Here’s a look at some recent acquisitions and the work of a few of our favorite artists.
Alex Katz-Coca-Cola Girl
In the 1950s, when abstract painters were showing in all the galleries, Alex Katz was creating figurative paintings. “When I had an opening,” he said in a recent interview, “the Abstract Expressionist friends of mine wouldn’t go into the gallery. They just stopped in to say, “We’ll see you later at the bar.”
Nearly seventy years have passed since the start of Katz’s career and he has become one of the world’s most notable figurative artists. This year Katz had solo exhibitions in New York, South Korea, Germany and France and his 2019 Coca-Cola Girl series is as fresh and inspired as anything he has done before.
“That’s Coca-Cola red, from the company’s outdoor signs in the fifties” he said, “… you know, the blond girl in the red convertible, laughing with unlimited happiness. It’s a romance image…”
Both print and sculpture versions of Coca-Cola Girl are for sale at VFA.
Julian Opie – Paper Heads
The universal appeal of British artist Julian Opie’s work is evident from the many and diverse museums and collections that own and show his paintings, prints and sculptures. His works are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Essl Collection in Vienna, IVAM in Spain, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan.
Opie’s minimally detailed artwork was inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, 18th century portraits, comics and billboards. Adding to the appeal of his recent cut-out Paper Head Series are the frames Opie has chosen to use as part of each work. Paper Heads 1-8 are available at VFA.
Carlos Cruz-Diez was one of the world’s most renowned Latin American artists. Cruz-Diez died in Paris, his adopted city, on July 27, 2019. A pioneer of Op Art and Kinetic Art in the 1960s, Cruz-Diez studied and wrote extensively about color, believing that color is “a reality which acts on the human being with the same intensity as cold, heat, sound, and so on.”
Versions of Orinoco (named after the river that runs through Venezuela), from Cruz-Diez’s 2019 Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence Série (Double Frequency Chromatic Induction Series) are available at VFA.
Derrick Adams-Breakfast of Champions
Derrick Adams was born and raised in Baltimore. He left for New York to study art at the Pratt Institute, went on to get his MFA from Columbia University in 2003 and now lives and works in New York. His works, which have a warm and nostalgic feel, explore black culture in America.
Adams’ work has been shown in venues around the world. He currently has gone back to Baltimore with an exhibit called Where I’m From that showcases family portraits based on Adams’ family photos. The show runs through November 22 at the Baltimore City Hall.
Takashi Murakami is currently showing his works in Paris. Murakami’s work is being shown somewhere in the world on any given day…in the last year or two he’s had exhibitions in Hong Kong, Moscow, Oslo, Chicago and many other cities.
Murakami, who earned a PhD studying traditional Japanese art, has integrated fine art and commercial art to create works that have universal appeal. We have a selection of Murakami’s works at VFA that illustrates his skill and traditional sensibility.
Please contact us if you would like information about any of the fine artworks for sale at VFA.