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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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12 Issues


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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…

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art news

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 120 SOLD: $90,312,500World RecordDavid 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.Andy Warhol (1928-1987), ST309 Edie Sedgwick, 1965, 16mm, black and white film, silent; 4.5 minutes at 16 fps, 4 minutes at 18 fps.From A to BThe 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…

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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.” ■…

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art show calendar

Works on display at the 2018 LA Art Show. (Photo by Birdman Photos.)23 JAN 2019LOS ANGELES, CALOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTERLA Art ShowInnovative 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.comThrough Jan. 2710 JAN 2019WEST PALM BEACH, FLPALM BEACH MODERN + CONTEMPORARY PAVILIONPalm Beach Modern + ContemporaryThe 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.comThrough Jan. 1311SCOTTSDALE, AZSCOTTSDALE RD. & JOMAX RD.Arizona Fine Art ExpoThe 14 annual Arizona Fine Art Expo features over 100 artists and features national and international artworks.www.arizonafineartexpo.comThrough March 24WILMINGTON, DETHE DELAWARE CONTEMPORARYNew Heights: Erica LoustauLoustau engages the open space of the museum’s atrium lobby by integrating stellar design and…

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interview with heather benjamin

Instead of Just Crying on a Park BenchComing 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…

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california dreaming

1 The LA Art Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center January 23 through 27.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…