David Hockney: Smoking in Normandy

At age 82, Hockney has decided to move to Normandy, France. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Hockney says that he wakes up early to watch the sun rise before working in his studio all morning. Then he has a four-course lunch at a nearby cafe that costs 13 euro…about $14…takes a nap and then gets back to work.

Hockney is getting ready for a show of his new work at the Pace Gallery in Manhattan this fall.

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KAWS’ Global Appeal

KAWS works garnered nearly $34 million at auction last year, according to Christie’s.  He is now represented by the upscale Skarstedt Gallery in New York, where his works are displayed alongside those of  Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and other classical greats. Before Brian Donnelly became a success using his KAWS tag, he earned his BA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts, he worked as an animation background painter on Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and other films. KAWS use of familiar cartoon images, […]

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Keith Haring Artworks at VFA

In 1986, Keith Haring’s friend and studio assistant, Benny Soto, became addicted to crack. Haring tried to get help for Soto, but little help was available. The crack epidemic was at its height, and was especially devastating in New York City.

In typical Haring fashion, he spotted a handball court, in a small park, that was visible from the Harlem River Drive and used it to send a powerful message.

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Helen Frankenthaler: An AbEx Heroine

Helen Frankenthaler was just 23 years old in 1952 when she painted Mountains and Sea. It wasn’t well received when it was first exhibited and she had to take the 7 x 10 foot painting back to her studio. Today it hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington and is considered one of the most seminal works of American Art. Abstract expressionist painter Morris Louis, a contemporary of Frankenthaler, described the painting as, “a bridge between Pollock and […]

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Shepard Fairey: Celebrating 30 Years of Dissent

Shepard Fairey has been one of the world’s most admired, and outspoken, artists of the past thirty years. To celebrate his career, Fairey has been traveling to major cities around the world with a tour called Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent. The tour, which will travel through New York, Providence, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Paris, Grenoble, Seoul and London, will showcase many of his finest works. Fairey took the tour  to Providence last month to commemorate the start of his career […]

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Donald Sultan at the Asheville Art Museum Grand Reopening

The more one makes a definitive statement the more abstract it becomes. I try to pare down the images to their essence and capture the fleeting aspect of reality pitting the gesture against the geometric, the gesture being the fluidity of the human against the geometry of the object. – Donald Sultan Donald Sultan at the Asheville Art Museum Donald Sultan was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. His works are a part of the Asheville Art Museum’s permanent […]

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Featured Art at VFA

Here’s a look at some recent acquisitions and the work of a few of our favorite artists. Alex Katz-Coca-Cola Girl In the 1950s, when abstract painters were showing in all the galleries, Alex Katz was creating figurative paintings. “When I had an opening,” he said in a recent interview, “the Abstract Expressionist friends of mine wouldn’t go into the gallery. They just stopped in to say, “We’ll see you later at the bar.” Nearly seventy years have passed since the […]

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Downtown

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.” Despite his brief career and a life cut short by a heroin overdose, the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat has influenced the trajectory of modern art, music and culture. Just last week, Basquiat’s 1982 painting, Four Big, sold for $10.6 million. The painting, which is made up of three joined canvases, was the top seller at Christie’s London Contemporary Art sale. In 2017, another 1982 Basquiat painting, Untitled, sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s. […]

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Wayne Thiebaud Likes Chocolate with Water

Wayne Thiebaud wakes up early every day, works in his Sacramento studio until noon, takes time out for a game of doubles tennis, then he’s back in the studio at two. Thiebaud will turn 99 on November 15th. He still likes to eat the pies, cakes and ice cream that he paints, but he’s had to modify his diet in recent years. “I now eat chocolate ice cream and water mixed up together.” he said. “It’s lighter.” After teaching at Sacramento […]

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Salvador Dali: Selfies, Symbols and Elephants

The extraordinary exhibit, Dali Lives, at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, uses Artificial Intelligence that allows visitors to have life-like interactions with the artist. He walks, he talks and, as he was before his death thirty years ago, Dali, even artificially, is larger than life.

The exhibit uses Dali’s own words to explain himself and his art, and also present-day messages to help educate visitors about the artist’s life and work. Interacting with Dali takes viewing his art to a new level, more personal and, hopefully, more meaningful, for visitors. The exhibit will be on display through December 31, 2029.

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Arman: Production, Consumption, and Destruction

While Pop Art was taking hold in 1960s America, artists in France responded with the Nouveau Realisme (New Realism) movement, which questioned the idea of elevating or idealizing subject matter in art works. Arman was born in Nice, France in 1928. His father was an antiques dealer and collector and dabbled in painting, photography, poetry and played the cello. Arman completed Bachelors Degrees in philosophy and mathematics in 1946, and then he began to study art and judo. Arman’s work bridged the gap between American and European mid-century art.

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Summer Fun With Fine Art Prints

There’s still plenty of summer left, and lots of opportunities to see some wonderful exhibits around Boca that showcase our favorite art form: Fine Art Prints.

You can start your summer exploration of Fine Art Prints by downloading our free e-book How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints. It’s full of illustrations and information about the history and evolution of printmaking.

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Vik Muniz: One Man’s Trash

More than twenty million items were lost in last September’s fire at Brazil’s National Museum, which housed Latin America’s largest anthropology and natural history collection. As archaeologists and paleontologists sift through the rubble, the U.S. Department of State and the Smithsonian have offered fourteen on the scientists, who were displaced by the fire, the opportunity to use the Smithsonian’s labs to continue their work. The global community, including governments and cultural organizations, have pledged to help to rebuild the museum. Brazilian […]

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