Art Aspen 2015

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Attend Art Aspen 2015 to experience over 250 contemporary and post-war artworks by over 100 artists. Opening night comes with the added delight of an open wine bar and hors d’oeuvres.

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

Show Times:
Thursday, Aug 13, 5-9pm | Opening Night Preview
Friday Aug 14 | noon-7pm
Saturday Aug 15 | noon-7pm
Sunday Aug 16 | noon-6pm

Location:
Aspen Ice Garden
233 W Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterworksfineartgallery to see live updates during the show!

Ai Weiwei Opens First Solo Show in China

Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” (2010) Photo: Phillips

Ai Weiwei opened his first solo exhibition in China last month. The eponymously titled exhibition “Ai Weiwei” opened at Galeria Continua at the Tang Contemporary Art Center in 798, the art district in Beijing. Forbidden from leaving China since 2011, Ai has been living and working out of his Beijing compound, and only exhibiting internationally, with considerable success. This show marks a turning point in his career in China as it is not political, but rather embodies a respect for the Chinese tradition with the reinterpretation of ancient themes in a contemporary context.

The exhibition has been well received by the Chinese media, the New York Times reports. It had been approved by the authorities, but was re-scheduled to prevent it from coinciding with the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 on June 4. Ai has two further exhibitions opening in Beijing this month providing Chinese fans a rare chance to see his work at Magician Space and Chambers Fine Art. He also has a show opening at London’s Royal Academy on September 19 providing more of a his fans a chance to see his ever expanding oeuvre.

American Artist Series: Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania, but lived much of her adult life in France where she befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Her fame comes from creating images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. As a woman who never married, Cassatt forged a path for women artists to be outspoken and knowledgeable. She learned early on from her mother the importance of education and the need to be socially active and did so in stride, making sure everything she did in her career were on her terms.

This could be why Degas and Cassatt were such wonderful friends as they had much in common: they shared similar tastes in art and literature, came from affluent backgrounds, had studied painting in Italy, and both were independent, never marrying. Her independence is what today resonates in her artworks. As even though we see these woman portrayed in their societal roles, there is a note of emotion, of longing, of happiness, of a true reality being portrayed that no other artist could and can capture. She has inspired countless generations of artists and her artworks are worth millions, making her one of the most beloved and influential American artists of all time.

American Artist Series: Andy Warhol

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection who have left an impact on the art world and perhaps the most important one is Andy Warhol:

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he struggled as a child but found solace in his mother, art and music. After graduating high school, he enrolled in the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studied commercial art and grew to have a successful career. Bored with the behind the scenes work however, Warhol soon created his own art and became a world-renowned, and often controversial artist.

Warhol’s works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement. His art used many types of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol

Outside of art, Warhol founded Interview Magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He managed and produced the Velvet Underground, a rock band that had a strong influence on the evolution of punk rock music and his studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

Pouring his creativity into many artistic pursuits, Warhol lived a life full of opportunity and connections. However he passed away unexpectedly after a routine surgery in 1987, leaving behind the most successful oeuvre of any artist and having what he wanted most: wealth and fame.

“Popeye” by Jeff Koons and “Six Self Portraits” by Andy Warhol

Warhol’s legacy today is perhaps a movement bordering on a religion with his influence seen in every aspect of commercialism and the art world. His art is being used in every shape and form, from post cards to t-shirts to bags. The lessons he learned during his career with having a publicity machine and his own sector of the marketplace are all Warhol’s own deliberate strategy, but have now been appropriated by Keith Haring, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and other artists who have achieved art stardom. They reference consumer products, practice corporate-style branding and self-promotion, and even engage in factory-like production—often in the unabashed pursuit of wealth or, at least, celebrity. And all of this is acceptable because Warhol paved the way.

Warhol enabled artists to take control of their art and utilize it for their own means. Warhol led a revolution and the successive generations of artists that have come after him are reaping the benefits, and will continue to, which makes him the most influential American artist and one we Americans hold dear as he represents the American ideal of being a first generation American who came from nothing and made something of himself in spite of the hardships faced.

American Artist Series: Jasper Johns

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection who have left an impact on the art world and one in particular who stands out is Jasper Johns:

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns grew up in South Carolina, moving from home to home and never really knew what art was but knew he had a passion for design. He studied briefly at the Parsons School of Design in New York and in 1952 and 1953 was stationed in Sendai, Japan, during the Korean War. In 1958, Johns hit success with his own exhibition at a gallery and changed the direction of art from embracing Abstract Expressionism to embracing one of control.

Johns broke the artistic mold by making use of things that were familiar to people, such as popular iconography and found objects as his painting’s subject. Johns’ flags and target images heralded the pop art movement, making use of iconic images to diverge them of meaning and cut associations from the past. Their only significance lay in acquiring the label of art. He eschewed the idea of the artist-hero and embraced the experimental, the accidental, and the everyday—aesthetic approaches that became extremely influential in contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Irwin.

Jasper Johns “Flag”, 1969. Lithograph. Masterworks Fine Art

Throughout his career, Johns has also created drawings and a variety of prints. He is one of the most acclaimed and influential living artists. Today, at the age of 85 he remains at the forefront of American art, ranking with Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Munch, and Picasso as one of the greatest printmakers of any era.

American Artist Series: Deborah Butterfield

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection and one is the iconic sculptor Deborah Butterfield:

Deborah Butterfield Horse

Born in California, Deborah Butterfield credits her birthdate, the 75th running of the Kentucky Derby, as an inspiration for her subject matter. She earned her bachelor’s degree and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Davis and studied under Manuel Neri. After gradating she rose to fame as her oeuvre of horses began circulating. Crafted out of scrap metal, cast bronze, wood, and other found materials, the horses represent self-portraits of her and gradually over her career have became her primary theme.

For her method, Butterfield sculpts a piece using wood and other materials fastened together with wire, then photographs the piece from all angles so as to be able to reassemble the piece in multiple materials. Working only in the winter, pieces usually take 3 to 5 years to create. Renowned galleries represent her and her works reside in international museum collections, making her one of the most successful American sculptors to have ever existed.

American Artist Series: Frank Stella

In honor of the 4th of July, we will be looking at famous American artists in our collection and one who needs no introduction is Frank Stella:

Frank Stella

Frank Stella grew up in Massachusetts and attended Princeton University, where he majored in history. He visited many New York art galleries and began to pursue art as a career, moving to New York in 1958. Once there he produced works which emphasized the picture-as-object, rather than the picture as a representation of something, be it something in the physical world, or something in the artist’s emotional world. They were met with great acclaim and soon in the mid-1960’s Stella began his extended engagement with printmaking.

Frank Stella “Talladega Three III”, Etching. Masterworks Fine Art

In 1967, Stella designed the set and costumes for Scramble, a dance piece by Merce Cunningham and the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a retrospective of Stella’s work in 1970, making him the youngest artist every to receive one. After which he introduced relief into his art, coming to call it “maximalist” painting for its sculptural qualities. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Stella’s deep relief gave way to full three-dimensionality, with sculptural forms derived from cones, pillars, French curves, waves, and decorative architectural elements. In the 1990s, Stella began making free-standing sculpture for public spaces and developing architectural projects.

Today Stella is an active proponent of artist’s copyright laws and continues to create, keeping up the pace and the interest, despite the incredible amount of artists and works being produced in the contemporary art arena.