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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Derrick Adams on Tour, Retna at the Opera

Derrick Adams is one of just three contemporary artists whose work is part of a national tour. Adams’ work is accompanying legendary artist Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle Series to major museums throughout the U.S.

Jacob Lawrence was one of America’s finest artists, the first black artist to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, in 1941, when Lawrence was just 23 years old.

Lawrence spent five years at the 135th Street Library, in Harlem, where he grew up, researching the history of America from 1770 through 1812. His research inspired him to painted Struggle: From the History of the American People, thirty paintings that were dispersed after being shown in a New York gallery in 1956.

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Supernatural Art at VFA

The Art Gallery of New South Wales recently commissioned Takashi Murakami to create a work for its permanent collection. The work is made up of 502 individual silkscreens and was purchased by the gallery for an undisclosed seven-figure amount and is the centerpiece of the gallery’s current exhibit, “Japan Supernatural”.

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The Works of Yue Minjun and Ivan Navarro at VFA

Art is both an escape from politics and a reflection of politics. Artists like Yue Minjun and Ivan Navarro grew up in countries whose governments carefully monitored the behavior of their citizens, which had a profound effect on their world view. Both of these great artists have overcome obstacles, have gained global recognition and success, although their lives and their artistic expressions are very different. Yue Minjun Yue Minjun is a celebrity in China, and has been an international celebrity […]

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Christo in Paris, Alex Katz in Madrid

In 1983, Christo wrapped eleven islands in Biscayne Bay with more than 6 million square feel of pink floating fabric. Surrounded Islands was one of the most controversial projects that the city had ever seen, with the artist having to go to Federal court to get permission to execute his plans.

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Fine Art Prints and Sculptures at VFA

For nearly twenty years, VFA has specialized in bringing the works of Contemporary Artists into our gallery. Our profound interest in fine art prints has led to a broadening interest in the wide range of materials used by our favorite artists.

A crossword puzzle clue in a recent edition of the New Yorker got us thinking about artists’ works evolve and how our interests, at VFA, keep expanding.

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Featured Fine Art Prints at VFA

The variations of texture and tone of fine art prints are difficult to see when viewing them on line. The art of printmaking continues to evolve, making it one of the world’s most expressive art forms.

Artists like Donald Sultan and Shepard Fairey have become printmakers themselves and also work with master printers to create pieces that reflect their style and sensibility.

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