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.

Sol LeWitt: Cube Without a Corner and Cube Without a Cube at VFA

The execution is a perfunctory affair, the idea becomes a machine that makes the art.
—Sol LeWitt

If you’re a Sol LeWitt fan, and haven’t had a chance to see the Wall Drawing Retrospective at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), there’s still plenty of time. Thanks to the Yale University Art Gallery and other donors, the exhibit will be on display until 2043.  Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, opened to the public on November 16, 2008, a year and a half after LeWitt’s death. Beginning in 2004, LeWitt helped to design and plan the retrospective, which covers about an acre of wall space. On exhibit are 105 drawings by LeWitt, made over a 38 year period.

LeWitt stressed that his ideas are more important than their execution. “The execution is a perfunctory affair,” he wrote, “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.”  He wrote detailed instructions, and created drawings and plans, for his assistants to follow.

It took over six months to install the exhibit. A team of twenty-two of LeWitt’s experienced assistants, some of whom had worked with him for many years, organized the drafting and painting. They were assisted by thirty-three student interns from Yale, Williams College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and fourteen other colleges and universities, along with local artists and graduate and postgraduate students from leading art programs around the country.

Sol LeWitt’s Letter to Eva Hesse

Sol LeWitt helped to establish the Minimalist and Conceptual Art movements of the postwar era. His works appear to be simple, geometric designs, but they are carefully crafted, well-thought out and, often so complex, that they required written instructions for assistants to follow, in order to execute them properly. There was also a droll humor in LeWitt’s work, like Cube Without a Corner and Cube Without a Cube, a sculpture created in 2005, available at VFA.

LeWitt was also a generous artist and often invited young artists to display their work alongside his, to help them gain recognition. He was also a good friend to other artists, like sculptor Eva Hess, who often had self-doubt about her own life and work. The two remained friends until Hesse’s untimely death in 1970, at age 34.

LeWitt wrote a letter to Hesse, in 1965, to encourage her to keep working at her art. LeWitt’s letter was read by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, as part of the British Letters Live series, where extraordinary letters, written over the centuries from all around the world, are read by distinguished performers. LeWitt and his wife named their youngest daughter, Eva.

The Work of Sol LeWitt For Sale at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about Cube Without a Corner and Cube Without a Cube or any of the other fine art work available at VFA.

See More Sol LeWitt Work for Sale

References:
Jennifer Huberdeau. Sol LeWitt: 10 years in. The Berkshire Eagle. November 9, 2018.
Neda Ulaby. Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Art Pioneer Dies at 78. NPR. April 9, 2007.
Andrew Russeth. Here Are the Instructions for Sol LeWitt’s 1971 Wall Drawing for the School of the MFA Boston. The Observer. October 01, 2012.
https://massmoca.org
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
Learn More