An L.A. Gallerist Bought Out Warhol’s First Painting Show for $1,000—and Ended Up with $15 Million

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Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Andy Warhol Foundation/ARS, NY/TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup Co.

When Los Angeles gallerists Irving Blum and Walter Hopps offered a young Andy Warhol his first-ever solo painting show, they thought it would be a sensation.

They were wrong. Local critics panned it; the Los Angeles Times went so far as to publish a snarky cartoon of two barefoot beatniks contemplating Warhol’s Campbell’s soup paintings. “Frankly, the cream of asparagus does nothing for me,” says one, “but the terrifying intensity of the chicken noodle gives me a real Zen feeling.” A nearby gallery tried to capitalize on the outrage by setting up a window display of Campbell’s soup, accompanied by the sign: “Get the real thing for only 29 cents a can.”

But Hopps wasn’t deterred. Ever since his first visit to Warhol’s studio, he was certain that the ghostly pale, silver-wigged artist was something special.

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Why Most Galleries Don’t Post Prices

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Old Man of Calke, oil on linen, 78 x 92 inches, $42,000

Chester Arnold, Old Man of Calke, oil on linen, 78 x 92 inches, $42,000

Henri Neuendorf, for artnet news.

Why are galleries so reluctant to reveal prices? The lack of price transparency is often one of the most baffling and frustrating things for art world outsiders to understand.

“I think artists are uncomfortable about, and do not wish to have their work discussed in terms of prices and market value, and what is selling and not selling,” art dealer Augusto Arbizo, director and partner at New York’s 11Rgallery, told artnet News in an e-mail. “Prices aren’t openly displayed because they want the work discussed in critical terms and historical context. That is why prices are often not so public.”

There are of course other motivations for keeping prices secret. As the director of a prominent London gallery told artnet News, “We don’t like to speak about prices to prevent our clients’ spouses or the tax authorities from finding out about their purchases.”

And as the recent Panama Papers leak has shown, the super-rich routinely use art to dodge taxes and hide assets from their spouses.

Arbizo, however, insists that “all the galleries I have ever worked at always had a checklist with prices printed and available to the public, and 11R has one available for every exhibition.”

Nevertheless, the lack of tangible attributes often makes it difficult for first time buyers to assess the fair value of an artwork. Indeed, prices of artworks are often negotiable. Read More

Review: How the West Was Weird

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wrongmove, giclee on canvas, 12 x 20 feet

By .  The following review appears in the March 17, 2016 issue of The Reno News and Review.

“I’m upending a story that wasn’t true and never happened,” said Tom Judd.

He believes that the West, the frontier, and the stories that surround it are part of a mythology that’s worth a more cynical look. In Home on the Range, now showing at Stremmel Gallery, the Philadelphia-based artist subverts one vintage perspective (the myth of the frontier) with another (painting). The resulting work is sad, funny and, above all, weird.

“One of the reasons the story of the West is so weird is because people are so weird,” said Judd in a recent phone interview. “They make up weird stuff and then pretend like it’s real.”

Displacing Native Americans and calling it settlement, going to war with Mexico under the guise of annexation, killing the buffalo and piling their bones in a giant heap of hubris. While domestic policy driven by manifest destiny is thought to be a thing of the past, it’s hard to deny the appeal that the quiet cowboy holds for our national character, even today. Read More

Artist Reception for Ewoud de Groot, Thurs, Sept 10

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Ewoud de Groot "Gannet Rock"Stremmel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Dutch artist Ewoud de Groot, on view from September 10 – October 3, 2015. A rising star in contemporary wildlife art, de Groot has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the United States, with this event marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in Nevada. The artist reception will be held Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Ewoud de Groot has been recognized for the refreshing perspective he brings to wildlife painting. As photorealism continues to be the prevailing mode of the genre, de Groot is not concerned with depicting all the painstaking details. Instead, the artist is concerned with conveying mood and atmosphere. He approaches his work as an ongoing experiment of color, composition, and technique, channeling traditional and contemporary masters alike. His paintings aim to find a balance and tension between the representational and the abstract, the traditional and the modern.

The artist’s familiarity with wildlife ensures that they have become his primary artistic focus. De Groot’s subjects are most often birds of the Northern Hemisphere, from Europe, Siberia, and into North America. Living in the Netherlands, he has met many of these creatures during treks throughout the Wadden Sea, a wetland known for its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, particularly coastal birds. De Groot will often represent his subjects with accurate detail, but allow them to emerge from environments that are far more expressionistic.

Landscapes dissolve into luminous bands of color and shimmering explosions of colored shapes, with spontaneous drips and splatters of texture filling his canvases. De Groot graduated from the Art Academy Minerva and began his career illustrating nature and wildlife books before pursuing painting full time in 1999. Today, he is based out of the small coastal village Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands. Recent exhibitions include Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY; Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; and the 27th Annual Western Visions exhibition as the 2014 Featured Artist at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY.

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Artist Reception for “My Montana” on Thursday, May 21st

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Stremmel Gallery presents My Montana featuring artists Jerry Iverson and Gordon McConnell. As McConnell has become a familiar name at Stremmel Gallery, it will be the first time Iverson is exhibiting his work in Reno. The opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015 and the exhibition will continue through June 30, 2015. Both the opening reception and exhibition are free to the public. RSVP to this event on Facebook.

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Art Word – Wolf Kahn Exhibit Profiled by Geralda Miller

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Kahn, Wolf_Color and Light_Install Shot_BANNERReno is very lucky to have a fine art gallery like Stremmel Gallery.

Specializing in contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture, the gallery represents an impressive list of mid-career and established artists. And Wolf Kahn, who studied  under Hans Hoffman — one of the forefathers of Abstract Expressionism, probably ranks close to the top of that list.

Kahn has an exhibit, “Color and Light,” on display at the gallery through August 2. It features new works in oil and pastel by the 86-year-old artist, whose abstract landscapes burst with color.

He said on Stemmel’s website: “What I’m trying to do is to make a place that still looks like a landscape and at the same time doesn’t make you think of a particular place.  It makes you think of a texture, or relation of colors. But I’m not willing to give up the idea that underneath all of that, there’s objects.  Here I am, still trying to do things that I don’t know how to do, strike out in new directions. I think that’s very healthy, and I consider myself fortunate.”

Two main reasons to go see this exhibit are: Kahn’s work is in the top museums in the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and here’s your chance to see some of his work on exhibit for free. Second, Kahn, who suffers from macular degeneration, isn’t getting any younger. Although this isn’t a retrospective, you get to see the fine paintings of an artist who continues to work on improving his craft.

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Art Word – Wolf Kahn and Six Decades of Color

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Wolf Kahn in his New York studio/Photo courtesy: Scott Indrisek

Wolf Kahn in his New York studio/Photo courtesy: Scott Indrisek

At 86, Wolf Kahn is still a firecracker. The painter — who has spent the majority of his life in New York, and who is known for vibrantly colored landscapes and nature scenes — is the subject of a six-decade retrospective on view at Ameringer McEnery Yohe through May 31. “The earlier the painting is, the better it seems to me to be,” Kahn deadpanned, thinking back to some of the canvases he produced in the early ’60s. “I think I’ve gone downhill ever since.” On a more serious note, he’s proud of himself for not resting on his laurels: “Here I am, still trying to do things that I don’t know how to do, strike out in new directions. I think that’s very healthy, and I consider myself fortunate.”

Kahn’s studio for the past two decades or so has been in Chelsea; before that he had a space for nearly 40 years on Broadway, across the street from the Strand bookstore. As an artist starting out and polishing his chops, he moved within a varied circle — Allan Kaprow was a high school friend, and he knew de Kooning and other Ab-Ex heavy-hitters. “As a young man and a student you try to take up the whole atmosphere that’s around you,” he said. Kahn studied at the New School with various people, including the painter Stuart Davis, who he called “one of the world’s worst teachers.” (“He was already a famous artist who taught one night a week; he had his followers who came regularly, and they were interested not in art so much as in jazz and baseball.”) Kahn had better luck as an acolyte of abstract painter Hans Hofmann, who later employed him as a studio assistant. “I looked at Hofmann and through him I looked at the German Expressionists and the American Abstract Expressionists, many of whom were personal friends,” Kahn said. “I was still a young painter getting some attention, while these guys were already enthroned.” Read More

Art Word – Shafer Exhibit Opens at the Nevada Museum of Art

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Top: Tallac Rex; Bottom: Upper Truckee Gambol

Top: Tallac Rex; Bottom: Upper Truckee Gambol

It feels like you’re lying on the ground watching clouds swirl above.

The landscape tilts and nature’s intrinsic movement performs in the breeze through trees, in the trickle of the creek and as shadows begin overtaking distant mountain ranges.

Phyllis Shafer’s artwork is transporting — straight to the heart of Nevada’s deserts and Lake Tahoe and California’s valleys.

The plein air and landscape artist’s upcoming exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, “I Only Went Out for a Walk…” journeys through Shafer’s 30-year art career, displaying not only her early and recent work, but showcasing her life’s transformation as an artist and an individual. Read More

Phyllis Shafer to Exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art

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Top: Tallac Rex; Bottom: Upper Truckee Gambol

Top: Tallac Rex (oil on canvas, 34″ x 42″); Bottom: Upper Truckee Gambol (oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″)

This feature exhibition celebrates the iconic landscape paintings of Phyllis Shafer, while also carefully examining her early artistic influences shaped by her time spent in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. The title of the exhibition, “I only went out for a walk…” is inspired by a phrase written by nineteenth century naturalist and conservationist John Muir, and links to Shafer’s work as a plein air painter who frequently finds inspiration in the Sierra Nevada. Read More

Video Blog – An Artist’s Talk, with Phyllis Shafer (Part Five)

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Phyllis Shafer – “Truckee Winter” from Stremmel Gallery on Vimeo.

The final Stremmel Gallery video blog featuring Phyllis Shafer focuses on “Truckee Winter,” one of the very few snow scenes she has painted. So, was mother nature cooperative while Phyllis created?

Stremmel Gallery proudly presents “Beneath On Sky,” displaying on location from October 10 through November 9, 2013. This exhibition of new paintings catalogs Shafer’s observations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe. “Beneath One Sky” is the fifth solo exhibition for Shafer at Stremmel Gallery. The show is made up of 38 pieces, ranging in sizes from 8 by 10 inches to 24 by 36 inches. “Beneath One Sky” serves as the preamble to the Nevada Museum of Art’s February 2014 exhibition for the artist.