Sotheby’s Evening Sale this May in NYC will potentially set a new auction record for Lee Krasner, as the artist’s work The Eye is the First Circle (1960) will hit the block with an estimate of $10 million to $15 million, double her current estimate. “This painting represents a critical turning point for Krasner—a rebirth in a sense—as it was executed following a period of great personal loss and tragedy,” says Saara Pritchard, senior vice president and senior specialist of Sotheby’s contemporary art department.
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New York, NY
Columbia MFA, New York
School of Visual Arts BFA, New York
“Barnaby Furnas’s paintings rival the sensationalism of Hollywood special effects: forms explode with Technicolor glory, pyrotechnics and gore are reinvented with painterly splendor, and action-packed carnage is frozen in all-angle suspense. Drawing from the ultra-violence of big-screen cinema and illicit video games, Barnaby Furnas develops his own subversive cartoon world, populated by rock stars and Abe-Lincoln look-a-likes hell-bent on maniacal destruction. Barnaby Furnas uses his blood-and-guts subjects as a means to flirt with abstraction and design, entrenching his hyper-contemporary scenes in historical tradition. Creating a sophisticated visual tension, Barnaby Furnas’s work mirrors a current social anxiety, troubled by the glamorization of war, corruption of faith and the legacy of false heroes.” – Patricia Ellis from www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Following the historical painterly tradition, Furnas mixes his own paint out of a combination of urethane and pigment. His style is marked by an unique application of paint, often using explosive splatters of red over a blue background and an unabashed mixture of abstraction and representation.
RXArt Party 2007 [ArtObserved]