Picasso’s Beloved Ceramics Studio in Danger

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Picasso in his villa, “La Californie”. Photo courtesy of: Mondoblogo

Madoura Pottery in the town of Vallauris in Southern France is just as Picasso left it 60 years ago, including the furniture, tables tools, and brushes. But the facility itself is threatened with collapse. According to the Journal du Dimanche, this humble Mediterranean pottery studio has “remained in its juice since the passage of Picasso” (exact Google translation from French). “Many other artists came in his wake, including Henri Matisse, Victor Brauner, and Marc Chagall,” director Yves Peltier said.

Living in Vallauris between 1946 and 1955, Picasso embraced ceramics with his usual creative obsessiveness, creating over 9,000 pieces between 1947 and 1971. The Madoura workshop closed its doors in 2007 and was abandoned until 2013 when it was bought by local authorities. They hope to create a cultural hub centered on Madoura that focuses on ceramics, but first have to prevent any more damage from being done. “We’ll do the most urgent work before December,” mayor of Antibes Jean Leonetti said. “The budget isn’t excessive.”

With one historical Picasso site, the garret of Paris’ Grands-Augustins, already saved this past May, there isn’t any reason why one day tourists won’t be able to enjoy this wonderful location of art history. For it is here where Picasso created the last sculptures of his life. These Picasso ceramics are some of his most sought after works and swept his final love, Jacqueline Roque, off her feet, making for one of the most cherished and well-known locations in his eccentric life.

Picasso and Jacqueline together

Picasso painting ceramics in the dining room studio while Jacqueline relaxes on the sofa. Photo courtesy of: Mondoblogo

For more information about Picasso and Madoura, read Pablo Picasso in Vallauris, a Place for Invention: Linocuts, Ceramics and Love

Please feel free to browse our collection of Picasso ceramics..

Banksy’s Graffiti Art Gets Graffiti Tagged

Banksy's phone booth spies mural

Banksy’s phone booth spies mural. Photo courtesy of: pyride/Flickr

A mural by the elusive United Kingdom-based graffiti artist Banksy has been vandalized. The mural, pictured, depicts several spies eves-dropping on a phone booth in the English town of Cheltenham. Since its discovery in April 2014, the owners of the medium have been planning to sell the work for a “significant sum”.

The recent vandalism covers the image with silver paint in a haphazard manner. However, there was a layer of anti-graffiti paint put over the image before this vandalism took place, so it may be possible to return it to its original state.

This piece appears miles away from GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence agency, similar to the United States’ CIA, which has been accused of spying on its own people, manipulating conversations, and impersonating individuals online.

New scheduled Pablo Picasso Movie: Antonio Banderas and Gwyneth Paltrow Set to Star in Picasso Biopic

Picasso on the Big Screen: Antonio Banderas and Gwyneth Paltrow Set to Star in Picasso Biopic

Antonio Banderas and Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly plan to star in an upcoming biopic surrounding the life of Pablo Picasso.Entitled 33 Dias, the film will recount Picasso’s creation of his famed masterpiece Guernica. Spanish director Carlos Saura will direct the film, which should begin shooting later this year with a targeted 2015 release date.

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Antonio Banderas and Pablo Picasso

Picasso created Guernica in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque country village in northern Spain, by German and Italian warplanes at the behest of the Spanish Nationalist forces on 26 April 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. With its monumental scale and twisted, tormented figures, Guernica serves as a powerful artistic statement on the horrors of war. With its vivid abstract imagery of pained humans, horses, and bulls in unnatural poses, Guernica highlights the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, especially innocent civilians. Upon its completion, Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour and gained worldwide fame. Guernica is currently displayed at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.

Guernica, 1937, Oil on Canvas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Guernica, 1937, Oil on Canvas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

A native Spaniard born in Malaga, Spain, Antonio Banderas has much in common with Pablo Picasso. At age 54, Banderas is also nearly the age that Picasso would have been when he created Guernica. Banderas states, the “time has come in my life where I understand him [Picasso] better” (Maneker, 2014). Gwyneth Paltrow, who is supposedly in talks to play Picasso’s famed mistress and muse Dora Maar, is, according to Banderas, “absolutely in love with Spain and speaks Spanish and French perfectly” (Maneker, 2014). While the film is not yet an absolute certainty, admirers and lovers of Picasso and his work can likely look forward to seeing Picasso depicted on the big screen in the near future.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Picasso’s famous portrait of Dora Maar

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Fifa World Cup 2014, Brasil! Let the Games Begin: Pablo Picasso’s Spain Defends World Cup Title

Born and raised in Malaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso maintained a fierce loyalty to his native country throughout his life. It was in Spain that Picasso first learned to draw and paint under his father’s instruction, and it was in Spain where he attended the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, furthering his formal training in the arts. Picasso’s love and devotion to Spain influenced his artwork throughout his life, perhaps most noticeably in Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, which depicts the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Picasso’s love of futbol (soccer) is conveyed in such works as his 1961 original color lithograph fittingly titled Football. While Picasso never lived to see his Spanish team win a World Cup championship, Spain triumphantly prevailed as victors of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. As the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup games begin in Brazil, Spain remains optimistic that they can once again achieve victory. With an experienced, skillful team and a strong sense of determination, Picasso’s fellow Spaniards hope to once again return to Spain as champions. As key player Iker Casillas states, “Our objective is to always beat the rivals in front of us and make our country proud. Spain will do everything possible to win” (Associated Press, 2014). Spain kicks off with its first game against the Netherlands today in the World Cup Group B opener- may the best team win!

Football, 1961, Original Color Lithograph

Football, 1961, Original Color Lithograph

REFERENCES:

Associated Press (2014, June 12). Del Bosque: Mature Spain ready to deliver against Netherlands in World Cup Group B opener. Retrieved from http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/06/12/del-bosque-mature-spain-ready-to-deliver-against-netherlands-in-world-cup-group/

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Andy Warhol: Into the Future

Andy Warhol was a pioneer by many standards due to his love of experimentation. This past week Warhol’s experimentation took an interesting turn as it was revealed he created digital artworks, which were released for the first time in over 25 years. Among the rediscovered artworks are Campbell’s Soup cans, self portraits, bananas, Marilyn Monroe, a version of Botticelli‘s The Birth of Venus that has been given a third eye, as well as doodles and camera shots of a desktop. The classic pieces in Warhol’s oeuvre reimagined in a new way, and released to a new world that is vastly different than the one they were created in.

Andy Warhol Self Portrait , 1985

Back in 1985, the Commodore Amiga computer company had commissioned Warhol to produce art using the Amiga 1000 in order to promote the new product. However the art that Warhol produced on the computer had never actually been shown except in a video of a news conference of Commodore Amiga’s launch. Displayed in this video is Warhol manipulating a digital image of Blondie singer Debbie Harry in remarkable Warhol style.

Everyone forgot about the project until 2011, when artist Cory Arcangel was browsing YouTube and saw the video. Intrigued, he contacted Tina Kukielski, a curator at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art who then reached out to the Andy Warhol Museum to see if they might have the files in their archive.  The Museum did have the Debbie Harry digital image, but there were no other records of the artist’s forays into digital art.

Campbell’s Soup Can, 1985

A more thorough search uncovered the old Amiga computer and a number of floppy disks, but the Andy Warhol Museum did not have the necessary resources to uncover what was on them. With the help of the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club and three years of hard work, 18 files were recovered and converted, 12 of which the artist had signed. (If you want the more technical aspects, you can check out the report from the Studio for Creative Inquiry.)

A remarkable find for any artist’s oeuvre, but Warhol in particular as he had a willingness, unlike most artists, to embrace new media. If his digital artworks were any indication, his talent with technology would have been the same as his talents with screenprints and paintings had he not passed away a few years later.  Nonetheless the artworks add a new appreciation for Warhol, showing that his interests when beyond pop culture, and he was ready to embrace the future.

The Birth of Venus, 1985

The Warhol Museum filmed a documentary of the recovery that can be viewed here, nowseethis.org after May 10.

 

 

 

 

 

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Masterworks Fine Art Gallery featured on the Hufffington Post News

 

We here at Masterworks Fine Art would like to share great news with you. Our gallery was featured in an article written by Huffington Post contributor Bruce Helander. A 2014 inductee to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Mr. Helander was a Former Editor-in-Chief for ‘The Art Economist’ as well as a White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. In his article, “Masterworks by Working Masters”, Mr. Helander acknowledged us for bringing a large collection of works by 20th century Modern Masters to exhibit at an art show, while describing his experience in our booth as amazing and inspiring.

blogphoto2One particular Cubist etching and aquatint by Georges Braque titled “Hommage à J. S. Bach, 1956”, that we have in our collection particularly spoke to Mr. Helander. Detailing the Cubist movement regarding Braque’s role along with Pablo Picasso and how the reaction to new art is always met with reservations. Mr. Helander goes on to describe that art is meant to push boundaries and further inspire other artists and generations. This he noted is what allowed us, Masterworks Fine Art, to showcase such an array of art from Marc Chagall to Pablo Picasso Ceramics. As Mr. Helander observed, these “established artists” were a reality to purchase from us which made us his favorite at the art show. As we continue to showcase our artwork at more art shows, we do hope that such outside perspectives continue to grow as our hope for every visitor is that they come away with a little more knowledge and admiration for our art and gallery. Keep visiting our website for future shows!

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Masterworks by Working Masters: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-helander/masterworks-by-working-ma_b_5312129.html

 

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