Eddie Martinez 1977 –

We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of unique and intimate works by Eddie Martinez, whose creations have been highly sought after in recent years, with a large painting going for $2 million at Christies at the end of 2019.

A largely self-taught graffiti artist, who lives and works in Brooklyn, Martinez usually works large, using spray paint and mixed media in his huge, often figurative, works that combine Pop, Neo-Expressionism into his distinctive and boldly colored paintings.

Our recent acquisitions, each Untitled, are small, personal, hand-drawn works that were created with a variety of media from crayon to oil pastel, acrylic ink, marker and even white out.

In the past few years, Eddie Martinez’ audience has expanded from collectors in the U.S. to collectors around the world, with shows in as diverse venues as the Bronx Museum and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.

Timothy Curtis 1982 –

Timothy Curtis has had an incredible career as a graffiti artist, who began studying art in earnest when he was incarcerated in 2008. He studied art history and honed his drawing skills (and earned some extra cash) by doing portraits of fellow inmates to send to their friends and families.

Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, acted as a mentor and gave Curtis his first solo show in Japan.

Curtis’ works are playful, uninhibited and masterfully drawn. Recent acquisitions at VFA, Caught in the Twist and Death Won’t Do Us Apart are from the artist’s Ghost Bike series. The Ghost Bike series was first shown at the 2020 Armory Show in New York.

Curtis has an upcoming solo show at Albertz Benda Gallery in New York this fall and an exhibit at the K11 Museum in Hong Kong in 2022.

Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Before 1961, Roy Lichtenstein was an educator (he taught art at Rutgers University) and an artist who was trying to find his way in the changing world of modern art.

He displayed his work, complete with Benday Dots, in 1961, at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. In 1962, he was given a solo show at Castelli and it was sold out before it opened.

Looking back at the work that Lichtenstein did before 1961 reveals the influence that European modernism, American historical paintings and traditional Chinese art had on his style.

An exhibit of the works that he did from 1948 to 1960 has been put together by a collaboration between the Colby College Museum of Art and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making 1948-1960 will be traveling from the Colby College Museum to the
Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Long Island, New York from August 1 – October 24, 2021, then on to the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio from March 4 to June 5, 2022 and will make a final stop at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina from August 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023.

The Nasher Museum made a video of History in the Making that shows many of Lichtenstein’s early works and the surprised reactions from young artists who have never known Lichtenstein’s story.

Brushstrokes became a theme in many of Lichtenstein’s works; a nod to Abstract Expressionists, an ironic nod to the lack of brushstrokes in the mechanical-appearing works that made him famous.  Lichtenstein did several Brushstroke sculptures before creating a series  of lithographs that not only feature brushstrokes, but are done in hands-on woodcut and waxtype.

We have recently acquired Green Face from the Brushstroke Figures, done in 1989, a fine example of Lichtenstein’s skill as artist and printmaker.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Eddie Martinez, Timothy Curtis or Roy Lichtenstein available at VFA.


References:
Christie’s. Collecting guide: 2021’s hot artists at cool prices. July 7, 2021.
Barbara A. MacAdam. Eddie Martinez: Inside Thoughts. The Brooklyn Rail. February 2021.
John Chiaverina. 12 Galleries That Aren’t in New York or Even Los Angeles. The New York Times Style Magazine. June 16/June 25, 2021.