Donald Sultan Prints and Sculpture at VFA

Texture has always been an important part of Donald Sultan’s work. Tar, rubber and linoleum give his works texture and depth. Sultan became familiar with industrial materials when, as a boy, he hung out at his father’s tire shop in Asheville, North Carolina. When Sultan moved to New York in 1975, after receiving his MFA from the University of Chicago, he supported himself by doing construction during the day and painting at night.

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Ellsworth Kelly at Christie’s

It took the New York art world a while to understand and embrace the simple and elegant style that  Ellsworth Kelly had cultivated during his six years in Paris in the 1950s.

Even when Kelly was a child, he saw the world in terms of its basic elements. He liked to tell the story of running around the neighborhood with his friends one Halloween night, when he saw forms through a window that he found intriguing. He left his friends to take a closer look at the abstract configuration. “I saw a red, shape, a blue shape, and a black shape,” he said, “I had to find out what it was.” He looked in the window and saw only furniture, curtains and the ordinary things that make up a room. As he slowly backed away, the shapes he had seen began to form again. He said that experience was, “very close to seeing my first abstraction.”

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Tom Wesselman: In Perspective

A recent show of Tom Wesselmann’s work, at the Musee National de Monaco, looked at Wesselmann’s use of the female form. Wesselmann’s series of nudes, done as abstracts in the era of post-abstract expressionism and during the Pop era, was a radical innovation in the early 1960s, when he began his Great American Nude series. He reduced the female figure to its bare essentials…lips, breasts and pubic area…which was a departure from the post-Victorian images of the female form.

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Robert Motherwell: Bought and Found

Robert Motherwell’s At Five in the Afternoon set an auction record for the artist in May. The ten-foot long painting sold for $12.7 million at Phillips Auction House. Five in the Afternoon is just one in a series of Motherwell’s Elegy paintings and prints that the artist worked on, and refined, over many years.

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Vik Muniz: Reaction to Brazil Museum Fire

Vik Muniz: Reaction to Brazil Museum Fire

On the night of September 2, a fire spread through the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, destroying 90 per cent of its collection…about 20 million items. Brazilian artist, Vik Muniz, reacted to the fire as many other Brazilians did, with great sorrow. Muniz posted an Instagram message, which read, “Five years ago I temporarily lost my memory after a motorcycle accident and it struck me deeply.

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Ellsworth Kelly: Keeping it Simple

Ellsworth Kelly and his husband, photographer Jack Shear, began collecting Shaker furniture in 1970. Like his paintings, prints and sculptures, Kelly realized that the Shaker furniture was, “simple and well-structured and in the same categories that I like to make paintings.” The couple furnished their home in Columbia County, New York with Shaker furniture and objects. When Kelly died in 2015, the furniture was donated to the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, New York.

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Jeff Koons and the Kardashians

This is, technically, not news about Jeff Koons, but a story that is too wacky to pass up. It happened on a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kris Jenner and her daughter, Khloe Kardashian, were sitting in Kris’ office when Khloe asked her mother about a balloon dog bookend that was on the shelf.

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Robert Indiana Prints

Robert Indiana: Mysteries Surround Artist’s Death and Estate

Robert Indiana died on May 19th, at age 89, at his home on Vinalhaven Island, more than an hour’s ferry ride off the coast of Maine. The day before he died, a federal lawsuit was filed by the Morgan Art Foundation, which claims to hold the rights to several of Indiana’s best-known work, accusing New York art Publisher, Michael McKenzie and Indiana’s caretaker, Jamie L. Thomas, of taking advantage of the aging artist.

“They have isolated Indiana from his friends and supporters,” the lawsuit says, “forged some of Indiana’s most recognizable works, exhibited the fraudulent works in museums, and sold the fraudulent works to unsuspecting collectors.” McKenzie and Thomas have filed a countersuit.

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Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker

A traveling exhibit of Andy Warhol’s prints, some from his Myth Series, depicting nostalgic heroes and villains from his childhood, is currently on exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art. The exhibit also includes paintings, vintage toys from his collection and archival material. The Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker exhibit was put together by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The exhibit at the Pensacola Museum features a costume station for children and a silkscreen studio where visitors can create their own prints. In tandem with the exhibit, the museum’s summer camp is also holding classes in drawing and printmaking. Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker runs through September 2nd. The museum suggests that campers wear “clothes to get messy in.”

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Shepard Fairey Prints for Sale

Shepard Fairey: Salad Days, Robert Plant & Beyond

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Back in the days when he was putting his artwork on skateboards, Fairey saved what little money he had by using a printer at Kinkos. That limited his color choice to black and white, and occasionally, red, when he was able to rig the machine with a paper clip. Rather than limiting him, the muted colors motivated him to create designs that were crisp and dramatic.

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Congratulations, Carlos Rolón

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As long time fans and supporters of the work of Carlos Rolón, we would like to congratulate Carlos on the global recognition that he has been receiving and the success of his recent exhibits. As a first generation American, born and raised in Chicago, the culture of his Puerto Rican parents has infused his life and his work. Rolón is brilliant at creating work that captures both his cultural experience and its historical significance with a sensibility that speaks to a […]

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