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I don’t want to paint someone else’s world, I want to paint my world”
—Alex Katz

Alex Katz has enjoyed a very prolific career as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. His paintings are known for their flatness of color and clean lines and generally the artist likes to do portraits and landscapes. The artist was born 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. When the Katz was born, New York wasn’t yet known for being the center of modern art as it is today, but in the mid-twentieth century the art world was changing, and both Katz and his place of birth would become unforgettable in the minds of art lovers the world over.

A View of Katz’s Artwork

The flatness of color and subject matter of Katz’s work make him a very unique figure in modern art. Not many other artists would be daring enough to go against flow, but Katz has been able to do just that and get away with it for many years. And as if it isn’t daring enough for that Katz decided to do his own thing in his art, about 250 of his paintings are of his wife, Ada Katz. It’s clear that the artist has a strong sense of individualism and enjoys to do art on his own terms. In Katz’s landscapes, he often paints the places he spends his time, like neighborhoods in New York City, where he lives and other places he visits regularly.

Katz described his choice of subject matter well when he said, “I don’t want to paint someone else’s world, I want to paint my world” during an interview with The Telegraph. He added to that explaining that the world he lives in is a “high Bohemia.”

What makes the artist’s work so appealing to look at, is the brightness of color and the beautiful pictures that he chooses to paint. Many of his most well-known work, like Ana Wintour and The Red Smile, make use of bright backgrounds with a the model’s face displayed from an up close perspective.

But Katz has also created many pieces that are absolutely breathtaking through using colors that are slightly more neutral. For example, the painting Blue Umbrella depicts a woman (his wife, Ada) standing out in the rain holding a blue umbrella. The faraway look in her eyes draws the viewer in and makes them wonder what she’s thinking about. Somehow it seems as if she might be sad, but she could also be looking fondly at something that brings back good memories.

Prints Made By Alex Katz

Katz has reproduced many of his beautiful paintings through printmaking, in fact, he has been more prolific in printmaking than many of his peers, and has produced more than 400 editions to date. The artist has used a wide variety of various techniques for the production of his prints, such as lithography, silkscreen, linoleum cut and woodcut.

At Vertu, we enjoy collecting prints by the Alex Katz and other modern artists. Katz’s work is both stylish and modern, a combination that, we are sure you’ll agree, is irresistible. If you’re interested in selling or acquiring prints by Alex Katz, don’t hesitate to contact us, or visit our Boca Raton gallery. Our passion is modern art and we’ll help you find the right piece to suit your home and personality.

 

Alex Katz, Ulla

Alex Katz Black Dress and White Flowers at Vertu

We are pleased to announce our acquisition of works from Alex Katz’s Black Dress series. These large silkscreens, each 80 X 30 inches, reflect Katz’s powerful sense of style and color.

Based on paintings that he did on door panels, each print depicts one of his muses, casually posed in a black dress. Katz minimalist approach to subject is deceptively simple. Each of his Black Dress silkscreens is printed in 25 to 35 colors.

I think style is the content of my painting.”
—Alex Katz

In an interview in the Tate’s Style Matters blog, Katz was asked about the style of his work. “I think style is the content of my painting,” he said, “and style belongs to fashion. Fashion is in the immediate present, and that’s really what I am after in my work. I’ve always thought that music reaches the present, but painting doesn’t, and that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t think it can ever do it, but the wish is there.”

For Alex Katz fans, this Black Dress series is reminiscent of the 1960 The Black Dress painting of his wife, Ada.

The Black Dress painting, done in 1960, depicts Ada, in a black dress, painted in six different poses: sitting, standing, arms crossed, hand on hips, in what appears to be a gallery. In the recent Black Dress series, Done 56 years later, the lines are sharper, the colors brighter. Although Ada has been his constant muse for the past six decades, for this series, Katz used models, like Ulla, who have appeared in some of his other works.

Katz also uses his minimal style to create landscapes and floral designs, like White Roses and White Impatiens, which are also available in our gallery.

Each of these prints is large scale and reflects the clarity of Katz’s work.
Alex Katz still paints every day and, at age 88, is at the top of his game, still interested in fashion and style and getting better every day.

Please contact us for more information about these, or other works by Alex Katz available at Vertu Fine Art.

References:

Alex Katz


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Andy Warhol Lifesavers 1985 F&S II.353

What’s New At Vertu: The Smoker, Lifesavers, Chicken and Dumplings

Here’s a look at some of the latest acquisitions at the Vertu Fine Art Gallery.

Tom Wesselmann, The Smoker

The Smoker is an embossed lithograph that contains some of Tom Wesselmann’s favorite things … a graceful hand, with dark red fingernails, holding a cigarette, and smoke wafting from a pair of full, red lips.

A true Renaissance Man, Tom Wesselmann had a degree in Psychology and went to Cooper Union to study Fine Art. He became a consummate New Yorker who loved, and wrote, country music (his song, I Love Doing Texas With You was included in the Brokeback Mountain movie soundtrack). He wrote a book about himself called Wesselmann, using the pseudonym, Slim Stealingworth. In Wesselmann’s own words, he wrote (as Stealingworth), “Many critics have described Tom Wesselmann as the most underrated painter of the American Art world of the 1960’s.”

Andy Warhol, Vote McGovern, Chicken and dumplings, Lifesavers

During the contentious election of 1972, the country was in the throes of the Viet Nam war and the Civil Rights movement. Alabama Governor, George Wallace, declared himself to be a Democratic presidential candidate along with George McGovern. McGovern, of course, wound up running against Richard Nixon, and Warhol was asked to contribute to the McGovern campaign.

In typical Warhol style, he created a demonic image of Nixon, with the simple slogan, Vote McGovern below the maniacal face. Simple, subtle, powerful and so very Warhol. If only he were around for this election…  Also available in our gallery are Andy Warhol’s Chicken and dumplings and Lifesavers.

Roy Lichtenstein, Shipboard Girl

In the wake of his 1964 painting, Nurse, selling at Christie’s for $95.3 million a few weeks ago, Roy Lichtenstein’s artwork has become more desirable than ever. Created a year after Nurse, Shipboard Girl has the same mysterious and sensual feeling.

With no thought or speech bubble, it’s up to the viewer to imagine what is on Shipboard Girl’s mind. Maybe she’s thinking, “I’m getting a fine art print for Christmas. Maybe a Lichtenstein.”

Alex Katz, Red Hat Ada

Red Hat Ada is a recent work, a woodcut, of the muse (and wife) that Katz has been painting for more than fifty years.

Alex Katz is a big favorite at our gallery. His Late Summer Flowers silkscreen graces the cover of our eBook, How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints (your can download it, free, at our website).

Jeff Koons, Puppy Vase

The art of Jeff Koons isn’t always practical, but it’s always fun. His first Puppy sculpture was a 43-foot high topiary, installed on the terrace of Spain’s Guggenheim Museum, that supported about 60,000 flowers.

The Puppy Vase in our gallery is just 17 inches high. It can hold a bouquet of flowers and, unlike the original, doesn’t need to be tended to by a staff of gardeners.

Banksy, Choose Your Weapon

Banksy painted Choose Your Weapon on a London wall. No Timmy and Lassie here. The boy and his Keith Haring dog, in Choose Your Weapon, appear menacing and disenfranchised.

Banksy always gives his audience a lot to think about and Choose Your Weapon is no exception.

Kaws, You Should Know I Know

You Should Know I Know is the first screenprint that Kaws created this year.

Fans of Kaws (Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly) will recognize elements of his creation, Companion, the Mickey Mouse-like character that appears in many of his drawings, sculptures and even as a float in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Please call, or visit the gallery, for more information about our new acquisitions or any of the art work we offer at Vertu.

 

Alex Katz Mae, 2005

Puppies, Poppies and Portraits: New Work at Vertu

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.”

Alex Katz

Alex Katz Prints & Paintings: Masterful Color and Design

An older painter gave me some advice: “Figuration is obsolete and color is French.” I said to myself, “To you, baby.” Actually, I had no idea whether what I was doing was going to find an audience, but my instincts told me there was no other way for me.” — Alex Katz

Whenever we have the opportunity to acquire the work of Alex Katz, we go for it. One of the most skilled artists in America, Katz’s work is owned by public galleries spanning the globe from New York to Vienna to Japan.

His paintings and prints can be found in such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Japan.

The focus of our acquisitions are his silkscreens, woodcuts, aquatints and linocuts, which are fine examples of his masterful use of color and design. Katz has been creating art for over sixty years. He calls his work “reductive” which is an oversimplification of what he does.

Each piece has clean and simple lines of design, but the composition and colors, especially the colors in his silkscreens, are complex.

We still have a few examples of Alex Katz’s work at Vertu:

Late Summer Flowers

A great example of Katz’s amazing use of color is his 30-color silkscreen, Late Summer Flowers. Using both subtle and contrasting colors during the screen process take expertise that only a master, like Katz, can achieve.

White Roses

The impact of White Roses, comes not only from it’s size (over 7 feet long and 3-and-a-half feet wide) but also from the flow of design and layer of colors that appear simple but are a complex 16-color silkscreen.

Black Hat IV

The three faces and three hats that make up the composition of Black Hat IV, are another example of the impact of Katz’s work. The clean lines, and profusion of black against yellow, makes this large, 68-color screen print one of Katz’s most powerful works.

Diana, Sophia, Sarah, Vivien and Ada in Bathing Cap

Katz’s wife, Ada, has been his model and muse since 1957. Ada in Bathing Cap,
like his other portraits, is both an intimate, yet detached, look at his subject.

Unlike the other portraits in our gallery, which are silk screens, Diana is a linocut, and another example of Katz’s impressive use of color and design.

More About Alex Katz

Katz has worked and lived in his New York studio since 1968. The studio was featured in Architectural Digest in 2012. He began his art education at Woodrow Wilson High School in Queens, went on to study at Cooper Union Art School in Manhattan and then received a scholarship for summer study at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

Katz’s body of work has garnered him such prestigious awards as the Cooper Union Annual Artist of the City Award, an induction into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Pratt Institute’s Mary Buckley Award, the Queens Museum of Art Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Chicago Bar Association Award for Art in Public Places.

We encourage you to come into Vertu to see the work of this remarkable American artist.

New Work Available at VFA

As late autumn 2014 brings us closer to another bustling holiday season, our South Florida Contemporary Art Gallery has much for which we are grateful. Among our favorites are a group of new works from the greatest Pop, Op and Abstract Expressionist artists the world has ever known. It’s our pleasure to share such beauty with you, and we hope that you’ll visit with us soon, here in warm Boca Raton.

One spectacular work featured on a primary wall is a large scale dramatic landscape from American Pop Artist Alex Katz entitled, Gray Day. This Katz classic hits each of the artist’s high notes – cool and commercial, this eloquent piece works effortlessly to capture our attention and hold it. Just a glance at this lovely panoramic and the viewer is transported to a vogue Cape Cod beach, with little desire to leave.

In a very different way, YBA artist Damien Hirst continues to find new ways to push our buttons, challenging us to a confrontation with the weight issues of modern life. These days, the artist’s latest manipulation – oversized pharmaceuticals – places this multibillion dollar industry, with its powerful health and social implications, staring squarely at us. Drugs are potent enough when consumed on a microbiological level, but in macro iterations, they’re downright audacious. Newly available art from Hirst at VFA includes a host of recent sculpted multiples that bear the same clinical names as their diminutive counterparts.

As oversized replicas, the pharmaceuticals that Damien Hirst peddles have transcended habitats – from pharmacies and medicine cabinets – to art gallery shelves. Their artificial resin components and dyes appear docile compared to the healing, habitual and lethal effects associated with the formulations they represent. Needless to say, a football-sized likeness of Pfizer’s famous blue aphrodisiac is sure to be a conversation-starter. Likewise, five milligrams of Valium is anything but calming when consumed as a fist-sized replica.

Of course, of the newly available Pop Art works for sale, it’s hard to overlook the legendary status of Andy Warhol’s most famous screenprints. Of those that stop visitors in their tracks, Andy’s off-register 1967 Marilyn screenprints are arguably most powerful. Like any group of collectors, those who seek Warhol’s Pop masterpieces have varying opinions about his most “important” works, but to many, it’s the artist’s iconic variations of Marilyn Monroe that are so highly coveted.

On par with any of Warhol’s top tier celebrity portraits is the stunning Liz 1964. Warhol’s highly saturated Liz Taylor portrait captures the raw beauty and confidence of the young starlet in a manner so completely different from any other, that this remains one of the more valuable of the artist’s celebrity screenprints. As is true with all Warhol prints, this one is certain to not be available at VFA for long.

We welcome you to visit with us and take in each of the new works for sale at our gallery located within The Shops at Boca Center. In addition to the new offerings from Warhol, Katz and Hirst; you’ll also find new works from the likes of British Pop Artist Julian Opie, Donald Sultan (his new floral sculptures are magnificent) and much more.

If you’re a collector seeking a particular Pop, Op or Abstract Expressionist work, please contact us – we are always here for you!

Alex Katz White Roses

New at VFA: Warhol, Wesselmann, Katz and More

Once again, we are proud to introduce newly acquired works that are now available at Vertu Fine Art. Among them is Andy Warhol’s famed Golden Mushroom – from Campbell’s Soup II, a well-known piece from the artist’s second set of soup works produced in 1969 − seven years after the collection that drew significant attention to emergence of the American Pop Art movement and Andy Warhol. As Warhol collectors will attest, every Warhol soup can from the 1960s is a cherished piece of history.

In 1964, as Andy Warhol was enjoyed newfound fame and success, he created Flowers, a series featuring his stylized version of the Mandrinette, a rare flowering shrub. Flower 1964 demonstrates how a part of nature morphs once it’s been “Warholized.” In this case, we see floral petals adorned with Day-Glo colors, which had their own moment in the sun over the increasingly psychedelic years of the 1960s. Fifty years later, this offset lithograph continues to captivate viewers, who bask in the warm energy of these vibrant colors.

Another new Warhol for sale at our Boca Raton gallery is Paramount, a screenprint from the ADS series. As a former commercial artist, Andy Warhol’s sensibilities led him to be particularly interested in commercial enterprises – and as an American enthralled with Hollywood, this version of the famous entertainment company brand appeared to be very much in line with the artist’s choice of subject. One of the oldest and most powerful motion picture studios in the business, Warhol’s treatment of logo appears to reduce its grandeur – with his version flattening the dimension and stripping it down to bare bones. Andy Warhol serves as the master magician of art, showing the audience how the deception of a trick is performed. Once Andy Warhol got his hands on an image, it may have started as someone else’s brand, but upon completion, it would become a Warhol brand.

Another celebrated Pop Artist with new works at VFA, Tom Wesselmann’s art showcase how he claimed his niche as the arguably the most sensual participant of a movement that counts emotional detachment among its most recognizable traits. Wesslemann’s Cut-Out Nude from 11 Pop Artists Vol. I is another cherished piece of history from the launch of Pop. Tom Wesselmann greets viewers with a bold confidence that stems from the artist’s ability to exaggerate and accentuate the features of his subject with lush, yet minimal detail. So expressive is each element contained that our minds never long for those features that the artist has chosen to omit.

Alex Katz continues to produce new works with the same cool reserve that placed him on the forefront of Pop Art many decades ago. At 87 years old, Katz is still dazzling collectors with large scale works consisting of flattened subjects and gorgeous palettes. White Roses is a new silkscreen consisting of 16 colors that viewers describe as intensely engaging, subtle and sublime.

British Pop Artist Julian Opie is among the talented artists who include Alex Katz as a major influence upon their craft. Five new lenticular acrylic woks from Opie are part of a new collection that’s drawing much attention from VFA visitors. Each work captures the essence of a societal role player – the Banker, Detective, Lawyer, Nurse and Student – strolling toward their next destination. Opie often wins praise for his ability to succinctly capture the intrinsic nature of human form in movement, and the addition of lenticular device only further demonstrates such capacity.

City Walkers I and City Walkers II are enthralling new steel relief sculptures from Opie that are now available for purchase at VFA. Opie’s latest fixation is squarely focused on the strides and styles of urban commuters. Both pieces showcase nine individuals answering the call to seek out that which motivates their movement. Body language and accessories work handsomely to define the mood and mindset of each participant – some intensely fixated on the road ahead, others engaged with mobile phones, and others enjoying a cup of coffee or cigarette. Each appears to have a unique degree of urgency attached to their movement. The scene grants us permission to people watch for as long as desired; no need to apologize for staring or judging participants based upon our perception of their traits.

The best way to enjoy any of the new Pop Art works currently for sale at VFA is to visit us at our gallery, located at The Shops of Boca Center. If you have questions about any of the new works or require assistance in acquiring something else, please contact us.

 

Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann: Pop Art and Intention

The American Pop Art movement had its share of reluctant participants. Perhaps most notorious among them is Tom Wesselmann. Mentioned alongside the biggest names in Pop – Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist and Johns − Wesselmann rejected the Pop label and any other label for that matter. The artist was among those masters who viewed themselves independent of any such art movement associations, interpreting such labeling as confining and simplistic, unable to capture the essence of their style. For Wesselmann, it boiled down to a matter of intention.

Unlike Warhol or Rosenquist, Wesselmann thought his art to be less confrontational, as he offered no criticism of society within the objects of brand and commercialism included in his works. What the artist failed to acknowledge or recognize is that Pop Art was a force of nature. Once unleashed, it lived in the public domain, providing an artist with little room to “opt out.” The Pop Artist tag would be especially difficult for Tom Wesselmann to shed, as the nature of his work was entirely in sync with the very attributes that fit the Pop motif. Intentional or otherwise, one Pop characteristic that served Wesselmann well was the ability to understand the moment and seize a golden opportunity.

Tom Wesselmann played off his own opportunism as pure coincidence. Just a 1960s working artist in New York, painting objects of commercialism and consumerism in large scale, in close proximity to a core of Pop Artists, such as Alex Katz, who Wesselmann befriended. Like Katz, Wesselmann’s style bespeaks that of a Pop Artist on the fringe. By the late sixties, as he began moving away from iconic objects of commercialism, Tom Wesselmann’s works still boar a number of Pop Art footprints, yet with an unassuming and less conscious approach – devoid of any motive to manipulate public opinion.

Since 1993 I’ve basically been an abstract painter. This is what happened: in 1984 I started making steel and aluminum cut-out figures… One day I got muddled up with the remnants and I was struck by the infinite variety of abstract possibilities. That was when I understood I was going back to what I had desperately been aiming for in 1959, and I started making abstract three-dimensional images in cut metal. I was happy and free to go back to what I wanted: but this time not on De Kooning’s terms but on mine.”
-Tom Wesselmann, 2003

Ask any Contemporary Art enthusiast about Tom Wesselmann and the first thing that comes to mind, whether stated or not, is Wesselmann’s women. The artist’s figurative drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures manage to capture the female form in a manner so unique that it’s mesmerizing. Sensual, revealing, intimate and honest − Wesselmann’s nudes are provocative and inviting. In the case of Great American Nude #92, a Tom Wesselmann 1967 painting that is part of a series called Great American Nude, the piece created a fair amount of controversy and intrigue.

There are a number of Wesselmann collectors who simply adore the artist’s use of color and powerful lines, but shy away from the artist’s highly sexualized offerings, opting for equally captivating landscapes or still life renderings.  Among the Wesselmann collectors who adore his nudes, there are also many who prefer the works featuring subjects more conservatively posed.

Tom Wesselmann’s nudes, though revealing, leave much to the viewer’s imagination. Faces are often portrayed anonymously, with full expressive lips serving as are the only facial features present. Stylized hair, pronounced breasts, an alluring pose and curves of the body help tell the story, but just a hint. Bold blocks and thick lines of color adorn clothing, flowers, furnishings and accessories provide the viewer with additional details.

One 1993 screenprint by Tom Wesselmann, Claire Seated with Robe Half-Off is wonderful representation of a repetitive theme used by the artist. Paying homage to two favorite muses at once, a reclined Vivienne serves as backdrop to a standing Claire. For collectors of who fully embrace Wesselmann’s varied portrayal of female subjects, each piece tells more of a larger story waiting to be told. Nothing Wesselmann ever feels forced or constructed for consumption. It’s merely a highly talented creator inviting us to join him, in his intimate spaces, with lovely companions. If you feel as we do, it’s an invitation you’ll accept time and time again.


If you enjoy limited edition prints and assorted works from Wesselmann, Warhol, Lichtenstein and the masters of Pop Art, we invite you to visit with us at our Boca Raton Contemporary Art gallery.  We’re also available to assist you online or via telephone during gallery hours.  Please feel free to contact us.


Alex Katz, Good Afternoon

New Pop Art And Hyperrealist Works for Sale

As October rolls in, we find ourselves striding into our South Florida Contemporary Art gallery with a bit of extra enthusiasm, as we anticipate the start of the upcoming season. Hopefully, you are among our clients, family and friends who will soon be spending more time in our neck of the woods and will be afforded new opportunities to visit. We’re pleased to provide you with a quick snapshot of newly acquired fine art for sale at Vertu Fine Art.


It’s hard to imagine a better training ground for a Pop Artist than that of a sign maker and billboard painter. Such was the path that James Rosenquist took on his journey to becoming an important figure in the Pop Art movement. The commercial nature and large scale aspects of his working in the outdoor advertising industry as a young man served the artist well. During his career as a fine artist, he often worked in a similar large scale, and simply changed the messaging from sales to social commentary. Perhaps his most famous work was entitled, F-111, which paid homage to the powerful aircraft heavily utilized by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam when Rosenquist painted it in 1964, interspersed with commercial images onto 23 sections, 10 feet high and 86 feet wide.
New at VFA is James Rosenquist’s Mirage Morning, a fascinating multi-dimensional lithograph with mixed media work. Colorful and imaginative, this Rosenquist piece has fast become a favorite among visitors to our Boca Raton Gallery.


The photorealism of Chuck Close has captivated our attention for years. Only from afar does the viewer of Close’s portraits feel like they are viewing a singular image. This work is nothing short of spectacular, especially when considering the artist’s process in developing this masterful work.

Each unit in Close’s grid is filled with organic abstract shapes and an intriguing palette − leading the viewer’s eye to a wonderful assortment of flowing shape and color. Chuck Close deconstructs and reengineers a whole new sense of the same being in this way.

Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. – Chuck Close


When you find yourself in the proximity of our Boca Raton art gallery, among the new art for sale that you’ll be glad you viewed in person is this suite of 4 canvases from a red hot artist in high demand, Carole Feuerman. Her hyperrealist sculptured swimmers continue to land in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. From her painted resin and bronze works to her prints, Carole Feuerman’s works have a sense of sweetness, calm and sincere appreciation for the human form.


Of the many Pop Art masters at VFA, Alex Katz is one who’s often viewed as an important yet peripheral member. Katz most certainly demonstrates Pop sensibilities, including the flat commercial feel of his subjects and monochrome backgrounds, and his affinity for large scale works and printmaking. Alex Katz was a powerful influence to many Pop Artists in the sixties and seventies. Though his works helped to introduce the movement, they’re void of any sense of self-promotion or indulgence that one conjures when considering  the likes of Warhol, Lichtenstein or Rauschenberg. What Alex Katz has always possessed is a unique,  unflappable coolness and distance. The serene 1974 Alex Katz screenprint and lithograph, Good Afternoon, will surely pull at the heartstrings of a Katz collector.

Part of what I’m about is seeing how I can paint the same thing differently instead of different things the same way. – Alex Katz


One really special Pop Art work by Roy Lichtenstein that is currently for sale is the artist’s 1978 lithograph entitled, “Mermaid.” This print has all the Pop elements that made the artist a leader of the movement. His signature retro comic book style, simple forms, primary colors and lively subject matter − like all Lichtenstein works – somehow continues to reveal a bit more every time it’s viewed. The subtle background shapes and the comic-styled action make this a fun piece to own, for a Roy Lichtenstein collector or anyone who yearns to possess a classic piece of Pop Art.


For any collector of Pop Art, Optical Art or Abstract Expressionism, VFA in Boca Raton is a small oasis in South Florida. Please visit when you can and always feel free to drop us a line to let us know how best we can assist you.

Art for Sale Alex Katz

Six Newly Acquired Contemporary Works Available At Vertu Fine Art

One of the more gratifying aspects of owning an Art Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida is to see the reaction of our guests as they peruse the space and take in the striking Pop, Optical and Abstract Expressionist works.  At Vertu, there’s fresh energy that comes from each new acquisition from our favorite artists.  Here is a glimpse of six works of art for sale that we’re quite certain you’ll enjoy.


Late Summer Flowers is a beautiful silkscreen from one of the great living American masters of our time, Alex Katz.  Katz, who’s now 86 years old, continues to impress critics and collectors with grand paintings and silkscreen limited edition works created at his New York studio. Late Summer Flowers is an “instant classic” from Katz. It contains many of elements for which the artist is most admired. Like Katz himself, this work emanates a genuine cool confidence.  This piece captures a moment in time through the eyes of an American icon, combining the artist’s unique subtle affect with rich a colorful palette and style that channels the influence of Henri Matisse.


New from British artist Damien Hirst is a striking lenticular print representation of For The Love Of God, a sculpture cast from a human skull, resulting in a platinum likeness covered with 8,601 diamonds of outstanding quality, totaling more than 1,100 carats. To view this work at VFA is to witness this striking piece in all of its three-dimensional glory, bearing incredible likeness to the controversial sculpture itself. Hirst, who is regarded as a founder of the 1990s YBA (Young British Artist) movement, has spent much of his career forcing Contemporary Art lovers to come “face to face” with their own mortality. For Hirst collectors who appreciate the artist’s pushing of boundaries, this is a fantastic addition.


Two stunning new works for sale at VFA’s Boca Raton art gallery are creations of Marc Quinn, another British artist who, like Hirst, rose to fame as a member of the YBA movement in the 1990s. Quinn’s work throughout the years have in many ways paralleled the works of Damien Hirst, in terms of hard-hitting tactics employed to force the viewer to consider the heaviest aspects of the human condition. With Stealth Kate, the latest Marc Quinn print available for sale, the subject, Kate Moss is considerably less heavy.  This sexy piece is a print representation of the artist’s Kate Moss sculpture, silkscreen printed with diamond dust applied, giving the piece an otherworldly aura.  This screenprint is a limited edition of 75 and appears destined to become a longstanding favorite of Quinn collectors.

Another new Marc Quinn work that’s gaining quite a bit of favorable attention at VFA is Blue Planet, an impressive large-scale silkscreen print. Blue Planet is part of a series from Quinn based upon photographs of various human irises, each taken with a powerful lens. This iris print indeed bears resemblance to the planet, dominated by fascinating tones of blue, speckled with yellow, green, orange and red objects that easily resemble land masses.


One of the things we love about Contemporary Art is how quickly we can change gears, moving from Quinn’s realism to an astounding new Pop Art acquisition from one of America’s living Pop Art legends, Claes Oldenburg. The artist, who has received much acclaim over the years for his public installations, many of which feature oversized versions of ordinary objects − made extraordinary by their unanticipated appearance in assorted public spaces. Hard Times Bulb – Night is a unique Oldenburg lithograph that demonstrates the minimalist style of an artist who managed to tap into the American psyche and secure his place in Pop Art history.


Our latest acquisition from Frank Stella, entitled Stubb & Flask Kill A Right Whale-Dome, is an exciting work now available at our VFA Boca Raton gallery. The depth of this piece is sure to pull the viewer in and take the imagination for a joyful ride.  Frank Stella’s layers of geometric patterns within this work are nothing short of mind-boggling.  Movement is this piece begins and stops, and begins again. A strong majestic piece for a Stella collector, and indeed, anyone who appreciates such genius use of light, color and composition.

Helen Frankenthaler, 1956

Artwork For Sale: New Arrivals at Vertu

It’s our pleasure to share the latest works for sale at Vertu Fine Art.  These eight prints already feel like they’ve always been members of our gallery’s family and we enjoy sharing space with these powerful works.


Helen Frankenthaler
All About Blue, 1994

Whenever we have the opportunity to acquire artwork from abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler, we move quickly to do so.  “All About Blue” is a strong, moody graphic that conveys rich textures, including those of the surface created from the woodcut.  Helen Frankenthaler is a powerful art figure for collectors who appreciate her role in the context of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field, as a pioneering female artist and great American artist.  Frankenthaler has received enhanced attention following her death in late 2011 and Gagosian Gallery is currently showcasing works from the artist’s estate. This artwork is from a small edition of 38.


Alex Katz
Grey Dress, 1992

“Grey Dress” a signed lithograph measuring 36 x 28 inches, is the newest Vertu artwork for sale from acclaimed artist Alex Katz.  “Grey Dress” is a strong representation of the cool, flat, emotionally detached figurative work for which Katz is renowned.  It’s a pure Pop piece.  Alex Katz is currently 85 years old and considered one of few living artists responsible for ushering in the age of American Pop art. Katz has been an inspirational figure for a number of talented artists, include David Salle and Richard Prince.


Damien Hirst
The Souls on Jacob’s Ladder Take Their Flight (Small Green), 2007

Damien Hirst’s inked photogravure “Souls on Jacobs Ladder Take Their Flight” is the newest artwork for sale from the famous British Contemporary artist.  Hirst is a perfect representation of an artist whose printing technique is every bit as important as his subject.  This magnificent artwork must be seen firsthand to be fully appreciated.  The black suspended green butterfly appears to float in a black space that leaves the paper and approaches the viewer.

Known to many for his controversial installations that have focused on death, dead animals and diamond encrusted skulls, Damien Hirst is highly respected by collectors who value his scientific and imaginative body of work. His role as a key figure within the YBA (Young British Artists), who rose to fame in the 1990’s has solidified his place in history.


Tom Wesselmann
Seascape (Round) from the “Master American Contemporaries” Portfolio, 1993

Of all the new artwork for sale at Vertu, “Seascape – Round” from the Master American Contemporaries Portfolio is the one piece that surprised us.  Though we’ve specialized in and collected Tom Wesselmann for over fifteen years, we were unfamiliar with this work.  In truth, Wesselmann is one of our favorite master printmakers, and this seascape in round composition is a welcomed addition.  From a small edition of 30; collectors will undoubtedly be pleased to see this Wesselmann screenprint available at the gallery.


Tom Wesselmann
Bedroom Blonde Doodle With Photo, 1998

Another newly acquired Tom Wesselmann work for sale is the captivating “Bedroom Blonde Doodle with Photo.”  This graphic is a classic Wesselmann Pop piece that beautifully blends the artist’s influence of Matisse style, sharing commonalities of composition and color.  We think this work is gorgeous; both sexy and emotive.


Roy Lichtenstein
Red Lamp, 1992

Vertu has two new Roy Lichtenstein prints among our inventory of new artwork for sale.  Lichtenstein’s “Red Lamp” is indicative of the old-fashioned comic strip style that brought the artist fame as a leading figure of the American Pop art scene as it captured widespread attention in the 1960’s.


Roy Lichtenstein
Still Life with Red Jar, 1994

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Still Life with Red Jar” is another classic screenprint that is, “undeniably Lichtenstein.”
Reminiscent of the artist’s comic book inspired dots, this signed edition of 250 is a brilliant addition to any collector of Roy Lichtenstein.  Lichtenstein is known to have said that he felt so influenced by Picasso, that he started cartoon paintings as a method to get away from Picasso.  With this knowledge, viewing Still Life with Red Jar, one could argue that Picasso’s influence is quite present.


Frank Stella
Bonne Bay – from the Newfoundland Series (Axsom 55), 1971

This lithograph and screenprint was created shortly after the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a retrospective of Stella’s work in 1970. Stella worked on it in Los Angeles before he had a print studio installed in his New York home. This print series corresponded to the 1969-1970 painting series of the same name.


If you have questions or would like to see this artwork in person, call or visit us. We pride ourselves on acquiring Pop, Abstract Expressionism and Optical Art from the masters. We often receive gallery visitors who say, “I can’t believe what you’ve got here!”  We are continuously acquiring new artwork and look forward to showing you around our gallery.

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