10 To Buy Now – May 2013

Most people get that I see a lot of artwork and go to a lot of shows and exhibits.  The point of all of that is to make sure that I can find the right artwork for clients.  I have written about shows and pointed out some of the things that I have seen, but I want to share with you some of the works I have really fallen in love with – they run the gamut: different media, different styles, and different price points.

My thought is that when I share pieces that I really think are worth running out and buying right now, that I will probably try to group together pieces along themes…don’t hold me to it because I doubt I will be that disciplined.

Each time I share a list of favorites, I will try to provide a few works in different price categories (affordable: $500-$3000; accessible: $3,500-$7,000; moderate: $7,500-$12,000; expensive: $15,000-$25,000 and then more expensive pieces) I won’t be posting prices, but if you are interested in something, contact me and I will get you the information.

Here are some that I think are worth buying right now (in the future, I will come up with a new lists):

Affordable

  • Ted Laredo
    Ted Laredo Napthol Red Eclipse 18.5 diameter

    Ted Laredo Napthol Red Eclipse 18.5 diameter

    Ted Laredo Naphthol Red Eclipse(night_view)

    Ted Laredo Naphthol Red Eclipse(night_view)

    This artist is based in Albuquerque; I saw his richly saturated colors with phosphorescent beading 9 years ago at a now-defunct gallery in Santa Fe.  The fact that his work has stuck with me all this time is a good indication that it works for me. The works have a lux quality with the shimmering beads that cover the surfaces; to me they seem perfect in their simplicity and I think they work in just about any setting from traditional to ultramodern.

  • Liz Miller
    Liz Miller Untitled 1 Mimetic Deception, Courtesy of David B. Smith Gallery

    Liz Miller Untitled 1 Mimetic Deception, Courtesy of David B. Smith Gallery

    She is one of the artists I recognize as really being on the move; she lives in Minnesota, but did a show in here in Denver at the David B. Smith Gallery in response to the opening of the Clyfford Still museum and her massive installation of cut-out felt looked as though Still’s jagged colors were brought to life in a sort of animated, 3-dimensional dance.  Her smaller paper pieces are brighter in palette, but display a tension between hard and soft that is visually stunning.

  • Collin Parson
    Collin Parson_Light Construct Ellipse

    Collin Parson_Light Construct Ellipse

    One of the nicest guys around – he is the Director of Exhibitions at the Arvada Art Center. His light boxes and installations are taking the city by storm; he just completed a massive solo exhibition put on by the city and I understand that next year he will have a show at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.

Accessible

Derrick Velasquez Unititled 45 31X29X1; Courtesy of Robischon Gallery

Derrick Velasquez Unititled 45 31X29X1; Courtesy of Robischon Gallery

  • Derrick Velasquez – Another one of the up-and-comers; Derrick shows in Denver at Robischon Gallery (currently on the walls) and his work has been showing up in NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Houston & Miami. I love his work because it always appears to have just settled into a sort of calm state of repose.
Sara Hughes Data Crash 5; Courtesy Plus Gallery

Sara Hughes Data Crash 5; Courtesy Plus Gallery

  • Sarah Hughes – The New Zealand artist’s hard-edge paintings at Plus Gallery were the inspiration for this list in the first place; I am captivated by her use of color and perspective.  If you look through my archived write-ups, you’d see her work is exactly what is in right now.
Virginia Maitland - Yellow Dawn 54x48; Courtesy The Sandra Phillips Gallery

Virginia Maitland – Yellow Dawn 54×48; Courtesy The Sandra Phillips Gallery

  • Virginia Maitland – What can I say? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her saturated veils of color.  Yellow Dawn is perfect in every way.

Moderate

Robert Brinker Finger Queen 2012; Courtesy Gallery 212

Robert Brinker Finger Queen 2012; Courtesy Gallery 212

  • Robert Brinker – His pieces have the color, the perspective and an very tech-savvy sense of Complexity.  I saw his works up in Aspen at Gallery 212, but he casts a net around the world.
Michael Eden Tall Neon Pink Bloom, 2012

Michael Eden Tall Neon Pink Bloom, 2012

  • Michael Eden – I can’t help it. I know technologies are making 3D printing and ALM ubiquitous, but this UK-based artist’s pieces are so stunning! He uses advanced techniques to reference historical ceramics in the most current way. He lives in the UK and is represented by Adrian Sassoon, but is truly an international sensation.

Expensive

Jay Musler - Blue State Bowl; Courtesy Maurine Littleton

Jay Musler – Blue State Bowl; Courtesy Maurine Littleton

  • Jay Musler – I found this glass bowl at a Maurine Littleton Gallery  in Washington, DC. The color is so sensuous. This is one of my favorite pieces of glass anywhere.
Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer, Bella Bella, 2006

Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer, Bella Bella, 2006

  • Harald Schmitz-Schmeltzer – The De Buck Gallery had this German artist’s work on display and I while I have seen a lot of stacked color pieces, his are gorgeous!

More Expensive

Robert Mangold, Point Traveling Through Space at an Erratic Speed; at Z Art Dept

Robert Mangold, Point Traveling Through Space at an Erratic Speed; at Z Art Dept

  • Robert Mangold –  Last week I was looking out the window of the McNichols Building at Mangold’s “Trees.” This lifetime artist makes Colorado his home, but his works can be seen far and wide; I am especially fond of his series of sculptures  “Point Traveling Through Space at an Erratic Speed.”
  • Sol LeWitt
    Sol Lewitt,Wavy Horizontal Lines (Diptych) (E-74), 1996

    Sol Lewitt,Wavy Horizontal Lines (Diptych) (E-74), 1996

    If you have read my blog before, you will know he is one of my favorite artists and it is amazing to me that this artist, whose work is in every museum everywhere, still has pieces that are within reach.  He printed this with the Van Straaten’s Riverhouse Editions, and I believe they still have it available, but I know that I have found prints from the edition around the world.

There is a lot of great artwork out there and I am here to help you find it. 

I see a LOT of art.  I am constantly looking so that I can find what works for my clients. Whether it is to find a specific piece to go into your space or to develop a plan for you to build upon over time, contact me and I will be happy to help.

Mike McClung
ArtLook, LLC
303-667-2447
mlmcclung@aol.com

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