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The fourth season of Art Southampton, the premier art fair of the Hamptons, is happening this July. and we want to see you there! The five day fair will be benefiting the Parrish Art Museum , Southampton Hospital, the Ross School, and Southampton Fresh Air Home and Robert Wilson’s internationally renowned The Watermill Center.

Masterworks Fine Art Gallery will be  making our debut appearance at this world-renowned fair, displaying several exhibits featuring our finest offerings of Picasso, Chagall, and Miró, including an exclusive viewing of our extensive Picasso ceramic collection.

Contact us for complimentary guest passes!

Show Schedule:

VIP Preview
Thursday, July 9 7:30pm-10:00pm
General Admission:
Friday, July 10 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, July 11 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, July 12 12pm – 6pm
Monday, July 13 12pm – 6pm

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

Nova’s Ark
60 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11976
Within the town of Southampton

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Picasso Ceramics: A Market Going Strong

Picasso ceramics have taken ahold of the art market to become one of Picasso’s most quickly enduring market segments. Long ignored, the market for them is desirable as works are not only exclusive and limited, but also accessible to emerging collectors much like his lithographs.

Picasso, “Taureau (Bull), 1954″ Madoura round cupel of white earthenware clay with engobe decoration under glaze (green, white, pink patina)

With beginning prices of around $1,500, some of them fall below the $3,000 range making them wonderful investments. Such examples are Picasso’s bowls, often referred to as ashtrays, which are decorated with bullfighting scenes (usually picador and bull), owls and birds. Rapidly growing in value, they have gone from being under $1,000 a few years ago to selling for over $3,000 depending on the image displayed and of course condition.

Picasso, “Grand vase aux femmes voilées” Partially glazed terracotta vase with white engobe

Then on the other side of the demand, in the high-end market, there are Picasso’s more unique sculptural ceramic pieces that have reached incredibly high prices. Rising to millions of dollars sold in the market over the last 10 years, Picasso ceramic results have blown the $100,000 recorded prices in the 90s out of the water. Christie’s sold the famous glazed vase Grand vase aux femmes voilées for over $1.1 million including fees (June 25, 2012 in London). While in June 2013, another copy of Grand vase aux femmes voilées fetched $1.5 million including fees, adding $400,000 to the work’s value in just one year.

Quite an investment no matter the money spent, Picasso ceramics are here to stay. That will be good in the long run for the Picasso market as it enables diversity among collectors and highlights Picasso talents as a skilled artisan, which went unnoticed for some time and is long overdue.


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Rare Repatriated Klimt to Come to Auction

Gustav Klimt, “Portrait of Gertud Lowe” 1902. Courtesy Klimt Foundation

The repatriation of art that was abandoned, stolen, or sold during World War II is a popular topic. One in particular that has been in the news lately is Gustav Klimt’s 1902 oil on canvas, Portrait of Gertrud Loew. Gertrud Loew, portrayed in the work, along with her late husband Elemer Baruch von Felsöványi inherited the work from her father. However in 1939 with the Nazi occupation, Gertrude fled Vienna for the United States. After her departure, the painting found itself in the hands of Klimt’s son Gustav Ucicky.

Ucicky passed away in 1961 and the ownership then fell to his wife Ursula who started the Klimt Foundation in 2013 to preserve her father-in-law’s legacy. Upon notification that the ownership of Portrait of Gertrud Loew was being contested, the foundation vowed to assist. A legal team then determined that the portrait did belong to the Felsöványi family and the portrait along with five drawings that also originally belonged to the family were returned.

In an interesting turn of events however, both the heirs and the Klimt Foundation have agreed to auction the painting and share the profits, which is estimated to sell for around $25 million. This brings to mind another case of a Klimt work that was only recently repatriated to the heirs of the Jewish refugee Maria Altmann.  Maria was forced to flee her hometown of Vienna during World War II and fought for her right of ownership after the war of Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) which was recently portrayed in the movie Woman in Gold.

Repatriation is a difficult issue for any country to address, but for artwork still contested after World War II there appears to be more of a willingness for research to occur and shared resources between organizations and individuals. This is of course wonderful to see as the more frequently it occurs the more artwork will be revealed, however there is still along way to go.

Giacometti Sets Mark on Market

Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), L’homme au doigt, 1947 © 2015 Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York

Giacometti sets auctions records regularly, so when his most beloved 1947 70-inch (180-cm) bronze sculpture, “Pointing Man” came up for auction last month it was expected to fetch more than $130 million, but what it actually sold for was $141 million. Proving once more how in demand the artist is and how his artwork appreciates well over the years.

The previous record price for a Giacometti sculpture sold at auction was $104.3 million which was paid for Giacometti’s “L’Homme qui marche I” in 2010. ‘Pointing Man’ however is considered to be Giacometti’s greatest. Executed in Giacometti’s trademark elongated style with a rippling, irregular and scarred surface, the work is one of six casts. Four of them grace major museums, including London’s Tate and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Remembering Manet on the Anniversary of his Passing, April 30

Manet, “Self-Portrait with Palette,” 1878–79 Oil on Canvas

Manet is commonly understood as being the leader of the Impressionist painters but he was not particularly interested in light, rather he was interested in portraying contrast. At a time when the favored style was conservative, dark, and religious, Manet challenged the accepted art world by presenting unconventional themes and effects. Thereby a better description of him would be as a leader of a new modern phase in art, rather than specifically as a leader of the Impressionist movement.

Manet, “Olympia” 1865

A bit of an enigma if you will, Manet never embraced the Impressionist label and was never particularly keen on historical art, but seemed to draw a lot of inspiration from the Renaissance artists. In fact, he re-created many of their paintings by bringing them up to date. Such examples are Raphael’s Judgment of Paris, which can be seen in his work Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, and Titian’s Venus of Urbino, which is reinterpreted in his work Olympia. A fascinating man, with complex interests and artistic influences, his passing today over 153 years ago reminds us of the limitations of labels in the art world and how important it is to challenge the conventions.

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The Man, The Myth, Picasso

Few artists compare to Picasso’s oeuvre, artistic talent and personality. A man of many loves and secrets, he lived an exciting life that was full of passion and adventure, so it is no wonder that many misconceptions surround him. Some are fanciful, some are horrible and some are unbelievable. However everything has some hint of truth to it and so below for your pleasure are little known stories of Picasso that are just a tad on the unbelievable side to be true but are.

Picasso and Stolen Art:
Long suspected of having a hand in stealing the Mona Lisa (one of it’s multiple times), Picasso at least appears to have been aware of another Louvre theft. In 1911, authorities discovered that Picasso was in possession of two Iberian statues that were stolen from the Louvre by his known acquaintance, Géry Pieret, four years earlier. Géry Pieret was the secretary of Picasso’s good friend Guillaume Apollinaire, and at the time, the artist claimed he had no idea that the statues were stolen. However it’s been argued that Picasso had full knowledge of the origins and may have even commissioned the heist, with the entire ordeal going down in history as the “affaire des statuettes.”

Given his admiration of Iberian art, art history professor Noah Charney argues “Picasso was a regular visitor to the Louvre and a passionate admirer of Iberian art, which he felt was the root of all Spanish art. It is inconceivable that he would not recognize the statue heads presented him by Géry Pieret … It is also beyond plausibility that Géry Pieret would randomly choose to steal a pair of statues that were so ideally suited to Picasso’s tastes, and then happen to offer them … to the Spaniard.”

Picasso the Gun Slinger:
Inspired by the lifestyle and works of French writer Alfred Jarry, Picasso copied his many quirks of carrying around a revolver. Whereas Jarry’s revolver was loaded, Picasso choose to carry his empty upon which he would fire at admirers inquiring about the meaning of his paintings or anyone he found dull.

Picasso in his studio holding Rousseau’s Self-portrait of the artist with a lamp [1903] and Portrait of the artist’s second wife with a lamp [1903], which he purchased.


Picasso the Artist Maker:
A man of may tastes and talents; Picasso was involved in many artistic scenes. Often holding receptions for authors, poets, and artists Picasso’s intentions were not always polite. Picasso had little like of Henri Rousseau’s art but started inviting Rousseau to hang out with his friends in jest, which Rousseau apparently didn’t understand. As a further joke, Picasso held a fake party for Henri Rousseau, who was so secure in his talents that he took it for real acclaim and honor, telling Picasso: “You and I are the greatest painters of our time. You in the Egyptian style, I in the modern!” However afterwards the joke was on Picasso as his relationship and subsequent promotion of Rousseau led to Rousseau becoming quite successful during his lifetime.


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Museum Acquires Rare Picasso Glass Work

Sarah Rothwell, assistant curator of modern and contemporary design with a rare Picasso glass sculpture, called Capra, at the National Museum Scotland in Edinburgh. Picture: Greg Macvean

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has paid £22,500 to acquire a proof of Pablo Picasso’s rare glass work Capra. Pablo Picasso designed the work in 1954 and Italian glass maker Egidio Constantini produced it, after which another seven variants were made. The work is made from black, white and iridescent glass, and will be a highlight in their collection after their reopening.

Multiple other Picasso works will be shown as well including his ceramics and his rare intricate jewelry pieces. The glass work stands out however as Picasso’s glass work is less well known because there is so little of it, which makes the addition that much more valuable: “It’s very rare that you get the chance to see of his glass work in a gallery or museum. There is some in the Guggenheim museum in Venice, but I’m not aware of any in the UK,” Rose Watban, senior curator of modern and contemporary art and design at the museum, said. Now visitors to the National Museum of Scotland will get some rare Picasso pieces of their own.


View our Pablo Picasso Glasswork inventory here: Pablo Picasso Inventory

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