Katherine Bernhardt Vogue Italia Cover

Featured Works by Katherine Bernhardt, Tom Wesselmann and Retna at VFA

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Katherine Bernhardt 1975 – present

Katherine Bernhardt was asked to create a cover for the May edition of Vogue Italia to celebrate their 100th anniversary of Chanel No. 5. The cover reflects the bright colors and familiar objects that have made her works so well received around the world.

Bernhardt has been dividing her time between her studio in New York and the studio near her childhood home in St. Louis. Her works are currently being shown at the limited  (due to the pandemic) Art Basel venues in Hong Kong and Miami.

The Pink Panther is a recurring image in Bernhardt’s art. African Violet and Nike Panther, available at VFA, are lithographs that use the Pink Panther image and exemplify the playfulness of her art.

Her works are part of the permanent collections of The Smithsonian, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Rubell Collection in Miami, the Ghazaleh Foundation in Amman, Jordan and other fine museums and galleries.

Tom Wesselmann 1931 – 2004

Tom Wesselmann’s work is currently being shown at Almine Rech Paris at the Still Life exhibit, alongside modern works by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and examples of Still Life that go back as far as the Renaissance and ancient Egypt.

One of his Bedroom Paintings is part of the Daydreams and Nightmares exhibition at the virtual Gagosian exhibit at Frieze and Documenta Foot Print is being shown at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont as part of an exhibit called Deep Blue that examines the use of the deep blue color as an artist’s statement…a color that appears often as a background in Wesselman’s art.

Wesselmann earned a degree in psychology and became more interested in an art career than becoming a therapist, so he moved from his home town of Cincinnati to New York in 1956 to study at Cooper Union.

He created collages and used shaped canvasses at the start of his career, often focusing on the female form and later using laser cut metal. Mixed Bouquet with Leger and Maquette for Still Life with Johns and Matisse, available at VFA, are works that pay homage to the great artists who influenced his creations.

Retna 1979 – present

Marquis Lewis, the LA artist known as Retna, is one of the few graffiti artists whose works have gone from the street to worldwide exhibits at galleries and museums.

His distinctive calligraphy style is instantly recognizable. His work is currently on display at the West Chelsea Contemporary Gallery in Austin, Texas in an exhibit called Icons & Vandals.

An untitled work in acrylic, done in Retna’s inimitable style is available at VFA.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Katherine Bernhardt, Tom Wesselmann, Retna or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.


References:
Veronica Theodoro. Vogue Italia taps painter Katherine Bernhardt to create its latest cover. St. Louis Magazine/Design ST> May 7, 2021.
NANZUKA Goes Surreal At Art Basel Hong Kong 2021. Hypebeast. May 19, 2021.
Wallce Ludel .E.T. and Xanax: An Interview with Katherine Bernhardt. Cultured Magazine/Art.January 16, 2020.
Michael Barnes. Eye-popping art goes urban, edgy in ‘Icons & Vandals’ at Austin gallery. The Austin American-Statesman. May 27, 2021.
Gabrielle Pharms. 8 Texas art exhibitions worth a fall trip. The Austin-American Statesman. November 11, 2020.

Derrick Adams on Tour, Retna at the Opera

Derrick Adams is one of just three contemporary artists whose work is part of a national tour. Adams’ work is accompanying legendary artist Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle Series to major museums throughout the U.S.

Jacob Lawrence was one of America’s finest artists, the first black artist to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, in 1941, when Lawrence was just 23 years old.

Lawrence spent five years at the 135th Street Library, in Harlem, where he grew up, researching the history of America from 1770 through 1812. His research inspired him to painted Struggle: From the History of the American People, thirty paintings that were dispersed after being shown in a New York gallery in 1956.

Jacob Lawrence died in 2000. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1990. His works are in the permanent collections of major museums and galleries throughout the United States. He taught at the Pratt Institute in New York and at Washington State University, inspiring the next generation of artists, like Derrick Adams.

Derrick Adams lives and works in Brooklyn. He works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The Struggle Series, along with work by Derrick Adams, is currently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, will then go on to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, the Seattle Art Museum and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Retna

Marquis Lewis was born in Los Angeles in 1979. He is best known as Retna, the tag he used on the graffiti that he painted throughout the city. Retna’s sophisticated calligraphy, an alphabet the he developed from Egyptian hieroglyphics, Hebrew, Arabic and Gothic script, has earned him a global following.

His work is currently being used this season by the Los Angeles Opera Company. Retna created set designs for director Francesca Zambello’s interpretation of Aida. His set designs have also been used by the San Francisco, Seattle and Washington National Opera companies.

Work by Derrick Adams and Retna available at VFA

Breakfast of Champions by Derrick Adams and Sacred Dance of Memories by Retna are available at VFA. Both are masterfully created fine art prints and represent just two of the fine contemporary art work for sale in our gallery.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Derrick Adams, Retna or any of the other fine artists, whose works are available at VFA.

References:
Keith Powers. Peabody Essex Museum displays work of artist Jacob Lawrence. Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. January 23, 2020.
Nancy Kenney. Jacob Lawrence’s epic series depicting America’s early struggles sets off on US tour. The Art Newspaper. January 17, 2020.
Natalie Gale. PEM Reunites Jacob Lawrence Painting Series. Northshore Magazine. January 17, 2020.
Sebastian Smee. These ‘missing’ Jacob Lawrence paintings are finally in a museum — and they’re masterpieces. The Washington Post. January 24, 2020.
Jessica Gelt. L.A. Opera 2020-21 season: Wagner, Herheim, ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Get Out. Los Angeles Times. January 26, 2020.

Featured Artwork For Sale at VFA

Here’s a look at some of the featured artwork at Vertu Fine Arts. Some of our favorite artists, like KAWS, Julien Opie and Alex Katz, are often in the news and get a lot of media attention. Many of our favorites don’t get as much attention, aren’t as mainstream and we’d like to shine a spotlight on them.

KAWS

If you’ve ever seen an interview with Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS), you see a reserved, soft-spoken man, whose demeanor belies the excitement that his works create.

KAWS works have a universal appeal, and he has had highly successful collaborations with Dior, Nike and other fashion retailers. Many of his designs are bought at cost and resell for about ten times the original retail price on line. A pair of Nike Air Jordans, that he designed in 2017, sold at retail for $350 and are resold on websites like Fight Club for as much as $2,750.

Brian Donnelly is a fine artist and designer, trained at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Last week, customers in China stormed retail stores to get their hands on t-shirts that KAWS created for Uniqlo, a Japanese fashion label. After the shopping frenzy, KAWS announced that he would no longer be collaborating with Uniqlo.

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt is known as one of the pioneers of Minimal and Conceptual Art during the 1960s. LeWitt often put simple instructions on paper, so that his work could be recreated. In the mid-1950s, after getting his BFA from Syracuse University and serving in the Korean War, LeWitt moved to Manhattan, where he worked in the MoMA bookstore and met other struggling, young artists. By the 1960s LeWitt had become a successful artist, whose works are part of the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, the Centre Georges Pompidou and, ironically, the Museum of Modern Art. One of his permanent murals is in the Equitable Center in Manhattan…the building that was the site of a helicopter crash last week. LeWitt died in New York in 2007.

Sir Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor is a well-loved and very popular…and very controversial… British artist. He was born in Bombay in 1954 and moved to the UK in the early 1970s to study art. He became Sir Anish Kapoor in 2013, for his contribution to the visual arts.

One of Kapoor’s best known sculptures is Cloud Gate (nicknamed The Bean), a giant stainless steel sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park. One of the controversies surrounding Kapoor stems from his exclusive licensing of Vantablack, one of the darkest substances known, in spray-paint form. His licensing of Vantablack caused anger among other artists. Kapoor is preparing for his first solo show in China this coming fall.

Erik Parker

Erik Parker’s work is both psychedelic and serene. Parker was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1968. He studied art at the University of Texas at Austin and at Purchase College in New York. Parker and his former teacher, Peter Saul, are currently having a joint exhibition at the Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo. Parker’s work is part of the permanent collection at MoMA. He works from his Brooklyn studio.

Retna

Retna’s unique works are a combination of calligraphy and typography. Born Marquis Lewis in Los Angeles in 1979, Retna began his career as a graffiti artist and has gone on to exhibit at major venues around the world. He has designed for Louis Vuitton and Nike, did the cover for Justin Bieber’s Purpose album and the stage set for Verdi’s Aida at the Seattle Opera.

Richard Estes

A founder of the photo-realist painting movement in the 1960s, Richard Estes’ urban landscapes have been exhibited at the Met, the Guggenheim and are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Born in Kewanee, Illinois in 1932, Estes studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to New York in 1959, lived and painted in Spain in 1962. When he returned to New York, he worked as a commercial artist until 1966, when he was able to support himself through the sale of his paintings. Estes lives and works in New York.

Featured Artwork For Sale at VFA

This is just a brief look at some of the featured artwork available at VFA. Please give us a call, or visit the gallery, if you would like more information about the works available at VFA.

Retna, Et Cetera…

Retna in West Palm Beach

The grand opening of the Restoration Hardware building on Okeechobee Boulevard is scheduled to have its grand opening on November 19th. A mural by Retna is on the eastern wall of the building. The project was done in conjunction with the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places program.

One of the requirements of Public Places program is that each new art project contribute at least one percent of a project’s cost. Retna’s work, valued at $500,000, meets that requirement.

Retna is based in Los Angeles, but has been doing public projects around the world and currently has a solo exhibition at the Maddox Gallery in London. He designed sets for the San Francisco Opera’s production of Aida and created the cover for Justin Bieber’s Purpose album.

Shepard Fairey Damaged

A documentary, called Obey Giant, that traces Shepard Fairey’s career, is going to premier on Hulu this month. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker James Moll and Golden Globe-winner James Franco are the executive producers of the film.

The film is set to be released on November 11, the same day that Damaged, a show with about 200 new paintings, is scheduled to open in a Chinatown warehouse in Los Angeles.

In a New York Times interview, Fairey explained that he is not just looking at societal problems, but trying to find solutions. “Our approach to the environment is damaged, our political system is damaged and our communication with each other — especially through social media — is deteriorating,” he said,“But this show is not all about me being angry and apocalyptic; I’m trying to diagnose problems and move forward.”

“As angry as I am, I think that in times of division, scapegoating and hatefulness, it’s important to look for common humanity,” he said. “I think respecting human dignity is really punk rock right now.”

Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 at MoMA

Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf were just three of the many artists who met, performed and partied at Club 57 during the 1970s and 80s.

Located in the basement of a Polish Church on St. Marks Place in the East Village, Club 57 was a place where artists could present their works without being bound by rules or expectations. No discipline or medium was off limits and the club helped to encourage to the growth of many talented artists in film, graphics, fashion design, music and whatever else came along.

The MoMA  show, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, looks at the history of Club 57 and its influence on the art world.
The show will run through April 1, 2018.

Retna, Et Cetera at VFA

We have works by Keith Haring and other Club 57 artists available in our gallery. Please contact us if you would like more information about these or any of the other work available at VFA.

Banksy Choose Your Weapon

Artists like Shepard Fairey: Rebels With & Without a Cause

Police in cities around the world still chase after graffiti artists for vandalizing property. Some of those artists are often commissioned, by the same authorities who considered them vandals, to paint public works in their cities. The work of the rebels in our gallery all have stories to tell, messages to pass along, and some of them have causes feel passionate about.

Shepard Fairey

In May, Shepard Fairey was commissioned by multimillionaire Dan Gilbert to paint a 185-foot mural on the side of the Quicken Loans headquarters building in Detroit. A few weeks later, Fairey was arrested by Detroit authorities for putting up posters in public spaces without permission. Fairey’s company, OBEY, supports Amnesty International and many other causes.

We have a number of Fairey’s serigraphs and an amazing OBEY Stratocaster in our gallery.

Banksy

In May, over 250 graffiti artists were invited to paint murals in Bristol, England, where Banksy, as a young graffiti artist, was continually chased by the cops. In the past few years, Banksy has focused his attention on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the West Bank.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring used the proceeds from his work to increase AIDS awareness. Since his death, in 1990 from AIDs-related complications, the Keith Haring Foundation has continued to provide grants to children and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Haring worked his unmistakable style, not just on walls, not just in prints, but also on ceramics.

We are fortunate to be able to offer Spirit of Art No. 2, a Ceramic Platter issued by Haring’s estate and A Piece of Art, a ceramic serving set, in its original box.

Space Invader

Two years ago, the French artist, Invader, placed his pixelated pieces all over Hong Kong, while being chased around by Hong Kong police.

This year, Invader was invited by Hong Kong officials to put his mosaic tiles back up. In our gallery, we have one of Invaders serigraphs, done for the Art Alliance/Provocateurs Show, hosted every year by Shepard Fairey.

Gilf!

Gilf! is all about inspiring people to be more mindful of the way they interact with their communities and with each other. Gilf! is based in Brooklyn. This year she made lots of waves when she installed a giant banner, reading Gentrification in Progress at a location in Queens that was once a haven for graffiti artists.

We have two works from her Empower series, Empower Piece and Empower Equality, and a more recent work – a 4-color silkscreen titled, To Tehran with Love.

Retna

Retna has used his unique alphabet from the streets of L.A. to the walls of Louis Vuitton. We have an untitled serigraph in our gallery that was done for Shepard Fairey’s Art Alliance/Provocateurs show in 2014.

Retna has been making more news in the tabloids than in the art world recently, because of his volatile relationship with Brittny Gastineau.

PlasticGod

Though not a graffiti artist, we wanted to include L.A. artist PlasticGod in this group, since much of the proceeds from his work goes to numerous charities, like animal rights, cancer research and the Special Olympics. Also, anyone who thinks of combining Salvador Dali with Hello Kitty, gets a nod from us.

The work in our gallery is a serigraph with gold foil, called Oxymoron’s (Genuine Imitation). This nod to Andy Warhol is a bit ironic – the Warhol Gallery is where PlasticGod has exhibited his work.

To find out more about these artists, or any of the other artists in our gallery, please contact us or visit the gallery.

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