Works of Modern Masters

End of the Art World, made in 1971, is a 16-mm film that documents the works of the most avant-garde artists of the 1960s. Now available on DVD, the movie ends with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the city of New York blowing up.

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Katherine Bernhardt’s Slime, Alex Katz in Shanghai

Katherine Bernhardt spent part of the quarantine stranded (happily) in Guatemala. She is back at the home and studio in Brooklyn, but stores some of her artwork in a building that she bought in her hometown of St. Louis. Bernhardt painted a mural on the side of the building that was whitewashed by a city-affiliated graffiti removal program, even though the artist painted the work on her own property.

On a happier note, Bernhardt and her son were walking down Broadway last year and happened upon the building that is currently housing the Sloomoo Institute…a project that donates money to three mental health charities – NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Sad Girls Club, and Love is Louder.

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Recent Acquisitions and Featured Works at VFA

Birds, plants, Matisse, Picasso, camouflage…these were the unexpected influences that led to Ellsworth Kelly becoming one of the most influential, avant-garde artists in America.

“A glass roof of a factory with its broken and patched panes, lines of a roadmap, the shape of a scarf on a woman’s head, a fragment of Le Corbusier’s Swiss Pavilion, a corner of a Braque painting, paper fragments in the street,” Kelly said. “It was all the same: anything goes.”

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Alex Katz, Julian Opie and Derrick Adams

Museums and galleries around the world are trying to adjust to the new normal of social distancing during this pandemic. Some have remained online, some have reopened and some have found unique ways of allowing visitors to view art. Here’s a look at some of our featured artists and the varied venues that are showcasing their work.

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Christo: 1935 – 2020

We make beautiful things, unbelievably useless, totally unnecessary – Christo Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, passed away on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 84 years old. Christo died of natural causes, according to the press release posted on his website. Christo spent most of his adult life creating works that defied description. They were at once art, performance and grand social events. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born n Gabrovo, Bulgaria on June […]

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Warhol: A Life as Art

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Andy Warhol saved everything. Every few days he would put together a bunch of stuff that he had accumulated…like movie ticket stubs, bills, wigs, newspaper clippings about himself, Polaroids that he took of his friends…and seal them into a storage box that he labeled TC for Time Capsule. After his death in 1987, the Time Capsules, all six hundred and ten of them, were sent to the Andy Warhol Museum in his home town of Pittsburgh. Seven years ago, Blake Gopnik, […]

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The Nike Panther and Other Wild and Wonderful Works at VFA

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Katherine Bernhardt Katherine Bernhardt has been stranded in Guatemala since March. When she’s not at her studio, a converted auto-repair shop in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, Bernhardt buys and sells rugs, whose patterns she has used in her wild and colorful paintings and prints. The 45-year-old artist was born in Clayton, Missouri. Bernhardt received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dubbed the female bad-boy of […]

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Recent Acquisitions at VFA: Jonas Wood, Julian Opie and KAWS

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Jonas Wood shares a studio with his artist wife, Shio Kusaka, whose pottery forms he uses in his paintings and prints. His flat, colorful images, of the things that surround him, are a combination of Modern, Pop and a unique vision that is recognizable Jonas Wood.

He calls his images, “inherently positive.” New York Times art critic Roberta Smith calls them “…an uneasy truce among the abstract, the representational, the photographic and the just plain weird.”

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Walking with Julian Opie at VFA

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Step by step, we are walking back into our lives, and getting closer to returning to a new normal.

Walking with Julian Opie

Just a few months ago, taking a walk seemed like an ordinary activity. Today it seems extraordinary. Julian Opie has always thought that people walking were extraordinary. He has been exploring the movement of the human body for more than twenty-five years.

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Inspiring Fine Art

If you haven’t been baking bread (yeast sales are up 475%) or making a mini-museum for your gerbils or gecko, you may be immersing yourself in art. Many of us have been immersing ourselves in virtual tours of museums, studying great art, and others have  become art. Thousands of recreations of art, done at home, have been posted on line. Many of the works have been skillfully crafted by staff members of the Rijksmuseum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, […]

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What’s on The Walls at VFA

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Many celebrities have been broadcasting from home because of  shelter-in-place orders, and it’s been interesting to see how they’ve decorated their personal spaces. Some of the interiors are incredibly extravagant, some just ho-hum and many a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. What interests us most is the art that hangs on the walls, especially when it’s done by an artist whose work is in our gallery. Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami When Canadian rapper Drake danced […]

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