Summer Fun With Fine Art Prints

There’s still plenty of summer left, and lots of opportunities to see some wonderful exhibits around Boca that showcase our favorite art form: Fine Art Prints.

You can start your summer exploration of Fine Art Prints by downloading our free e-book How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints. It’s full of illustrations and information about the history and evolution of printmaking.

For an even greater appreciation of the fine art print, especially if you want to inspire children, or your own inner child, you can make a simple print before, and after, a visit to a gallery, using the simple Potato Print method from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Here are a few of the nearby venues that are celebrating Fine Art Prints this summer:

The Boca Raton Museum of Art: BEYOND THE CAPE! COMICS AND CONTEMPORARY ART

The Boca Raton Museum of Art has put together a unique show of comic book art, showcasing the talents of contemporary artists of comic books and graphic novels.

BEYOND THE CAPE! COMICS AND CONTEMPORARY ART  features prints, paintings, drawings, tapestries, sculpture, video and photography to explore the way in which artists like R.Crumb, Takashi Murakami, Elizabeth Murray, Yoshitomo Nara, Joyce Pensato, Raymond Pettibon, Peter Saul, Kenny Scharf and others use their illustrations for sheer entertainment as well as for dealing with social issues.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission for children 12 and under is free.

BEYOND THE CAPE! COMICS AND CONTEMPORARY ART will run through October 6, 2019. For more information, check out the Boca Raton Museum of Art website: bocamuseum.org.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Falling Water, Soaring Kites

Japanese prints are some of the most elegant in the world and Japanese kites some of the most exquisite. Falling Water, Soaring Kites looks at the way waterfalls are depicted in Japanese art and the way in which kites are lovingly crafted and decorated.

The Morikami hosted a Kite Flying and Kite Making event the weekend of Father’s Day, which was a huge, sold-out success.

Falling Water, Soaring Kites will be on exhibit through August 11, 2019. Brightly colored kites, in an array of shapes and sizes, are available at the Morikami gift shop. For more information, go to the Morikami Museum’s website: morikami.org/museum.

The Cornell Art Museum: Seven Solos

If you haven’t been to the Cornell Art Museum since it’s renovation, it’s worth the trip. The museum is housed in the restored 1913 Delray Elementary School building on the Old School Square campus, on Swinton Avenue in Del Ray Beach.

The current exhibit Seven Solos is a far cry from the usual walking through a gallery or museum and looking at what’s on the walls.

Seven Solos a series of immersive installations, each by a different artist, which visitors are invited to become a part of, each in a separate gallery.

Seven Solos will be on view through October 6, 2019. For more information, go to the museum’s website: cornellartmuseum.org.

Summer at VFA

We hope you are having a fun-filled summer, and that you make time to come in and visit us at VFA. Seeing the colors and textures of fine art prints in person is a joyful and wondrous experience that we love to share.

 

 

 

The Masters Behind the Matrix: Fine Art Prints at VFA

At Vertu, we are dedicated to the acquisition of, and education about, fine art prints. Fine art printmaking is both an art and a science. Over the centuries, artists have created masterful artworks on wood, copper and other matrixes to turn into high quality prints. The collaboration between artists and master printers often determines the quality of the work and, at times, the trajectory of an artist’s career.

The Masters Behind the Matrix

Picasso’s relationship with master printers, Piero and Aldo Crommelynck, lasted  longer, and was more productive, than many of Picasso’s other liaisons. Younger brother, Piero Crommelynck, appears about 150 times in Picasso’s work.

The engraving tools of Piero Crommelynck

Picasso had worked with the Crommelynck brothers in the 1960s, and when he moved to the south of France in 1963, the brothers followed. The work that Picasso produced during the succeeding decade was magnificent, and also, prolific.

The Crommelynck brothers  moved back to Paris in 1973, after Picasso’s death. They continued their work, not just with established masters like Joan Miro, but also with a new generation of artists, including David Hockney, Jasper Johns and Jim Dine.

It was largely thanks to Kenneth Tyler that there was a resurgence of printmaking in the United States. An artist in his own right, Tyler studied printmaking at the John Herron School of Art in Indiana. He graduated in 1963 with a Master of Art Education degree. In 1965, Tyler opened Gemini G.E.L. (Graphic Editions Ltd.) in Los Angeles and, in 1975 he established Tyler Graphics in upstate New York.

Besides inspiring artists and helping them to create outstanding fine art prints, Tyler designed the first of several hydraulic lithographic presses, a computer-controlled, power-driven combination lithography and etching press with a five-by-ten foot printing bed and, through a grant from the National Endowment for the arts, he did research and development into paper and embossing techniques.

The artists who worked with Ken Tyler, during his fifty year career, include Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, David Hockney and Jim Dine.

Today, in Los Angeles, many artists like Ed Ruscha, Donald Sultan and Alex Katz work with Mixografia, a company that was founded in Mexico three generations ago, and expanded to Los Angeles in 1984. Their three-dimensional printing technique has been perfected over the course of over 40 years.

Fine Art Prints for Sale at VFA

The more we understand about the creative process that goes into each fine art print, the more appreciation we have of the work.

The word “print” in the twenty-first century has come to mean “copy” in the everyday world and the average person has a very limited understanding of what constitutes an original fine art print. At VFA we promote education and understanding about fine art prints, one of the world’s most outstanding and significant art forms.

The collection of outstanding fine art prints for sale at VFA represents the work of both established twentieth century masters and a new generation of twenty first century artists who have embraced printmaking. For a history of printmaking and more about the world of prints, we encourage you of download our free eBook, How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints.

Fine Art PRints: Robert Indiana

Politics and Patriotism in Fine Art Prints

American fine print artists have created some of the most powerful political and patriotic works in history. Shepard Fairey just jumped into the political fray with a new campaign poster.

Fairey’s work is tame in comparison to the print that Andy Warhol made when the Democratic party asked him for a contribution to George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign against Richard Nixon. Instead of a portrait of McGovern, Warhol chose to create a diabolic portrait of Nixon underscored with the hand-written message, Vote McGovern. Nixon won, but Warhol’s work, for sale at Vertu, is still one of the most powerful campaign posters in political history.

We tend to think about Pop artists as rebels in their day, and they were. But many of those same artists served in the Armed Forces during World War ll and the Korean War. That experience shaped their experience as artists and, in some cases, allowed them to continue their art education through the G.I. Bill.

Roy Lichtenstein was in the army from 1943 through 1946. He was worked as a draftsman and artist for the army. Lichtenstein was stationed in Europe, where he was exposed to great European art and artists. He was one of the artists who went to school under G.I. Bill and received a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University.

Lichtenstein did pilot training during his stint in the Army. His screenprint, Salute to Aviation, won a Purchase Award at the Brooklyn Museum’s 17th National Print Exhibition in 1970. It’s available for sale in our gallery at this time.

American artist Robert Earl Clark chose to call himself Robert Indiana, a tribute to the state in which he was born and raised. After a stint in the Air Force during the late 1940s, Indiana attended the Art Institute of Chicago under the G.I. Bill. His 2008 HOPE silkscreen was reproduced on T-shirts and other merchandise and netted more than $1million for the Obama campaign.

Indiana, at age 87, secludes himself, and his chihuahua, in his home in the coastal town of Vinalhaven, Maine. He he’s stayed out of politics since the 2008 election. When asked about the recent presidential campaigns by a Guardian interviewer, Indiana said, “I have, right in front of me as I sit talking to you, a Mexican friend of mine. He’s a chihuahua. And he’s very disturbed and very depressed watching TV. He’s sure that Trump guy is going to do away with chihuahuas.”

Jasper Johns, one of the greatest American painters and printmakers served in the army during the Korean War. Johns’ American Flags and maps are iconic images. Johns was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

We have several of Jasper Johns prints for sale at Vertu. One of our favorites is Periscope, which showcases his extraordinary use of color and design and his skill as a printmaker.

It’s not easy to imagine Robert Rauschenberg, a rebel in the art world, taking orders from anyone, but Rauschenberg was drafted and served in the Navy toward the end of World War ll.

His work includes images of and homages to iconic American people, places and events.

Rauschenberg created his Stoned Moon Series in 1969, the year of America’s first successful moon landing.  He was invited to Cape Canaveral, by NASA, to witness the launch of Apollo 11. The prints and writings he did in Stoned Moon Series indicate how profoundly affected he was by the event.

The Rauschenberg prints for sale at Vertu are distinctly American and attest to Rauschenberg’s skill as both a fine artist and printmaker. Artists have influenced the way we look at the world and the world has influenced the art they produce.

 

Free Ebook: How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints

Free Ebook: How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints

We believe that the more you know, the more you will appreciate fine art prints.

In our Ebook you’ll learn:

  • A short history of prints from the earliest woodcut to contemporary processes
  • Which artists most influenced the making of fine art prints
  • What questions to ask when buying prints
  • The fundamentals of print identification
  • Terms and techniques for identifying fine art prints
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