Playing an integral role in the formation of Miami’s growing presence in the art world, Lebanese-born and Dominican-raised art collector Gary Nader established himself as an expert on Latin American Art. On the occasion of the art week in Miami, he is presenting the exhibition Great Masterpieces featuring an exclusive selection of important works by modern masters and contemporary artists, including Botero, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Jesús Rafael Soto, Frank Stella, Ruby Sterling and David Weiss & Peter Fischli, just to name a few. What’s more? They are for sale, and proceeds from the sale of these very important artworks will be dedicated for the Nader Art Museum to continue its endeavour to showcase a myriad of acclaimed art from Latin America and its diaspora. That helps foster knowledge through a continuous process of appreciation and reinterpretation of modern and contemporary art from such origin.
Larry’s List has selected five pieces from the show that are not to be overlooked.
Buste d’homme écrivant (Autoportrait), 1971
dated and numbered ‘28.6.71. II’ (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
45½ x 35 in. (115.5 x 88.9 cm)
Picasso would frequently employ some avatar or surrogate to represent one or another aspect of his complex multi-facetted personae, as can be seen in this painting, is no longer the mystery today that it was when he was painting and drawing the various male types who populate the late pictures of the 1960s and early 1970s.
2) Roy Lichtenstein
“Three Brushstrokes”, 1984
Inscribed with signature, dated “84 and numbered 1/2″
Aluminum fabricated & painted
121 x 32 x 46 in. (307.3 x 81.3 x 116.8 cm)
Edition 1 of 2
The brushstroke was not a new subject matter for Roy Lichtenstein when in 1984 Three Brushstrokes was executed. However, it was a daring new aesthetic for a three-dimensional endeavor in which the artist plays with our perception of what encompasses “high art”.
Deux Peches, 1920
Signed “Henri Matisse” lower right
Oil on canvas
15 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. 38.7 x 46.4 cm.
Matisse’s summer in Etretat in 1920 marked an important juncture in his art. The freshness and warmth of Deux peches is reminiscent of paintings by older masters like Chardin and Courbet. Indeed, the impastoof this work is practically a homage to the latter.
4) Wilfredo Lam
Hermes Trismegiste, 1945
Oil on canvas
63 x 50 In. 160 x 127 Cm.
Signed and dated lower right.
This is an distinguished masterpiece that embodies the artist’s iconic characters, hybrid figures, part human, animal and flora elements appropriated from Afro-Cuban culture and religion, merging primitive aesthetics with the legacy of Western composition.
5) Frank Stella
The Mat-Maker (D-13, 2X), 1990
Mixed media on cast & fabricated aluminum
139 ½ x 101 x 43 ½ in. (354.3 x 256.5 x 110.5 cm)
Frank Stella, an iconic representative among a generation of postwar American artists whoe moved beyond Abstract Expressionism toward Minimalism. In the 1980s and ’90s, based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Stella turned away from Minimalism and endorsed a broader approach for a series of twisting, monumental, polychromatic metal wall reliefs and sculptures, including this one.
For the complete Great Masterpieces eCatalog: http://garynader.com/pdf/Books/Great_Masterpieces/index.html