The Deep Thoughts of Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian–French artist widely accepted as the leader of the short-lived op art movement. His work combines optical illusion, patterns and organic images and have become deeply rooted in popular culture impacting architecture, computer science, fashion, and the way we now look at things in general.

Vasarely was born in Pécs and grew up in Pöstyén and Budapest, where in 1925 he took up medical studies at Eötvös Loránd University. In 1927, he abandoned medicine to learn traditional academic painting at the private Podolini-Volkmann Academy.

Vasarely left Hungary and settled in Paris in 1930. He worked as a graphic artist and as a creative consultant at the advertising agencies Havas, Draeger and Devambez (1930–1935). His interactions with other artists during this time were limited.

Vasarely eventually went on to produce art and sculpture using optical illusion. Over the next three decades, he developed his style of geometric abstract art, working in various materials but using a minimal number of forms and colours.

Victor Vasarely art at Gallery Art

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Purvis Young: The Soul of Overtown

Purvis Young (February 4, 1943 – April 20, 2010) was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Young’s work, often a blend of collage and painting, utilizes found objects and the experience of African Americans in the south. A self-taught artist, Young gained recognition as a cult contemporary self-taught artist, with a collectors’ following including the likes of Jane Fonda, Damon Wayans, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, among others. In 2006 a feature documentary entitled Purvis of Overtown was produced about his life and work. His work is found in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Visit Purvis Young Museum, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Early Life and Work

Purvis Young was born in Liberty City, a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, on February 2, 1943. As a young boy his uncle introduced him to drawing, but Young lost interest quickly. He never attended high school.

As a teenager Young served three years (1961–64) in prison at North Florida’s Raiford State Penitentiary for breaking and entering. While in prison he would regain his interest in art and began drawing and studying art books. When released, he began to produce thousands of small drawings, which he kept in shopping carts and later glued into discarded books and magazines that he found on the streets. He proceeded to move into the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. Young found himself attracted to a vacant alley called Goodbread Alley, which was named after the Jamaican bakeries that once occupied the street; he would start living there in 1971.

Mid-Career

In the early 1970s Young found inspiration in the mural movements of Chicago and Detroit, and decided to create a mural of inspiration Overtown.[6][8] He had never painted before, but inspiration struck and he began to create paintings and nailing them to the boarded up storefronts that formed the alley. He would paint on wood he found on the streets and occasionally paintings would “disappear” from the wall, but Young didn’t mind. About two years after starting the mural, tourists started visiting the alley, mainly white tourists. Occasionally Young would sell paintings to visitors – tourists and collectors alike – right off the wall. The mural garnered media attention, including the attention of millionaire Bernard Davis, owner of the Miami Art Museum. Davis became a patron of Young’s, providing him with painting supplies as well. Davis died in 1973, leaving Young a local celebrity in Miami.

Late Career and Death

In the late 1990s and early 2000s he began exploring other inspirations by watching historical documentaries about war, the Great Depression, commerce, and Native American conflicts and struggles in the United States. In 1999 the Rubell family, notable art collectors from New York, purchased the entire content of Young’s studio, a collection of almost 3,000 pieces. In 2008 the Rubells donated 108 works to Morehouse College[12] In January 2007, Purvis was selected as the Art Miami Fair’s Director’s Choice at the Miami Beach Convention Center and helped to establish a number of outdoor art fairs in South Florida that continue today.

With artistic success came monetary gain, and Young failed to maintain his estate. Before his death he became involved in a legal battle with former manager, Martin Siskind. Young sued Siskind for mismanagement of funds. In response, Siskind successfully petitioned for Young to be declared mentally incompetent and Young’s affairs were placed in control of legal guardians. According to friends, Young was not incompetent and was left destitute by the procedures. Siskind stated that he and Young had settled the suit amicably, and that Young retained ownership of 1,000 paintings and was financially stable.

Young suffered from diabetes, and towards the latter years of his life he had other health problems, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2007 . Purvis Young died on April 20, 2010, in Miami, from cardiac arrest and pulmonary edema. He is survived by his partner Eddie Mae Lovest; his two sisters Betty Rodriguez and Shirley Byrd; a brother, Irvin Byrd; four stepdaughters and 13 step-children.

See Purvis Young art at Gallery Art, Aventura

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A Glimpse Into The Heroic World of Sandra Chevrier

As far back as artist Sandra Chevrier can remember, art has always been present in her life. Her first glimpse into the power of art came when she saw the work titled “Detritus of Devotion” by Heidi Taillefer. It transmitted so much emotion and energy to her that, at the early age of 14, she decided to devote herself to creating artwork that does the same for others.

Much of her works tell the story of women trying to find freedom from the imposed cages of society’s distorted prejudices and expectations. She uses loose and heavy textures of paint to make her portrayed subjects seem to emerge from the surreal world of their canvas. By using comics as a mask for her portrayed heroines, Chevrier highlights the fragility of the superhero, their personal weaknesses and exposes the humanity within.

See Sandra Chevrier Artwork at Gallery Art, Aventura

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Keith Haring at Gallery Art

Keith Haring developed an aptitude for drawing at a very early age, often copying cartoon characters from Disney movies and Dr. Seuss books. In the early 1980s, Haring captured the imagination of the city with his simple chalked characters of radiant babies, barking dogs and odd spaceships. He enjoyed a meteoric rise in success throughout the 1980s and his belief in public art and art for a wider audience garnered support from his friends and mentors, including Andy Warhol. During the 1980s, Haring was featured in over 100 group and solo exhibitions. He collaborated with Madonna and Andy Warhol among many others, and created imagery which is universally recognized as his own.

See Keith Haring Art at Gallery Art

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Jasper Johns at Gallery Art

Jasper Johns is best known for his painting “Flag”, which he painted after having a dream of the American flag. His work is often described as Neo-Dadaist, as opposed to pop art, even though his subject matter often includes images and objects from popular culture. Still, many compilations on pop art include Jasper Johns as a pop artist because of his artistic use of classical iconography.

His works are composed using simple schema such as flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers. Johns’ treatment of the surface is often lush and painterly; he is famous for incorporating such media as encaustic and plaster relief in his paintings. Johns played with and presented opposites, contradictions, paradoxes, and ironies, much like Marcel Duchamp (who was associated with the Dada movement). Johns also produces intaglio prints, sculptures and lithographs with similar motifs.

See Jasper Johns’ Art at Gallery, Miami

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Wayne Thiebaud: Have Your Art and…Eat It Too?


Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings. Thiebaud is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

See Wayne Thiebaud art at Gallery Art, Miami

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