Here’s a look at a few new acquisitions by some of our favorite artists:
Vik Muniz Portraits
Vik, 2003, is a portrait made up of hidden, random words, printed with found rubber stamps. Muniz says that his use of cryptic words comes from living under military rule in Brazil in the 1970s, where it was dangerous to speak or write openly, and where there was a “lingering climate of a semiotic black market where hidden messages seemed encoded in every phrase: everything meant something else.”
Vik, 2003, a photogravure on silk colle, is an homage to the Fingerprint portraits done by Chuck Close. Both works were part of last year’s exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art, which showcased the works of many of the distinguished artists who have worked at the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio.
Jeff Koon’s Puppy
Koon’s first Puppy sculpture was a 43-foot high topiary, constructed of a steel armature that supported about 60,000 flowers, including marigolds, petunias, impatiens and begonias. It was installed on the terrace of Spain’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997.
Jeff Koons made a more collector-friendly version of Puppy in 1998. Puppy Vase is 17.5 inches high, and does not need a staff of gardeners for maintenance. It holds flowers that can be replaced at its owner’s convenience.
Donald Sultan Poppies
Continuing to work on his evolving theme of flowers and dots, Donald Sultan has created Poppies – sculptures that combine both motifs.
Red Poppies and Blue Poppies are painted aluminum mounted on polished aluminum bases. They each maintain the square format that Donald Sultan favors in much of his work.
The fun of collecting Sultan’s pieces, is watching the metamorphosis of his compositions, from dominoes with white dots, to buttons with white dots, to flowers with white dots. It’s not easy to understand the workings of Sultan’s mind, but it’s very interesting to see the results.
Alex Katz Mae
Alex Katz has long been a master at capturing the subtleties of color and light in his portraits. Mae is almost monochromatic, its muted tones creating a delicate portrait.
At 88, Katz still works out every morning and paints every day. At his studio in Maine this summer he worked on giant landscapes. Katz has always followed his instincts, and not the art movements that have come and gone during his long career. Last month, Katz told a PBS News Hour interviewer, “I think, in a sense, the world caught up with me.”