Björn Persson, Shepard Fairey, Derrick Adams…Making the World a Better Place

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Björn Persson 1972 –

Björn Persson is spending the next two months in Botswana, exploring the Kalahari Desert and the country’s National Preserves. As always, his mission is to photograph the wildlife that roams free, in the hope of saving the animals from poachers.

Last week, his work raised thousands of euros at OperationAid gala in Stockholm to help refugees from the Ukraine.

The Swedish-born photographer has published two books, Beauty Will Save the World and The Real Owners of the Planet. He believes that by focusing his lens on the beauty and life of endangered species, more humans will become inspired to get involved in wildlife preservation.

This trip to Botswana will get Persson closer to completing the trilogy of books that he has been working on.

Björn Persson’s photographs have been featured in National Geographic, Africa Geographic, Vagabond, Digital Camera, Wildlife and other publications.

When he isn’t taking photographs in the African bush, he lives and works in Stockholm. Persson is represented in Florida by VFA.

Shepard Fairey 1970 –

Shepard Fairey’s work is going to be on display at this weekend’s Welcome to Rockville concert  at the Daytona International Speedway. Billed as America’s Largest Rock Festival, this year’s show includes KISS’ End Of The Road Farewell Tour, KORN, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins and more.

Fairey’s Obey/Giant artwork will be presented on 16-foot-high pillars throughout the fairgrounds.

Shepard Fairey has spent his career creating art that advocates for social justice, like his Power to the Patients Nascar design.

During January’s Art Week in Miami, Fairey completed Invent Your Future, a mural at Miami Edison Senior High School in Little Haiti.

Although he often works on large projects, in a recent interview with Barron’s, Shepard said, “My prints are the cornerstone of my art, even though I love to make paintings and huge murals and clothing. Affordable screen-prints have been the consistent thing from the beginning of my career.”

Derrick Adams 1970 –

Derrick Adams teaches at Brooklyn College, has opened a free retreat for artists, has received a Mellon Foundation Award to help build a cultural center in his hometown of Baltimore and was recently honored with the Art & Social Justice Award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Adams has designed an instillation at the African American Museum in Philadelphia that continues his focus on leisure for Black Americans and the challenges they face in finding safe spaces for rest and relaxation.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary was inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guidebook for Black Americans who were traveling through the U.S. during the Jim Crow Era.  It was  published by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1967. The Green Book provided a list of hotels, restaurants, barbershops and beauty parlors, taverns, and other venues where African American travelers were safely welcomed during segregation.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary includes about 50 pieces of mixed-media collage, assemblage on wood panels, and sculpture. The exhibit will be on display through August 28, 2022.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Bjorn Persson, Shepard Fairey and Derrick Adams available at VFA.


References:
Nadja Sayer. 20 Minutes With: Street Artist Shepard Fairey. Barron’s/Penta. February 7, 2022.
Look up! Banners by Shepard Fairey will fly over LA before Super Bowl. KCRW. February 10, 2022.
Brooklyn Street Art. Shepard Fairey Says, “Invent Your Future” in Miami’s Little Haiti. January 12, 2022.
Robbie Sequira. Bronx Museum of the Arts celebrates 50 years, Borough President Gibson among gala’s honorees. Bronx Times. May 13, 2022.
Moni Jones. African American Museum in Philadelphia: Celebrating our past, embracing the future. The Philadelphia Sun. May 6, 2022.

Warhol Everywhere; VFA at PBM+C

Andy Warhol 1928-1987

Andy Warhol would probably not be surprised by all the attention he has gotten since his death, more than thirty-five years ago.

The Burger King ad, #EatLike ANDY, created a stir when it was shown at the Super Bowl in 2019. People loved it, hated it, and couldn’t stop talking about it. Thousands Googled Andy Warhol during the game. Burger King got its $5 million worth.

This year, Andy Warhol is the focus of even more attention:

A six-part documentary The Andy Warhol Diaries is on Netflix. The Collaboration, a play on stage in London, about the relationship between Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, is on track to become a film. Andy, the musical, was staged in Lisbon last year. Warhol, by art critic Blake Gopnik, is a recently published biography. Andy Warhol: Revelation is a current exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum that focuses on Warhol’s religious works. The Bated Breath Theater Company in New York is doing Chasing Andy Warhol, a theatrical tour through the East Village.

Andy Warhol’s enigmatic personality and celebrity status often overshadows his talent and skill as an artist. The youngest of three sons of immigrants, Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh. His father died when he was thirteen.

He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied commercial art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in pictorial design in 1949. He moved to New York after graduation and began a very successful career in magazine illustration and advertising. His illustrations were used in Glamour magazine and other prestigious publications. During the 1950s he began to exhibit his own works and his career was launched.

A silkscreen portrait of Marilyn Monroe is being auctioned by Christie’s in May. The estimate for what the print will garner is $200 million. The previous highest price for a Warhol painting at auction is $105 million, in 2013. Andy Warhol’s genius for mixing commercial and fine art changed the way the world looks at…everything.

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Update

Last weekend’s Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary  (PBM+C) show was a great success. The works of Harland Miller and Bjorn Persson were especially well received at the VFA gallery. It is always a pleasure to share our love of fine art prints with art enthusiasts, especially after a two-years hiatus.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Andy Warhol, Harland Miller, Bjorn Persson or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.


References:
Laura Zornosa. Warhol-mania: Why the Famed Pop Artist Is Everywhere Again. The New York Times. March 25, 2022.
Bruce Haring. Marilyn Monroe Painting By Andy Warhol For Sale, Estimated Value $200M. Deadline Magazine. March 26, 2022.
Joshua Encinitas.Did the Real Andy Warhol Just Stand Up? Brooklyn Magazine. March 10, 2022.
John Thomason. Inside the Welcome Return of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. boca magazine. March 25, 2022.

VFA at the Palm Beach Contemporary + Modern Art Show

This weekend (March 24-27, 2022) Vertu Fine Art is taking part in the Palm Beach Contemporary + Modern Art Show. Part of Art Miami, the show takes place at the Palm Beach Convention Center.

The VFA gallery is focused, as always, on Fine Art Prints by many of our favorite artists.

Harland Miller-b. 1964

Harland Miller is not only a wonderful artist. He is also a writer, traveler and educator.

In the 1980s and ’90s, Miller lived and worked in Berlin, New York and New Orleans. In 2002, he was Writer in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and created events to celebrate Edgar Allen Poe.

He began his Penguin book cover series while painting in Paris. Homesick for England, and English, Miller bought some used Penguin and Pelican books and turned them into sardonic works of art.

On March 5, a Harland Miller painting, Amour, Amour, More Amour, 2021, sold at the amFar Gala in Palm Beach for $500,000. All of the proceeds from the gala go to HIV/Aids research.

Bjorn Persson-b. 1972

Photographer Bjorn Persson has dedicated his life to saving endangered wildlife in Africa. As head of the non-profit Smart Savannahs, he has partnered with scientists at Linköping University in Sweden to bring high tech tools to rangers in Kenya to help them stop the poaching that endangers the wildlife.

Persson lives and works in Stockholm and travels extensively to take photos of the animals that have stolen his heart. He creates his photos to show the beauty of the wildlife, to get people to appreciate how magnificent they are…and why they are worth saving.

Bjorn Persson is represented by VFA in Florida.

Harland Miller and Bjorn Persson are just two of the fine artists whose works will be on display at the Palm Beach Contemporary and Modern Art Show at the Palm Beach Convention Center. The show runs from March 24 through March 27, 2022.

You can download a free copy of our ebook: How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints. We published the book to share our appreciation of the craftsmanship, quality and diversity of the art form.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Harland Miller, Bjorn Persson, or any of the other fine art at VFA.


References:
Alexis Bennett. For the First Time Ever, Palm Beach Hosted an amfAR Blowout. Vogue. March 6, 2022.
Paul Gaines. From pictures to poachers: Wildlife photographer shifts his focus — with high-tech tools. The Peterborough Examiner. March 21, 2022.
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