Derrick Adams’ Funtime Unicorns; Alex Katz on Park Avenue

The works of Derrick Adams focus on play and leisure in the Black community. In his Floater Series he painted friends, family members, and even himself, relaxing in large, Black Unicorn pool floats.

This summer, children visiting the Channel Gardens at New York’s Rockefeller Center will be able to play on Funtime Unicorns, sculptures that Adams created as an extension of the Floater Series.

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Katherine Bernhardt Does Mushrooms, William Wegman Writes

One of the highlights of Art Basel Hong Kong was the work of Katherine Bernhardt. Her bright, free-spirited paintings and prints have made her one of today’s most popular artists.

After receiving her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bernhardt set up a studio in Brooklyn. She worked there for more than twenty years, creating the giant paintings and prints of iconic cartoon characters, tacos and toilet paper with lots of color and tons of energy.

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Robert Rauschenberg: Seven Character Series

Robert Rauschenberg believed that art could change the world. As a mature, successful artist, he traveled extensively around the world. In 1984, he established the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (R.O.C.I.), sharing his expertise with artists in other countries and learning about artistic traditions from his host country’s artists. After a dozen trips to countries around the world, Rauschenberg exhibited the works inspired by his travels at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

When he visited China, Rauschenberg collaborated with papermakers at the Xuan Paper Mill in Jingxian to create a series of collages based on seven Chinese characters.

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Kenny Scharf Paints the Earth, Jeff Koons Aims for the Moon

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Kenny Scharf was born in Los Angeles in 1958. “And then, of course,” he said, in an interview with the Brooklyn Rail, “I grew up in LA and the plastic world and all the cars and the gas stations and the restaurants and every single piece of architecture was like “outer space!” Those future-y, fantasy things were my first visuals. That in combination with all the messages that were being sent out to me. That’s kind of my whole thing with the Jetsons. I identified with Elroy, that was me, I was a space boy of the future. Space, it’s so spiritual to me.”

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Basquiat Burglary Bungled, Takashi Murakami Combines Digital and Analog

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A couple walked into the Tagliatelle Gallery in Chelsea on May 14 and took Dog Leg Study, a screenprint by Jean- Michel Basquiat, from its display. The print was in the gallery owner’s office, which also serves as a private viewing room. Security cameras caught the man and woman standing in front of the work, photographing it with their cell phones and apparently searching for information about its value.

The couple took the work, and a third-full bottle of Maker’s Mark, and tried to leave the gallery with both items. A staff member intervened and got the screenprint back, but they walked out with the whiskey.

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Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn Sets New Auction Record

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Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn (1964) sold for $194 million at Christie’s New York on May 9. Bought by an unknown buyer, the work garnered the highest price achieved for an American work of art at auction.

The silkscreen is one in a series of five, based on a promotional photo of Marilyn Monroe from the film Niagara. The historical significance, alluded to in the title of the work, is that Dorothy Podber, a visitor to Warhol’s studio, pulled out a gun and shot through the stack of Marilyn silkscreens that were piled up in the studio.

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Alex Katz Mural in Texas, Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide

A 35,000 square-foot, hand-painted mural by Alex Katz, was unveiled in Woodlands, Texas, a planned community just north of Houston. The mural was commissioned by the Howard Hughes Corporation to enhance the public plaza at the Woodlands Town Center.

A retrospective of Katz’s work, which will celebrate the artist’s more than seven-decade career, is scheduled to be held at the Guggenheim, New York from October 2022 through  February 2023. Katz currently has a solo exhibition in Brussels, and upcoming exhibits in London, Trento, Madrid, Austria, the Netherlands, Chicago and Maine.

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Honoring the Printmaker

A current exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum pays tribute to master printers. It is their skills, talents and ability to problem solve that help to create fine art prints.

It is the artist, not the printmaker, who gets credit for the work, even though many fine art prints are true collaborations and many printmakers are artists themselves.

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Warhol Everywhere; VFA at PBM+C

Andy Warhol would probably not be surprised by all the attention he has gotten since his death, more than thirty-five years ago.

The Burger King ad, #EatLike ANDY, created a stir when it was shown at the Super Bowl in 2019. People loved it, hated it, and couldn’t stop talking about it. Thousands Googled Andy Warhol during the game. Burger King got its $5 million worth.

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