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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Take Part in Art During the Quarantine

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The quarantine has been a springboard for many of us to learn new skills, study things we never had time for in the past and find gratitude for many of the things that we used to take for granted. The viewing of fine art through virtual museum and gallery tours has greatly increased. Auction houses are reporting that younger, first time art buyers from countries around the world are showing an increased interest in fine art. There are a lot […]

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The Generosity of the Art World During COVID-19

The beauty and emotional power of art give humans comfort during difficult times. With museums and galleries closed around the world, the importance of the arts and our dependence on them for comfort and connection, and even as a livelihood for many, has been magnified. The Metropolitan Museum in New York has asked staff, volunteers and supporters of the arts to send a letter, requesting help, to their representatives and to spread the word through social media, using the hashtag #CongressSaveCulture. […]

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Stay Home and go to The Louvre

With museums and galleries closed around the world, and most of us having to stay home and stay safe, more than 2,000 major institutions are offering virtual tours of their collections.

The British Museum in London, the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and The Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil’s first modern art museum, are all open for virtual tours. American museums, like the J. Paul Getty, the National Gallery and the Guggenheim also host virtual tours.

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The Work of Derrick Adams at VFA

Derrick Adams is having a very good year and getting the attention that he deserves.

Adams is currently having his first major show in the UK. Derrick Adams: Transformers, on exhibit at the Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery in London, explores the way in which black women empower themselves through dress and style.

Many of the works in the exhibit were inspired by the displays that Adams has seen in the beauty supply stores, wig shops and braiding and nail salons in his Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Vertu Fine Art at Art on Paper, NYC

It’s time, once again, for us to head to Pier 36 in New York for the 2020 Art on Paper fair. This year we join more than ninety galleries to celebrate paper-based artworks, which are our passion and main focus at VFA. We’re showcasing the works of Carmen Herrea, Julian Opie, Michael Craig-Martin, Jonas Wood and we’ll be debuting a new work by Alex Katz. Alex Katz The Guggenheim Museum is organizing a 2020 retrospective of the works of Alex […]

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Remembering Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring

The works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring gave credibility to graffiti artists and took their works from the street into fine art galleries and museums. The frenetic energy of the New York art scene in the 1980s was a perfect time for both Basquiat and Haring to work, play and get the attention they desired and deserved. Both Basquiat and Haring died young, each in a tragic way, yet, decades later, their art still has the ability to impact […]

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Frank Stella’s Works in Boston, Tampa and Santiago

Frank Stella Mural at the Boston Seaport Frank Stella’s Damascus Gate mural was unveiled in the Boston seaport a few months ago. Stella grew up in Malden, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. He will turn 84 in May. The mural is one of the largest public art installations of his more than 60-year career. The 98-foot-long, 18-foot-tall mural was commissioned by the developers of the revitalized Boston seaport. The mural is based on Stella’s 1970 Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I), part of […]

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Alex Katz Retrospective, Jeff Koons in Tel Aviv and Donald Sultan on the Roof

Alex Katz at the Guggenheim in 2022 The Guggenheim Museum is organizing a retrospective, planned for 2022, to celebrate the career of Alex Katz. At 92, Katz can boast of an extraordinary career as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. Since 1951, he has had over 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. He currently has shows at the Colby Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Galeria Monica […]

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Carlos Cruz-Diez Remembered, Ugo Rondinone Doing Well

Free Color, a documentary about Carlos Cruz-Diez, just has previewed at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Cruz-Diez died in July, 2019, at age 95, shortly before the film was completed. Cruz-Diez devoted his life to exploring the physical properties of color. “I’m not a poet, nor a writer, nor a historian nor a philosopher.” he said. “I am only a painter. I believe that through pictorial research and the perception of the universe of color I can find a way to reflect about the world I live in in a way that has not yet been researched by other artists.”

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