Here’s a look at just a few of our Summer favorites, for sale at Vertu.

Frank Stella

Frank Stella said that the protractor created both “stability and instability” in his work. Stella created his Protractor Series between 1967 and 1971. The series consists of large paintings and prints, where the protractor patterns are placed in what he called, Variations l, ll and lll. The variations consist of interlacing, concentric and fan-like patterns.In Bonne Bay the protractor patterns are interlaced, the repeat patterns distinguished by fluorescent ink colors, as refreshing as a day at the beach. In Sinjerli the patterns are contained within a circle of bold colors.

Andy Warhol

A stay at a fabulous hotel, combined with a perfect sunset, was the idea behind Andy’s Warhol’s Sunset. Architect Philip Johnson, a long-time collector of Warhol’s work,  asked Warhol to do a series of prints for the Hotel Marquette, which Johnson was designing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Johnson furnished the guest rooms with purple vinyl bedspreads, shag carpets and flocked wallpaper. The Sunset prints may have been the most serene objects in the hotel. The prints were done in varying combinations of colors. When the hotel closed, in 1981, the prints were returned to Warhol. This must have made Warhol deliriously happy, since Warhol loved money and painted several series of dollar signs over several decades.

Tom Wesselmann

There is a playfulness of Tom Wesselmann’s, especially in his laser cut drawings, “I anticipated how exciting it would be for me to get a drawing back in steel.” he said, “I could hold it in my hands. I could pick it up by the lines, off the paper. It was so exciting. It was like suddenly I was a whole new artist.” Monica Sitting Undressing and other two and three dimensional works by Tom Wesselmann are available at Vertu.

Alex Katz

Nothing says summer like a bathing suit and a sun hat, two components of Alex Katz’s Ariel-Black/White. In poses reminiscent of an Egyptian mural, Ariel moves across the surface of the print. Katz had also done Ariel in Red. Late Summer Flowers, portraits and other works are available at Vertu.

Robert Mangold

Robert Mangold says he like to present himself, and his viewers, with problems to solve. His visual structures often appear architectural, but with the centers missing, the shapes geometrical, yet askew. Both Ring Image A and Red/Grey Zone are Mangold at his best and most interesting.

Roy Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein created Modern Print for an exhibit at MoMa in 1971, and it was shown alongside works by Frank Stella, Robert Ruscha, Jasper Johns and other artists who were invited to present their work that used the latest printing and computer techniques available at the time.

Chuck Close

We have a number of portraits by Chuck Close available at Vertu, include several self-portraits. One of our favorites is the 203 color screenprint he did in 2007. Typically Close, this self portrait is big and bold, much like the artist himself.

Julian Opie

Julian Opie is a master at showing us how we look now, today, with no frills. His subjects are faceless, moving, restless. Woman with a ponytail wearing dark glasses on top of her head, with a shoulder bag and stripes on her shoes and sweat shirt appears to be standing still, but her posture suggests that she won’t be still for long.

Please come in or contact us if you have any questions about these Summer Selections or any of the other work available at Vertu.