Mel Bochner: Hired, Fired, Admired

Mel Bochner moved from Pittsburgh to New York in 1964, at the age of 24, to pursue his art career. He visited the Jewish Museum to see Jasper John’s White Flag and met an old classmate who was working as a museum guard. Bochner needed work, and his classmate said that a guard had quit the day before and there might be an opening.

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Jasper Johns Prints: In it for the Long Run

Jasper Johns is one of the artists featured at the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit called Long Run. Each work, made after 1970, was done by an artist who was at least 45, although many were older. Included in the exhibit are works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, and many others.

Many artists, like Jasper Johns, were young and hungry and eager to shake up the art world when they produced their seminal works.

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Donald Sultan: From Disasters to Poppies

Early in his career, Sultan was among a small group of influential American artists who frequently collaborated with Picasso’s master-printer Aldo Crommelynck. He now works with printers closer to his Manhattan studio, creating works like Blacks and Blues, a screenprint with diamond dust and Lantern Flowers, silkscreened with enamel inks and flocking, both for sale at VFA.

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Marc Quinn’s Art and Science

The National Gallery of Australia’s current exhibit, HyperReal takes a look at the history of hyperrealism in art that began in the 1960s and has evolved into the twenty-first century.

A highlight of the exhibit is Marc Quinn’s most recent sculpture Self, a self-portrait that documents the changes of Quinn’s face as he ages.

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A Big Year for David Hockney

David Hockney turned 80 in July and has been creating memorable works of art for nearly sixty years. The Met is honoring Hockney with a retrospective that includes his most iconic works from 1960 to the present. The David Hockney exhibit, on display now, will be at the Met through Feb 25, 2018.

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Frank Stella in Fort Lauderdale, London and Paris

Frank Stella spends lives and works in New York and, at 81, he and his paintings still do a lot of traveling. Frank Stella in South Florida The NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an in-depth exhibit of works done by Frank Stella during his 60-year career. The exhibit, Frank Stella: Experiment and Change includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that showcase the artist’s evolving use of colors, shapes, shaped canvas, materials and techniques. […]

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If You Like Alex Katz’s Flowers, You’ll Love Donald Sultan’s…

Though a generation apart, both Alex Katz and Donald Sultan are expert painters, printmakers and sculptors, whose works share a clean, crisp style and sharp focus on subject. Both artists have had a really good year, with the inclusion of their works at Miami Art Week. Alex Katz At age 90, Alex Katz says this is, “the most productive time in my whole life, right now.” He’s finished painting some enormous, atonal Maine landscapes, a new technique for him, which […]

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Andy Warhol’s Santa Claus: Naughty and Nice

Christmas is when you have to go to the bank and get crisp money to put in envelopes from the stationery store for tips. After you tip the doorman, he goes on sick leave or quits …”                                           -Andy Warhol, 1977 The quote makes Warhol sound a bit like Scrooge but, by 1977, Warhol had a giant bank account and […]

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Retna, Et Cetera…

The grand opening of the Restoration Hardware building on Okeechobee Boulevard is scheduled to have its grand opening on November 19th. A mural by Retna is on the eastern wall of the building. The project was done in conjunction with the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places program.

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