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Artist of the moment……Andy Warhol and the Brillo Box…

Lets take a look at the artist who had the most work during 2012, Andy Warhol and his work with the Brillo Box.

A brief history of the box. The box was one of the first very large tasks accomplished by Andy Warhol and his assistant Gerard Malanga in the newly opened Silver Factory. Given this name as Warhol had most of the interior wrapped in aluminum foil by a lighting named Billy Lane.  The factory was a very large space with a total of nearly 5,000 square feet.

Warhol’s first well known series was the one with Soup Cans. The Brillo Box was his first attempt at moving into three dimensions.

Warhol loved to explore the idea of art where ever he looked. From works dealing with death and sometimes suicide, to flowers, to business Warhol enjoyed showing us how much art is involved in our daily lives.

Price range information:  Though the Brillo Box was a FAILURE at first with some collectors even cancelling their orders, the boxes had an outstanding return in the 2000s. From 2002 to 2012,  the average box went up slightly more than six times the price. Far better than a stock market return. The highest sale for a Brillo Box was $4.7 million dollars in 2008.

The boxes were made of plywood and then silkscreened  by Warhol and Malanga.

A very funny interview with Andy and a reporter who questions him about making the Brillo Box sculpture. How come you didn’t make something new? Are you just going to carry on Andy? Seriously….funny!

For a show at the Armory artist Charles Lutz was commissioned to make an appropriation of Warhol’s Brillo Boxes. The public was to take one home for free. I wonder if in 4o years this boxes might be worth 1 million dollars. Not bad!

Another artist who works mainly with Appropriations in his art. He uses reverse perspective to achieve some very unique results. The artist’s work is a wonderful mix of sculpture and painting.

I hope you enjoyed this look into one of Warhol’s most successful series!


Artist of the moment….Andy Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick…..

Time to learn about someone involved with my favorite artist of all time who is Andy Warhol, and what appeared to be his ticket to Hollywood, socialite beauty Edith Sedgwick. Edith Sedgwick was born to a wealthy American family in the year 1943.  Before there was Paris Hilton, we had Edie Sedgwick to impress us with her money and beauty. The family had wealth but she and her siblings had very difficult lives trying to live up to the ideals of their father. She died in 1971 at the age of 28 years old, from an overdose. She had gone to Woodstock and come back a heroin addict. Two brothers killed themselves within 18 months of  each other.

The master’s (Warhol!) screen test with Edie Sedgwick.

Sedgwick was infatuated with Bob Dylan and Warhol and Dylan were often at odds with each other. It was Warhol who told Sedgwick that Dylan had married another romantic interest. In some accounts Sedgwick even carried Dylan’s baby, but no concrete evidence exists to support it this theory 100 percent. This news also helped to promote Sedgwick on her downward spiral.

Here is a great movie starring some well known actors called Factory Girl. It provides some more insight into the life of Edie Sedgwick, who is played by Sienna Miller. Other celebrities appearing are Jimmy Fallon and Mena Suvari.


A brief movie preview for the Factory Girl.

The Pop Art couple Warhol and Sedgwick appear on the Merv Griffin show back in the day.

For me the most impressive thing about Warhol is his ability to work in different mediums. Not oils or acrylics, but film, magazines, and music with the Velvet Underground. He tried seemingly everything he wanted whether he was successful or not he was always searching for new creative outlets.

Edith was named for her father’s aunt, Edith Minturn, an heir to a shipping fortune. She appears in this work by Sargent with her husband Isaac Newton Stokes.


Sedgwick’s family was one of the first to arrive back in the 1600s. One relation was the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Another relative was the first lawyer to win a case for the freedom of a black woman.

The Sedgwick clan were taught they were better than others due to their wealth and social status. Most of their education was done at home, with private tutors and nannies. At age 13 Edie started boarding school but never lasted long at these locales due to her anorexia. Her father was a wealthy rancher who had been in mental hospitals three times prior to marrying in 1929. Her father was a manic depressive.

First cousin once removed of actress Kyra Sedgwick from the television series on TNT the Closer.

Nice to be rich! She and her sister were driven to a female doctor daily for vitamin B shots. The family had money from ranches, but in addition found oils on their property. They moved to a six thousand acre ranch and even had a school built on it. This led to feelings of isolation from their peers, which it seems is what the father was after anyway. The children dressed mainly in hand me downs and received few presents on holidays or birthday.

Sedgwick briefly attended Harvard College.

After marrying in 1971, Edie Sedgwick died at the age of 28 years old of a barbiturate overdose.

Warhol was amazing for telling us that in the future everyone will be popular for fifteen seconds. I only wish his Andy Warhol Superstars could live in a mansion with reality cameras! I don’t think even Andy thought you might be famous by having 20 kids like the Duggar family or for becoming pregnant at sixteen years of age.

Thanks for the memories Edie Sedgwick! Look out Paris Hilton!


Arts in the prison scene…..Inez Walker, Leonard Peltier, and Ray Materson

First off sorry for the length of this article but I found these artists to be fascinating not only for their artwork, but for their personal histories!


Inez Walker and Leonard Peltier were both found guilty in a court of law for murdering someone and both turned to art as a therapy and outlet during their time in prison. Ray Materson also spent a significant amount of prison where he picked up needlework.

This first set of pictures belong to the artist Inez Walker. Walker led a hard life. She was born into  poverty in Sumter, South Carolina in the year 1911. Her family gave her up and she became an orphan at a young age. At age sixteen she married, had some children, and moved to Philadelphia during a time. In the 1960s she was found guilty of killing a man. It is assumed the man beat her often, but she ended up in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for negligent homicide. She took an art class and began to draw, also an attempt to isolate herself from the rough and tough girls of the prison.

Inez Walker was released in 1972. Many works deal with the bad girls of the prison! She got married again in 1975 and passed away quietly in 1990. She was excited to share her art with anyone that wished to see it.

Inez Walker has works in Museums in the United States, Switzerland, and France.

A link to a great website telling the story of Inez Walker.


Leonard Peltier was a leader in the A.I.M. or American Indian Movement in the 1970s. Peltier was born in 1944 and was raised mainly by grandparents in North Dakota. He would eventually live in Seattle, Washington and own an auto mechanic shop. Peltier joined a movement called A.I.M. American Indian Movement. On a reservation in South Dakota a newly elected President Richard Wilson, was seen to have gotten the job via intimidation, violence, and even starting a private militia to intimidate voters.

Wilson stood trial but was not found guilty to the dismay of Peltier and other members of his movement. This led to back and forth incidents in which more than sixty A.I.M. members were killed in a few short years. Even the federal government got involved.

In 1976 some F.B.I. agents went looking for a suspect on the Pine Ridge Reservation wanted for assault and theft. After locating the vehicle they came under intense fire. The agents called in for backup and waited. No help came in time and the shooters were able to get off more than 120 shots. Peltier was one of the shooters and started to flee across the country landing on the F.B.I.s most wanted list. He would eventually end up in Canada where he was turned in by a female witness later found out to have been told what to say to the court by the F.B.I. men. She was threatened severely. Later it was revealed that she wasn’t at the shooting and didn’t even know Peltier before he fled to Canada.

A great painting by Peltier.


Peltier is serving two consecutive life terms and is still behind bars. He sells paintings to help cover his defense and legal fees.If he wasn’t behind bars I am sure he would be among the most sought after native american painters in the country. I found it interesting the rifle that was key behind his guilty verdict is the same rifle we read about daily in the papers, the AR-15. Below is the car from the shootout with the Feds and Peltier.

Peltier has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize award nine times.


A link to a website featuring art for sale by Leonard Peltier.

In this clip we see some photographs of the artist, a cover for a movie made about the story of Leonard Peltier, and some of his wonderful paintings starting at 43 seconds into the clip. Peltier was able to attain a high level of skill with his paintings which rival those of other famous Native American painters such as T.C. Carson or R.C. Gorman. Peltier is still incarcerated.

Ray Materson began crafting needlework during his stay in prison. Materson was born into a family that had many drugs and alcohol users. He started using himself as a teen. Materson eventually became a cocaine addict and to support his habit stole a toy gun from a retail store and completed many robberies. Materson was found guilty and even then tried to escape from jail! He was caught and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Whilst there he collected used and dirty socks using them to create his needlework. Upon his release in 1995 the artist has only increased his skill. Some works can contain as many as 1,200 stitches per square inch.



Below a clip from an appearance by Ray Materson on CBS.

A link to Ray Materson’s own website:

Another artist to check out never spent a night in jail, but I love the works of this artist! His name is Martin Wong and this work has to do with tatoos and prison. I have posted about Wong often as he was a key figure in the street/ graffiti art movement, amassed a great collection, then donated it to the city of New York. He passed away in 1999 of A.I.D.S.


Andy Warhol did some wonderful works with this theme including the movie Prison. Prison was a film that featured such Andy Warhol All Stars as Edie Sedgwick and Sandy Kirkland. The story was about tales that happen while behind bars as was told to Andy by Bibbe Hanson.



Artist of the moment…Francesco Clemente….

Francesco Clemente is a fantastic contemporary artist born in Naples, Italy in the year 1952. His father was a judge and Clemente was the only child born to the family.  As a visitor to many different cultures ans societies his art is  wonderful blend of all cultures. For instance his paintings of India give a wonderful and very playful look into Indian culture.

Price range: Very prolific as far as output. Etchings run $2,000 to $10,000. Watercolor $10,000 to $100,000.  Many pastels range $10,000 to $25,000.  Oils range $20,000 to the low six figures. Also has done some work with photography.

Two series that have been well acclaimed by critics include a great number of portraits spanning decades. A glimpse of Neo-Expression can be seen here. Clemente also produced a wonderful series featuring Tarot cards.

In 1970 attended a University in Rome where he began to study architecture.

First solo exhibition in 1971.

Included in the 1980 Venice Biennale.

He also learned the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.

In 1984 he worked on collaborations with Andy Warhol And Jean Michel Basquiat.

Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Here is a great interview with PBS anchor Charlie Rose.

Has studios in many international cities including Rome, New York, and also in India.

A clip from a show given at the Tate in London:

This clip is a mixture of German and English. I included it because it covers a series the artist did with watercolors that includes 40 paintings.


Its great to see an artist that lived in the 1980s and actually worked with Warhol and Basquiat thriving and doing so well!


Artist of the moment……..Arman….




Arman was a fantastic sculptor that came from France and moved to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. He is renown for his technique of taking something apart, and remaking it. In some ways similar to the art of Mimmo Rotella, taking one thought and reorganizing it. His birth name was Armand Pierre Fernandez born in 1928 in the city of Nice, France. He came from a family that was immersed in art and his father enjoyed photography and painting. Arman is renown for using the same shape over and over in his work. For instance a work might contain 20 different stamps or axes. The axes for example would be welded together in a geometric shape such as a triangle.

The early name for these works were called “cachets.” Works with the accumulated objects on a flat surface, stamps on fabric.  Gaining recognition for these works was a big step in the young artists career.

Became a citizen of the United States in 1971.

Was in a movie that Andy Warhol produced in 1964 titled Dinner at Daley’s.

Produced a large amount of public sculpture work.

Two  accumulations include a collection of 83 military tanks and vehicles. Another exhibition included many matchbox sized automobiles.

Arman enjoyed the work and was heavily inspired by Kurt Schwitters. I have posted about Schwitters before as he often has works for sale on ebay. A wonderful collage and decollage artiss that made wonderful works with the headlines and newspapes, stamps, and bus passes.

Arman studied math and philosophy for his collegiate studies.

First show in the Untied States was in 1961.

Attended Ecole Nationale des Art Decoratifs in Nice, France. A school for the designer arts (graphic design.) Also attended Ecole du Louvre, School of the Louvre in Paris, France majoring in oriental studies.

Became friends with well known french artist Yves Klein. Klein was the artist known for his female nudes and his Klein Blue. Working with Klein the two collaborated in creating a work titled “Fill Up.” It was basically a collection of garbage the duo collected. It brought the duo fame and recognition on Europe.

In this clip view a show given for the artist in 2011.

In this clip our dear art friend James Kalm takes us on a show featuring the artist.

Price range information: Arman was very prolific. Works in acrylics range from $5,000 to the low six figures. Lithographs range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Bronzes range from $500 to the low six figures. Etchings start at $500.

Arman passed away in 2005 at the age of seventy six years old.

With his art and his idea of repeating the same shape it reminds the viewer of Andy Warhol and Pop Art. See how many variations he comes up with for using violins both flat and in three dimensions.

Artist of the moment…..Stephen Magsig….

Lets check out one of my favorite painters of the city and urban scene, Stephen Magsig. When I think of large industrial cities I think of the wonderful paintings of this artist. If you enjoy cityscape paintings as much as me I also encourage you to set aside one hundred dollars and invest in this artist! Yes, this artist also sells smaller plein air works that are 5 by 7 inches in size and well executed. The smaller works he sells on ebay start at $1oo with free shipping. His larger oil paintings sell deep into the five figures.

In this clip we see the artist at David Klein Gallery.

The artist is of a high pedigree appearing in such national art magazines as American Art Collector in 2006. Magsig has also appeared in Art and Antiques magazine.

A link to Magsig’s own website:  Many nice paintings of Detroit to see here.

If you enjoy paintings of the city you must check out Dean Mitchell. Mitchell paints the industrial and tobacco south. He also enjoys painting cities like New Orleans. Below is a wonderful example of Dean Mitchell’s watercolor magic.


Another artist who paints awesome city scenes is Richard Estes. Estes is known for this paintings of reflections. You can tell he is an excellent technical artist, with a great sense of composition. Its great to check out the abstraction seen in the window reflections. This work by Estes’ has to do with a large industrial city in Japan.


And I am excited to talk about Andy again as when I think if New York city, I think of the Empire State Building. Andy thought of the building as a star, which in its day it was. Originally this movie lasted many hours, but I would like to own a smaller length repeating loop version. Its great because the Empire State Building is a great symbol of New York.

Here is a link to the location on ebay where Mr. Magsig sells some smaller plein air works. As you can tell he is quite experienced at selling his smaller works at auction, completing more than 800 auctions:

In his artistic statement Magsig tells us “Light, since it defines everything, is what my work is about.”  Magsig enjoys finding the right mix of organic and geometric shapes and working high contrasts in light and dark shapes.


I hope you take some time to find the artistic magic that can be found in paintings of large cities!  Try painting an urban scene today!


Artist of the moment….Sarah Morris….

Sarah Morris is an artist known for her use of geometric shapes and bold explosive color. Sarah Morris was born in Sevenoaks, Kent located in England in the year 1967.

For her collegiate studies the artist attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. As all artists know, being an artist means growing constantly! Morris takes this to heart and went to study in London at Jesus College, Cambridge University in London. She also has taken courses at the Whitney Museum in New York city. Morris graduated magna cum laude.

Morris splits her time between London and New York.

She paints with super glossy house paint on most of her works.

In college she had a double major for her course of study. Morris studied political science and also semiotics.  Semiotics will be your word of the day, its the study of signs and symbols. One artist who understood this point very well an who incorporated symbols and sign language in his graffiti style works was Martin Wong. Wong died in 1999 but he was important for bringing graffiti art to the galleries and he had a very large collections of graffiti art that he donated to the city of New York. Below is a great example of semiotics or symbols used in Wong’s style of painting.


Morris also enjoys making films. Some themes in the past of been celebrity life in Los Angeles and another was life in the city of Chicago, before and after President Barack Obama. In this clip we see some moments from her tenth film, the aforementioned Chicago. Her films are great for dissecting not only way a city is laid out and its architecture, but also the power players and prominent citizens involved.

In this clip titled AM/PM also by Sarah Morris, we are taken above and throughout the city of Las Vegas!  Very exciting and set to good music!

Well its impossible to talk about film and art without mentioning my favorite artist, ANDY WARHOL!  In this brief interview we here why Warhol himself made the move from printmaking and painting to film. Andy talks about his love of films and the underground film scene. Andy loves cameras!

Morris named her studio Parallax. Parallax refers to an optical illusion that happens when the position or direction of an object appears to change if the viewer changes position.

You know I enjoy reading artists that have done public commissioned works, and Morris has done many works in prominent locations. She has works at the Big Ben in London and Lincoln Center in New York.

In 2012 Morris did a feature film on the city of Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

Price range information:  For paintings in oils and acrylics they both range from $20,000 to $160,000. Digital prints can be found starting around $1,000.

Lets take a look at some painters of SHOES…..

I enjoy looking at objects that humans have in common over the centuries. Items such as shoes, combs, rings and jewelry, coffee cups all interest me a great deal. It intrigues me to see the changes in technology and human desires on the change of these products over the years.

If you love shoes, the first artist to talk about would be Wayne Thiebaud. I have written about the artist’s wonderful paintings of food such as cakes and donuts, but he also has made some wonderful art concerning shoes. This piece is titled Shoe Row.  Thiebaud is still alive today and was a leader in the Pop Art movement.


Below is a great color version of his artwork.


Another artist working with shoes, in this case ballet shoes, is Deborah Bays. Bays works frequently in pastels and oils working mainly with the still life. She even sells her prep drawings and sketches of ballet shoes alongside her original art. From a collector standpoint its fun to see the process of an idea from a sketch to a finished painting.  An example of Deborah Bays artwork is below. She achieves great depth in her paintings of shoes by placing them at great angles to lead the viewer into a painting. Similar to the way an artist might place a long stemmed flower on a table to give the art dimensionality.


Here is a wonderful drawing made by the artist and our suject du jour!


A link to the website of Deborah Bays:

And of course we cannot forget my favorite artist of all time Andy Warhol. The master business artist made his way to the top by taking the ordinary and making it come to life on paper. Simple items from a cigarette package or soup can or shoe were made in exquisite works of art. Warhol made many works using shoes as the subject including heels, boots, and flats. Below is a clip from the Museum of Modern Art located in Nice, France that has a  serigraph by Warhol that was embellished with diamond dust. What a great sense of design by  the master!

Here is a gallery showing the many varieties of shoes painted by Andy.

When it comes to painting the footwear of cowboys and the western life no one is more skilled than Nelson Boren. The artist paints his shoes with the people wearing them. The viewer is left to imagine what the rest of the person looks like and if there are a pair of shoes what the situation might be. Boren enjoys working in watercolors. Below is a wonderful example of his artwork.


A link to Nelson Boren’s website:


My favorite work of art I have seen personally within the past month were wonderful paintings with shoes as the subject by Van Gogh. The pieces are part of the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum until January 2013. I highly recommend visiting the show and you can see how great Van Gogh was with color. In one still life we see a grouping of brightly lit oranges on a table that appear ready to burst with color! Below is an example of  Van Gogh’s work with shoes.



Its true, I saved my favorite shoe artist for last! He comes from Holland and his name is Diederick Kraaijeveld. He works with one of the things I love BASKETBALL. He also doesn’t use any paint.  He uses found wood for his art and the wood is already colored so he sees no reason to change it.  Under his artistic medium it lists colour salvaged wood!  How unique! Below an example of the Kraaijeveld style.


A link to the artist’s website:

In this clip we visit the artist’s studio warehouse. Its great to see all the different shapes and colours he has found over the years. As he says in the beginning of the clip, he makes nice things out of what people throw away!


I hope this post got you to think about the many types of shoes warn by people throughout the world. Not only in modern times, but over the thousands of years. From a simple sandle to a Jimmy Choo they are fantastic subjects for their designs and color!


Artist of the moment….Philip Pearlstein….

Philip Perlstein was born in 1924 in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a close friend of my favorite artist of all time, Andy Warhol.

For his education the artist went to the Carnigie Institute of Technology. He earned a masters degree in art history from New York University.

How he met Warhol was that both were from Pittsburgh and moved to Manhattan. The two leased an apartment that was infested with roaches and the normal bachelor pad sqaulor!

As was the fad, Pearlstein experimented with painted abstract landscapes in the 1950s. In the late fifties he started working with the figure, attending weekly classes. He then progressed to painting nude couples and loved it! He found that he wanted to be a realist painter.

Many critics said his style was realistic in the fact he didn’t idealize any body parts or paint the person prettier than they appeared. Some critics say they think of his painting as “pure.”  For me the purest painter, the artist who didn’t “beautify” anybody was Lucien Freud. The great British painter who worked with hogs hair brushes and very thick juicy paint similar. Below is a picture of Freud, I think he drew and painted the body purer than anyone. And from very different angles than we usually see people.

A clip showing  an interview with the artist.

A great selection of figure works of the artist.

I enjoy looking at his sculpture like drawings and paintings of body parts. A painting or drawing of just legs or hands.

More than sixty museums own works by the artist. The Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, and the Musuem of Modern art are just a few of the museums owning a Pearlstein.

Member and Past President of the American Society of Arts and Letters. This is a 250 person society that supports and encourages artists of all types. From poets, to books, to painters the group was made to help artists along their path.

Price range info:  Lithographs are the most affordable product by the artist available from less than one thousand to five thousand dollars. Many etchings can be found for a few hundred dollars. An original oil is between $15,000 to $110,000. Many watercolors between $10,000 and $40,000.

I enjoy looking at Pearlstein’s figure work. It seems very easy and flowing. Not saying too much or too little about the subject. I think its very neat that he shared some apartments with Andy Warhol!

Keep painting!


An art discussion about Andy Warhol and David Hockney……

Lets have some fun and compare some artwork done using the computer. Andy Warhol is my favorite artist because he tried so many mediums and was open to trying anything. He was very successful as a commercial artist and gallery artist. The first art superstar and nothing  has come close to the Factory. I mean Ed Ruscha talks about having famous musicians drop by as does caricaturist Sebatien Kruger about the Rolling Stones. But the Factory was the place to be seen if you were famous in any way. A true happening of town.

Here is Andy using a computer to paint a portrait of actress Debbie Harry. This is probably my favorite clip of seeing Andy paint! Remember this isn’t a guy using photoshop in the 2000s. Andy is doing this in the eighties and he is using an Amiga computer.


Next lets check out some very contemporary artwork by legendary U.K. artist David Hockney. Hockney is right up there with Damien Hirst for trying new mediums and modes of expression. Hirst has a diamond encased skull he made that has a multi million dollar price tag on it. Real diamonds were used.

In this clip watch an exhibition for David Hockneys paintings that were executed on an Ipad using a special brush app. He paints using his thumb and pointer finger. This exhibition is taking place in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

Hockney is was able to put in a fair amount of detail if he wished.


I have never tried digital painting but feel you should try it if you get the chance!




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