Andy Warhol met Muhammad Ali in 1977 while working on a photographic series based on famous athletes. The project was initiated by the sports enthusiast and art collector Richard Weisman, and this beautiful color screenprint portfolio soon followed. In the prints, the legendary boxer is depicted not only as strong, but also with a focused gaze evoking an almost regal sense of power.
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Hershey’s Kisses, the Mel Ramos version.
Ramos is considered to be a leading artist to represent the Pop movement on the West Coast. He simultaneously celebrates and satirizes popular culture, exploring the role of advertising through Fine Art.
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Pictured: Mouthful Smoke by Tyler Shields
Artist Bill Fisher's 2012 work, FUCK OFF FUCK, was apparently inspired by the text-based works of Chris Wool, as well as the work of Twombly and Basquiat.
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Baselitz Portrait for Charity
This self-portrait by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s most famous contemporary artists, was sold on artnet Auctions for US$35,000, over three times its estimate. All of the proceeds will benefit Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung, the children’s cancer charity.
Baselitz created the artwork during the course of a television interview for Die Kunst auf dem Kopf: Baselitz zum 75, a program on the German channel ZDF about the artist’s work and life. The work is drawn upside-down, in keeping with Baselitz’s practice of inverting images in order to privilege the picture plane over physical reality.
We are thrilled with the outcome and would like to thank Georg Baselitz, ZDF, and all of you who placed your bids for charity!
For those of you that are true fans of Shepard Fairey, but most especially for loyal fans and devotees of legendary counter culture hero Joey Ramone, this iconic piece is a must-have!
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Famed avante-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929) combined three of her most iconic subjects—the infinity nets pattern, polka-dots, and flowers—to create this beautiful silkscreen print.
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Modigliani’s Doomed Lover
A Modigliani painting of his lover sold Tuesday night for 26.9 million pounds (US $42.1 million), the most highly valued of 74 lots at Christie’s International in London.
The painting is of Amadeo Modigliani's common-law wife. When the Italian painter died destitute, at the age of 35, in 1920, a grief-stricken Hebuterne committed suicide the following day, killing their unborn child.
The work was bought by a Christie’s Russian-speaking client services representative, bidding on the telephone on behalf of a client, against opposition from at least three others, according to Bloomberg.
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Based on Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn series, this signed screenprint by notorious Street artist Banksy is a portrait of the famous supermodel enfant terrible Kate Moss.
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Maqbool Fida Husain
In his expressive style, Modern Indian artist M.F. Husain depicts the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesh, who reaches out to a bird while he reclines, denoting god and nature as one.
Using bold colors and Cubist techniques, Husain is famous for works that inspire movement and beauty through his Figurative subjects.
Artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with both photography and video, since 1992.
The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses, which do not underscore sexuality, become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.
Spencer Tunick’s New Paltz 2 (2001) is part of our Fifty Shades: A Photography Sale on artnet Auctions.
While in Mexico in 1984, David Hockney’s travels were put on hold when his car broke down; he sought refuge for an unexpected two weeks at the Hotel Romano Angeles in Acatlan, Mexico. This artwork shows the beautiful view from the veranda of his hotel.
Charles the First was born in 1600 to James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark. He worked hard to overcome physical disabilities, and he suffered from a lifelong stammer. He became king in 1625, but was beheaded on January 30, 1649, after being found guilty of high treason.
At the bottom of this piece, Jean-Michel Basquiat wrote “Most young kings get thier [sic] head cut off.” Perhaps this is an autobiographical reference by Basquiat, who was suffering from his own private demons?
Monika Correa Returns
After a long period of private commissions, Bombay-based Monika Correa is finally returning to a public exhibition of her tapestries!
In this new work, she explores a concept she has been developing over recent years: to remove the reed at a certain juncture in the weaving, so that the warp threads can meander freely. This technique introduces three-dimensional optical illusions, as well as an extraordinary sense of freedom and happenstance into the patterns of the woven fabric. This concept has been explored with considerable finesse and rigour, so that what emerges are free, yet meticulously structured, variations on a theme.
Monika Correa’s Meandering Warp: Variations on a Theme is debuting at Chemould Prescott Road this Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Obama (2009) is one of the most visually exciting of the bold series of Pop Art inspired portraits of the world’s famous political and cultural icons by important emerging Chinese Contemporary artist, Ren Zhenyu.
Ren is known the world over for his oil on canvas portraits of Eastern and Western cultural icons from the past several decades, including Che Guevara, Andy Warhol, Chairman Mao, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs.