November Artist Focus at Galerie Le Royer, Montreal, Quebec.
(Above) Bhavanga 18, original by James Verbicky, donated to the 2018 TWOxTWO Auction.
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, the annual event that benefits the Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, raised a record $9.3 million at the 20th anniversary gala on Saturday night at the Rachofsky House.
Artist Dana Schutz received the 2018 amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS, and legendary singer Diana Ross provided entertainment for the 500 people who attended the black-tie gala.
“The 20th annual benefit dinner and art auction that jointly benefits amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. The black-tie gala dinner will feature a live and silent auction of significant contemporary art, as well as the presentation of amfAR’s 2018 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. Sponsored by Cadillac, Sotheby’s, Dom Pérignon, Chubb Personal Insurance / IMA | Waldman, and Todd Events.”
Excerpt, Kostuik Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta born, Southern California based Verbicky presents his Citta Samanta series and Cranes sont en, or “skull”, paintings – works with three-dimensional surfaces that transcend traditional painting and venture into the realm of sculpture, utilizing vintage media, graphics, advertisements and obsolete branding materials. Debuting as well is Verbicky’s new Bhavanga Series, a transfer of this artist’s ability to create large wall murals onto canvas, employing hand painted and stenciled works that include the subtle use of crystalina (“diamond dust”) in between the movement of his signature horizontal bands.
“Verbicky’s works are a shared psychic location, which reminds me most of the insightful 1960’s notion that information systems overload creates pattern recognition. It was a somewhat visionary and strangely exotic concept back then, but in today’s digital world it is simply the everyday place we all live in. And it is for that salient reason that he strikes me as being both a masterful neo-pop artist and a gifted interpreter of the neo-baroque culture we currently occupy, the electronic world in which all consuming immersive spectacle has become the fabula, or story, of our daily lives. His pieces are thus futuristic relics, mosaic-like stage sets where words and images collide as tertiary mandalas. They are nearly four-dimensional emblemata for a new secular age of sensational saturation.“
Immersive: The Neo-Baroque Paintings of James Verbicky by Donald Brackett