Roy Lichtenstein, Austin Lee & Eddie Martinez

Roy Lichtenstein’s keen intellect and talent led him to become one of the most influential forces in the Postmodern era of art in America.

He was a university instructor with a Masters in Fine Arts, and took a lot of heat in the 1960s for combining fine and commercial art until the Pop culture was embraced.

Last July, one of his later works, Nude with Joyous Painting, done in 1994, sold at Christie’s auction for more than $46 million.

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Eddie Martinez in Hong Kong / Other Featured Artists

It’s hard to imagine going to an in-person art fair these days, but about 8,000 people showed up to view the works at the Asia of Art Basel art fair in Hong Kong at the end on November.

Among the highlights of the fair was a 26-foot long, untitled painting by Eddie Martinez that sold to a collector from Taiwan for $1 million.

Eddie Martinez was also one of the top selling artists at Phillip’s London auction on December 15th.

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Kenny Scharf Designs Fabrics for Dior and Dinner Plates for the Homeless Coalition

Last November, Katherine Bernhardt was honored last year for her artistic contributions to New York’s Coalition for the Homeless. This year the Coalition has worked with fifty fine artists, many whose works are available at VFA, to create limited edition plates, available online to support the Coalition. All of the funds raised by the sale of plates will go toward providing food, crisis services, housing and other critical aid to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and instability in New York.

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The Healing Art of Takashi Murakami and Others

So much of Takashi Murakami’s work is joyful and uplifting, that it’s easy to imagine why he would be asked to create a work to put a smile on the faces of children who need something to smile about. Murakami is the latest artist to be commissioned by RxArt, a nonprofit that works with contemporary artists to transform “sterile healthcare facilities into engaging and inspiring environments full of beauty, humor, and comfort.”

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VFA Featured Artists and Recent Acquisitions

Art Basel, opened online at the end of September, with just 100 exhibitors (there are usually about 300 at the in-person fair) and 600 works. All of the work was created this year.

Brooklyn-based artist, Katherine Bernhardt has six works on exhibit. “The paintings,” she said, “are about trying to relax at the beach but being overwhelmed with fears of COVID-19 and various other disasters of the summer.” Every one of Bernhardt’s works, based on her Pink Panther character, were sold early in the show. Pink Panther-inspired works by Bernhardt are available at VFA.

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A Mixtape for Andy Warhol

Nothing said I love you…or….I don’t love you anymore…like a mixtape in the 1970s and 1980s. A recently discovered mixtape, made by Lou Reed as a gift to Andy Warhol, reflects the complicated relationship between the musician and the artist.

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

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 […]

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The Works of Takashi Murakami, Sam Francis and Yoshitomo Nara at VFA

Takashi Murakami Takashi Murakami knows how to have a good time and he knows how to share the cheer. He’s done album covers for Kanye West and Kid Cudi, teamed up with renowned companies like Louis Vuitton and mentors young artists through his Kaikai Kiki company. Murakami has just announced his collaboration with the Japanese icon, Hello Kitty. The Panda paintings of Murakami are some of his most recognizable works. Murakami is known as the Warhol of Japan because of his […]

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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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