Chalk and Vermilion Fine Art

Chalk and Vermilion Fine Art


Landscape Exhibition & Reception

Chalk & Vermilion Fine Art (C&V), Located at the Penthouse on Level 3 at South Coast Plaza, Unveils ‘Landscapes’, an Unparalleled Collection of 20th and 21st Century Masterworks

Opening Reception, Saturday, October 5th from 6-8 pm

Gallery’s Second Exhibition of the Season Features Unique and Original Works by Picasso, Warhol, Dalí, Murakami, Muniz, Haring, and Basquiat

Landscapes, observed and imagined, serve as the connective tissue for C&V’s latest exhibition. Whether revealing nature, cities, travel, water, monuments or the atmosphere itself, the 20 curated works showcase each artist’s unique vision and expression.

Featured at the Chalk & Vermilion Exhibition

Vik Muniz Venice (Postcards from Nowhere) 2014 digital chromogenic print

Vik Muniz Venice (Postcards from Nowhere) 2014 digital chromogenic print

About “Postcard from Nowhere”

In the Postcards from Nowhere series Muniz similarly explores ideas of memory, nostalgia, and intimacy through his collection of vintage postcards repurposed to create vibrant vistas of iconic cities and landmarks around the world, including the Hong Kong and Shanghai skylines, the Great Wall of China, and Piccadilly Circus in London. Muniz is interested in the history of sending and collecting postcards as a recollection of one's travels and a form of communication, which has since been replaced by the instantaneous nature of modern technology. The thick format of the vintage photographs collaged together, coupled with the studio lighting used to photograph them, result in a three-dimensional, tactile quality in these excellent photographs."

For the Series Postcards from Nowhere, Muniz obsessively collected vintage photographs and postcards and then shredded and collaged these highly intimate relics to create bold new imagery magnified to a staggering scale. These arresting works offer a meditation on the personal versus the collective, the precious versus the ephemeral, nostalgia and modernism.

Salvador Dalí, Fleurs, Pastèque et Poire Dans un Paysage Ampurdanais, 1966,    gouache, watercolor, brush and ink, felt-tip pen and ballpoint on paper

Salvador Dalí, Fleurs, Pastèque et Poire Dans un Paysage Ampurdanais, 1966,

gouache, watercolor, brush and ink, felt-tip pen and ballpoint on paper

About Pasteque et Poire Dans un Paysage Ampurdanais

The general perspective of this work echoes a famous painting of Dali's from 1936 – The Pharmacist of Ampurdan Seeking Absolutely Nothing. Catalonia's Plain of Ampurdan, a favorite compositional element of Dali's, serves as a playground, almost like a chessboard, where iconic images from Dali's œuvre frolic about – Don Quixote, the Knight on horseback, the castle tower in the distance like a chess rook, the marching bishop with his mitre and staff as well another running figure wielding a staff-like object. All of the characters, in fact, have a staff-like object and seem to represent male energy while the foreground dominates the composition with feminine floral and fruit symbols. Dali has added his famous 'milk crown' signature to this piece, an image that was inspired by the engineer Harold Edgerton's stroboscopic photo of a drop of milk.

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982 (May 17, 1982 Pyramid),    fluorescent paint and black marker on wood, signed 'K. Haring May 17, 1983' reverse

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982 (May 17, 1982 Pyramid),

fluorescent paint and black marker on wood, signed 'K. Haring May 17, 1983' reverse

About Untitled, 1982

Throughout his career, Keith Haring worked to provide the public with art that allowed for secure communication. He developed a language of his own made up of synthetic and archetypical signs - signs that are common to all times, places, and cultures. These symbols were simple, genuine hieroglyphs that led him to transgress the idea that painting, to be modern, must necessarily free itself of narration.

In the current artwork, Haring depicts in his iconic crisp, clean strokes, a pure pyramid emanating spiritual power lines on a fluorescent orange background. Haring was inspired by Egyptian culture, an appreciation that stemmed from their ability to immortalize themselves and their culture through their hieroglyphic art and signs. Haring himself had always longed for similar immortality, as he repeatedly stated that he always knew he would die young. By continuing to produce art even in his last days, Haring was pursuing a quest for immortality, "because you're making these things that you know have a different kind of life. They don't depend on breathing, so they'll last longer than any of us will. Which is an interesting idea, that it's extending your life to some degree."

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987,    unique trial-proof screen print

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987,

unique trial-proof screen print

About Moonwalk

The first Moonwalk on July 20, 1969 was one of the most defining moments of the modern era, a symbol of progress, ingenuity, and human accomplishment. It captured the world's imagination, and it launched a new era for space exploration. Ever adept at reflecting key points in American culture, Andy Warhol turned his attention to that momentous event almost two decades later. Executed in 1987, Warhol's Moonwalk prints were among the last works that the artist completed before his death. The Moonwalk prints were to be part of a portfolio entitled TV that would depict essential images from the history of television in America, including I, Love Lucy, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Moonwalk was the only composition from the Series that was printed.

Warhol's Moonwalk depicts Neil Armstrong's photograph of Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. walking on the moon for the first time in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. He captures the magic, drama, and fantasy of the Moonwalk. In this Series, the translucent colors capture your gaze in classic Warhol fashion. Like any other great artist, Andy was looking to the future. By using this landmark moment in history as the focus of his artwork, he preserves the emotion that everyone felt as Neil took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." "Moonwalk, 1987 (#404 - #405)" is a 38 x 38 – inch framed unique trial-proof screen print.

Chalk & Vermilion at South Coast Plaza

Chalk & Vermilion at South Coast Plaza

About Chalk & Vermilion

Since 1978, Chalk & Vermilion has been connecting high-end art collectors to the finest artworks in the world. For over 40 years, it has been home to modern masters such as Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Calder, Magritte, Basquiat, and Murakami. In addition, it has lent and exhibited over 200 masterworks, created by more than 30 different artists, to 30+ world-class museums around the globe…including the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the National Gallery, the Tate, and the Hermitage.

RSVP: Chalk & Vermilion Fine Art + The Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA (714) 662-6939

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