Here’s a look at some of the works we have recently acquired, in a variety of media, by some of our favorite artists.
The wooden sculptures that Louise Nevelson created in the 1940s and 1950s established her as one of America’s finest sculptors. As her work evolved, she began to expand her use of materials and the size of her sculptures.
She received commissions from Princeton University, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan and other venues, which prompted her to experiment with a variety of materials, including steel and aluminum, and to create monumental sculptures. In 1985, at the age of 85, just five years before her death, Nevelson began to work on a series of collages that combined wood, paper and metal. Volcanic Magic XXVlll, one of our new acquisitions, feels like a work from the Soviet Constructivist movement of the early twentieth century. Very much a New Yorker, (Manhattan’s Louise Nevelson Plaza was named for her), Nevelson was born in Czarist Russia in 1899, and this great American artist came full circle with her final works.
The work of Jim Dine is personal, thoughtful and provocative. His work has always been difficult to categorize, combining aspects of fine art, Pop art and sculpture. Even Dine himself had periods in his life when he wasn’t satisfied with the work he was doing and traveled to Paris and London, searching for tools to help him refine his style. In the 1970s, when he returned to New York, his work became finer and more graphic.
Two of our new acquisitions are Jim Dine’s The Robe Called Winter and The Handkerchief, which ask the viewer to see these common objects with a new paradigm.
Dine worked successfully in pencil, ink, oils and printmaking, combining techniques and materials. The Handkerchief is a beautifully hand painted woodcut and etching. Our acquisition is a trial proof that was part of the Master printer’s personal collection.
Frank Stella worked with master printmaker Kenneth Tyler for many years, until Tyler’s retirement in 2001. Both The Cabin, Ahab and Starbuck from the Moby Dick Dome Series (inspired when Stella saw the Beluga Whales swimming in the New York aquarium) and Calvinia from Imaginary Places, recent additions to our gallery, are the consummate work of the skilled artist and expert printer. Together, they combined intaglio, relief screen print, lithography, etching, aquatint and engraving in individual works to create some of the finest art prints every produced.
He paints in chocolate, thread, diamonds and sugar and uses his camera to create a fictional, contemporary art that is unique to Vik Muniz. “I am a very traditional artist, as a draftsman as well as a photographer, but the unlikely encounter of these two media is what gives my work a contemporary character.” he said, “I have been called an illusionist, but I have always considered myself a twisted kind of realist.”
Standard Station (Night) after Ed Ruscha, 2008 is an homage to Ruscha, who photographed and painted the many Standard gas stations that he passed on a trip from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City.
Donald Sultan’s 1980s Disaster Paintings were exhibited at the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum last year and are currently being shown at the Smithsonian through September 4th. The Disaster Paintings, which depict industrial accidents from actual newspaper photos, are a far cry from the iconic flower pieces he does now and which are in high demand by collectors.
Black Lantern Flowers is a large, delicate work, that we have recently acquired and are pleased to add to our gallery. Please contact us for more information about our new acquisitions or any of the fine art work available in our gallery.