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Artexpo New York 2015

art-expo-ny-2015This year marks Artexpo New York’s 37th year bringing Galleries, Publishers, Designers and Collectors to one of the worlds largest markets.

This year the show will be exhibiting over 400 artists with an estimated 25,000 art enthusiats visiting. A spectacular event, Artexpo is show that should not be missed!

Masterworks Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of works by 20th century Modern Masters, including an exclusive viewing of our extensive Picasso ceramic collection. With several exhibits featuring our finest offerings of Picasso, Chagall, and Miró.

Contact us for complimentary guest passes!

Show Schedule:
VIP Opening Night Preview Party: Thursday April 23rd: 4 pm -7 pm
General Admission:
• Friday, April 24th: 12PM – 7PM
• Saturday, April 25th: 10AM – 7PM
• Sunday, April 26th: 10AM – 6PM

TICKETS: Contact us for free tickets to the Opening Night VIP Preview or for regular day tickets.

Pier 94
711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway)
New York, NY 10019-5399

We will be updating live from the show so be sure to visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/masterworksfineartgallery to see all the excitement!

The Little Known but Historic Drawing Collection in Paris

Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo Italian Drawings from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt Exhibition    21 March – 21 June 2015

Hidden away behind the Assemblée Nationale in Paris is a little known art foundation that keeps an extraordinary collection of historical old master drawings. Located in the Hôtel Turgot, the Fondation Custodia was established by the renowned Dutch connoisseur and collector Frits Lugt back in 1947. As one of the most famous authorities on old master works, Lugt was a selfless and tireless compiler of essential reference tools documenting Dutch, French, Italian, and German drawings, dating from the 15th to the late 18th centuries which included collectors’ stamps and sale catalogues. In particular however, his specialty was Rembrandt, whom Lught collected all of the known etchings made by Rembrandt during his career.

Since founding the Fondation in 1947, the collection has grown to include 7,000 Old Master drawings, 30,000 prints, and 220 paintings. With the roster of artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, and of course Rembrandt to name but a few. What makes the collection even more unique however is that it also includes over 40,000 artists’ letters including items penned by Dürer, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Henri Matisse, among others.

This is why the Fondation is a study collection, but they are hoping to broaden the appeal of viewing their collection by letting it be known that anyone is allowed to visit. As the current Director Ger Luijten states, “We are open to everybody, no matter their level of expertise. Our ambition is to become Paris’s ‘house of drawing’.” And it is with those sentiments in mind, that they began hosting temporary exhibitions last year that are open to the public in a separate area of the building. In addition they are seeking to improve their collection with the addition of more contemporary drawings so they can represent a broader range of the art world, with their final hope to become the ultimate destination for drawing lovers in Paris.

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“Warhol: The Athletes” at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Warhol and Pelé

Andy Warhol’s series The Athletes includes 10 portraits of famous athletes that were commissioned by Andy Warhol’s friend and collector Richard Weisman. Created in 1978, the painting series features NBA all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, golfing great Jack Nicklaus, figure skating Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, boxing icon Muhammad Ali, the infamous O. J. Simpson, the Brazilian football legend Pelé, ice hockey great Rod Gilbert, baseball pitching legend Tom Seaver, tennis pro Chris Evert and the world record breaker for professional jockey victories Willie Shoemaker.

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Weisman who has loaned the paintings to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the works will be available to see once more. So if you missed them at the San Antonio Museum of Art then now is your chance. Outside of the paintings, there will also be 12 of Warhol’s most memorable film screen tests from the mid-1960s, including those of Bob Dylan, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper and Salvador Dali. In addition to a number of Polaroid photographs that Warhol shot himself, lent by the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art.

The exhibition will remain on view through July 12, 2015.

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Warhol Museum Not Coming to New York After All

Outside of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the most popular museums in the United States. Currently located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the artist’s hometown, the museum has a large and diverse audience thus it made sense for the museum to be apart of a development project that was being planned in New York. However the 6-acres on the Lower East Side in New York that they were negotiating to branch out to has now been terminated, with Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol, saying in a statement, “The Andy Warhol Museum, which had been exploring its participation in the Essex Crossing development in lower Manhattan, has determined that it will not proceed with the project. Despite the efforts of both the museum and the developers, an internal study of business and other operational considerations led the museum to this decision.”

All the more intriguing is the fact that Delancey Street Associates, a consortium of three developers, was to pay for the cost of building the museum branch, which had a target opening date of 2017. The location itself was close to Warhol personally as his first apartment was in Lower Manhattan on St. Mark’s Place. Thus making the decision to not expand quite an interesting one. However museums are faced with challenges that many institutions and businesses do not have to recognize and although they have no plans for a branch as of now, there could always be one in the future.

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Goldwyn Art Collection for Sale

Pablo Picasso’s 1948 “Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil” (L) and David Hockney’s 1988 “Malibu House” at a pre-auction viewing of property from the Goldwyn family collection at Sotheby’s

With the passing of any serious art collector comes intrigue surrounding what will happen to their collection. In the case of the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. estate, the founder of multiple movie studios, you sell. In a collection that’s estimated to be worth between $25 and $30 million, 25 works will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s New York. These include works by David Hockney, Milton Avery, Diego Rivera and two famous pieces by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse; “Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil” (1948) and “Anémones et grenades” respectively.

As the son of Samuel Goldwyn Sr. — the G in M.G.M, access and taste in artwork ran in the family. As the New York Times noted, “Some historians have traced the start of the art collection to a box-office cold spurt by Samuel Goldwyn Sr. Worried that he had fallen out of touch with postwar audiences, he supposedly turned to art for inspiration. But the person driving the collecting may actually have been his wife, Frances Goldwyn.” With a diverse range in movie making in the family, its no wonder the taste carried over into art. And with such a strong provenance backing these unique originals, it will certainly be interesting to see how the auctions unfold.

Barnes, Brooks. Goldwyn Heirs to Sell Art and Hollywood Hills Mansion. New York Times. March 18, 2015.

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Happy Birthday Vlaminck April 4th!

Vlaminck “Bord de Rivière”, Painting/Lithograph

Maurice de Vlaminck was a talented writer, musician and of course artist. Having grown up with two musicians as parents he effortlessly played the violin and was highly immersed in the arts which is why it is no wonder he choose to pursue an artistic career. The fascinating thing about Vlaminck’s artwork is that he was purely self-taught so his art comes from a place not of admiration of masters and other artists, but of his true instinct which is why his style is often difficult to pin down.

Fauvism is the movement with which Vlaminck will always be most closely associated. However Fauvism was a brief period of creative exploration for participating artists such as Matisse and Vlaminck. Thus the evolution of his works leaned toward a style he professed to loathe, Cubism, prior to World War I. After World War I, Vlaminck settled into an Expressionistic style that he maintained for the rest of his life and what he is most famous for. As we celebrate his 139 birthday today, we honor the fact that his intuition and effortless technique was wholly his own and one that continually evolved to make it delightfully difficult for him to fit into the defined classification system of the art world that exists today.

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Happy Birthday Raphael!

Raphael was born today and passed away today leaving an impressive oeuvre. Known as the greatest painter in history, he was a fascinating man who lived in a time with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who were also masters at their craft and made it no easy feat to stand out.

As Raphael and Michelangelo worked in the Vatican at the exact same time as each other, they were great rivals and both shared a great jealousy for one another. The most infamous incident is where Raphael refused to paint the ceiling of Sistine Chapel and suggested Michelangelo as he knew Michelangelo was a sculptor, not a painter, and wanted to see him struggle.

Besides being calculating, Raphael was very social and a bit of a party animal, dying of syphilis at the age of 37. Raphael had a fiancée for over 7 years but put off marriage as he had a number of mistresses and was hoping Pope Leo X would make him a Cardinal. Rather grandiose thoughts from a grandiose individual who lived a full life and has been celebrated for centuries and will continue to be celebrated for centuries to come.

DreamWorks Animated Movie ‘Home’ Shows Some Love for Van Gogh

Dreamworks "Home" 2015

Dreamworks “Home” 2015

The DreamWorks animated movie ‘Home’ is a touching story of love, loss, acceptance, and friendship that focuses on the adventures of an alien named Oh who is seeking redemption and a girl named Tip who is searching for her mother. In the film’s first weekend of showings, the movie earned over $54 million domestically making it the number film at the box office. And it’s not hard to see why as accompanying the wonderfully touching script is a voice cast led by Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Jim Parsons.

Vincent van Gogh “The Starry Night,” 1889. Oil on Canvas. Museum of Modern Art, New York

For those who have seen or will see the movie, there is a particularly charming sequence that centers around Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. In this scene Tip discusses that the purpose of art is not to satisfy hunger but rather to satisfy the soul. That art brings out intricate emotional and mental states and expressions which Oh is only beginning to comprehend. With the choice of Starry Night, the work appeals to both Oh, as it depicts the Milky Way, and Tip as it depicts the yearning for home. This really touches upon us as the audience, as we relate to their struggles and desires, but also provides an Easter egg for those of us who are art history lovers. Just as Oh the alien wants somewhere to belong and Tip wants the security of her mother, in reality van Gogh had those same yearnings.

Van Gogh, who was ostracized by many communities during his lifetime, moved frequently searching for a home. He wanted somewhere to belong and sought companionship through the form of consorts and lovers. He relied heavily on his brother and sister-in-law for support, often making for strained relations. Van Gogh wanted more in his life and unfortunately never found that longed for commercial success or personal fulfillment in his lifetime. However we revere him today as a master at his craft, and in the movie well I wont spoil that for you but for those of you haven’t seen it you should.

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