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Masters of the 20th and 21st century
22 Artworks
15 Artists

Artscapy proudly collaborates with Shapero Modern to present a curated selection that traverses a tapestry of styles and eras, featuring luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Helen Frankenthaler, and Ai Weiwei. From the vibrant pop art of Roy Lichtenstein to the introspective dreamscapes of Peter Doig, each piece on display invites you to journey through a cascade of emotions, ideas, and cultural narratives.

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Masters of the 20th and 21st century

Joan Miró (1893-1983) was a visionary Spanish artist whose innovative approach to art traversed the realms of Surrealism and abstract expressionism. Miró's artistic evolution was characterized by a distinctive blend of dreamlike imagery, vibrant colors, and a unique visual language. He developed a style that transcended conventional boundaries, giving life to a world populated by imaginative symbols, biomorphic shapes, and playful forms. His ability to create an artistic language that communicated on a subconscious level marked him as a true innovator.

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) stands as one of the most influential and prolific artists of the 20th century.Picasso's career spanned various styles and movements, reflecting his insatiable curiosity and innovative spirit. He played a pivotal role in the development of Cubism, a revolutionary movement that shattered traditional artistic conventions. Picasso's work also encompassed periods of Classicism, Surrealism, and experimentation in various mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

 

 

Over the course of his career in painting, printmaking, and etching, Antoni Tàpies(1923-2012) has created his own lexicon of symbols and marks to help communicate the broad range of influences in his work including, most significantly, his Catalan roots, as well as his involvement with the Parisian intellectual scene of the 1950s, meeting exponents of Art informel like Jean Fautrier and Jean Dubuffet. Tàpies's abstract paintings are made with expressive blends of impasto, gestural brush strokes, often backwards hand-written script, and common materials such as soil and marble dust.

 

Andy Warhol(1928-1987) became an art icon, reshaping Pop Art and cultural perception. The 'Flowers (Hand-Colored)' series is a vivid reminder of the skilled draftmanship of the artist:  the exquisite hand-colouring Warhol applied to these screenprints making each unique. Made in 1974, this series is a sudden diversion away from his typical artistic style of the time since the artist's hand is very much felt with the addition of this hand-colouring – Warhol usually delighted in removing all trace of his presence from his work.

 

 

In May 1974, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) began to  discuss the creation of the 'Entablature' print series with Master Printmaker, Ken Tyler of Tyler Graphics Ltd., who Lichtenstein collaborated with closely to make many of his original prints over the years. Together, Lichtenstein and Tyler produced eleven 'Entablature' prints, each one taking an epic two months to complete before they would move on to the next composition. series, Tyler explains, would push he and Lichtenstein far beyond the known limits of printmaking. At the beginning of each print's creation, a great deal of trial and error would ensue before they could perfect the complex foil layering and embossing debossing of patterns. 'Entablature III' is seen as a ground-breaking artwork and with only 16 prints issued in the standard edition it makes this example all the rarer.The National Gallery of Australia described this series of prints as 'the pinnacle of technical complexity in Lichtenstein's collaboration with Tyler and the staff at Tyler Graphics.

 

 

 

Associated with both Pop Art and Neo-Dadaism, Jasper Johns' (b. 1930) work blurred the lines between representation and abstraction, inviting viewers to question visual language. The subject of his work Savarin dates to 1960, the year Jasper Johns made a life-size painted bronzed sculpture based on a Savarin coffee can that he used to hold paintbrushes in in his studio. He returned to the image in 1977, creating a lithograph of the Savarin can for a poster announcing a retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum.

 

A goal of Robert Rauschenberg's (1925-2008) work was to challenge the viewer to question their understanding of the elements of their everyday lives and culture, and he did this by blending together different images to spark new dialogue. In this piece, we see imagery ranging from renaissance-era portraiture to more modern graphics that organise information. This disparate elements that make up the composition are not immediately apparent or iconic. Their affect is more about shape or form rather than immediate symbolism - there is no JFK American eagle or spaceship here. Instead we have poetic and mysterious elements including a deep-sea diver, the arm of a record player and sunken treasure or ship's figurehead. Whilst Rauschenberg was a celebrated multimedia artist prior to embarking into the print world, the screenprinting technique entirely liberated Rauschenberg's work. With both forms of printmaking, the artist discovered ways in which he could quickly and repetitively his found imagery to the canvas of his paintings and Combines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Stella's (b. 1936) revolutionary approach to materials has shaped our understanding of the practices of painting, print-making, and artistry, evident in the works Referendum ’70, Bonne Bay, Gran Cairo and Riallaro.  Stella's innovative vision took center stage with his creation The Referendum '70,  a work commissioned to raise money during the 1970 national elections for candidates who sought an end to the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. The same image, with the addition of Referendum '70 printed in the lower margin, was used for a poster in support of this cause.The Bonne Bay, is part of the Newfoundland series prints and together with their counterparts in the painting series of the same name are variant configuration of the Protactor Series paintings of 1967-71. Their titles name two towns and a bay located on the west coast of Newfoundland. In the prints, the squared and double-squared formats of interlacing protectors are framed by white margins, creating an effect quite different from the overwhelming immediacy of the paintings. The regular margins create a psychological distancing, and in the prints these designs of the paintings are, in a sense, re-presented for our consideration. Gran Cairo is part of the multicoloured squares I series, based on six paintings in the Concentric Squares and Mitered Mazes series from 1962-63. Cipango refers to the Spanish conquest of the Yucatan in the sixteenth century: Cipango is a name for Japan, one of several fabled destinations that Christopher Columbus initially though he had discovered upon reaching the Caribbean. Riallaro belongs to a body of prints whose titles all came from The Dictionary of Imanginary Places by Alberto Mangual and Gianni Guadalupi. Each work from this series is recognisable for its teaming compositions of twisting, colliding and knotted forms. The shapes seem to spill out of their rectangular sheet, seemingly trying to escape their frames. As he had done since the Swan Engravings, Stella employed his full palette of printmaking media, to realise these compositions - including lithography, relief printing, etching, aquatint, engraving and screenprinting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the 1960s, Larry Poons (b. 1937) became a key figure in the New York art scene. His innovative abstract approach, marked by vibrant colors and unconventional techniques, garnered attention. He gained prominence within the Color Field movement, using industrial tools for unique paint application. His influence on abstract art endures and his pieces have been included in esteemed collections worldwide.

Perhaps one of the most influential female Abstract Expressionists, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) made the Colour Fielding or 'Soak and Stain' process one of her signature techniques over the course of her career. 'Mary, Mary', a combination of screenprint and offset lithograph, is an excellent example of the colour fielding process and the results it can have. Her stained canvas and typical fluid-like composition, highlights her bohemian role in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Frankenthaler was a trailblazer of the modern print-making movement, endlessly pushing and transcending boundaries through relentless experimentation. She approached her work without pre-determined ideas and favoured an artistic process that focused on sensation and celebrating mistakes, arguing that they were fundamental to being an 'artist'.Her liberated approach is echoed in the rust like pools of printing ink in Reflections II, which seem to have been allowed to simply flow wherever the surface of the paper permitted, without the guidance of the artist's hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often hailed as the preeminent painter of modern life, Alex Katz’s (b.1927) bright and lyrical works reflect his fascination with narratives and the accessibility of figuration through their simplicity. By flattening the surfaces of his two-dimensional pieces with blocks of color, the artist draws inspiration from various s aspects of mid-century American culture and society, such as television, film, and advertising. The effortlessness and exploratory nature of form found in Katz’s extensive portfolio have served as inspiration for numerous artists over the years, including figures like Laura Owens and Peter Doig.

 

 

Peter Doig's (b.1959) work is celebratd for his captivating bridge between reality and imagination. Known for their intricate textures and enigmatic scenes, he gained worldwide recognition during the 1990s. Doig was nominated the Turner Prize in 2002 that solified his status as a significant figure in contemporary art. Notable pieces of the artist are the 'White Canoe" (1991) and 'Ski Jacket' (1994), that showcase his fascination with introspection and exploration of one's emotions. 

 

Takashi Murakami (b.1962) is notorious for his 'Superflat' signature aesthetic, a colorful, two-dimensional style that straddles the division between fine art and pop culture, unting elements of anime, Japenese nihonga and Ukiyo-e woodcuts. This theory of art speaks to the 'flatness' of Japanese visual culture from traditional painting to contemporary subcultures in the context of World War II and its aftermath. His visual language utilises distinct icons and symbols of complex themes such as violence, technology, and fantasy.

 

Ai Weiwei's  practice is deeply rooted in the unwavering pursuit of freedom of expression, influenced by his family's history closely intertwined with political resistance. In his work Zodiac he reflects on his life and work through the traditional Chinese art of papercutting in this limited-edition portfolio of eight papercuts. Meticulously cut in large-format, coloured fine-art paper, Ai Weiwei favoured the colour red as it is associated with festivities and happiness in the Chinese culture. Each of the eight pieces represents a decisive moment within the artist's oeuvre—from his time in New York in the '80s, his exploration of Chinese crafts in Beijing in the '90s, to the political activism of his recent work—offering a beautiful, personal retrospective in a unique format. The 'Zodiac' papercut refers to Ai Weiwei's renowned sculpture 'Circle of Animals Zodiac Heads', 2010. The series recreated the twelve traditional Chinese zodiac sculptures that once adorned the Yuanming Yuan fountain clock, an artistic and architectural centerpiece of the imperial gardens outside of Beijing enjoyed by several Qing dynasty rulers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

 

 

 

 

Nina Chanel Abney (b.1982) was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in New York. Abney is known for her bold use of colours to represent a more violent every day consciousness that people of colour endure due to acts of racial abuse. Her work is included in collections around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Rubell Family Collection, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Burger Collection, Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

 

Artworks for sale
Antoni Tàpies
Suite Catalana, plate 4
£3,200
Frank Stella
Referendum '70
£22,500
Roy Lichtenstein
Entablature IlI
£25,000
Pablo Picasso
Plate 6, from: Le Cocu Magnifique
£7,500
Andy Warhol
Flowers
£19,500
Peter Doig
Country Rock, 2000
£15,000
Larry Poons
84BS-2
£22,000
Larry Poons
01AS-3
£35,000
Nina Chanel Abney
Temporary Friends
£80,000
Joan Miró
Plate XIl
£6,500
Jasper Johns
Savarin 4
£20,000
Frank Stella
Gran Cairo
£8,500
Frank Stella
Bonne Bay
£40,000
Frank Stella
Riallaro
£22,500
Alex Katz
Purole Tulips 1
£18,500
Helen Frankenthaler
Mary, Mary
£25,000
Helen Frankenthaler
Reflections
£14,500
Ai Weiwei
Zodiac
£4,000
Robert Rauschenberg
Suite of Nine Prints
£30,000
Takashi Murakami
One Plate
£1,250
Joan Miró
Plate IV
£7,500
Helen Frankenthaler
Tribal Sign
£14,000
Showcase
Ai Weiwei 1
Alex Katz 1
Andy Warhol 1
Antoni Tàpies 1
Frank Stella 4
Helen Frankenthaler 3
Jasper Johns 1
Joan Miró 2
Larry Poons 2
Nina Chanel Abney 1
Pablo Picasso 1
Peter Doig 1
Robert Rauschenberg 1
Roy Lichtenstein 1
Takashi Murakami 1

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