Up Close and Personal: The Works of Derrick Adams, Jonas Wood and David Hockney at VFA

Derrick Adams is having a stellar year. He currently has a show at the Salon 94 Gallery in New York; his artist’s retreat in his home town of Baltimore should be up and running next year and he’s on a tenure track at Brooklyn College. His current exhibit, Style Variations, is composed of a group of portraits inspired by the beauty and barber shops he walks by in his Brooklyn neighborhood. The styles he saw, asked about and created in his paintings, define the culture and trends of the neighborhood. Works from Style Variations are available at VFA.

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A New Look at Helen Frankenthaler

Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York was recently published by Penguin Press. The book was written by Alexander Nemerov, an arts and humanities professor at Stanford University and an esteemed scholar of American art. His father, Howard Nemerov, had a link to the Frankenthaler. Howard Nemerov, served twice as America’s poet laureate. He taught Frankenthaler when she was a student at Bennington College in the late 1940s and was an acquaintance of art critic, Clement Greenberg, with whom Frankenthaler had a tumultuous relationship from 1950 to 1955.

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Basquiat & Haring: Art + Music

Time Decorated is a new documentary series, produced by the Broad Museum, that examines the impact of music on the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the impact of Basquiat on music. The documentary asserts that Basquiat was the connection between the bebop and hip-hop worlds.

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Roy Lichtenstein Pops! in Sarasota

The horticultural team at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida has pushed the envelope even farther, with a wonderful exhibit that brings to life the work that Lichtenstein was inspired to do after a visit to Claude Monet’s garden in  Giverny, France.

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A Tribute to Fine Art Prints

For the past decade, Vertu Fine Art has focused on increasing appreciation for and education about Fine Art Prints. The success of the VFA Gallery is a testament to the interest that prints have garnered and the outstanding knowledge of our clientele.

A current show at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin pays tribute to the Fine Art Print and to the extraordinary man whose collection celebrates this great art form.

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KAWS and David Hockney: Featured Works at VFA

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the first major New York survey of the twenty-five year career of Brian Donnelly, the artists known as KAWS.

KAWS is one of the world’s most beloved artists (with 3.2 million Instagram followers) whose works resonate with people around the globe. His Kimpsons Album painting sold to an anonymous bidder for $14.8m at a Sotheby’s auction in 2019. Paintings from the Kimpsons Series are available at VFA.

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Keith Haring’s Collaborations, Celebration of 80 Years at the Norton Museum

In the recently published book, Keith Haring’s Line: Race and the Performance of Desire, author Ricardo Montez looks at the way that Keith Haring connected with those around him, and how race and gender influenced his works. Haring was very social, very driven and very curious about the world around him. He filled journals with pages of drawings, calligraphy and poetry. He collected the works of artists whom he met and admired in New York.

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The Clean Lines and Bold Colors of Jonas Wood and Alex Katz

The clean lines and bold colors in the paintings and prints of Jonas Wood have made his works some of the most sought after in the art world.

The LA-based artist’s work has been in high demand in the U.S., Europe and, especially, in Asia. He gets much of his inspiration from the environment he lives and works in, and from the pottery that his wife, artist Shio Kusaka, creates in the studio that they share.

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Ed Ruscha Does L.A., Michael Craig-Martin in London

In 1956, when he was eighteen, Ed Ruscha left his home in Oklahoma City and traveled to Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of the Arts. After graduating, he worked as a layout artist at an ad agency.

Ruscha has an extraordinary talent for casting ordinary objects and places in a new light and giving the viewer a new appreciation of their form.

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The Surreal and Pop at VFA

The works of Carlos Gonzalez are a cross between Andy Warhol’s attitude and Rene Magritte’s style. He is a fine portrait artist and surrealist painter whose focus is consumerism and culture. Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1980. After graduating from the Academy of San Alejandro he studied at the University of the Arts in Havana from 2006 to 2009.

Gonzalez currently lives and works in South Florida, where he has become an active part of the arts community.

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