The New York Guggenheim is set to reopen in a few weeks, with many of the same requirements that MoMA, the Met and others have instituted, like reserved tickets and social distancing.

Alex Katz

In spite of being closed, the Guggenheim staff has been preparing for a retrospective of the works of Alex Katz in 2022.

If you can’t wait that long, a monograph of Katz’s works will be released next month. The book was written by art critic Carter Ratcliff and edited by Katz’s son, poet Vincent Katz, who chose sketches, works on paper, and archival material that help to create a rich picture of the painter and his life. The monograph contains more than 250 paintings, making it the most comprehensive collection available in a single publication.

Alex Katz’s works will be on exhibit at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin in Paris, from February 19, 2021 through March 19, 2021.

Jonas Wood

Last year Jonas Wood created a limited edition bag for Louis Vuitton and, more recently, he has collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a series of limited edition shawls.

Wood’s clean style and bold use of color has created a global demand for his works. A wonderful figurative artist, Wood has recently focused on interiors, working from photos and from the works of his wife, ceramic artist Shio Kusaka.

Like Alex Katz, Wood’s works are very personal. His subjects are friends and family and his landscapes and interior studies are about the places he’s inhabited.

Robert Motherwell

With all the recent talk about the US Post Office, we came across a great story about a Robert Motherwell stamp that caused a stir at a post office in Manhattan.

In 2010 the USPS issued a series of stamps honoring Abstract Expressionists. The Robert Motherwell stamp depicts one of the paintings from his Elegy to the Spanish Republic series. Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 34, 1953-1954, features black bars and ovals and vertical white stripes that partly obscure colors that refer to the flag of the Spanish Republic.

When one of the employees at Hyperallergic magazine went to the post office to mail a letter with the Motherwell stamp on it, the postal worker behind the counter accused her of drawing on the stamp with a black marker and told her that the post office wouldn’t accept it.

The employee tried to explain Robert Motherwell and the Abstract Expressionist stamps, but the postal worker wouldn’t budge. The employee had to buy a new stamp … without the marks of Robert Motherwell.

The Works of Alex Katz, Jonas Wood and Robert Motherwell at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Alex Katz, Jonas Wood, Robert Motherwell or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.

References:
Andy Battaglia. Guggenheim Museum to Mount Retrospective for Alex Katz, New York Painter Extraordinaire, in 2022. ARTnews. January 17, 2020.
Allison Schaller and Danielle Walsh. 11 of Fall’s Best Coffee-Table Books to Fill the Art-Shaped Hole in Your Heart. September 3, 2020.
Cathleen McGuigan. Alex Katz Is Cooler Than Ever. Smithsonian Magazine. August 2009.
Pac Pobric. ‘I Was So Afraid for Way Too Long’: Painter Jonas Wood on How Going It Alone Helped Him Survive His Immense Market Success. artnetnews. March 28, 2019.
Par Arnaud Klein. Inside the making of the Louis Vuitton bag designed by the artist Jonas Wood. Vogue Paris. June 24, 2019.Jillian Steinhauer. Post-Office Worker Befuddled by Abstract Expressionism. Hyperallergic. September 14, 2012.