork "St Elmo's Fire"

Damien Hirst: Sensational

At 48 years old, Damien Hirst, who rose to fame as a leader of the 1990’s Young British Artists (YBA) movement, is one of the most commercially successful artists living today.  He is also one of the more controversial.  His detractors liken him to a radio shock jock, an opportunist, a serial businessman.  His supporters consider him to be a man of conviction, a trailblazer and a master.  Hirst’s knack for sensationalizing common objects and leveraging his celebrity status often […]

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Art Prints, Carole Feuerman with Survival of Serena Green Cap

Art Prints for Sale this Week

At our Boca Raton gallery, we’re enjoying the extra hours of daylight and seeing both new and familiar faces dropping by to see what’s new at VFA. If you’re not in the area, allow us to bring these impressive art prints to you. As always, if there’s anything we can do to assist you with your collection please do not hesitate to contact Gary or Bill.

Carole Feuerman − best known for her Hyper-realistic figurative sculptures of swimmers and bathers − is in high demand these days. Earlier this year, the City of Peekskill, NY announced their purchase of the artist’s “The Golden Mean,” which is to become a permanent monument. Feuerman’s The General’s Daughter is on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the artist is currently once again showcasing works at the Venice Biennale.

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Keith Haring

Keith Haring Art: Pop’s New Wave

Keith Haring art is near and dear to us at Vertu Fine Art. Haring is an artist’s artist. Like Warhol, Lichtenstein and Johns, Keith Haring was destined to become a Pop Art superstar. But unlike the Pop Artists who leveraged the emotional language of well-known commercial icons, Haring developed his own iconic figures and turned them into commercial art icons.

It’s as though he came about Pop Art stardom in reverse. While other artists of the movement painted commercial subjects in order to gain the fame that freed them to do their own thing. Haring rejected commercial art as a student, choosing instead to create art as he felt compelled; his will and determination pulling him toward his destiny.

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Tom Wesselmann Pop Art

The Wonder of Tom Wesselmann

Wesselmann’s place among Pop Art superstars like Warhol, Johns and Lichtenstein is most certainly framed by his own relationship to the art movement. It’s well-known that Tom Wesselmann did not like being labeled a Pop Artist. Yet, it’s hard to imagine that his early 1960’s “Still Life” realistic works featuring consumer goods and assorted American icons would be considered anything but Pop Art. Nonetheless, Wesselmann did manage to set himself apart, perhaps most notably by the manner in which he built his career.

While Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein continuously gravitated toward powerful commercial icons, by the mid to late 60’s, Wesselmann was moving away from commercial subjects, toward the nudes and seascapes that inspired him most. Certainly, if Wesselmann did indeed move through the Pop Art movement, he nonetheless adopted elements of the style – the broad lines and bold color palette most noticeably. Though Wesselmann stated that his work was not intended as social commentary, the fact that he was a New York artist pushing boundaries certainly contributed to his being labeled a Pop Artist.

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