American Fine Art, Inc. is proud to introduce American Fine Street Art, opening to the public January 12, 2018. The gallery will feature a phenomenal new collection of works, by such infamous street artists as Mr. Brainwash, Banksy, Invader, Dotmaster, DV8 and POP artists Murakami, Haring, and Warhol. The 12,000 square foot gallery will house numerous urban masterpieces alongside their inventory of 19th to 21st century classics and one-of-a-kind hand-blown glasswork.
We are very excited about this unique collection showcasing not only these contemporary urban artists, but also the revolutionary Pop masters who have paved the way and influenced them. The exhibit will include over a hundred works including original paintings, unique proofs, and limited edition prints. All works are available for purchase and the gallery offers complimentary consulting services.
Banksy is the pseudonym of a street artist whose identity remains unknown. He is most widely recognized for his controversial and often politically themed stenciled pieces. Believed to have been born in Bristol, England around 1974, Banksy rose to prominence for his provocative stenciled pieces in the late 1990s. Banksy's worldwide fame has transformed his artwork from acts of vandalism to sought-after high art pieces. Once an outsider, Banksy has become an industry star, making his public works ever more vulnerable to “salvagers,” who want to cash in on his market value.
Mr. Brainwash, aka Thierry Guetta, is one of the world’s most famous and successful contemporary artists. He’s a self-proclaimed filmmaker and urban artist. He filmed the escapades of Invader, Fairey, Banksy, and other street artists eventually using the footage in the Oscar-nominated documentary Exit through the Gift Shop, which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film also depicts the meteoric rise of Mr. Brainwash in the street art scene. Following the success of the film, Mr. Brainwash gained massive attention and enthusiasm among collectors.
In the realm of the art world, what these “urban” artists are doing can be likened to POP art in that both were expressing ideas from popular culture and both were radically controversial at their time of creation. They’re pushing the boundary of what fine art is and calling into question the very methods, approaches, and techniques employed in its development just as Andy Warhol did in the 70’s and 80’s. Murakami is also considered a Pop artist, and more specifically the Japanese Warhol with his Kawaii creations. Some of his most notable creations like DOB will also be featured in the exhibit.
100 Years of Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Newell Wyeth was born on July 12, 1917 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. One of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Wyeth was primarily a realist painter. Andrew Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both around his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in Midcoast Maine. He is perhaps best-known for his painting Christina’s World (1948), currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Andrew Wyeth passed away at the age of 91 on January 16, 2009.