Works of Modern Masters

End of the Art World, made in 1971, is a 16-mm film that documents the works of the most avant-garde artists of the 1960s. Now available on DVD, the movie ends with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the city of New York blowing up.

The film looks kitsch today, but the stories that brought the artists to New York, their influence on each other and on the art world are an important part of our art history.

Jasper Johns, who is still alive and working today, was just one of the many artists who moved to New York to work, study and pursue their careers as artists.

Johns and Robert Rauschenberg were two of the first artists who moved to Coenties Slip, a neighborhood in lower Manhattan along the East River. The old industrial buildings, where sails had been manufactured, gave the artists inexpensive spaces in which to live and work.

Artists on the roof of 3-5 Coenties Slip (left to right: Delphine Seyrig, Duncan Youngerman, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Jack Youngerman, and Agnes Martin, 1958.

They encouraged each other to push back against the traditional art that had gone before, and use everyday objects and popular cultural imagery in their work.

Ellsworth Kelly, who was influenced by James Audubon’s drawings and his own experiences observing birds, created work that used bold, but minimal, colors and shapes.

Kelly inspired Robert Indiana, another Coenties Slip artist, to give up figurative painting and concentrate on geometric, hard-edge design.

James Rosenquist rented a studio in Coenties Slip in 1960 and went from billboard painter to pop artist.

Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol in Warhol’s loft, 1964

Although they didn’t live in Coenties Slip, both Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were part of the pop culture in New York that moved art in America through Minimalism and beyond, so that artists had, and have now, the ability to explore and invent their individual styles. Many were also great printmakers, which is why we value their work so highly at VFA.

Works of Modern Masters at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the featured works available at VFA.


References:
Kelly Richman-Abdou. Discover the Eclectic Influences That Shaped Ellsworth Kelly’s Avant-Garde Art. My Modern Met. July 12, 2020.
Retrospective on Artist Jasper Johns. The Garden City News. July 23, 2020.
Christie’s. LOVE story: the many sides of Robert Indiana. February 13, 2020.
Blanton Museum of Art. Kelly & The Coenties Slip. April, 2018.
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.

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