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Tributes to Jasper Johns and Alex Katz

2021-04-19T09:21:04-04:00 April 15th, 2021|

A retrospective of the works of Jasper Johns will be shown simultaneously at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit, called Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror has been in the works for five years and is schedule to open at both venues on September 29, 2021.

Scott Kelley: Flora, Fauna, Antarctica & Mexico

2021-04-18T11:25:25-04:00 April 7th, 2021|

Scott Kelley's paintings of the flora and fauna of south Florida has made him one of our favorite artists. Many of his works, available at Surovek Gallery, are from the sketches he created when he visited the Florida Swamps in 2019. Kelley was born in Binghamton, New York in 1963 and spent family summer vacations in Maine. He seems to always have had the gift of seeing and drawing the fine details that he observes in his subjects and imbuing them with a sense of wonder and awe.

Wolf Kahn: New York Painterly Painting / Pat Steir: Artist

2021-04-18T11:12:08-04:00 April 1st, 2021|

This year the Brattleboro Museum held an exhibit called Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970. The exhibit included the works of Wolf Kahn, Robert Dinero Sr., Alex Katz and other painters whose lives intersected in New York and in more natural settings, like Vermont and Maine.

Derrick Adams Auction Record at Christies, KAWS Retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum

2021-03-19T09:11:24-04:00 March 18th, 2021|

The work of Derrick Adams set a new auction record at Christie's earlier this month. His painting, Figure in the Urban Landscape 31, was auctioned at the Post-War to Present auction.

Rethinking the Still Life: Wood, Calder, Dewing, Glackens and Kelley

2021-03-19T09:01:49-04:00 March 11th, 2021|

Christie's recently gave collectors a view of still life paintings that were game changers in the history of art and are to be sold at upcoming auctions. Named as one of the "10 still lifes that moved us" on the Christie's site, is a work by Jonas Wood, one of our favorite contemporary artists.

Picasso, the Professor, and the Fine Art Print

2021-03-18T16:55:16-04:00 February 25th, 2021|

In 1945, Pablo Picasso began to create prints at the Mourlot Studio in Paris, a print shop that was founded in 1852. Picasso worked in a space that he set up in a corner of the shop, where he spent months at a time creating prints. Between 1945 and 1969, Picasso created over four hundred lithographs at the Mourlot Studio.

Reggie Burrows Hodges Solo & Hockney at Sotheby’s

2021-02-19T09:02:41-05:00 February 18th, 2021|

The works of Reggie Burrows Hodges are getting rave reviews at his first New York solo exhibit. The New York Times said that his works “are at once visually striking and dense with cultural argument.” Architectural Digest said, "The people-oriented paintings of Reggie Burrows Hodges possess the ability to draw in even the casual bystander. Now, thanks to an exhibition at Karma, Manhattanites will have the opportunity to see this artist’s works up close. For his New York debut, Hodges presents a series of canvases that are as rich in color as they are in substance."

Celebrating 80 Years at the Norton Museum of Art

2021-02-18T11:07:11-05:00 February 10th, 2021|

The Norton Museum of Art opened to the public on February 8, 1941 and has been serving West Palm Beach and the surrounding community for eighty years. The Norton underwent a renovation, completed in 2019, that expanded the museum's gallery and teaching space. It now has a state-of-the art, 210-seat auditorium, a new store and restaurant and a Great Hall that serves as the Museum’s “living room.” The expansion also includes a lawn for outdoor programs, and a sculpture garden. The project also included the renovation of six Museum-owned, 1920s-era cottages to house an artist-in-residence program, and the Museum Director’s home.

The Art of Snow and Fog at Surovek Gallery

2021-02-18T10:54:50-05:00 February 2nd, 2021|

This has been a harsh winter in many parts of the country. It's a natural human reaction to want to hunker down inside a warm, cozy house and watch the snow fall outside. It's also natural to want to paint a scene on a balmy day, when all looks pastoral and serene, but some painters can not only see the beauty of the snow and the fog, but are able to capture that beauty on canvas.

The Merging Sensibilities of Jonas Wood, David Hockney and Alex Katz

2021-02-18T10:28:54-05:00 January 28th, 2021|

At age 44, Jonas Wood has become one of the most recognized artists in America, Europe and Asia. His paintings and prints have set auction records. Wood says that he has been influenced by great contemporary artists like David Hockney and Alex Katz. “I’m obviously connected to the histories and traditions of painting – especially modernism and postmodernism – and I reference the painters of those traditions. Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Lucian Freud – those guys are all postmodern painters who love modern painting. That’s the way I think about it. I’m part of the third or fourth generation of people post-Cubism who acknowledge that this is the canon they’re painting into.”

Kudos to Derrick Adams, Julio Larraz and Montoya and Ortiz

2021-03-18T17:19:11-04:00 January 6th, 2021|

Derrick Adams works in his studio, just a few blocks away from the Nostrand Avenue Long Island Railroad Station, so it made sense for him to be asked to create a mural for newly renovated platform. The mural is made of 85 panels of laminated glass that spans the length of the platforms and extend on to the four new pedestrian bridges.

Looking Ahead with Alex Katz, Reggie Burrows Hodges & David Hockney

2021-01-11T17:57:07-05:00 December 31st, 2020|

Being an artist can be a very solitary undertaking. For 93-year-old Alex Katz, it has been working every day, alone in his studio, for decades. During most of the year he lives and works in the SoHo studio that he and his wife and model, Ada, have been living in since 1968. They spend summers in their home and studio in Lincolnville, Maine.

Roy Lichtenstein: Recent Acquisitions

2021-01-11T17:24:38-05:00 December 22nd, 2020|

The works of Roy Lichtenstein continue to be some of the most sought after in the art world. Last July, one of his later works, Nude with Joyous Painting, done in 1994, sold at Christie's on-line auction for more than $46 million. Born and raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Lichtenstein was a sophisticated, erudite New Yorker who studied drawing and design along with botany, history, and literature at Ohio State University. He also took engineering courses at De Paul University in Chicago during his service in the army during World War ll. Lichtenstein was deployed to Europe where, ironically, he found a book about Japanese brush painting, which had a profound influence on his art.

Celebrating with Colors

2020-12-18T08:28:21-05:00 December 16th, 2020|

The first commercially printed Christmas card was sold at Christie’s Valuable Books and Manuscripts sale in London on December 9 for £13,750, or about $18,370. The card was designed by illustrator John Calcott Horsley in 1843 at the request of Sir Henry Cole, a British civil servant who founded the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Only 21 of the 1,000 copies that were printed have survived.

Alex Katz, Reggie Burrows Hodges and Jonas Wood

2020-12-18T08:22:46-05:00 December 9th, 2020|

Alex Katz "A lot of people want to paint something timeless, but I paint the immediate present." – Alex Katz Alex Katz has been inspired by what is right in front of him. For the last seven decades he has followed his own sense of style. His works defy categorization. He paints figures, landscapes and flowers, using [...]

The Works of Pat Steir and Alex Katz at Surovek Gallery

2020-12-03T15:20:10-05:00 November 18th, 2020|

Pat Steir This has been a very good year for Pat Steir. She was commissioned to create an exhibit for the the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., which is set to open soon. A documentary of her life called, Pat Steir: Artist, which took four years to complete, has been released. Pat Steir painting in her [...]

The Works of Alex Katz and David Hockney at Surovek Gallery

2020-11-10T09:30:10-05:00 October 21st, 2020|

Alex Katz Alex Katz is a consummate New Yorker, and much of his work reflects the style and sensibility of a sophisticated city dweller...but not all of it. In 1949, after he graduated from Cooper Union, Katz received a scholarship to spend the summer at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he was introduced [...]

The Works of Anthony Thieme, Alex Katz and Jasper Johns

2020-10-16T17:21:22-04:00 September 23rd, 2020|

Another summer has come and gone. Autumn is here. In the Northeast, the changing of the season brings with it cool weather, changing leaves, fall colors and inspiration for artists. Anthony Thieme 1888-1954 Anthony Thieme at his home in Rockport, Massachusetts, 1950. One of the most inspiring paintings of the seasons was done by Anthony [...]

Jacob Lawrence at The Met and Surovek Gallery

2020-09-21T10:42:31-04:00 September 1st, 2020|

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York reopened its doors on August 27th, after being closed for five months. The first two days of the reopening were for members only. The general public will be admitted on the 29th. Attendance is limited to 2,000 visitors per hour and 14,000 per day to allow for proper social [...]

Art at the Post Office

2020-08-28T12:21:35-04:00 August 19th, 2020|

There's been a lot of news this week about saving the United States Post Office, a service that many of us take for granted. The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. Many wonderful artists and their art works are represented on stamps and the process by which they receive the honor is an interesting one.

Pablo Picasso’s Pottery and Lithographs

2020-08-28T12:16:02-04:00 August 11th, 2020|

Pablo Picasso was the most influential artist of the first half of the twentieth century. That influence can still be felt around the world. In 2011, a car bomb attack killed eight people and damaged two buildings in Oslo's government quarter. One of the buildings was adorned with a mural that Picasso designed in collaboration with Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar in 1970.

Alexander Calder and Artists of The Hamptons

2021-03-18T17:19:27-04:00 August 5th, 2020|

A sculpture by Alexander Calder sold at a Paris auction for more than $5.5 million on July 9th. The 11-foot tall sculpture is just one of many that are installed in France, where Calder went to study at the  Académie de la Grande Chaumière in 1926. Calder was born in Pennsylvania in 1898, and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1919.

Works of the Artists of Coenties Slip

2020-08-06T09:13:46-04:00 July 22nd, 2020|

In the 1950s a group of young artists, who had a lot of talent, an abundance of passion but not much money, settled into the old factory buildings in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. The industrial spaces, once used for manufacturing sails, had high ceilings and enormous rooms that were perfect for use as living and studio space. That section of Brooklyn, along the East River, was called Coenties Slip.

Summer with Milton Avery at Surovek Gallery

2020-08-06T09:09:24-04:00 July 18th, 2020|

Like many artists, Milton Avery was influenced by the time he spent painting during the summer, sometimes with other artists,  sometimes in solitude. In the 1920s, Milton Avery lived and worked in New York, and began spending summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Avery was born in 1885, in the small upstate town of Sand Bank, New York. He spent much of his early adulthood caring for his extended family after the deaths of his father and brother-in-law. He was always interested in becoming an artist, but his priority was earning money to support the family.

David Hockney Sets New Record in Hong Kong

2020-08-06T09:05:18-04:00 July 10th, 2020|

David Hockney with his portrait of friend Celia Birtwell on the cover of the December 1985 issue of Paris Vogue David Hockney Sets New Record in Hong Kong David Hockney turned 83 on July 9th...the same day his 1996 30 Sunflowers painting sold for $14.8 million, making it the second-most expensive work by a Western artist [...]

Alex Katz’s Works in Shanghai, East Hampton and Surovek Gallery

2020-07-10T08:31:10-04:00 June 25th, 2020|

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is planning for a retrospective of the works of Alex Katz in 2022. The Guggenheim closed its doors, at the start of the pandemic and, like museums and galleries around the world, it is preparing to reopen safely. The Guggenheim in Venice and in Spain have both reopened.

Looking at American Art at Surovek Gallery

2021-03-18T17:19:35-04:00 June 11th, 2020|

The history of American art, and American artists, reflects the changes and growth that occurred as the country matured and became increasingly independent. The British tradition of painting portraits and bucolic landscapes slowly evolved into art with an American sensibility. In 1820 the Hudson River School emerged as the first well-known school of American painters who created sweeping landscapes of uniquely American vistas.

Fine Art Prints by Modern Masters

2020-06-08T13:46:22-04:00 June 5th, 2020|

The annual Fine Art Print Fair, the world's the largest international art fair, celebrating 500 years of printmaking, was scheduled to be held at the Javits Center in New York, but the Center has been turned into a 1,000-bed field hospital during the coronavirus, so the Fair will be held online through June 13th. The Fair includes [...]

American Masters: Painting in Solitude

2021-03-18T17:19:42-04:00 May 20th, 2020|

Many people around the world have had to isolate themselves for the past few months and have found it difficult to be alone. But solitude is a choice for many, especially many creative thinkers. Research on both artists and scientists shows that one of the most prominent features of creative people is their lesser interest in socializing. There's a serenity that solitude can bring.

The Works of Jane Peterson

2020-06-08T13:34:19-04:00 May 17th, 2020|

If a movie was made today of the life of Jane Peterson, it would probably star Julia Roberts (who is 52, around the age that Jane Peterson married for the first time and settled down to a life of domesticity for four or five years) and a cast of international actors to play her teachers, patrons and friends. The film would be billed as, "small town girl becomes successful artist, travels the world and finally settles down with millionaire husband."

Comfort in Art at Surovek Gallery

2020-04-20T20:32:48-04:00 April 7th, 2020|

The world, as we knew it, has been going through radical changes during these past few weeks. Our personal and professional lives have been disrupted and we have had to modify many of our activities of daily living. With many museums and galleries closed to the public, and offering virtual tours online, it stands to reason that more people than ever have been seeking comfort and solace by surfing for art. One of the unexpected consequences of people staying at home is that many are beginning to educate themselves and learning to appreciate works of art.

State of the Arts During the Stay-at-Home Order

2021-03-18T17:19:55-04:00 April 2nd, 2020|

With museums and galleries temporarily closed, in the U.S. and around the world, we've become increasingly dependent on technology, especially with stay-at-home restrictions, to fill the need we have to socialize and find solace in creativity. Many of the artists whose works are in our gallery live and work in New York, which has been hard hit by the Corona virus.

Selfies Before Cell Phones at the Boca Museum of Art

2020-03-27T09:21:34-04:00 March 19th, 2020|

Eye to I at the Boca Museum Before there was the selfie, there was the self portrait. Eye to I, the current exhibit at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, explores the way in which twentieth-century American artists portrayed themselves through painting, drawing, photography, and film. Unlike selfies, which can be instantly gratifying and, often, very candid, self-portraits [...]

David Hockney’s Work at Surovek Gallery

2020-03-27T09:25:16-04:00 March 12th, 2020|

The National Portrait Gallery of London is currently holding an exhibit of Hockney's drawings, the first major exhibit of the artist's drawings in more than twenty years. Although there are more than 150 works on display, done from 1950 to the present, only five subjects are represented in the works: his friend Celia Birtwell, his mother, Laura Hockney, curator and friend Gregory Evans, master printer and friend Maurice Payne and Hockney himself.

The Continuing Legacies of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring

2021-03-18T17:20:08-04:00 February 27th, 2020|

The streets of New York became a canvas for Jean-Michel Basquiat, the subways a canvas for Keith Haring. Both artists had recognition in underground art venues and clubs, but did not gain immediate entrance to established galleries and museums. The art, and club, scene in the 1980s was wild and frenzied. Haring and Basquiat both worked and partied with abandon and, as it turned out, the streets and subways gave them access to wide audiences. Their art eventually crossed the threshold from street art to high art, paving the way for graffiti artists who came after them to gain acceptance in galleries and museums around the world.

Frank Stella Exhibits Coming to the Tampa Museum of Art

2021-03-18T17:20:16-04:00 February 20th, 2020|

Frank Stella in Tampa Beginning in April, the Tampa Museum of Art will be holding two concurrent exhibits of works by Frank Stella. The first exhibit, titled Frank Stella: Illustrations After El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, consists of a portfolio of twelve prints that Stella created in 1984, after a visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The inspiration [...]

Keith Haring at Auction, Alex Katz at the Guggenheim

2021-03-18T17:20:23-04:00 February 13th, 2020|

A painting by Keith Haring sold for £3,206,000 ($4,181,630) at Phillips London auction on February 13th. The 96 x 96 inch Untitled painting was included in the groundbreaking 1982 show organized by art dealer Tony Shafrazi. The work was purchased by an anonymous collector, who held on to it until this auction, although it was shown at a Haring retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1997 and the retrospective Keith Haring: The Political Line at the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013.

The Work of Maria Oakey Dewing at Surovek Gallery

2020-02-10T14:26:12-05:00 February 6th, 2020|

Maria Oakey Dewing is one of the women included in the Smithsonian's archives, and whose works are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's art collection. Dewing began her career around the turn of the twentieth century. Her abstract, impressionist style was considered avant-garde, and way ahead of other artists of her generation.

Stolen Chagall Recovered; Picasso and Paper at the Royal Academy

2020-02-10T14:21:51-05:00 January 31st, 2020|

Marc Chagall's poetic images made him one of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century. He was a painter, printmaker, set designer and created extraordinary stained glass windows for the United Nations, an incredible ceiling mural at the Paris Opera House and wondrous murals at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Larraz, Montoya and Ortiz at Surovek Gallery

2020-01-28T14:50:00-05:00 January 15th, 2020|

After a decade of working on political caricatures, Larraz knew he wanted to create art that mattered to him, but the art scene in New York in the 1970s and ’80s was transitioning from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism and Conceptual Art, none of which interested Larraz. “I wasn’t bored of my job. I love drawing and I love politics,” he said in a 2015 interview in Huffpost, “but I knew I wanted to do something that completely filled me with joy. When I started, the type of painting I wanted to create was forbidden. Abstract art was in full force at the time, but I wanted to be a Realist painter, which was considered degenerate art. I remember thinking ‘Terrific. You are not supposed to do this, and this is exactly what I am going to do.’ I had to go there, it was calling me.”

The Works of Alex Katz and Ellsworth Kelly at Surovek Gallery

2020-01-28T14:35:59-05:00 January 8th, 2020|

A new record for the work of Alex Katz was set at the Phillips auction house in London last October. His 1972 painting, Blue Umbrella sold for $4.1 million. The painting is just one of the more than 200 that Katz has created of Ada, his wife and muse. The 92-year-old Brooklyn born artist is going to have his first solo exhibit in Spain this fall, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid. The exhibit will include paintings of flowers, landscapes and portraits, done in the distinctive style and colors that Katz has refined during his long career.

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