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Frank Stella Culling His Collection at Christie’s

At age 82, Stella is ready to part with some of the works he's collected, and some of his own works, which he says are piled up in his Hudson Valley studio in upstate New York. Some of the artwork, his and the work of other artists, are being auctioned at Christie's London and New York, for an expected return of more than $25 million.

2019-03-25T10:00:15-04:00 March 21st, 2019|

Tom Wesselmann’s Work in New York and the Netherlands

I find sometimes I get so excited working, especially when starting new ideas; I get so excited that I get uncomfortable. It almost feels dangerous, like I'm flirting with something dangerous. - Tom Wesselmann Tom Wesselmann's Work at TEFAF Maastricht Tom WesselmanGirl Eating a Banana, 1967-1968Oil on canvas51 1/2 x 75 inchesAlmine Rech Gallery One [...]

2019-04-01T10:24:14-04:00 March 14th, 2019|

William Glackens: The French Impressionist Influence

Glackens painted scenes of twentieth century New York with the sensibility of the French Impressionist painters he had admired in Paris, and his work helped to popularize American Impressionism and modernize art in America. Through his work with the Ashcan School and the Society of Independent Artists, Glackens helped to plan, and take part in, exhibits that introduced modern American artists to U.S. and European audiences and introduce European audiences to American art.

2019-03-11T09:31:55-04:00 March 8th, 2019|

Surovek Gallery Show Exposes Benton’s Modernist Roots

Clay Surovek of Surovek Gallery organized Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form in collaboration with Lester-Thompson Fine Art. Behind him is the show’s most prominent painting, the 1926 oil Going West. The exhibition runs through March 31. [Damon Higgins/palmbeachdailynews.com] This article By Jan Sjostrom originally posted on palmbeachdailynews.com In Thomas Hart Benton’s painting “Going West,” [...]

2019-03-05T09:18:55-05:00 March 5th, 2019|

Marc Chagall: Exceeds Expectations at Christie’s London

Marc Chagall: Top Lot at Christie's A rare painting by Marc Chagall, that was part of a private Swiss collection, was auctioned at Christie's London on February 28, and sold for more than GBP 671,250 (USD 888,000), above estimated sale price. Marc ChagallL'été, Les moissonneuses (Les quatres saisons), 1974Tempera, gouache, watercolor and pastel on paper29 ¾ x [...]

2019-03-11T10:30:09-04:00 February 28th, 2019|

Scott Kelley Ink, Watercolor and Gouache Works at the Surovek Gallery

Like Dr. Seuss, Kelley has written and beautifully illustrated a children's book about the environment. I Am Birch is not just about respect for the natural world, it's also about facing fear. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the I Am Birch Foundation, which gives mini-grants to traditional Wabanaki artisans, a group of Native American tribes living in and around Maine, for the purchase of materials and supplies to enable them to continue making their art.

2019-03-11T10:22:14-04:00 February 21st, 2019|

The Influence of Jackson Pollock on Neil Welliver

The thing about Pollock that excited me, and still does, is accepting the physical fact of the canvas. Acknowledging the physical fact of the canvas. Acknowledging the fact of the painting. Pollock’s aggression about the fact of the painting and so on. I like that. I feel I come much more from that than I do from anywhere else. - Neil Welliver

2019-02-18T08:57:48-05:00 February 14th, 2019|

Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form

The Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, is presenting a new exhibition of around 65 works by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the famed Regionalist painter known for chronicling the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America. On view from February 7 to March 15 March 31, 2019, "Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form," the second [...]

2019-03-14T19:12:47-04:00 February 12th, 2019|

Winslow Homer and the Camera

Winslow Homer with “The Gulf Stream” in his studio, ca. 1900, gelatin silver print, by an unidentified photographer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art Winslow Homer began his career as a freelance illustrator for Harper's Weekly and other major publications of the day. His drawings, etchings and lithographs, especially during the Civil War, were the equivalent of [...]

2019-02-25T09:45:22-05:00 February 7th, 2019|

Guy Wiggins Winter Scenes at Surovek Gallery

Although Wiggins preferred to paint in the countryside, he saw the beauty of winter in the city and was able to capture it on canvas. In a 1924 interview, Wiggins told the story of how he painted his first snow scene in 1912. "One cold, blustering, snowy winter day," he said,  "I was in my New York studio trying to paint a summer landscape ....

2019-01-28T12:44:11-05:00 January 24th, 2019|

Frank Stella: 1977 Screenprints at the Surovek Gallery

When Frank Stella moved to New York in 1958, at age 22, he had graduated from Princeton and just wanted to to paint. "I wasn’t thinking of becoming an artist." he said,  "I just wanted to make things and paint for a while." That "while" has continued for the past sixty years, with Stella's work continually evolving, even today.

2021-05-27T11:28:31-04:00 January 17th, 2019|

Walton Ford: La Historia Me Absolverá

There are few human figures in the works of Walton Ford, yet his works reflect the relationship between humans and animals and how, most often, that interaction has been devastating for the animals.

2021-05-27T11:27:01-04:00 December 25th, 2018|

Stephen Scott Young Watercolors at Surovek Gallery

Stephen Scott Young is one of America's most preeminent watercolor and drypoint artists. His meticulous method of preparing careful studies for each work, and applying colors in layers...often using just primary colors, red, yellow and blue...is labor intensive, resulting in just twenty or so finished works each year.

2021-03-18T17:16:26-04:00 December 14th, 2018|

Keith Haring’s Growing Series at Surovek

Keith Haring brought underground urban art into the avant-garde New York art scene and into the mainstream. Just in his twenties, when he moved from Pennsylvania to New York, Haring would do chalk drawings on empty advertisement boards at subway stations, much to the delight of the public and the consternation of the police.

2021-03-18T17:16:33-04:00 December 5th, 2018|

Robert Indiana: Retrospective in Tampa

The recent death of Robert Indiana has inspired museums and galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Berlin and other major cities to honor the artist with retrospectives of his work. A current exhibit, in Tampa, Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective contains many of the artists' early works and work that has never before been in a public exhibit.

2018-11-30T11:32:34-05:00 November 29th, 2018|

William Glackens and Renoir Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale

William GlackensSelf Portrait, c.1935National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. William Glackens was known as "the American Renoir."  After spending a year in Paris in 1895, Glackens became fascinated by the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Glackens returned to New York and brought with him an understanding of, and appreciation for, the art of the French Impressionists. His style, [...]

2021-03-18T17:14:09-04:00 November 22nd, 2018|

Norman Rockwell: Father and Son and JFK

Norman Rockwell was a great story teller. He had the remarkable ability to capture a single moment and make it relatable, poignant and often humorous. His talent for reaching an audience with such clarity has made him a favorite of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, just two of Rockwell's most avid collectors.

2021-03-18T17:21:27-04:00 November 8th, 2018|

Alex Katz Sculptures and Fine Art Prints at Surovek Gallery

Alex Katz works out first thing every morning before he begins to paint. “I used to do two hundred sit-ups, three hundred pushups, and a hundred chins,” he said in a recent interview in The New Yorker.“I can’t do as many now.” Katz turned ninety-one in July. Lotte Museum of ART : Alex Katz Photo: Aaron Yoo [...]

2021-06-01T15:16:42-04:00 October 24th, 2018|

Works by Robert Indiana at Surovek Gallery

Robert Indiana died on May 19, at age 89, at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, where he had lived for forty years. The house itself has been neglected, with holes in the roof, buckets collecting water and pigeons living inside. Robert Indiana's dream was to turn the 12-room mansion into a museum, where his artwork could be [...]

2021-06-01T15:39:20-04:00 October 17th, 2018|

KAWS for Christmas

For more than fifty years the Museum of Modern Art has been commissioning artists to create designs for its annual Christmas Card. Picasso, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Alexander Calder are among the great modern artists whose designs have graced the cards. This year, MoMA has commissioned artist Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, to design the 2018 Christmas Card.

2021-03-18T17:21:33-04:00 October 4th, 2018|

Joan Miro, Hemmingway and The Farm in Paris

Miro and Hemmingway, both in their twenties, became friends. Miro was having difficulty selling his paintings and Hemmingway was piling up rejections slips from publishers. Miro would return from Paris each summer to his family's farm in the village of Montroig, and even took Hemmingway on a visit to the farm.

2021-03-18T17:21:39-04:00 September 26th, 2018|

The Joyful Works of Orville Bulman

Orville Bulman had to put his art career on hold for decades in order to help run the family business in his home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He didn't give up painting and, eventually, exhibited at New York's Society of Independent Artists in 1937 and at the Woodstock Art Colony in 1948, but it wasn't until he was in his forties that he discovered his muse and hit his stride.

2018-09-14T08:52:52-04:00 September 11th, 2018|

The Radiant Colors of Wolf Kahn’s Landscapes

Wolf Kahn began using intense colors in his landscapes, in the late 1960s, while on vacation in Deer Isle, Maine. The sweep of the fog, the sea and the sky led him to move away from the monochromatic tones he had been using, to the swaths of radiant colors that he has been using for the last fifty years.

2018-09-07T08:46:22-04:00 September 6th, 2018|

Marc Chagall Original Work From His Later Years

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. - Marc Chagall Marc Chagall Museum, Nice, France, July 18, 2009Photo: Aapo Haapanen, (CC BY 2.0) The oldest of nine children, Marc Chagall experienced poverty, prejudice and the [...]

2021-06-01T16:02:57-04:00 August 21st, 2018|

Watercolors by American Masters at the Surovek Gallery

Our focus at Surovek Gallery is on the acquisition and sale of works by American masters. Most of the artists in our gallery are known for their works in oils, and not as well-known for their watercolors. Watercolors, made from ochre and other minerals mixed with water, were used by the first artists to paint their cave walls and Ancient Egyptians to paint their tombs and temples. With the advancement of paper making in Italy in the thirteenth century, artists were able to use watercolors to produce major works.

2018-08-31T13:44:06-04:00 August 16th, 2018|

Roy Lichtenstein Works Going to The Smithsonian and The Whitney

The Whitney will be establishing the The Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection, with the Foundation's donation of  more than four hundred works created by Lichtenstein during his long career. The works, made from 1940 until his death in 1997, include paintings, drawings, prints, collages, sculptures, maquettes, models, study photographs and drawings, with additional work to be donated in the future.

2021-06-01T16:09:13-04:00 August 9th, 2018|

Grant Wood’s Deceptive Overalls

Grant Wood The Whitney Museum show Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, the most extensive retrospective of Wood's work ever presented,  has just ended, and still the questions remain about both the artist and his art. American Gothic is one of America's most recognizable paintings, but Wood's large body of work and his life story, are unfamiliar [...]

2018-08-05T14:52:18-04:00 August 2nd, 2018|

Palm Beach Art Galleries

Palm Beach is home to some of the finest and most distinctive art galleries in the world. Each art gallery in Palm Beach has its own unique focus and style, reflecting  the interest and passions of gallery owners and staff. Here is a look at the Surovek Gallery and some of the other art galleries in Palm Beach that make it a fabulous destination for art lovers and collectors.

2021-03-18T17:17:05-04:00 July 26th, 2018|

Joan Miró: The Power of the Sol de Miró

Joan Miró spent his life in both his birthplace of Barcelona and his adopted home of Paris. He lived in turbulent times and saw his country ravaged by civil war, the fascist Franco regime and World War ll. He lived long enough to see Spain become a constitutional monarchy and to see himself become a national treasure, but [...]

2018-07-23T11:16:29-04:00 July 22nd, 2018|

Wyeth: The life of Andrew Wyeth in bold strokes

The works of Andrew Wyeth have always garnered public adoration. His original works are coveted by art collectors. Wyeth's exhibits routinely broke attendance records. What the artist often failed to get, was the support of art critics, who often slammed him for sticking to his own style during a time when Modernism and avant-garde movements were sweeping [...]

2021-03-18T17:16:56-04:00 July 17th, 2018|

Backwoods Aristocrat Thomas Hart Benton

After studying in Paris, Benton returned to New York in the early 1920's and said that his time in Europe  had made him  an "enemy of modernism", ironically, the art movement that his teaching generated. Benton taught at the Art Students League of New York from 1926 to 1935. Jackson Pollock, one of the leading figures in the Abstract Expressionist movement, was one of Benton's favorite students. They traveled through the West together in the 1930s, and Benton had a profound effect on Pollock's work and life.

2021-03-18T17:21:52-04:00 July 13th, 2018|

Keith Haring Mural Uncovered in Amsterdam After Thirty Years Under Wraps

Haring had his first solo museum exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1986. He painted a mural for the exhibit inside the museum, and then asked the museum curators if he could paint a public mural outside as a gift to the city. The curators let Haring paint one of the brick walls of a museum warehouse. Haring painted one of his distinctive figures riding a giant sea creature.

2021-03-18T17:21:58-04:00 June 28th, 2018|

Jasper Johns: No Explanation Needed

At age 88, Jasper Johns has remained one of America's most prominent living artists. He lives, and works, in his home in Sharon, Connecticut. Target, 1961, Jasper Johns, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IllinoisPhoto: Ken Lund, July 14, 2018 (CC BY-SA 2.0) Johns has been making his mark on the art world for more than [...]

2021-06-01T16:13:34-04:00 June 21st, 2018|

Maurice Prendergast’s Work Helped to Set New Record at Christie’s

Maurice Prendergast brought modernism from Europe to America, around the turn of the twentieth century, while still maintaining his own unique style. Last month, Christie's New York auctioned American art from the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection. Maurice Prendergast's Steps of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli, Rome was expected to go for $1,500,000 to $2,500,000 and realized $3,372,500.

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 June 6th, 2018|

Frank Stella Fine Art Prints at Surovek Gallery

The 1970s was a time when critics began to talk about, “the death of painting.” Frank Stella rejuvenated both painting and fine art printmaking by pushing the limits of both. In the middle of the 1970s, Stella’s work became more lavish and unrestrained. He began to use French Curves and other technical drafting tools to create sweeping and sinuous lines and new materials to give his paintings and extra dimensions.

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 May 29th, 2018|

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Au Moulin de la Galette

Some of Renoir's most beautiful, and well-known works were of Paris life at the Moulin da la Galette. His use of color and composition made his Impressionist works a bridge between the Renaissance and Baroque artists who came before him and the modern artists who followed.

2021-03-18T17:24:03-04:00 May 24th, 2018|

Wolf Kahn Oil Paintings at Surovek Gallery

Kahn was born in Germany in 1927. His father was a well-known conductor with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. The family had to leave Germany when Hitler came to power. Kahn emigrated to New York when he was thirteen. Khan's artistic ability was recognized and encouraged when he was as young as four.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 April 5th, 2018|

The Masterful Works of Scott Kelley

Kelley began working in watercolors when he was a child and continued to work in this most difficult medium while attending the Cooper Union School of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art in London and then as a fellow at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. His mastery of watercolor is apparent in all of his work.

2018-03-23T08:12:14-04:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Roy Lichtenstein: Brushstrokes

In 1965, Lichtenstein began working on the Brushstroke Series. His inspiration was a comic book cell, done by Dick Giordano. Giordano's work depicted an artist who emotionally drained after completing a painting. Lichtenstien's first Brushstroke painting was very similar to the work of Giordano but Lichtenstien continued to use the brushstroke in varying ways for the rest of his career.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Norman Rockwell: The Tour and the Controversy

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms spoke to a nation in turmoil during World War ll. The paintings were created in response to President Roosevelt's State of the Union address in 1941, in which he said that all people have the right to four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

2021-03-18T17:24:04-04:00 February 5th, 2018|

Marc Chagall’s Works Set New Record

New Auction Highs for Marc Chagall Paintings Two of Marc Chagall's paintings sold for over the estimated price at November's Sotheby's Auction. Le Grand cirque, a ten-foot wide painting, that Chagall did in 1956, was sold to a bidder at Sotheby's Asia for $16 million. The estimate price for Le Grand cirque was $15 million. Marc Chagall Le Grand Cirque, [...]

2018-01-19T09:39:14-05:00 January 18th, 2018|

The Legacy of Alexander Calder

Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898. Both his grandfather and father, A. Stirling Calder, were successful sculptors, who created large-scale public works. His mother, Nanette Lederer Calder, was an accomplished painter. Calder created small sculptures as a child, and studied engineering before deciding to pursue a career as an artist.

2018-01-12T14:11:30-05:00 January 10th, 2018|

Wolf Kahn: More Vibrant Than Ever

Wolf Kahn has been awarded the 2017 U.S. State Department’s International Medal of Arts. Kahn's work has been part of the State Department's Art in Embassies program, which loans work to diplomatic bureaus around the world. Wolf Kahn received the 2017 U.S. State Department’s International Medal of Arts. Photo by Melany Kahn At age 90, [...]

2017-12-22T10:08:03-05:00 December 21st, 2017|

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