An eye for design runs in the family. The late fashion designer Larry Martino created and designed clothes for Hollywood stars but his son, cut from the same cloth, David Martino, 41, of Iconic Premier, has applied that artful eye to collectible vehicles. Among them is the most recognizable, iconic pop culture boat in the world, a Wellcraft Scarab 38 KV driven by Don Johnson throughout the 1980s international hit TV series Miami Vice.
Calling it artwork in motion, Wellcraft told Martino that Don Johnson himself helped design the boat's finishes and choose the color; there are more than 130 hues in the paint scheme. With its beautiful lines and a graceful arch mounted on the boat, the Scarab has a very distinguished look and style making it a perfect museum piece. This famous boat holds an illustrious place in television history.
"Owning the original Miami Vice boat has been a lifelong dream and it's an honor to own such a powerful international status symbol," Martino said. "But it is time for the original Miami Vice boat to go to a new home, maybe to a studio such as HGTV, Universal Studios, Vin Diesel, an art museum, casino, sports figure, even a fortune 500 company that will greatly benefit from the 30 years plus of branding or someone who just is a die-hard fan of Miami Vice."
But the worth of such a legendary, beautiful vessel is a mystery. Unlike collectible cars of which there are hundreds, the only boat that comes to mind is the original Miami Vice filming boat, by far the most recognizable boat in the world.
"It is hard to put a value on such an iconic collector's piece," Martino said. "I view this as priceless and irreplaceable. It's unique, and highly collectible, a true masterpiece. It's definitely a Picasso of boats, so we've priced it at $20 million on eBay." All offers will be welcomed.
Martino will give away the very last Miami Vice Daytona built by renown car builder Carl Roberts.
"That would be a fun two-for-one, wouldn't it?" Martino said. "I'd be willing to do that; if someone bought the boat, I'd throw the Daytona in free. They really need to stay together."
"We all remember Don Johnson playing Detective Sonny Crockett on the show," Martino said. "Some lucky person will carry the Miami Vice legacy with pride of ownership. There's 30 years of branding behind the original Miami Vice filming boat, which became a household name and a character in the movie."
The Miami Vice boat can be viewed at www.iconicpremier.world along with Martino's other Hollywood collectibles including the Original Bandit Trans Am, the car that stared The Smokey and the Bandit phenomena. They can be seen in person at Trans Am Specialties, 13901 SW 142nd Ave. in Miami, Florida.
The boat is now for sale on eBay for a limited time or the owner may be contacted directly.
- The collaboration between adidas Originals and Ji Won Choi is the third in a series of collaborations with emerging female designers who are reimagining iconic three stripes designs.
- adidas Originals empowers the next generation and celebrates its iconic brand partners during a key cultural moment on the fashion calendar.
adidas Originals debuted a highly anticipated collaboration with New York-based designer Ji Won Choi with a presentation at London Fashion Week and official listing on the British Fashion Council calendar. The capsule women's ready-to-wear collection explores the idea of movement while reimagining iconic adidas Originals three stripes designs through the lens of sport and culture.
The adidas Originals by Ji Won Choi collection celebrates the designer's Korean heritage with stylistic inspiration and cultural references. Choi adapted her personal design philosophy to the sportswear-inspired line to deliver a fresh take on the classic tracksuit.
The presentation took place in Hawley Wharf, a never before used underground location in Camden. The vast concrete space hosted a bold multi-layered structure, with each layer referencing a color from the collection. The set was inspired by the impossible staircase where models moved in a continuous loop throughout the structure, showcasing the sense of movement within the collection.
Immersed within the expansive oasis, models wore tonal looks in hues of lavender, dark blue, red, green, pink and black all prominently bearing the iconic three stripe design. Originals' adicolor tracksuit concept was reinterpreted using Ji Won's unique, signature stripe motif developed for her thesis collection while studying at Parsons School of Design. The iconic Originals three stripes take on new meaning, extending off the garments creating a sense of movement, while also functioning as tie closures at the knee of a pant or jacket front. Presenting the tracksuit silhouette in many different variations, adidas Originals by Ji Won Choi highlights contrast: voluminous wide leg pants paired with a sleek, crisp track top or a wide-sleeve take on a track top with elongated straps.
Inspired by her visit to adidas headquarters in Germany, Ji Won incorporated more athletic pieces within the collection through bodysuits and swimwear; versatile and perfect for styling. Each look was paired with adidas Originals' newest women's footwear concept, Sleek in an added nod to the collection's ease and versatility.
With the premiere offering of 17 pieces ranging from tracksuits, a jumpsuit, bodysuits, accessories and swimwear, the collection launches with a playful, saturated colour palette that provides a visual, graphic contrast to the white adidas Originals stripe detail. A later offering to come in the Spring will see the collection rendered in a black and white color palette.
"Ji has such a strong point of view. Her use of color, contrast and of course her signature design element of conceptual stripes couldn't have been more of a better fit for Originals. We saw an amazing creative opportunity to turn over our iconic three stripes and adicolor apparel to Ji to see where she would interpret them through her own lens." - Alexandra Weiland, Director of Creative Projects - adidas Originals & Style
Following its debut at London Fashion Week, the adidas Originals by Ji Won Choi collection will be available on www.adidas.com/JiWonChoi on February 23rd and will be available, globally, at adidas Originals flagship locations and select retail partners including Dover Street Market, Nordstrom, KITH and Barney's amongst others.
Just days before the adidas Originals by Ji Won Choi collection debuted, adidas Originals kicked off London Fashion Week with a celebratory party to launch a new collaboration with the iconic London-based fashion brand Fiorucci. Joined by the London new gen creative community and fashion crowd, and in partnership with Dazed at legendary Soho nightclub The Box on Valentine's Day, friends of both adidas and Fiorucci all showed their love for the newly formed creative partnership and launch collection.
About adidas Originals:
Inspired by the rich sporting heritage of adidas – one of the world's leading sports brands and a global designer and developer of athletic footwear and apparel – adidas Originals is a lifestyle brand founded in 2001. With the adidas archive at its foundation, adidas Originals continues to evolve the brand's legacy through its commitment to product innovation and its ability to filter the creativity and courage found on courts and sporting arenas through the lens of contemporary youth culture. Marked by the iconic Trefoil logo that was first used in 1972 and championed by those that continue to shape and define creative culture, adidas Originals continues to lead the way as the pioneering sportswear brand for the street.
About Ji Won Choi
Born in Seoul, raised in the Midwest USA, educated in New York City and Paris, and have worked in Milano, JI WON CHOI's work revolves around investigating human cultures and using design to promote positive change within societies.
Her thesis collection, EXCESSIVISM, was the winner of Kering Empowering Imagination Award and several other contests as well as featured in various international publications such as Forbes, WWD and Vogue. Her work has been displayed at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and at New York Textile Month. In 2017, she was awarded the "Ones to Watch" Award by Fashion Scout and even presented her collection at London Fashion Week. In September 2018, she debuted at New York Fashion Week with the CFDA and LIFEWTR.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan's first national art museum situated at Kitanomaru Park neighboring the Imperial Palace, will hold an annual "Spring Festival" soon.
The works to be on display include Kawai Gyokudo's "Parting Spring" depicting cherry blossoms and other masterpieces featuring spring. "Parting Spring" is designated as an Important Cultural Property which can be displayed only once a year. Ceramics and dyed textiles, among other craftworks, will also be exhibited.
The pre-eminent collection of art works at the museum allows visitors to feel the history of modern Japanese art that has lasted for more than 100 years.
Chidorigafuchi Park near the museum is known as one of Japan's best cherry blossom-viewing spots, visited by more than one million people from all over the world. The museum holds the Spring Festival to coincide with the period when cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
- The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, holds the "MOMAT Collection," in which about 200 works from its collection of more than 13,000 works are displayed with English explanations. Audio guidance in English and free guide apps in Chinese and Korean are also available.
- "Room With A View," an observation lounge of the Art Museum, commands a panoramic view of the nature-rich Imperial Palace and skyscrapers.
Spring exhibitions & events
- Art Museum: MOMAT Collection, from March 19 to May 26, 2019, on the 2nd to 4th floors
- Art Museum: Laugh off This Hopeless World: Fukuzawa Ichiro, from March 12 to May 26, 2019, on the first floor
- Crafts Gallery: Bizen: From Earth and Fire, Exquisite Forms, from February 22 to May 6, 2019
- Art Museum: Spring Festival in The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, from March 19 to April 7, 2019
The Coral Springs Museum of Art will unveil two new exhibits at a complimentary artist reception on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Museum (2855A Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida 33065). The Main Gallery will feature abstract expressionist Jill Krutick, curated by Bruce Helander, and the East and Kuhn Galleries will highlight the works of sculptor Hubert Phipps. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
"Making art, and the artists who create it, accessible to everyone in the community is at the core of all that we do," said Julia Andrews, Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. "The works created by our featured artists is thought-provoking and interesting and we hope the entire community will join us for this upcoming reception."
Jill Krutick and Hubert Phipps' exhibits will be on display from March 16, 2019 through May 18, 2019.
Jill Krutick – "Lyrical Abstraction"
Artist Jill Krutick incorporates oils, acrylics, colors and textural components into her paintings, offering viewers a brand of artistic poetry that is instantly recognizable as Krutick's signature. With a rhythmic swirl, Krutick's distinctive style is based on abstract expressionism, which is most notably seen in the early works of New York School members Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Krutick's abstraction is also inspired by female artists Helen Frankenthaler and Lee Krasner, which allows her to explore the creative aspects of color, texture and rhythmic swirls.
Krutick's exhibition is curated by artist and critic Bruce Helander, featuring over thirty large-scale canvases that highlight contemporary abstraction, accented colors and compelling depths and surfaces.
Hubert Phipps – "Journey Continued"
For artist and sculptor Hubert Phipps, the most powerful art is the art that connects within you before you begin to analyze art through thought. Phipps' work relies on "experiencing the realm of the abstract mind in an inmate way" and transferring that vision into a physical form, whether it is captured through paper, on canvas, or in a 3D format. Oftentimes in Phipps' works, as he develops a drawing from scratch, he strives to create an aesthetic and abstract balance.
For more information about the Coral Springs Museum of Art, museum exhibits and events, visit coralspringsmuseum.org
The Coral Springs Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since the Museum is a proud member of North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM), members who join at the family membership level ($125 annually) gain access to more than 800 museums across the U.S.
About Coral Springs Museum of Art
The Coral Springs Museum of Art serves Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida, by offering an art immersion experience focused on celebrating present-day, nationally recognized and Florida artists who create Traditional, Modern and Postmodern art. Since its opening in early 1997, the museum has hosted nearly one million visitors and students and exhibited the work of more than 200 artists in its galleries, including well-known artists such as Alexandra Nechita, Romero Britto, Wolf Kahn, Duane Hansen, Clyde Butcher, Jose Bedia, Royo, Yuroz, Dale Chihuly and Toulouse-Lautrec. The museum, which features a permanent collection and an extensive sculpture garden, is open to the public and offers numerous classes, programs, events and exhibits for children and adults. For more information, visit coralspringsmuseum.org.
As part of the 2019 "Spring Festival in Xi'an, Most Cultural and Traditional", the Happy Reunion of Overseas Chinese in celebration of Chinese New Year was held by the Xi'an Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau from February 6 to 10.
Moroccan ambassador to China Aziz Mekouar and his wife, 12 overseas Chinese talents, and 70 new media experts and their families from 16 provinces and municipalities were invited for a five-day visit to Hancheng Lake, Shaanxi History Museum, Great Tang All Day Mall, Tang Paradise, and other tourist attractions. During the visit, they appreciated the rich cultural heritage of the ancient capital and its new era features, and experienced the strong atmosphere of the Spring Festival, which they would spread to the world.
Thanks to this event, foreign guests from afar witnessed the perfect integration of the ancient city with modern fashion. The invited overseas Chinese also had an opportunity to renew their understanding of Chinese culture and tradition, view the cultural deposits there, and strengthen their attachment to their hometown, friends and kin.
In addition, many tourism experts were invited to celebrate the Spring Festival by combining traditional Chinese culture and modern technology. With their leading role in social media networks, they shared what they saw and heard in this ancient city with fans around the world through image-texts, travel notes, Vlogs, and live broadcasts on such platforms as WeChat, Weibo, Toutiao, and Tik-Tok. Therefore, more people could view the new image of Xi'an city and get a taste of its historical, cultural and modern charm. Heated discussions on the event could be found on Weibo, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. As of press time, the overall exposure of this event has already exceeded 600 million hits.
2019 "Spring Festival in Xi'an, Most Cultural and Traditional" has not only promoted the transformation and upgrading of Xi'an tourist industry, which will turn a new page in the culture and tourism combination, but also boosted the efforts in establishing a larger landscape of all-for-one tourism in Xi'an and in building it into an international travel and fashion city. Xi'an will continue to carry its profound cultural heritage, open up to the outside world, and welcome visitors from all over the world with an open mind.
Saatchi Gallery announce British artist Philip Colbert's Hunt Paintings, presented by Unit London, and part of the Frieze Los Angeles VIP program. This is the London-based pop artist's first solo show in America, and Saatchi Gallery's first temporary gallery in LA. A multimedia collaboration titled "Year of the Lobster" between Colbert and renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury will premiere. Presented as a satirical pop song crossed with an art auction, the video stars Colbert's alter ego, Lobster. The saturation and layering is consistent with Colbert's large paintings and reflects the advanced excesses of art, capitalism & technology and serves as an honest reflection of today's society.
Curated by Sasha Craddock, the exhibition will feature a series of large-scale paintings and large-scale sculptures, as well as a virtual reality experience. Colbert's multidisciplinary approach, with a focus on oil painting, updates the legacy of pop art collage for the internet age, pushing the boundaries of artistic imagery and immersive experience.
Like British pop artists before him such as David Hockney and Derek Boshier, Colbert's work is heavily connected to California and American pop culture and landscape, as seen in the young artist's surreal hyper pop works. Colbert comments, "The time I've spent in LA and Joshua Tree has had a big impact on my creative language."
The monumental works on view, including Hunt Triptych and Lion Hunt, maintain Colbert's wildly exuberant style, while alluding to epic narratives and heroic configurations of the Old Masters, from Reubens to Van Dyck, and present topical themes around digital media and contemporary consumer imagery.
The oil paintings challenge and toy with the viewer's cultural vocabulary, superimposing commonplace banal objects onto painted faces and merging portraiture with popular culture in a Magritte-like fashion.
Hunt Paintings marks Colbert's continued relationship with Saatchi Gallery and Unit London over the past two years. Colbert's intricate and complex works have garnered international acclaim and media coverage. He has held exhibitions in China at The Power Long Museum in Shanghai and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Chengdu as well as in Japan at Galerie Nichido in Tokyo and the Kasama Nichido Museum of Art in Kasama.
The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores wonder, knowledge, and beauty inspired by the moon through the ages .
The Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20, 1969, was a transformative event for humanity, yet the moon has captivated cultures since the dawn of civilization. The Moon: A Voyage Through Time is a major new exhibition opening March 9 at the Aga Khan Museum. It pays tribute to our timeless fascination with the moon by exploring how it has inspired spiritual growth, scientific discovery, and artistic creativity.
Spanning pre-Islamic times to the present day, and delving into faith, science, and the arts, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time assembles ancient artifacts, important miniature paintings, scientific instruments, Islamic manuscripts, and contemporary art. Together these artworks reveal the many roles the moon has played across cultures of the Muslim world, whether as a timekeeper, a source of inspiration for poets and artists, or an emblem of the divine.
"To voyage to the moon, you first have to be fascinated and captivated by its continuous and ever-changing presence in the night sky, something that is shared by all cultures, across time and across the world," says Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum. "I am pleased the Aga Khan Museum can present this exhibition reflecting our role in bringing people together to celebrate shared experiences."
Organized into five thematic zones – the moon is ancient, the moon is wonder, the moon is knowledge, the moon is beauty, and the moon is eternal – the exhibition combines historical and contemporary objects with displays and interactives that invite visitors to observe and imagine the moon in new and unexpected ways. In addition to the opportunity to stand on an actual piece of the moon, visitors will be able to view, from multiple perspectives, a spectacular giant sculpture entitled Moon. Created by contemporary British artist Luke Jerram, the internally illuminated replica moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, includes a sound composition by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones, and measures five metres in diameter.
The Moon: A Voyage Through Time is curated by Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum, and guest curator Dr. Christiane Gruber, Professor of Islamic Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
"We're thrilled to put historical objects 'in conversation' with iconic scientific images, such as those taken from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA's robotic spacecraft," says Dr. Gruber. "We hope the exhibition will be an uplifting experience for visitors, and will inspire adults and children to learn more about the moon in Islamic culture and the arts."
To complement the exhibition, there will be a special selection of moon-related objects in the Museum's Permanent Collection gallery, including a 14th-century Spanish astrolabe bearing inscriptions in Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic. Astrolabes serve various computational and navigational purposes, and can help track the moon's cycle.
Moon: A Voyage Through Time will continue until August 18, 2019, and will be accompanied by related programming, including March Break hands-on activities for families, insight tours of the exhibition, talks, workshops, a Moon Mission summer camp for children, and a spoken word/poetry performance series called MoonVerse.
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has been established and developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Museum's mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage while often reflecting, through both its permanent and temporary exhibitions, how cultures connect with one another. Designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, the Museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto's Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park was designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic.
San Antonio is bursting with rich history and modern attractions. From the spectacular River Walk to thrilling theme parks, the city has activities for families with children of all ages. Combine that with an electrifying food scene, budget-friendly hotels and festive seasonal events, and family vacationers have all they need for the ultimate Spring Break getaway.
Here are a few tips for families planning a swinging Spring Break in San Antonio:
Tots Love Theme Parks
Theme parks aren't just for adult thrill-seekers. SeaWorld San Antonio will celebrate Sesame Street's® 50th anniversary with a Sesame Street Kids' Weekend March 2–3. Guests can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and friends for hands-on activities, photos and dancing. The park also will unveil Super Grover's Box Car Derby, a family-friendly coaster, based on the beloved blue character.
From March 11 – 16, guests will be treated to the "Music, Mutts, Magic and More" celebration featuring musical performances, exhibitions by acrobatic dogs and feats of magic at ultra-accessible™ theme park Morgan's Wonderland.
Cowboy Boots Encouraged But Not Required for Western Fun
The Briscoe Western Art Museum will host its first Spring Break Ranch Roundup on March 11 from 4-8 p.m. Children's activities will include games of corn hole, creating their own brand and barrel racing in a secure area, while adults can enjoy grown-up libations and live music.
Beginning March 2, visitors can take in an authentic Western rodeo every Saturday evening at Tejas Rodeo Company. The family-friendly show even has a calf scramble for the kids. Texas-style eats are available on site, and every rodeo is followed by a live country music concert.
Families will explore the role of children on the Texas frontier in the 1800s at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures with activities including log cabin chores, map making, corn grinding and frontier games such as marbles, sack races and washers.
Disguise Learning as Fun
For families hoping to sneak in under-the-radar science lessons during Spring Break, the San Antonio Zoo, The DoSeum and The Witte Museum deliver.
Just in time for Spring Break, one of the most endangered species in the world, Southern White Rhinos, will return to the San Antonio Zoo. These majestic creatures will live in an all-new expanded savanna habitat also home to zebras, crown cranes and waterbucks.
At The DoSeum, San Antonio's museum for kids, new exhibit How People Make Things teaches children about manufacturing processes and how people and technology work together to create everyday objects.
For an out of this world adventure, The Witte Museum's Planet Pioneers exhibition will show visitors how to explore, adapt and survive on a new planet. Guests can drive a 4-D surface exploration vehicle, land a rocket, experience G-forces in a spinning capsule and more.
Brush Up on Gaming Skills
The latest, state-of-the-art gaming experiences are taking San Antonio by storm, and even experienced gamers may want to brush up on their skills before taking on these immersive challenges.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas' new Pirates of the Deep Sea ride pits the cunning skills of guest buccaneers against marauding pirates. Guests compete with fellow shipmates firing at hundreds of themed targets to tally a score of their victory at sea.
At the all-new Andretti Karting & Games, virtual reality stunner Hologate transports multiple players to another world to take on invading aliens, and XD Dark Ride offers a multi-sensory experience where riders battle on-screen enemies while experiencing movement, sound and intense action.
In Dragonfrost™ VR, Dave & Buster's exclusive virtual reality experience, players embark on a rescue mission where they must restore sunlight and summer to a frozen kingdom overtaken by the evil Ice Prince.
The Beach Isn't the Only Place to Find Sand
March 8 – 15 is Sand Week at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Master sand sculptor Ted Seibert will build an amazing sand sculpture, and sand pails and shovels will be available for guests eager to try the craft.
Make Art Interactive
Who says art museums are just for quiet reflection? The San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum are turning up the fun this spring with all-ages activities and entertainment including selfie-stations, yoga, gallery games, floral crown making, food trucks, performances and live music. Plus, the San Antonio Museum of Art will offer complimentary admission on March 12, and the McNay will host Free Family Days March 13–15 from 2–4 p.m. For event details, please visit samuseum.org and mcnay.org.
For more information on Spring Break in San Antonio, go to VisitSanAntonio.com.
LA Fashion Week (LAFW) will kick off on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Petersen Automotive Museum with runway presentations and the latest edition of 'Cars & Fashion' from world renowned designer, Naeem Khan, to start off the season of shows.
"LA's experiencing a creative renaissance in the Design & Art world and were just thrilled to have The Petersen Automotive Museum & these innovative Fashion Designers a part of that energy," said Arthur Chipman – Executive Producer.
One of the top high fashion designers in the world, marrying the rich traditions and materials of his roots, Naeem Khan has mastered evening & cocktail glamour. His silhouettes are highly detailed, boldly embellished and beautifully constructed whether in the ballroom or on the red carpet. Michelle Obama, Oprah, Duchess Kate Middleton, Emily Blunt, Aishwarya Rai, Queen Noor of Jordan and Kerry Washington are some of the many fashion icons who shined in his dresses.
With each season, LAFW is building a stronger and wider network of established brands, partnerships, and sponsors aimed at increasing the profile of West Coast Fashion. In addition to the opening night designers, this season has a talented line up of fashion labels, influential guests, and over 2.5 billion digital impressions per season. Los Angeles Fashion Week is a high-caliber fashion platform. Proclaimed by Mayor Eric Garcetti & California State Senator Ben Allen as the Official Fashion Week for the City of Los Angeles, and has been recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama for its innovative programs supporting cultural diversity in the United States.
LA Fashion week is made possible with the iconic Petersen Automotive Museum - a historical landmark and one of the greatest exhibit spaces in LA located in the heart of the city. The official venue of LA Fashion Week, Petersen is one of the world's largest automotive museums awarded for its architecture.
"The Petersen Automotive Museum is proud to partner with LAFW to host another successful runway show," said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. "The bold designs featured in fashion are a beautiful complement to the cars we have on display, and we're excited to blend the two worlds together again."
For Tickets & Info to this seasons 'Cars & Fashion' shows please visit https://www.petersen.org/events/2019/3/22/cars-and-fashion, www.lafw.net
Important Paintings from the 1970s now on view February 15 - April 12, 2019
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art gallery celebrates the genius of Sam Francis in the new exhibit, Sam Francis: The '70s from February 15, 2019, through April 12, 2019. This carefully curated exhibition of paintings by the internationally renowned artist Sam Francis features important paintings from the 1970s. The exhibit opens in coordination with the highly-anticipated launch of the book Sam Francis: The Artist's Materials by Debra Burchett-Lere and Aneta Zebala of the Sam Francis Foundation, published by Getty Publications.
American artist Sam Francis (1923-1994) is internationally recognized for his unique visual language; one of intensity and exuberant use of color, light, and negative space. According to author and critic Richard Speer, "This mastery of the spaces between is in abundant evidence in Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art's exhibition of important Francis works from the 1970s. Time after time, the paintings displayed in this exhilarating exhibit point to Francis reenergizing his commitment to negative space and making these lyrical voids, and the profundities they encompassed, accessible to lay viewers and connoisseurs alike." Important works in this period such as Green (Untitled) (SFP71-34) reveal the impact of interior spaces in a new way along with SFP79-15 with its exciting bands of color woven into powerful grids.
Sam Francis: The Artist's Materials by Debra Burchett-Lere and Aneta Zebala explores Francis's idiosyncratic painting practices that have long been the subject of speculation and debate among conservators and art historians alike. Presented for the first time in this new book are the results of an in-depth scientific study of more than forty paintings, which reveal new information about his creative process and unveils the complicated evolution of the artist's work.
Building on Sam Francis's creative legacy, the Sam Francis Foundation (http://samfrancisfoundation.org) is dedicated to the transformative power of art as a force for change. Its mission is to further a greater understanding of Sam Francis's art and ideas through a broad array of programs and activities designed to educate, inform, and catalyze new thinking about the importance of creativity in society.
Debra Burchett-Lere is the executive director of the Sam Francis Foundation and has organized numerous exhibitions and publications on the artist including Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994. Aneta Zebala, conservator and author, is founder of Zebala & Partners. She is also a conservator for the Sam Francis Foundation and a contributor to Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994.
About Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art Gallery: http://novakart.com
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, a long-standing gallery in Southern California, is an important source for Post-War and Contemporary American and European art. The gallery is located in the heart of Century City, adjacent to Beverly Hills and the west side of Los Angeles. The gallery's extensive inventory includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by acclaimed artists from significant Post-War movements including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Minimalism, Pop Art, and Photorealism.
Jonathan Novak has been an exhibitor at international art fairs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Southampton, and Aspen. He is a board member of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA) as well as The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA and is a member of the Private Art Dealers Association (PADA).