Alex Katz, Julian Opie and Derrick Adams

Museums and galleries around the world are trying to adjust to the new normal of social distancing during this pandemic. Some have remained online, some have reopened and some have found unique ways of allowing visitors to view art. Here’s a look at some of our featured artists and the varied venues that are showcasing their work.

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Christo: 1935 – 2020

We make beautiful things, unbelievably useless, totally unnecessary – Christo Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, passed away on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 84 years old. Christo died of natural causes, according to the press release posted on his website. Christo spent most of his adult life creating works that defied description. They were at once art, performance and grand social events. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born n Gabrovo, Bulgaria on June […]

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Warhol: A Life as Art

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Andy Warhol saved everything. Every few days he would put together a bunch of stuff that he had accumulated…like movie ticket stubs, bills, wigs, newspaper clippings about himself, Polaroids that he took of his friends…and seal them into a storage box that he labeled TC for Time Capsule. After his death in 1987, the Time Capsules, all six hundred and ten of them, were sent to the Andy Warhol Museum in his home town of Pittsburgh. Seven years ago, Blake Gopnik, […]

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The Nike Panther and Other Wild and Wonderful Works at VFA

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Katherine Bernhardt Katherine Bernhardt has been stranded in Guatemala since March. When she’s not at her studio, a converted auto-repair shop in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, Bernhardt buys and sells rugs, whose patterns she has used in her wild and colorful paintings and prints. The 45-year-old artist was born in Clayton, Missouri. Bernhardt received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dubbed the female bad-boy of […]

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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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