Banksy, the Greatest Living Briton

“Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world,” Banksy wrote in his book, Wall and Piece, “I can’t even finish my second apple pie.” That pretty much reflects the work of Banksy: provocative, discomforting, funny and well-crafted.

Banksy is one of the most well-known artists in the world, yet most people don’t know who he is or what he looks like. What we know about Banksy is what he’s told us in his books, films, the few interviews he’s given and, of course, his art.

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Alex Katz

Alex Katz Prints & Paintings: Masterful Color and Design

Whenever we have the opportunity to acquire the work of Alex Katz, we go for it. One of the most skilled artists in America, Katz’s work is owned by public galleries spanning the globe from New York to Vienna to Japan.

His paintings and prints can be found in such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Japan.

The focus of our acquisitions are his silkscreens, woodcuts, aquatints and linocuts, which are fine examples of his masterful use of color and design. Katz has been creating art for over sixty years. He calls his work “reductive” which is an oversimplification of what he does.

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ed ruscha prints

Ed Ruscha: Still Disarming

At age 77, Ed Ruscha is still putting a lot of thought…and a little bit of mischief… into his work. Ruscha is a masterful print artist, painter, filmmaker and photographer. The Mark Twain Quote lithograph, one of the Ruscha’s available in our gallery as of this writing, is a fine example of the thought and humor that goes into each of his works. Using a Mark Twain quote, The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, shadowing it with its German translation on a gradient background, makes the visual impact of Mark Twain Quote very powerful and does what Ruscha intends to do with all of his work: “Art has to be something that makes you scratch your head.” he said.

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Donald Sultan Wall Flowers

Donald Sultan: Bold Prints and Sculpture

Donald Sultan’s works appear simple, yet are powerful pieces that contain layers of complexity. The progression of Sultan’s work has led to several of the series that we have been lucky to obtain.

From his linoleum and tar-layered industrial paintings, through his mixed-media still life, Sultan has found a way of incorporating colors, textures and space to create works that seem almost understated but have a boldness that can’t be ignored.

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Donald Sultan White Tulips and Vase, April 4, 2014

New at VFA: Pop from Warhol, Hirst and Sultan

Unique offerings from Andy Warhol include the recently acquired Polo, a silkscreened outlined image on a collage of colored papers from a delightful series revolving around various incarnations of the photographic subject, created by the artist in 1985. Considered “low key” and “subtle” by Warhol collector standards; visitors at VFA are taken with the simplicity and softness of this classic work. Provenance includes stamp and initials on verso from the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Two other works that share the same Provenance – all three will be included in the upcoming Warhol Catalogue Raisonne of Drawings, Paintings and Collages – are the lovely 1983 Tidal Basin pieces, created by the artist for an edition of The Washington Post Magazine. Warhol’s Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin silkscreens provide a wholly unique interpretation of this famous perspective of the Washington Monument and its reflection within the basin.

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New Work Available at VFA

As late autumn 2014 brings us closer to another bustling holiday season, our South Florida Contemporary Art Gallery has much for which we are grateful. Among our favorites are a group of new works from the greatest Pop, Op and Abstract Expressionist artists the world has ever known. It’s our pleasure to share such beauty with you, and we hope that you’ll visit with us soon, here in warm Boca Raton.

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Richard Anuszkiewicz: Basking in the Warm Glow

For lovers of Optical Art, American Artist Richard Anuszkiewicz lives in rarified air, alongside Europeans Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely – all of whom are credited with fueling the genres skyrocketing popularity in the 1960s and 70s. As popular as Op Art may have been in its heyday, classic works by the masters continue to rise in value and once again, the movements popularity is on the rise. Like those Pop Art works by Warhol and Lichtenstein that that still make our hearts race on par with the first time we viewed them, the steady pulse of great optical works so too sustain unwavering energy and excitement.

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Sultan’s Dominos, Buttons & Butterflies Flourish at Art’otel Budapest

How fulfilling it must be for Contemporary Artist Donald Sultan to visit the Budapest hotel he helped design, seeing guests immerse themselves in his heady works. Dominos, buttons, butterflies and large scale floral abstractions run thematically throughout the living quarters, restaurants, lounges and meeting rooms. The hotel, which structurally blends historic and modern elements, emits an energy that is warm and unassuming, yet exciting – due in large part to the hand of Donald Sultan visible at every turn. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, on the banks of the Danube River, across from the statuesque Hungarian Parliament Building.

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Shepard Fairey Luxurious Sounds, 2014

Shepard Fairey’s Cautionary Tone Hits All The Low Notes

Like Warhol, Johns, Lichtenstein and other American Pop artists before him, the power of Fairey’s art lies in it’s ability to lead us to question our beliefs. Unlike some of his predecessors, Shepard Fairey shows little desire to cloak his message in subtleties. Fairey is a 21st century artist who fully understands the importance of building a brand and the OBEY brand is served up with a solid graphic consistency.

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Transcendent Warhol Works for Sale at VFA

When considering the appeal of Andy Warhol Prints, we think of the eccentric Pop Art trendsetter who forever changed the world with his manipulation of modern icons. In doing so, Andy Warhol brought insights that prompted conversations about how Americans consume. How we consumer art, celebrity and commercial goods – all with an unending need for something bigger, bolder and more magnificent than what we’ve devoured previously!

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Roy Lichtenstein Crak!, 1964

Lichtenstein’s Perfect Pop Vehicle

As we admire the work of Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein it seems unimaginable that this was once a creator who struggled to find his artistic voice. Like most accomplished artists, he honed his craft by emulating the techniques of those masters who moved him. Initially it was European Artists, such as Picasso and Miró, and by the late 1950s, Lichtenstein was fascinated by the action painters – Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

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Alex Katz White Roses

New at VFA: Warhol, Wesselmann, Katz and More

Once again, we are proud to introduce newly acquired works that are now available at Vertu Fine Art. Among them is Andy Warhol’s famed Golden Mushroom – from Campbell’s Soup II, a well-known piece from the artist’s second set of soup works produced in 1969 − seven years after the collection that drew significant attention to emergence of the American Pop Art movement and Andy Warhol.

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Competing Layers: Frank Stella Work Available at VFA

After more than six decades, Contemporary Artist Frank Stella’s works continue to confound and entertain us on a number of levels. Stella has consistently challenged the viewer to determine their own sense of meaning, beyond any intention of the artist – implied, unconsciously contributed or otherwise. Of course the pleasure derived from consuming such works is to decode the subconscious reasoning behind apparently orchestrated alignments of colors, shapes and contrasts that become the art’s subject.

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Chuck Close: Process, Piecework and Portraits

Viewing the works of American Contemporary Artist Chuck Close is much like traveling to a familiar place, but taking a new route every time. The artist, who is best known for his large scale photo mosaic portraits, continues to be one of the more fascinating New York artists living today. Like all masterful artists, Chuck Close has perfected a signature style that’s unmistakably his.

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Julian Opie’s Human Form Masterworks

You need travel no further than the interactive map on Julian Opie’s website to gain proper perspective of this British Contemporary Artist’s worldwide reach. Opie studied at the renowned Goldsmiths, University of London in the early 1980s, where he was a student of artist Michael Craig-Martin − another British master of earthly forms.

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