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Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show 2015

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The Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is one of the most anticipated events of the season will make its annual return to the Naples exhibition center. The show will feature a stunning collection from more than 60 internationally acclaimed exhibitors. The show space features 50,000 square feet to display some of the finest art, antiques and jewelry.

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 PicassoChagall, and Miró.

If you would like to attend the show please contact us for free guest passes

Come visit us at booth 207.
Show Schedule:
Private Preview Party: Thursday February 5th  5 pm – 9 pm
General Admission:
Friday February 6th 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday February 7th  10 am – 6 pm
Sunday February 8th 11 am – 5 pm
Monday February 9th 11 am – 5 pm

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

PLACE:
Naples Exhibition Center
850 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34102

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

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LA Art Show 2015

Los Angeles Art Show 2015

TICKETS:
Contact us for complimentary tickets for the Opening Night Preview and Regular Day tickets.

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The LA Art Show is the premiere art fair that opens the art buying season, bringing together the worlds best galleries, antique dealers and most prominent jewelers. The event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 14th to 18th, 2015. With approximately 20,000 works of art in display and over 120 international galleries exhibiting their works, the show boasts an enviable selection of contemporary and modern works. Continue reading

Louvre is Most Visited Museum Once Again

Louvre at night

With more than half their visitors being under the age of 30, the Louvre in France received over 9.3 million visitors last year. This makes the institution once again, the most visited museum in the world. Foreign visitors represented 70 percent of ticket sales, with Americans, Chinese, Italians, British and Brazilians being the most dominate, the Louvre said in a statement.

That is not difficult to imagine with a collection that includes such famous works as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace’, Bathseba at her Bath by Rembrandt and the ‘Venus de Milo’. So if you haven’t already visited the museum then what are you waiting for, go ahead and make 2015 another fantastic year for them and museums in general.

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Rare Picasso’s to come onto the Market

Picasso, “Portrait de femme” 1923. Oil on Canvas

A selection of Pablo Picasso’s works worth over $290 million owned by Marina Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter, will be sold privately through Picasso.net these coming months bringing about a frenzy of interest in both Picasso’s history and his oeuvre. Works said to be available date from 1905 through 1965 and include Maternité (1921), valued at about $54 million, and Femme a la Mandoline (Mademoiselle Leonie assie) 1911, worth roughly $60 million. With one of particular personal importance being a 1923 portrait of Marina’s grandmother, Picasso’s first wife, Olga Khokhlova, titled Portrait de femme (Olga).

It is no secret that Marina condemns her grandfather while making a profit off him, notoriously writing of him in her book Picasso: My Grandfather that he “drove everyone who got near him to despair and engulfed them,” and that her inheritance was “given without love.” A rough relationship in part made more difficult by Jacqueline Rouge, Picasso’s second wife, who barred a majority of his children and grandchildren from his life.

Picasso’s VIlla in Cannes “La Californie”

Interestingly enough, also for sale is “La Californie,” the Cannes villa Marina inherited from her grandfather, who lived there with Jacqueline Roque. The villa has become a museum and gallery dedicated to Picasso and not much is known about the conditions of sale, but as with anything attached to Picasso, it is sure to bring fervor.

 

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Celebrating Henri Matisse and his Beloved Sculpture

Matisse in c. 1902 standing in front of his sculpture The Serf before he decided to eliminate its arms. © Henri Matisse Net

Matisse is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and every year on his birthday he is celebrated around the world. A visionary, his use of expressive language in color and form is renowned throughout his paintings, printmaking, drawings, collages, and sculpture. His sculpture in particular, is perhaps his most fascinating to view as it is relatively unknown and created with no sense of the medium in mind.

“I sculpted as a painter, I did not sculpt like a sculptor. Sculpture does not say what painting says,” Matisse said. Having produced only a limited amount of sculptures, the beauty in them is that in contrast to his works on paper, his sculptures are often about stresses and struggles. This is due to the fact that the three-dimensional medium permitted Matisse to twist the figure even more than he had in painting, truly capturing their full physical and “psychic” value.

Matisse, “Madeleine, II,” 1903. Bronze © 2011 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Inspired by Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece “David”, more than half of Matisse’s sculptures were completed between 1900 and 1910. Frequently working in series, Matisse would manipulate the form and simplify it over the years. With a particular interest in non-European culture, Matisse’s sculpture moves away from naturalism towards a more elemental and physical sense of the human body.

With a focus on relief sculpture initially to bridge the comfort between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, Matisse eventually became to love the medium. However he could not make a profit on his sculptures, so he stopped creating them. Although Matisse was disappointed, he had a wonderfully rich career full of achievements, and it is today that we celebrate his creative ingenuity, for without it the world would be quite a different place.

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Market Watch: Old Masters on Top

Anthony van Dyck, “Hendrik Liberti”. Oil on canvas

Just in time for the holiday season, Old Masters are back on top of the market making over $124 million at auction last week. Christie’s totaled $21.8 million, while Sotheby’s Old Master and British paintings sale came in at $84.4 million. With top lots being van Dyck’s portrait of the composer Hendrik Liberti which sold for $4.5 million, J.M.W. Turner’s oil Rome, from Mount Aventine (1835) which sold for $47.4 million, and Three Peaches on a Stone Ledge by Adriaen Coorte selling for $5.4 million. Interestingly enough the Coorte was last auctioned at Bonhams in 2011 where it sold for $3.2 million. That is certainly not a bad return by any means and shows just how great an investment an Old Master is.

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“Une seconde vie”: Henri Matisse’s Cut-Outs

Matisse making paper cut outs.

The Museum of Modern Art is currently hosting an exhibition titled “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” which explores Matisse’s artistic turn in the 1940’s to cut paper as his primary medium. This radical new creation came to be known as a cut-out, and how it works is Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes which he would then arrange into lively compositions.

From small to mural to room-size works, Matisse developed a passion for this medium which as MoMA perfectly states, “reflects both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these.” Matisse was able to have freedom with the from that he could not have in lithographs or paintings as once they were done they could not be changed, but in the cut-outs they could be easily manipulated to suit his changing desires.

The motivation behind Matisse’s change to create the cut-out was his diagnoses with cancer in 1941 and his subsequent surgery that required him to use a wheelchair the rest of his life. With the aid of his beautiful Russian-born assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, he came into what he referred to as his “Une seconde vie”, a second life, for the last fourteen years of his life in which this form was his main expression.

Henri Matisse, “Polinesia, The Sky,” 1947. Cut-out Musée des Gobelins, Paris © Succession H. Matisse 2011 for all works by the artist

This beautiful burst of expression explores a feminine side unseen in his previous works with twinkly and curly shapes that dance as decoration across walls and evoke such things as stars and hearts, fish, and birds. With his limited mobility this transition makes sense as Matisse found it as an opportunity to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment: “You see as I am obliged to remain often in bed because of the state of my health, I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk… There are leaves, fruits, a bird.” Thus his cut-outs could be considered the most personal works in his oeuvre, each unique and stunning. Definitely a visit worth taking to MoMA or an investment worth making if you happen to come across one at auction.

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Museum of Modern Art: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. October 12, 2014–February 8, 2015