We feel like kids in a candy store, thanks to our new acquisitions. Of course, we can’t keep them all to ourselves, so here’s a look at the new pieces we are offering:
Tom Wesselman was the first artist to use lasers and computers to make steel drawings, before computerized imaging had been developed. The two laser steel cut paintings we have to offer, Monica Sitting Undressed and Sitting Nude, were both done in 1986, a natural progression of the nudes he painted, and the materials he experimented with, throughout his career.
Wesselman spent most of his life living and working in New York but, ironically, he was fanatic about country music. He died in 2004, a year before the movie Brokeback Mountain was released. Wesselman’s song, I Love Doing Texas With You, was included on the soundtrack.
“Painting, sex, and humor are the most important things in my life,” Wesselman said.
This Swiss-born artist’s work is not only fanciful, but also fantastic. Based in New York, Rondinone created nine colossal stone figures, ranging in height from 16 to 20 feet in height, in Rockefeller Plaza. He created windows for Louis Vuitton and has had solo exhibits around the world, from New York to Shanghai.
Rondinone is a painter and sculptor who creates wild worlds for viewers to look at and walk through.
“I believe in the spirituality and magic of an artwork,” he says. When you look at his lithograph, Angel Kiss, you’ll believe, too.
Mel Ramos has been painting nudes in martini glasses, in Coke bottle tops and popping out of Campbell’s soup cans since the 1960s. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibited his work, along with Roy Lichtenstein’s and Andy Warhol’s. Ramos is Professor Emeritus at California State, where he taught for more than thirty years.
At age 79, Ramos is still at it, creating work that is fun, provocative and technically superb. Two of his lithographs, Hav-a-Havana #9, are both done in 34 colors, one with silver leaf.
Hav-A-Havana #10 was done this year. The colors are subtle, the subject is not. Mel Ramos’ work is part of the permanent collections around the world. including MoMA and the Smithsonian.
If you’re a skateboarder, you probably covet a hand-painted board by Ryan McGinness. If not, one of his lithographs is probably a more practical option.
McGinness lives and works in New York, but comes out of the skateboard world of Virginia Beach. His work has a geometric, graphic feel. Each of the three lithographs that we have acquired has a unique set of icons and distinct color palette.
McGinness’ work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, MUSAC in Spain and the Misumi Collection in Japan.
Ruscha began to paint words on a trip to Paris in 1961. His paintings, prints and photographs have been making people scratch their heads for more than fifty years. “Art has to be something that makes you scratch your head.” he said. Ruscha has always maintained the he has, “no agenda, no message and wants viewers to bring their own point of view to his work.
For Sale and Cash For Tools, both metal relief on paper, are both everything one can hope for in a work by Ruscha. They are beautifully crafted and have the, “Huh” factor that this master of print has always wanted to create in his work.
It’s always our goal, at Vertu Fine Art, to obtain the finest examples of fine art prints. We think we’ve achieved this with our latest acquisitions, as well as… just coincidentally… getting the works of five of the most fun and exciting print artists in the world.