Derrick Adams $1.25 Million Award; Susumu Kamijo and Jonas Wood at VFA

Derrick Adams 1970 –

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has just awarded Derrick Adams $1.25 million to develop the Black Baltimore Digital Database. Conceived by Adams, the database will archive important contributions by Black Baltimore artists, entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and athletes.

“The Black American experience has strong roots in Baltimore—I am both honored and eager to share this project with the city,” Adams said. “It will live as a modernized historical society, whose dedication is equally important and inclusive.”

“Our goal,” he said, “is to provide a distinct entry point for a wider network of initiatives. This will not only support our archival endeavors, but also local community building—social engagement through events, workshops, and conversation.”

Adams’ work often focuses on Black Americans at leisure. He has created the Last Resort Artist Retreat in his hometown of Baltimore, where artists, by invitation, can relax and work…or just relax.

Adams was listed (along with Susumu Kamijo) as one of the Most in Demand Artists on Artsy, the online art brokerage service, in September 2021.

He currently has solo exhibits at the Cleveland Museum and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.

Derrick Adams lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Brooklyn College.

Susumu Kamijo 1975 –

Demand for the work of Susumu Kamijo has increased dramatically in the past year. According to Artsy, Kamijo’s work sold for more than six times its high estimate last May. A month later, at Phillip’s, another work set an auction record for the artist.

Kamijo was born in Nagano, Japan. He came to the U.S. when he was 16. He earned his BFA at the University of Oregon and his MFA at the University of Washington in Seattle, along with classmate, Jonas Wood.

Kamijo became fascinated with poodles when he accompanied his girlfriend, Marta, to dog shows and has made them the focus of his drawings, paintings and silkscreens.

He has had solo exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, London, Tokyo, the UK, Taiwan, Belgium, Greece and Luxembourg.

Kamijo lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jonas Wood 1977 –

For the past two years Jonas Wood has been honing his already masterful skills. His soft ground etching, Pattern couch interior with Mars Vista View, makes the observer feel as if they are sitting at home with the artist. And though Wood’s work is done in his Culver City studio, a space that he shares with his wife, ceramic artist Shio Kusaka, much of it is inspired by family and magazine photos.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Derrick Adams, Susumu Kamijo and Jonas Wood, available at VFA.


References:
Artnet News. Artist Derrick Adams Wins $1.25 Million From the Mellon Foundation to Start a Database Documenting the Black Culture of Baltimore. April 11, 2022.
Benjamin Sutton. The Most In-Demand Artists on Artsy in September. Artsy.October 5, 2021.
Ryma Chikhoune. Jonas Wood on ‘Plants and Animals,’ the Artist’s First L.A. Show in Four Years. Women’s Wear Daily. January 28, 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
Screenprint
70h x 53w
70
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
Unique
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
22/40
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.

Eddie Martinez in Hong Kong / Other Featured Artists

Eddie Martinez

It’s hard to imagine going to an in-person art fair these days, but about 8,000 people showed up to view the works at the Asia of Art Basel art fair in Hong Kong at the end on November.

Among the highlights of the fair was a 26-foot long, untitled painting by Eddie Martinez that sold to a collector from Taiwan for $1 million.

Eddie Martinez was also one of the top selling artists at Phillip’s London auction on December 15th.

Timothy Curtis

The works of Brooklyn-based graffiti artist Timothy Curtis are on exhibit called Universes 3 at the WOAW gallery in Hong Kong this month. The show looks at the way various international artists view their ‘alternate realities’.

Curtis is a self-taught artist, born in Philadelphia, where he began to paint graffiti at the age of nine. He spent seven years in prison, where he studied art and art history. His skill at drawing faces made him one of the most popular inmates in prison. His talent has led to an outstanding career, with international recognition of his work.

Susumu Kamijo

Susumu Kamijo has been inspired by the clients of his dog groomer girlfriend. His sweet, funny and empathetic works have become more sought after than ever.

His work Candy set a new auction record for Kamijo at Phillip’s New York Auction on December 8th, garnering more than twice the estimate.

Kenny Scharf

Phillip’s December 8th auction also saw high demand for the works of Kenny Scharf. Scharf’s career began in the 1980s in New York and continued, quietly and steadily, through the decades. In 2017 his work was featured in a show at MoMa and a show at the Whitney, and his career took off.

His latest project is a collaboration with Dior for the 2021 menswear fashion collection. Designer Kim Jones has used Scharf’s fabric designs for shirts, jackets, shoes and bags.

Julian Opie

More that twenty double-sided LED screens, the work of British artist, Julian Opie, have been placed along St Kilda Road in the City of Melbourne. The Australian Bird designs were inspired by his father’s stories of growing up in Australia. The  public art works were commissioned by the City of Melbourne for the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial. Two additional works will be unveiled in 2023 and 2026.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the fine art work for sale at VFA.

References:
Oliver Giles. What Sold At Hong Kong Spotlight By Art Basel. Hong Kong Tattler. December 3, 2020.
Benjamin Sutton. Why Painter Eddie Martinez Is Having His Biggest Market Year Yet. Artsy/Art Market. August 6, 2020.
Joey Garfield. Timothy Curtis: Never One Day Not Having Fun. Juxtapoz. February 27, 2017.
“Universes 3” Group Exhibit at WOAW Gallery in Hong Kong. Street Art News. December 2, 2020.
Phillips Achieves Highest Total in Company History for 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, At $162.4 Million. ArtfixDaily/Artwire. New York. December 9, 2020.
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