It’s inspiring for us, at Vertu, to know that the works of artists in our gallery are appreciated and valued worldwide. Here’s a look at some of our recent acquisitions and the buzz around the artists who created them.
Jean-Michel Basquiat. Flexible
London’s Barbican Centre, the largest multi-arts venue in Europe, is currently holding the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work.
Basquiat had a show at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in 1984, just four years before his death, from a heroin overdose at age 27, but none of his work is owned by public galleries in the UK.
Even in the US, most of Basquiat’s work is owned by private collectors, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp, who sold two of his Basquiat’s recently for $11.5 million. His painting, Dustheads, done in 1982, sold at Christie’s New York in 2013 for $48 million.
Flexible, for sale at Vertu, is a 24 color screenprint of a griot, a wandering story teller, one of Basquiat’s favorite subjects.
Mr. Brainwash. Life is Beautiful
In a few weeks, Julien’s Auctions in LA will give fans a chance to bid on items collected by Eric Clapton, Prince, The Beatles, Madonna and other Rock and Roll icons. Included in the auction is the white prom dress that Rita Ora wore on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which was painted by Mr. Brainwash while she sang.
Mr. Brainwash is the French-born, Los Angeles-based street artist Thierry Guetta, who was introduced to the art world in Banksy’s film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. He has had several Life is Beautiful shows at Art Basel in Miami, did the cover for Madonna’s Celebration album and, earlier this year did a portrait of the Kardashians in the style of Renoir.
Always outrageous, Mr.Brainwash knows how to create excitement and enthusiasm for his work.
Two versions of Life is Beautiful are available at Vertu.
Damien Hirst. Pfizer VGR
Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London has just won the highly coveted Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the best new building in the UK. The building will house Hirst’s private art collection for public viewing. The gallery, which opened last year, is free to the public and is currently holding an exhibit of Jeff Koons‘ work.
Hirst is one of Vertu’s most in-demand artists. As a student who loved to work with color, Hirst found a book about pharmaceuticals that had color photos of pills. He began doing his Spot woodcut series based on the colors in the book, and then the resin pills series. We have Pfizer VGR (Viagra) for sale at Vertu along with other works by Hirst.
For information about these, or other work in the Vertu Fine Art gallery, please contact us.