Donald Baechler Woodcuts

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Donald Baechler often works in layers: layers of fabric, followed by layers of paint, then placing images upon images on the built up surface. His paintings are playful and whimsical, which belies their very complex and thoughtful technique. The images he uses come from the hundreds, probably  thousands, of doodles, drawings, signs, photographs and objects that he collects. His admitted obsession about certain objects and images leads him to use them over and over again, in differing compositions and media. […]

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From Flat Black to Vivid Color: The Artwork and Sculpture of Frank Stella

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By exploring the relationship between the flat plane of a canvas and the basics elements of artwork and sculpture – color, shape and composition – Frank Stella created his Black Paintings. The paints were done on large canvasses, using house paint and a large brush. Stella painted black stripes in various configurations, separated by thin lines, on unpainted canvas.

What Stella said that he admired about the Old Masters, was their technique, “the way they moved paint” on the canvas. Stella defined his work, and by extension, all panting on canvas, as “a flat surface with paint on it – nothing more”.

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Damien Hirst: The Bad Boy is Back

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Damien Hirst’s show at this year’s Venice Biennale has, once again, created a storm of love-it-or-hate-it critiques.

There was much the same uproar when Hirst had his first major exhibition at the 1993 Venice Biennale. There he presented Mother and Child Divided, a cow and a calf cut into sections and exhibited in separate display cases.

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Fine Artists and Master Printers

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There are artists whose vision can only be achieved by creating fine art prints. Techniques like oils, acrylics, watercolors or sculpture can not always achieve the result that the artist envisions.

The fine art prints for sale at VFA are created by fine artists, who often collaborate with master printmakers. Like a marriage, the relationship between artist and printer must be one of trust, respect and understanding. (Many of the relationships between artist and printer have lasted longer than many marriages.)

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Shepard Fairey: Graffiti in Vegas

Shepard Fairey is no stranger to putting his art on the side of buildings and his work in Las Vegas is a glitzy as the city itself.

Fairey was asked to create an image for the War for the Planet of the Apes movie, being promoted at last week’s CinemaCon Convention, where movie theater owners from around the world gather to share ideas.

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Damien Hirst: Making a Myth in Venice

Damien Hirst has created a fictional museum, with works of fantasy, based on a myth that he created. What he would like viewers to do, is to suspend their beliefs and enter the world that he has created as if they too are seeing the works from a 2,000-year-old art collection that has ebbs dredged up from the bottom of the sea.

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Robert Indiana: LOVE Restored

LOVE Restored in Indiana and Philadelphia Robert Indiana created the most recognizable image in the history of American Art. His version of LOVE, commissioned by MoMA for a Christmas card in 1965, has appeared on t-shirts, mugs and skateboards around the world. Indiana didn’t want to spoil the continuity of the design with a signature or copyright notice, so it was easy for others to market. He didn’t earn much from his most iconic work and was criticized for being […]

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The Tom Wesselmann We Know

Just before the Paris show of Tom Wesselmann’s work a few months ago, The New York Times ran a piece about him titled, The Most Famous Pop Artist You Don’t Know. It’s true that Warhol and Lichtenstein are more recognizable than Wesselman to most people, but that’s beginning to change.

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Andy Warhol: How He Saw Himself and Everyone Else

I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. A person is entitled to the lighting they need…” —Andy Warhol Two shows at the Warhol Museum bridge the gap between the way Andy Warhol viewed himself and the way in which he viewed others. My Perfect Body just ended and Stars of the Silver Screen is coming this month. How Andy Saw Himself Andy Warhol’s self-image was something that he grappled with throughout his life. In his autobiography, Warhol wrote, “I […]

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