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  • Pop-Up Store Rare Posters - Thank you!

    Did you know?!

    Rare Posters had a Pop-Up store this weekend @ West Elm!

    That's why we want to thank everyone! It was lovely to see you in real life! We want to thank all our customers & fans for supporting us. Without your support we couldn't do what we love!

    Did you miss the Pop-Up Store this weekend? 

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  • April 2015 Spotlight Artist :Alexander Calder

    "To an engineer, good enough means perfect.

    With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect. "  

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    Spirales-Original lithograph,click image to see details

    American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) began his career as a mechanical engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. After graduating in 1919 he worked as a hydraulic engineer, a draftsman at Consolidated Edison of New York as well as the ship H.F. Alexander, which brought him traveling along the American coast. Inspired by the natural beauty he discovered, Calder decided to pursue his career in art - following in the footsteps of his parents.

    XXe Siecle Hommage a Alexander Calder: Lithograph by Calder Book , click image for details

    In 1926 Calder moved to Paris where he lived, worked and was inspired by artists Joan Miro, Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondrian. Their influence into Calder’s work can be seen throughout his oeuvre. Calder spent his early artistic career creating circus inspired kinetic wire sculptures. Maintaining a sharp eye with regards to engineering, the sculpture’s delicately balanced and suspended components moved in response to power or air current. Marcel Duchamp would dub these sculptures Mobiles. Besides sculptures, Calder was also prolific in other art forms. He produced jewelry, tapestry and stage designs, as well as drawings, oil paintings, water colors, etchings, lithographs and serigraphs. Combining abstract surrealism and biomorphic imagery into a distinctive style, Calder has become one of the 20th Century’s most iconic and important artists.

    Galerie Maeght 1976, Lithograph Poster, click image to see details

     

    For 26 years of his career Calder remained with the Parisian dealer Gallery Maeght, earned numerous solo exhibitions, participated in multiple international art fairs and has become part of high-standing museum collections including The National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Moderna Museet and Centre George Pompidou. In 1976, the year he unexpectedly died, Calder was awarded the Medal of Freedom and Bicentennial Artist Award from the Whitney museum of American art.

    Humanite-SIGNED by Alexander Calder 1968 Lithograph, click image for details

    Calder is a highly collectible artist, who began his career as a very affordable artist, selling works for under $100 to some of the top museums that currently hold his work in collections. Today Calder’s top works fetch up to $6.5 million dollars at auction, while his mid-range works sells in the hundred thousand range. For budding collectors, however, Calder’s original or editioned prints on paper can still be obtained for sums between $1000 - $1500, while lower-end collectible posters and prints are obtainable from $50 - $1000.

    Double Page lithograph, 1963 click image to see details
  • April 11, April 12 Saturday and Sunday Pop-Up at West Elm Dumbo, Brooklyn

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    Looking for something to do in New York City?

    How about stopping by West Elm Store after walking the Brooklyn Bridge?

    The Rare Posters Pop-Up Shop is coming to West Elm Dumbo Brooklyn store with framed and unframed art prints curated by Mr. Bernard Rougerie, founder of the inspiring Rare Posters dba Art Wise Inc.

    Please join us on Saturday, April 11st and Sunday April 12th from 11am-5pm, when Rare Posters team will set up within the west elm store to share and sell framed art posters, coffee table art books, unframed posters, prints, and surprise giveaways!

  • What's a Warhol?

    Who is Andy Warhol?

    What makes Warhol Warhol?

     

    poster" What's a Warhol?" -$125 see it here

    The Pittsburg, PA born Andy Warhol established himself as a symbol of Pop Art Movement in the early 1960s for his bold works, which drew both praise and criticism for their similarity to commercial advertisements. By emphasizing techniques used by professional printers, and later employing studio assistants to help craft his works, he forced the question of what constituted art and transformed portraiture into a representation of an era. An eclectic artist, he remains best known for his renderings of American cultural staples, from Campbell’s Soup cans to Hollywood starlets and the political elite.

     

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    Everyone has a story... What's Warhol's one before he was a symbol for the Pop Art Movement?

    Childhood Memory

    Andrew Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, in the neighborhood of Oakland in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were Slovakian immigrants and Andy had two older brothers Paul and John.

    At the age of 8, in the third grade, Andywas determined with Sydenham's chorea (also known as St. Vitus' Dance), the nervous system disease that causes involuntary movements of the extremities. His mother gave him his first drawing lessons during these difficult times. A year later, she gave him his first camera and that's how he took up photography as well. Warhol later described this period as very important in the development of his personality, skill-set and preferences.

    Warhol attended the free art classes offered at the Carnegie Institute while he was also attending Holmes elementary school.

    At the age of 13, Warhol's father died in an accident. His father recognized his son’s artistic talents and in his will he dictated that his life savings go toward Warhol's college education.

    That's why after he graduatedfrom Schenley HighSchool in 1945 he enrolled in the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studied commercial art.

     

    Warhol's career

    In 1949 Warhol moved to New York and began a career in magazine illustration and design.

    In the late 1950s, Warhol began devoting more attention to painting. In 1961 he debuted the concept of "pop art"—paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell's soup cans. These small canvas works of everyday consumer products created a major stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time.

    Not everyone loved Warhol's pop art, Richard Hamilton described it as "popular, transient, expendable, low nr820cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, big business."   Warhol on the other hand put it "Once you 'got' pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought pop, you could never see America the same way again."

    In 1964, Warhol opened his own art studio, a large silver-painted warehouse known simply as "The Factory." The Factory quickly became one of New York City's premier cultural hotspots.

    In the 1970s, after Warhol was shot (he survived) by Valerie Solanis, he continued to explore other forms of media. He published such books as The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) and Exposures. Warhol also experimented extensively with video art, producing more than 60 films during  his career. Some of his most famous films include Sleep, which depicts poet John Giorno sleeping for six hours, and Eat, which shows a man eating a mushroom for 45 minutes. He also worked in sculpture and photography, and in the 1980s, he moved into television, hosting Andy Warhol's TV and Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes on MTV.

     

     

     

    Death

    Warhol died on February 22, 1987, at the age of 58.

    His personal life has been the subject of much debate and consideration.

     

     

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  • Francis Bacon

     

    Francis Bacon- Dipinto (Portrait) Buy this poster $45 here

    Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery.


    His painterly abstracted figures are typically isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages, set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Unsure of his ability, he drifted as a highly complex bon vivant, closeted homosexual, gambler, interior decorator and designer of furniture, rugs and bathroom tiles. His breakthrough came with the 1944 triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, which in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, sealed his reputation as a uniquely bleak chronicler of the human condition.

     

    Francis Bacon-Portrait Pope Innocent XII , buy this poster $125 here

    His art became more somber, inward looking and preoccupied with the passage of time and death, after the suicide of his lover George Dyer in 1971.The climax of this later period is marked by masterpieces, including his 1982's "Study for Self-Portrait" and Study for a Self Portrait – Triptych, 1985-86. After Dyer's suicide he largely distanced himself from his previous circle, and while his social life was still active and his passion for gambling and drinking continued, he settled into a platonic and somewhat fatherly relationship with his eventual heir, John Edwards. Since his death, his reputation and market value have grown steadily, and his work is amongst the most acclaimed, expensive and sought after.

    Francis Bacon-Galerie Lelong 1987 Rare Poster, buy this $50 here
  • Investing in Alexander Calder

    Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This January, Rare Posters Inc. covers the American artist Alexander Calder .

    DLM 141 (1963) Double Page lithograph. $600 DLM 141 (1963) Double Page lithograph. $600

    American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) began his career as a mechanical engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. After graduating in 1919 he worked as a hydraulic engineer, a draftsman at Consolidated Edison of New York as well as the ship H.F. Alexander, which brought him traveling along the American coast. Inspired by the natural beauty he discovered, Calder decided to pursue his career in art - following in the footsteps of his parents. In 1926 Calder moved to Paris where he lived, worked and was inspired by artists Joan Miro, Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondrian. Their influence into Calder’s work can be seen throughout his oeuvre. Calder spent his early artistic career creating circus inspired kinetic wire sculptures. Maintaining a sharp eye with regards to engineering, the sculpture’s delicately balanced and suspended components moved in response to power or air current. Marcel Duchamp would dub these sculptures Mobiles. Besides sculptures, Calder was also prolific in other art forms. He produced jewelry, tapestry and stage designs, as well as drawings, oil paintings, water colors, etchings, lithographs and serigraphs. Combining abstract surrealism and biomorphic imagery into a distinctive style, Calder has become one of the 20th Century’s most iconic and important artists.

    Double page from Derriere le Miroir No. 156 (1966), Original lithograph. $400 Double page from Derriere le Miroir No. 156 (1966), Original lithograph. $400

    For 26 years of his career Calder remained with the Parisian dealer Gallery Maeght, earned numerous solo exhibitions, participated in multiple international art fairs and has become part of high-standing museum collections including The National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Moderna Museet and Centre George Pompidou. In 1976, the year he unexpectedly died, Calder was awarded the Medal of Freedom and Bicentennial Artist Award from the Whitney museum of American art.

    Asymetrie (1972), Lithograph. $750 Asymetrie (1972), Lithograph. $750

    Calder is a highly collectible artist, who began his career as a very affordable artist, selling works for under $100 to some of the top museums that currently hold his work in collections. Today Calder’s top works fetch up to $6.5 million dollars at auction, while his mid-range works sells in the hundred thousand range. For budding collectors, however, Calder’s original or editioned prints on paper can still be obtained for sums between $1000 - $1500, while lower-end collectible posters and prints are obtainable from $50 - $1000.

    - By Jason-Louise A. Graham

    For the month of January we will also offer free shipping on select Alexander Calder items at www.Rareposters.com.

    Be sure to follow our monthly signature auctions at Live Auctioneers and Invaluable Auctions in which many of our top investment artists in contemporary art will feature.

  • Investing in Jasper Johns

    Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This December Rare Posters Inc. covers the artist Jasper Johns (b. 1930).

    Plate-signed lithograph. $475 Corpse and Mirror, Plate-signed lithograph. $475

    The American contemporary artist Jasper Johns (b.1930) works primarily in painting and printmaking. Johns had his first solo show in 1958 at the Leo Castelli Gallery. This is where Alfred Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art, purchased the museum’s first four artworks by the artist. in 1963 Jasper Johns and John Cage founded the non-profit Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts which supports artist creating contemporary and groundbreaking work in all disciplines through grant programs. Today over 900 visual artists have donated works through 13 benefit exhibitions to support this mission.

    Original exhibition Poster. $450 Corpse and Mirror, Original exhibition Poster. $450

    Jasper Johns is most celebrated for his large-scale painting of the American flag entitled Flag (1954), which demonstrates Johns’s early technique of painting thickly over found and collaged materials. During the 1960s and 70s, Johns created over 40 works based on the flag, and it became his top selling work at auction in 2010 when it sold for $28.6 million at Christie’s. John’s work Map (1961) is the second most renowned composition by the artist wherein he uses stenciled words and numbers applied with expressive encaustic to produce his monumental map of the United States. These two pieces truly display John’s artistic use of classical iconography such as maps, flags, targets, letters and numbers - at tendency which places him in between the Pop-Art and Abstract Expressionist schools.

    Savarin Cans-Monotype, Offset Lithograph, 1978 Savarin Cans-Monotype, Offset Lithograph, 1978

    The oeuvre of Jasper Johns form the cornerstone of top Museum collections around the world and he has become the second most expensive living American artists today. Johns’ s original prints and museum exhibition posters have tripled or quadrupled over the last 2 decades as they become increasingly rare. Between 1997 and 2007 his poster Ventriloquist, MoMA rose in value from $60 to $125, Target (1974) rose from $25 to $75, and Recent Still-life rose from $100 to $1500 in 2008. Post-recession John’s posters have become even more valuable. Between 1997 and 2013 Savarin Coffee Can went up from $60 to $350, Map went up from $60 to $375, Moratorium went up from $20 in $900. This means that as an investment for art lovers and collectors alike, Jasper Johns will not likely decrease in value any time soon.

    - By Jason-Louise A. Graham

    For the month of December we will also offer free shipping on select Jasper Johns items at www.Rareposters.com.

    Be sure to follow our monthly signature auctions at Live Auctioneers and Invaluable Auctions in which many of our top investment artists in contemporary art will feature.

  • Investing in Jim Dine

    Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This November, Rare Posters Inc. covers the American artist Jim Dine (1935 b.).

    Signed Woodblock Print, Ed 500. $3500 Signed Woodblock Print, Ed 500. $3500

    Over the span of a 40 years, Jim Dine has produced over 3000 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and book designs. After moving to New York Dine quickly became an active figure in the New York art world, developing and staging the first "Happenings" with artist Claes Oldenburg. Just four years after graduating from his MFA at Ohio University, Athens, Dine’s work was included in the historically important and groundbreaking 1962 exhibition New Painting of Common Objects together with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and Wayne Thiebaud. This exhibition is considered to have been the first American Pop Art exhibition, even though Dine emphasizes that his art is associated to the hands-on, gestural, and expressive nature, rather than the mechanical and impersonal characteristics of Pop Art. Dine’s reoccurring figures, of bathrobes, pallets and hearts, are borne from the psychoanalysis he underwent and inspired by the subsequent study into his personal memories. The result leads to the combination of expressive and the iconic forms on rich and warm pallets bursting with color.

    BrandX serigraph, Ed 500. $300 BrandX serigraph, Ed 500. $300

    Jim Dine, who has been represented by Pace Gallery since 1976, has hosted over 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. His work belongs to collections in the Tate Museum, the Museum of Modern Art NY, the Guggenheim Museum, The Morgan Library, Museum of Fine Art Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Art.

    Offset Lithograph, Ed. 1000. $125 Offset Lithograph, Ed. 1000. $125

    Though prolific, Dine’s work remains affordable in the spectrum of art collecting. Viable for budding collectors are special signed editions of Jim Dine posters, such as Pinocchio, which is a seven color silkscreen and woodcut, or Fortress of the Heart. Items like these reach prices between $3500 to $7500. Posters of his works, though rising in value over the past decade, are still available at the lower end of the spectrum for more casual buyers and decorators. These include works such as Heart At the Opera available for $250, Kentucky Robe for $250 and Gilbert & Sullivan for $125, as well as Multi-Colored Heart for $60 Cardinal for $25 and Two Hearts for Pathways for $25.

    - By Jason-Louise A. Graham

    Original exhibition poster. $250 Original exhibition poster. $250

    For the month of July we will also offer free shipping on select Jim Dine items at www.Rareposters.com.

    Be sure to follow our monthly signature auctions at Live Auctioneers and Invaluable Auctions in which many of our top investment artists in contemporary art will feature.

  • Investing in Gerhard Richter

    Each month Rare Posters Inc. offers bespoke research and analysis on the most valuable and collectable modern and contemporary artists of today. These valuations offer a snapshot view into the trends of today’s art market and can help art lovers build valuable assets and investments with the art they love. This October, Rare Posters Inc. covers the German artist Gerhard Richter.

    Offset Lithograph, Ed 500. $2500 Offset Lithograph, Ed 500. $2500

    Gerhard Richter (b.1932) lived through WWII Germany in Dresden and smaller towns close to the Czech border. A notoriously bad student, Richter learned about art and art history around the age of 15 from the libraries, made by Russian troops, from confiscated homes of the wealthy. Richter later enrolled in the Dresden Art Academy and became involved with the Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, where he had his first exhibition during his final weeks at the academy in 1964.

    Limited edition poster. $1500 Limited edition poster. $1500

    Since the 1960’s Richter has been interested and immersed in the relationship between photographic sources and painting; using photographs as his basis and rebelling against the typical notions of what paintings should be. Concurrently, Richter also moved away from typical subject matters, and began painting eclectic subjects including military aircraft, family portraits, groups of people, murder, death, dying and war. At the end of the 60’s Richter painted mostly aerial views of towns, cities and mountain ranges which investigated through abstraction and experimentation with delicate grisaille shadow paintings, grey monochromes - eventually resulting in his now famous color streak paintings. Throughout the 70’s Richter explored color blocks while grappling with the concepts of anti-expressive minimalism and ideas about the death of painting. The year 1977 was a particularly breakthrough year for Richter wherein he created a substantial number of colorful abstract works, that welcomed an array of patterns, textures, surfaces and techniques with an energetic investigatory zeal. By the end of the 1980s, Richter was among the most prominent painters in both Germany and the world, with his gallery representation shifting too to Marian Goodman in New York and Anthony d'Offay in London.

    1991 Offset Lithograph. $45 1991 Offset Lithograph. $45

    Represented by top notch galleries and alongside esteemed artists, Richter’s works have always risen in value over time, especially in the last decade. Signed offset prints of Victoria I and Victoria II were worth $714 in 2000, $1893 in 2004, $2500 in 2006 and $8000 in 2013. Similarly, signed and numbered serigraphs of the popular piece Eis 2 was worth $4500 in 2003, $8000 in 2004, $16000 in 2005 and $37000 in 2013. Richter has also produced a number of highly collectible rare and editioned lithographs that range in between $300 - $1500. Like everything Richter produces, his high quality print-multiples images are vivid, sharp and of excellent quality.

    - By Jason-Louise A. Graham

    For the month of October we will also offer free shipping on select Gerhard Richter items at www.Rareposters.com.

    Be sure to follow our monthly signature auctions at Live Auctioneers and Invaluable Auctions in which many of our top investment artists in contemporary art will feature.

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