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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!

Henri Rousseau, A Happy Birthday May 21

Henri Rousseau, “Exotic Landscape”, 1910. Oil on Canvas

Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter known for his creation of the Naïve or Primitive manner in which art was a completely natural expression. In his art in particular there resonates an innocence and charm that won him the admiration of the avant-garde during his lifetime. He once even commented to Pablo Picasso: “We are the two great painters of our time, you in the Egyptian style, I in the modern style.”

Most widely known for his jungle scenes, although he never left France, Rousseau’s jungles, tigers, and exotic vegetation sprang solely from his imagination which was inspired by books and visits to the tropical indoor gardens and conservatories of Paris. Through his imaginative power he showed an extraordinary ability to retain a freshness of vision throughout his works and a stunning attention to detail. Both of which are why we hold Rousseau dear today and celebrate him on his birthday.

Picasso Breaks Another Art World Record

Picasso, “Women of Algiers (Version O),” 1954-1955. Oil on Canvas

Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers (Version O) has beat out Francis Bacon’s triptych Three Studies of Lucian Freud to become the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. Bacon’s triptych sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s in November 2013 and Picasso’s Women of Algiers (Version O) sold for $179 million at Christie’s this past week.

Women of Algiers, once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugène Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-1955 designated with the letters A to O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.


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Changes on the Way for the US Art Market? If the “ART Act” Passes, Yes

Visual artists’ resale royalty rights is a huge issue in the art world as artists often sell their works for less, only to see their value increase over the years without getting a later cut of the profits. More than 70 countries provide visual artists’ copyright protections for their intellectual property, however the United States does not. Therefore certain members of congress and the art community are pushing to change that so that American artists can receive reasonable royalties when their works are sold publicly.

The ART Act is what is being introduced in congress to support American artists by allowing them to get a cut when their artworks sell at an increased value at public auction. The ART Act would provide a resale royalty of five percent of the sales price, up to $35,000, for any work of visual art sold at auction for $5,000 or more. The royalty would apply only to auctioneers that have sold at least $1 million worth of visual art during the previous year.

Under the bill, royalties would be collected by visual artists’ copyright collecting societies, which would have to distribute the royalties to the artists or their heirs at least four times annually. The legislation would allow American artists to collect royalties when their works are sold at auction in the E.U. and more than 70 other countries.

Opponents of the bill, which are mainly auction houses, argue that it will benefit those artists who are already successful and thus don’t need the additional income. Meanwhile a provision of the ART Act highlights a new aspect of the royalties world: after five years, the bill would require the Copyright Office to evaluate the effects of the royalty payments on the art market and look into expanding the scheme to cover works sold by dealers and other art market professionals. Thus this is an issue that effects the whole US Art Market as galleries and private markets are generally exempt given the nature of their sales, but in the issue of fair compensation, nothing is safe.

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Music Festivals and Art

Philip K. Smith III, Reflection Field (2015). Photo: Courtesy of Coachella.

Usually occurring in April over a series of weekends is Coachella, a musical festival that features big name and unknown artists. Outside of showcasing talented musicians however the festival also features installation art. This year there were 19 art installations on the festival grounds including a giant yellow and black caterpillar by Mike Grandaw, which overnight, turned into a blue, orange, and yellow butterfly; an enormous spacesuit, reminiscent of the MTV icon, hovering over the crowd, its arms reaching out as if to embrace them; a red robot sculpture by Christian Ristow holding a blue flower; as well as a curvaceous light installation by Stereo-Bot. Although the festival goers may not appreciate the art as much as the music, there leaves a lot to be interpreted and discovered about the works.

BMW 3.0 CSL – The first art car. Created by American sculptor Alexander Calder for his friend Herve Poulain

Much like the Burning Man festival that takes place in Nevada in August, art is very much a part of the experience. A place where the art is not for sale and self-expression is embraced leaves a lot to be desired in this day and age. Therefore it is freeing to go to festivals like Coachella or Burning Man and enjoy the art that was created specifically for that experience. It makes you wonder if artists such as Alexander Calder, Joan Miró or Pablo Picasso whose artistic ideologies challenged the normal standards of art interpretation would have contributed to such events…

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The Controversy of the Rothschild Rembrandts

Private art collectors pose an interesting issue for matters of national heritage as they are granted rights that other businesses and institutions do not hold. As two Rembrandt portraits make their way from France to the United States, there is quite the uproar over the Ministry of Culture and the Louvre for failing to declare the portraits as National Heritage.

Rembrandt, Portrait of Maerten Soolmans (left) and Portrait of Oopjen Coppit (right), (1634) Photo via: La Tribune de l’Art

These two portraits by Rembrandt are of 21-year-old Maerten Soolmans and his 23-year-old fiancé Oopjen Coppit, the daughter of an Amsterdam nobleman. Painted just before their wedding in 1634, the young couple paid only 500 guilders. They were bought in 1877 by Baron Gustave de Rothschild and exhibited for a short period of time in 1956 in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The Rothschild family has kept them for decades and has now decided to move them with many speculating the reason is in order to sell, as they are worth a reported $162 million. This upsets many in the international community because if they do sell, many feel the family should have worked with the Ministry of Culture and the Louvre on a figure to purchase them, as they were interested in owning the works. However with their cash-strapped resources there was no way France would have been able to come up with the amount needed in the allocated 30 month holding period. Thus they had to let the works leave, which now brings more attention to the works. Whether that will be postive or negative further down the road remains to be seen, but the controversy surrounding the decision, and the Rothschild’s family interesting move will certainly be discussed further and watched.

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Banksy Mural Granted Historical Protection

Banksy, Spy Booth (2014) Cheltenham, UK

Banksy, Spy Booth (2014) Cheltenham, UK

As we previously wrote this past August in Banksy’s Graffiti Art Gets Graffiti Tagged, a Banksy mural was vandalized that depicted several spies eves-dropping on a phone booth in the English town of Cheltenham. Today the building on which he painted his Spy Booth mural was granted protection by the local government. The Cheltenham Borough Council gave the artwork retrospective protection by including the mural in the building’s existing Grade II-listed status. In Britain, a Grade II listing distinguishes a building with historical significance, so the mural cannot be removed or altered without permission.

The artwork only appeared a year ago in April 2014 and since then has been subjugated to several acts of vandalism, removal attempts, and an ownership dispute. Again leaving the debate open as to what distinguishes graffiti from art. Is it just a matter of the name attached to it or the statement it makes? Should we be saving the works or are they meant to be temporary, only existing in the space for a short amount of time? Well perhaps the laugh is on the rest of the world as Banksy responded on his website to how he felt about his artwork being granted historical status: “It’s surprising because when I did art at school I got an ‘ungraded,’” he said, revealing that he failed his art classes when he was younger. However many great artists did such as Matisse, Monet and van Gogh and they are readily admired today. Although none of them created art in such an illegal manner as to destroy private and government property (or improve it’s value depending on how you look at it.)

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Matisse Exhibition Gets a Movie

Matisse – Live from Tate Modern. Released June 3, 2014

The exhibition Matisse: The Cut Outs that was most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York was a phenomenal success. Bringing to light one of the often-ignored stages in Matisse’s career, the show was informative and bold. Accompanying the show, which some individuals may not have been aware of is a film called Matisse LIVE.

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the acclaimed exhibition from the Tate Modern and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Matisse LIVE includes interviews with individuals who knew Matisse as well as Tate director Nicholas Serota and MoMA director Glenn D Lowry. The film also features specially commissioned performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine.

It is not only a wonderful look into the exhibition, but also at Matisse; providing insight into his art and life with a unique take unseen before that is certainly worth experiencing.

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