Art San Diego 2014

Art San Diego 2014Art San Diego, one of the most anticipate Art Show in the Southern California, will make its annual return in the heart of San Diego. The event will be held at the Balboa Park Activity Center, one of the largest urban recreational parks in America,  November 6th – 9th. With over 60 international dealers, the 2014 show will boast an enviable selection of contemporary and modern works. The event will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors, and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.

Masterworks Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of works by Contemporary Artists and 20th century Modern Masters, including an exclusive viewing of our extensive Picasso ceramic collection. With several exhibits featuring our finest offerings of Picasso, Chagall, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Francis, and Miró.

Come visit us:
Show Schedule:
Private Preview Party: Thursday November 6th 7pm -9 pm

General Admission:
Friday November 7th 12pm – 8pm
Saturday November 8th 12pm – 8pm
Sunday November 9th 12pm – 5pm

TICKETS:
We have your free tickets to the Opening Night VIP Preview and regular day tickets.

Contact us for free guest passes!

PLACE:
Balboa Park Activity Center
2145 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

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!

A Happy 133rd Birthday to Picasso

Pablo Picasso clowning around

Pablo Picasso, born October 25, 1881.

133 years have passed today since Pablo Picasso was born on October 25th in Málaga, Spain. The nearly century and a half since his birth has been filled with amazing artists. However none have left such an impact on not only the art world but on civilization as a whole, which Picasso did through his ingenious creativity that constantly changed the landscape of art.

A rare type of artist who sought to challenge himself in every endeavor, Picasso created Cubism with Georges Braque, and collage, while embracing difficult mediums such as ceramics, linocuts, and lithographs. Never content to simply excel in one area, Picasso even worked in glass, utilizing his favorite motifs of mythical creatures to create fantastical sculptures. Sculptures, that when combined with the previously mentioned mediums and paintings, comprise one of the most impressive and important oeuvres ever created by a single artist.

An oeuvre that left a lasting impression on his contemporaries and future generations. Inspiring artists and non-artists alike to look at the world in a different way and examine something within themselves that they might not otherwise find. This is Picasso’s true genius and why we are celebrating his birth today: his crazy polarizing ability to connect with an audience in a way no other artist is able to.

 

Rembrandt, the Original “Selfie” Master

Fall television season is upon us and a new show called Selfie premiered that focuses on societies social media self-obsession in the digital age. It is an interesting topic to tackle in any form and many modern artists have attracted large crowds with their performance art shows and exhibitions addressing the issue. However no one has looked to history and discussed how artists used self-portraits as their own form of “selfies” and for self promotion, releasing them to the public as statements of their skill and sometimes their own vanity. As such no artist preformed this task with more skill or fervor than the greatest Old Master Dutch painter and etcher Rembrandt.

Rembrandt, “Self-Portrait” 1629

Rembrandt left more than 90 portraits of himself that date from the outset of his career in the 1620s to the year of his death in 1669. That is more than any other artist and a testament to his ability to intimately analyze himself. He would consistently transform himself in his works, formulating an ideal of a painter that distinguished him from the typical Dutch artist and removed him from his everyday reality. This can be seen in “Self-Portrait”(1629) and subsequent ones where he adorned himself in gold chains that are normally bestowed upon artists by a royal patron, but he never received the chains. Quite similar to the way individuals alter themselves to appear better in “selfies” today.

Just as some “selfies” do promote more than vanity with positive messages, Rembrandt ascribed a deeper meaning to his self-portraits. In “Self Portrait as a Young Man” (1634) Rembrandt adorns himself with armor even though he had no connection with any military organization. In the Netherlands after the revolt against Spain, armor in portraits acquired patriotic associations and Rembrandt used it as a concept of fortitude and patriotism to declare his allegiance to the fatherland. An interesting topic all on it’s own, but Rembrandt utilized his brush and engraving skills to capture a perspective of himself that he wanted the world to see on a mass scale and in a deeply instinctual light that makes him the original “selfie” master. Rembrandt was a reflection of the world that surrounded him and constantly strove to portray himself in multiple lights that would benefit him, much like society does today with social media. So times haven’t really changed at all, just the technology.

Previously Unkown Monet Discovered

Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt, one of four dealers allowed under the Nazis to buy and sell the modern, or “degenerate,” art, made headlines in 2012 when it was discovered that he had hidden 1,280 paintings, drawings and sketches — believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars — in his Munich flat for decades. He passed away this past May with no heirs, and so his personal belongings have slowly been passing over to the executor of his estate. Meanwhile a government task force has been investigating the provenance of the artwork, which are known to have been stolen from museums and extorted from persecuted Jews under the Nazi regime.

Vue de Sainte-Adresse, 1864

Claude Monet, “Vue de Sainte-Adresse”, 1864 – What the discovered work is suppose to be similar to…

People in all communities were outraged, and now a further discovery has been made of a previously unknown Claude Monet that had been hidden in a suitcase that Gurlitt kept with him at the hospital during his final days as was discussed by BBC News. “The work on paper shows a landscape in light blue,” Matthias Henkel, a taskforce member investigating the artwork said in a statement. “An initial look through the Monet catalogue of works indicates that it may have been completed in 1864,” given its similarity to the painting “Vue de Sainte-Adresse” finished that year.

This only adds to the mystery of the discovered art and makes us wonder how much artwork might still exist that Gurlitt has hidden. Outside of the Claude Monet, the artworks in the discovered trove include previously unknown works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall. All of whom are prolific artists, and whose artworks deserve to be displayed and admired.

Art Silicon Valley San Francisco

Silicon Valley Art Show October 2014Art Silicon Valley San Francisco, the most anticipate Art Show in the Bay Area, will make its annual debut in the heart of Silicon Valley. The event will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center Expo Center, October 9 – 12. With over 75 international dealers, the 2014 show will boast an enviable selection of contemporary and modern works. The event will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors, and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.

Masterworks Fine Art Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of works by Contemporary Artists and 20th century Modern Masters, including an exclusive viewing of our extensive Picasso ceramic collection. With several exhibits featuring our finest offerings of Picasso, Chagall, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Francis, and Miró.

Come visit us at Booth SV66:
Show Schedule:
Private Preview Party: Thursday October 9th 7:30pm -10 pm

General Admission:
Friday October 10th 11am – 9pm
Saturday October 11th 11am – 8pm
Sunday October 12th 11am – 6pm

TICKETS:
We have your free tickets to the Opening Night VIP Preview and regular day tickets.

Contact us for free guest passes!

PLACE:
San Mateo County Event Center
Expo Hall
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403

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!

New York Art, Antique & Jewelery Show 2014

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New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, one of the most anticipated events of the season will make its annual return to the Park Avenue Armory, September 17-21 2014. With over 70 international dealers, the 2014 show will boast an enviable selection of art, antiques and jewelry and will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.

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.

Come visit us at Booth 215:
Show Schedule:
Private Preview Party: Wednesday September 17 7 pm – 9 pm

General Admission:
Thursday September 18 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday September 19 12 pm – 8 pm
Saturday September 20 12 pm – 8 pm
Sunday September 21 12 pm – 6 pm

TICKETS:
We have your free tickets to the Opening Night VIP Preview and regular day tickets.

Contact us for free guest passes!

PLACE:
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
(between 66th and 67th Streets)
New York City, NY 100065

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!

Picasso’s Beloved Ceramics Studio in Danger

Pablo Picasso laughing

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..