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American Art Collector

American Art Collector January 2019

Previewing upcoming art exhibitions from coast to coast, American Art Collector is a unique monthly magazine specially designed to bring living representational artists, galleries and active art collectors together in one place.

United States
International Artist Publishing, Inc.
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$5.54(Incl. tax)
$22.20(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
the force that drives

As a magazine dedicated to helping art collectors find new works to purchase for their collections, we are always in awe of the passion and dedication they show when it comes to pursuing art and serving as patrons for artists. Attending events as we do across the country, collectors show us charts, graphs, spreadsheets, wish lists, mission statements and many other techniques they use to acquire and manage their collections. One of our favorite things to see is a collector holding a frayed and worn copy of the magazine with little yellow post-it notes extending from the pages. It is in these moments when our mission and purpose is displayed to us in full effect. I’ve been thinking of these things while I work on this issue, which features an eight-page spread…

2 min.
art news

World Record David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) realized $90,312,500 at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. Painted in 1972, this sale sets a world record for a living artist. Total sales for the November auction reached $357,622,500. From A to B The Whitney Museum of American Art holds the first Warhol retrospective since 1989. Running through March 31, the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again showcases a variety of works from the instantly recognizable artist, including hand-painted pop, silver screens and portraits. The Whitney has also released a three-part video series in conjunction with the exhibition—each under five minutes—which explores Warhol and his work through the lens of other noted artists and cultural influencers. Above the Timberline Artist Gregory Manchess’ imaginative works come…

1 min.
joel babb: copley plunge

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston recently acquired the 1990 cityscape Copley Plunge, by Joel Babb, which is a breathtaking aerial view of Back Bay from the top of New England’s tallest building, the former John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. The work dates to a period when Babb was experimenting with perspectives as influenced by his time studying art in Rome, which gave him an interest in integrating architecture and illusionistic painting. Babb says, “The title Copley Plunge comes from the unusual feel of the space when the picture is seen hanging on the wall, thus viewed from an incorrect point of view, not perpendicular to the vanishing point, suggesting a space which draws one not into the distance, but toward the center of the earth.”…

2 min.
art show calendar

23 JAN 2019 LOS ANGELES, CA LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER LA Art Show Innovative programming, engaging dialogues and modern art exhibitions will be the center of the 2019 LA Art Show, showcasing the city’s colorful diversity. www.laartshow.com Through Jan. 27 10 JAN 2019 WEST PALM BEACH, FL PALM BEACH MODERN + CONTEMPORARY PAVILION Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary The third annual fine art fair welcomes attendees from all over the world for a weekend of contemporary art from galleries representing hundreds of artists. www.artpbfair.com Through Jan. 13 11 SCOTTSDALE, AZ SCOTTSDALE RD. & JOMAX RD. Arizona Fine Art Expo The 14 annual Arizona Fine Art Expo features over 100 artists and features national and international artworks. www.arizonafineartexpo.com Through March 24 WILMINGTON, DE THE DELAWARE CONTEMPORARY New Heights: Erica Loustau Loustau engages the open space of the museum’s atrium lobby by integrating stellar design and offering regional artists an opportunity to explore illusion-centric displays with…

8 min.
interview with heather benjamin

Instead of Just Crying on a Park Bench Coming from a background in the punk, DIY, self-publishing scene, artist Heather Benjamin creates works that still play upon and pull at that aesthetic. Granted, her work has matured indefinitely but when looking at her illustrations one gets the sense that this girl makes her own rules. Her unabashed drawings of the female figure hold a certain shock value charisma to them. The best way I can describe her work would be something along the lines of Kafkaesque with a touch of raw emotion and a dash of sex. Her images, while at times rather nightmarish, somehow still emote this nostalgic, comforting feeling as well as possessing an air of mystery and intrigue. Benjamin was kind enough to sit down with me and answer…

2 min.
california dreaming

The LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center January 23 through 27 for its 24 edition. The fair is one of the West Coast’s largest of its kind, and this year’s iteration expands into a larger, diverse lineup of modern and contemporary art as well as classical and other specialized art works. Vendors such as Arcadia Contemporary, Blue Rain Gallery, Rehs Galleries, Corey Helford Gallery and Maxwell Alexander Gallery will be represented at the event, which is divided into genre sections such as Roots, Core, Littletopia, Works on Paper, Project Space, Jewel and Design LA Art. “Blue Rain Gallery is pleased to feature the works of Erin Currier, Jim Vogel and Alberto Valdes at the LA Art Show in January of 2019,” says Denise Phetteplace, executive director of Blue…