Heather James Fine Art – Montecito Gallery Tour

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Combining sculptural elements on a canvas work, "Vanity Unfair for Gordon Matta Clark" evokes the experimental nature of the Pop Art movement. Created as a tribute to his close friend, Gordon Matta Clark, the present work is a layered creation, each element having significance and a deeper symbolic meaning.  
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<br>Starting as a commercial sign painter, Rosenquist learned the power of large-scale bold images. These large images, vibrant colors, and recognizable imagery would be the mainstay of Rosenquist's artistic output. "Much of the aesthetic of my work comes from doing commercial art," the artist once said. "I painted pieces of bread, Arrow shirts, movie stars. It was very interesting. Before I came to New York I wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel. I thought this is where the school of mural painting exists." 
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<br>Rosenquist's works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery in London, among many others.

JAMES ROSENQUIST

Jim Dine was an American Pop artist whose work meditated on objects with childlike appeal to find a universal and nostalgic language. Dine’s robes are among the most recognizable images to have emerged from his long and illustrious career. They were first shown at Sidney Janis gallery in the fall of 1964 – this is one such example. Double Silver Point Robes is a large-scale mixed media assemblage. The work is executed in silverpoint – a technique that utilizes a piece of silver as a drawing instrument over a specially prepared ground by which it oxidizes over a period of months to create a warm brown tone. The two joined canvases feature blocks of wood in place of where the heads should be and a hanging wood element that moves in response to air currents.

JIM DINE

Celebrated for his vivid use of color, grand presentations of the female figure, and skillful work in multiple media, Tom Wesselmann was one of the most influential artists to emerge from the Pop art movement during the 1960s. Originally planning a career as a cartoonist, Wesselmann quickly established himself as one of the driving forces of contemporary art in New York. Since 1983, Tom Wesselmann used enamel on cut-out steel to depict his loose and energetic, yet meticulous, sketches in the third dimension. Ranging in scale, the sculptural works are an innovative part of the artist’s oeuvre.
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<br>Wesselmann's work is included in museum collections worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center, and the National Galerie, Berlin, among many others.
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<br>"Partial Monica with Hat and Beads" is from the collection of Gloria Luria, a pioneer of the art scene in Miami as an art dealer and collector. She introduced into the region artists that are today considered icons of art history: Pat Steir, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Arakawa, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, Claes Oldenburg, and many more. Luria has dedicated her life to fostering a thriving culture in the region from being a founding member and president of the Art Dealers Association of South Florida to helping bring the art fair, Art Miami, to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Her philanthropic generosity also extends to the performing arts, helping support Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the New World Symphony.

TOM WESSELMANN

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE - World on its Hind Legs - metal and wood - 64 x 26 x 30 in.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

Takashi Murakami is one of the most celebrated contemporary and Japanese artists. Murakami developed the theoretical and visual language of “Superflat”. He based his art movement on the Japanese “flat” art aesthetic and of anime and manga fused with commentary on the Kawaii tendency in postmodern Japan.
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<br>Murakami and his art have chartered new ground in infiltrating and merging high and low culture. The painting features a proliferation of eyes in his trademark style. No two eyes are exactly alike, and each are in various states of opening or closing. Like his art, these eyes have hidden depth – the irises contain a multitude of miniature concentric circles. The painting seems to combine elements of pop culture, cartoons, technology, and fashion into a singular plane.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer Hincada - black onyx - 15 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 9 in

FELIPE CASTANEDA

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer Desnuda - marble - 18 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 11 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Pensando - marble - 11 1/2 x 7 x 7 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

META GEHRING CRESSEY - Segovia Girl in Fiesta Costume, La Montera - oil on canvas - 24 x 20 in.

META GEHRING CRESSEY

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Provinciana - white carrera marble - 20 7/8 x 13 1/4  x 10 1/4 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

LARRY BELL - Small Mirage Study #398 - vapor drawing on canvas - 30 x 30 in.

LARRY BELL

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer en Reposo - bronze - 14 x 9 x 15 3/4 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

FELIPE CASTANEDA - Mujer Peinandose - bronze - 16 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 in.

FELIPE CASTANEDA

ANN DIENER - Cathedral #1 - graphite, prismacolor, gouache and cut paper - 59 1/4 x 40 1/2 in.

ANN DIENER

GENEVE RIXFORD SARGEANT - Gypsy Woman - oil on canvas - 24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.

GENEVE RIXFORD SARGEANT

JOSEF ALBERS - Formulation: Articulation - screenprint - 15 x 20 in.

JOSEF ALBERS

JOSEF ALBERS - Formulation: Articulation - screenprint - 11 1/2 x 16 in.

JOSEF ALBERS

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB - Cattleya schilleriana (EW) - acrylic over aluminum - 24 x 20 in.

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB - Cypripedium anethinum (VU) - acrylic over aluminum - 24 x 20 in.

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB

ANN DIENER - Small Expanse #3 - graphite, colored pencil, gouache, ink, and cut paper on paper - 22 1/2 x 30 in.

ANN DIENER

ANN DIENER - Small Expanse #2 - graphite, colored pencil, gouache, ink, and cut paper on paper - 22 1/2 x 30 in.

ANN DIENER