Harland Miller at the Woolwich Print Fair; A Look at AI Generated Images

Harland Miller 1964 – present

The work of Harland Miller will be on exhibit at the 2022 Edition 7 of London’s Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The four-day event is not just a show of works by fine print artists; it’s also a chance for lovers  of fine art prints to see artists at work and take part in interactive talks and programs. The fair runs from November 3rd through November 6th.

Miller was born in North Yorkshire in 1964 and moved to London to attend the Chelsea School of Art. He earned his bachelor’s and a masters degree in Fine Art and moved to New York, then Paris.

Living in Paris made him a bit homesick, which led him to an English-language book shop near Notre Dame. He found comfort in the language and covers of the used Penguin books that that were on sale in the shop.

He began to make paintings of the covers, using his love of language, humor and a sense of nostalgia to create very relatable paintings and prints. The works, he says, are, “meant to evoke a ‘knackered’ book cover when you’ve swatted flies with it or it’s been in your back pocket or your back sack. That’s what I’m trying to capture when I paint the picture and it would be terrible to lose that.”

Miller says that he loves the differences that appear with each screenprint produced. “Each one is slightly different to the other one so they have a very particular feel about them. You just don’t get that with anything else.”

His sardonic sense of humor for the ‘book titles’, the colors he chooses, combined with the choice of typography and layout, convey Miller’s feeling about the work to the viewer.

The process that begins each large-scale work is a linocut, etching or block printing, followed by running each work through a dozen or more colors about 1500 times before completing a series a few dozen screenprints.

Works like Armageddon….Is it too much to ask? and Thought After Filthy Thought are available at VFA.

AI Art Images…Art or not art?

In the late 1960s, British artist Harold Cohen created AARON, a computer program designed to produce art using artificial intelligence (AI). He spent nearly thirty years at the University of California in San Diego working on AARON. His early program produced simple black and white drawings, which Cohen finished by painting them.

Technology has come a long way since, and now the public has access to apps like DALL-E, Midjourney, StyleGAN, and Stable Diffusion. The apps have large data bases that can produce images with ‘prompts.’

The apps can be useful for designers, but will they replace artists? Many of the images used by the apps are existing artworks. An AI generated portrait, created by a Paris-based firm called Obvious, sold for $432,500, almost 45 time its estimate, at Christie’s, in 2018. The portrait, titled Edmond de Belamy is a composite of already existing portraits, printed on canvas.

It will be interesting to see how AI art will affect copyright laws, which the Supreme Court is grappling with this week in the case of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts v. Goldsmith.

It’s fun to put words together e.g., “1960’s art of cow getting abducted by UFO in midwest” and get an image. But artists do so much more.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the art of Harland Miller or any of the other fine artists, whose work is available at VFA.

Peter Carey. Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair November 2022: All You Need to Know. Photo Bite. October 24, 2022.
Artspace Editors. Harland Miller on Art, Life & Everything In Between. Artspace. August 18, 2022.
Kevin Roose. A.I.-Generated Art Is Already Transforming Creative Work. The New York Times. October 21, 2022.
Marco Donnarumma. AI Art Is Soft Propaganda for the Global North. Hyperallergic. October 24, 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.

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.

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.

Vertu Fine Art at Miami Art Fair 2021

We are pleased to announce that Vertu Fine Art will be exhibiting at the 31st Edition of Art Miami at the downtown Herald Plaza. The Miami Art Fair runs from November 30th through December 5th, 2021.

Many of the works on exhibit in our gallery are recent acquisitions by contemporary artists like Alex Katz, Kenny Scharf, Julian Opie, Derrick Adams, Ethan Cook and Harland Miller.

View the show portfolio here and a preview of some of the works that we will have on display below:

Alex Katz
White Impatiens, 2015
70h x 53w
Available at VFA

Alex Katz will be having a much-deserved retrospective at the Guggenheim, New York, scheduled to run from October 14, 2022 through February 20, 2023.

Harland Miller Thought After Filthy Thought, 2019

Harland Miller Thought After Filthy Thought, 2019 Etching with Relief printing 58.60h x 35.30w in 74/75 HM003

Recent acquisitions by London-based artist, Harland Miller will be at our Fair gallery. Miller is best known for his tongue-in-cheek book cover works that he was inspired to paint when he was a lonely, young artist living in Paris. It was there that he began to buy and read Penguin books for comfort and later began to use the covers as a basis for his artwork.

George Condo untitled, 1985
Oil on Canvas
13h x 9.50w in Framed: 18.50h x 14.50w in
Signed on Verso
Available at VFA

George Condo has been a powerful influence on art, literature and music since the 1980s. Working in New York and Paris between 1985 and 1995, his Artificial Realism drawings and paintings influenced and inspired great writers like William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg and Salman Rushdie. Condo still lives and works in New York.

Ethan Cook
Cut outs, 2021
Acrylic on aluminum and ash wood
22h x 22w x 4d in
Signed and numbered on the Verso
Available at VFA

Brooklyn-based artist, Ethan Cook, is best known for weaving blocks of color, on a hand loom, that form his canvasses. He also does sculptural work using everyday materials, like the aluminum and ash wood he used for the works available at VFA.

Derrick Adams
Mirroring Idealism, 2021
Wall relief of UV curable pigment on Mirror Dibond 23.25h x 53.50w x 3d in
Signed and numbered
Available at VFA

Derrick Adams’ work focuses on leisure and culture in the African-American community. He is so committed to encourage leisure as therapy for Black artists, that he has opened The Last Resort in his hometown of Baltimore, for invitees to create or just relax.

Kenny Scharf
Hedz, 2016
Oil on linen with powder coated frame
48.75h x 34.75w in
Framed: 50h x 36w in
Signed on the verso
Available at VFA

It’s always fun to see what Los Angeles-based artist, Kenny Scharf is up to. We’ve recently acquired oil paintings, prints with diamond dust and sculptures from the artist who has been making the world a better place since he began showing his work in New York in the 1980s.

The works of many more exciting artists, like Julian Opie, KAWS, Susumu Kamijo, Timothy Curtis, Eddie Martinez and others, will be on display at our Art Miami booth. Please contact us if you would like more information about the Miami Art Fair 2021 or about the works available at VFA.

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