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Miami Art Week – Enjoy An Amazing Blend of Modern Art and Culture

Miami Art Week in Florida is just around the corner. Miami Art Week is an intriguing melting pot of art and culture where visitors, locals and international art enthusiasts meet to preview the upcoming hot collections. The art event hosts over 20 international art fairs, more than 1,200 galleries and thousands of talented artists. Miami Art Week offers guest as unique blend of art and culture. It is where visitors, locals and international art enthusiasts can come together and see upcoming, modern art collections.

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations. These are all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra and L Catterton Real Estate.

Below are the latest updates on fashion, hospitality, food, culture, and art initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District.

Miami Art Week Pop-Ups

MARIO CARBONE’S OUR LADY OF ROCCO PART II | POP-UP
ABOUT: Following its hit 2021 debut, Our Lady of Rocco – the coveted collaboration between NYC-based womenswear brand La Ligne and famed chef and restaurateur Mario Carbone – is announcing the launch of Part II. Inspired by 1980s New York City and uniform dressing, the limited-edition collection offers streetwear pieces like a burgundy satin bomber, statement T-shirts, trousers and luxe wool cap, embroidered with the brand’s signature crown logo.

This year, the brand extends to a new category. Bespoke tailoring in the great Italian sartorial tradition. During Art Basel, the brand will host a pop-up offering one-of-a-kind vintage Nino Cerruti suits and blazers. They are reworked to include the brand’s signature lining and brass buttons. Plus, the Vintage Cerrutis will be available exclusively at the pop-up where customers can also get the suits further tailored.

Dates: November 29 – December 3
Hours: 12pm – 8pm
Location: ZZ’s Club | 151 NE 41st St.

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BASIC.SPACE | SELECT.MIAMI
ABOUT: On November 30th and December 1st, Basic.Space will host “Select.Miami.” This unique exhibition and shopping experience is curated by a select group of best-in-class creatives. For example, Juliet Johnstone, After That, RetroSuperFuture, and more. This 2-day event rooted in the concept of curation, community and discovery. It will showcase a blend of new items, limited editions and brand collaborations, all exclusive to Basic.Space.

In partnership with Secular Sabbath, this event will include an overnight ambient music experience from 12am – 7am on the 1st. Secular Sabbath is an ambient music centered event experience. Thus, attendees are invited to relax, restore, and get inspired together through their sensory body.

Dates: December 1
Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Location: 3930 NE 2nd Avenue

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RESY AND AMERICAN EXPRESS | DINNER SERIES FEAT. TOP CHEFS

ABOUT: Resy and American Express are creating a pop-up in the Miami Design District headlined by Michelin and James Beard Award winning chefs Massimo Bottura, Missy Robbins and Mashama Bailey. Artist Phillip K. Smith III – who showed at Art Basel Miami 2017 in the Faena Arts District – has created an immersive work for the space, Garden of Reflections.

The pop-up will host three nights of dinners, exclusively for American Express Card Members enrolled in Global Dining Access by Resy, as well as an art-focused gallery day showcasing Smith’s art with food and cocktails by Chef Michael Solomonov. More information at resy.com/miami-dining-series.

Dates: November 29 – December 2
Hours: November 29: 6pm; November 30: 11am – 6pm; December 1: 5:30pm & 9pm; December 2: 5:30pm & 9pm
Location: 151 NE 41st St., 3rd Floor

Fashion News

DOLCE & GABBANA CASA | GRAND OPENING (photo above)
ABOUT: To feel at home: the Dolce & Gabbana Casa Collection is dedicated to the universe of furnishing and furnishing accessories. It is a tribute to the excellence of craftsmanship, Italian design and the authentic codes of the brand’s DNA. The patterns of the Collection’s themes come to life on furniture and mise en place accessories. In addition, textiles and decorative objects that evoke a story of love and hospitality, passion and beauty, and the art of living one’s daily life.

From sofas in fine jacquard to lacquered oak tables, from accessorized bar cabinets to armchairs upholstered in petit point embroidery. Furniture pieces are realized in partnership with Luxury Living Group. They present both elements of harmony and contrasts, rendering a unique narrative that gives no limits to creativity.

Dates: November 28 – December 4
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Location: 50 NE 39th Street

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FENDI CASA | GRAND OPENING
ABOUT: FENDI Casa has chosen Miami for its first flagship store in the United States. It is in the heart of the Miami Design District. The opening of the boutique will coincide with the start of Design Miami.  There, FENDI presents a series of special projects over time, together with established and emerging designers. The boutique in Miami spans 591 square meters. All within a concrete building enhanced by large windows on two levels, whose architecture is inspired by the Modern Movement.

Date: Opening November 30
Hours: M – F 10am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 3pm; Sunday Closed
Location: 4120 NE 2nd Ave.

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INSTALLATIONS & EXHIBITIONS

2022 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: ROCK | ROLL BY GERMANE BARNES

ABOUT: The Miami Design District has awarded Miami-based architect and designer, Germane Barnes, the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Design Commission. Rock | Roll is a multifaceted installation that draws on the vibrancy of Miami Carnival to honor the BIPOC communities that contribute to Miami’s polyethnic culture. Barnes designed a series of massive, whimsical capsules that rock back-and-forth when activated by users and feature vibrant colors reminiscent of Carnival’s feathered costumes and the city’s water-friendly lifestyle.

With a nod to steel drums and Soca music, Barnes also designed wind chimes, hundreds of which will be hung in the neighborhood’s trees. Rock | Roll will also include a free-floating dome suspended overhead and animated by light and sound, which will serve as an anchor to a communal and lively commission. Soon to be installed in the Miami Design District as the annual Design Commission, Barnes’ creative — and massive– interactive installation is expected to draw visitors on a global scale.

Dates: Mid-November onward
Location: Miami Design District

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DANIEL ARSHAM | THE ARES HOUSE

ABOUT: In a collaborative effort between The Alexander Team and Everyrealm, comes the launch of ‘The Row,” an exclusive collection of metaverse real estate featuring architecture designed by a variety of talented artists. The 30-piece collection, made up of one-of-one NFTs, will live on the Mona platform. This piece (pictured above), from The Row collection and created by Daniel Arsham, is the inspiration for the exhibition concept.

It is called The Ares House. This exhibition concept offers guests a thoughtful journey from Miami into the boundless possibilities of the metaverse, where their curiosity to discover is the vehicle and Daniel’s artwork and expressions are the pulse and fuel.

Dates: December 1 – December 4
Location: Miami Design District

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GAGOSIAN & JEFFERY DEITCH | 100 YEARS

ABOUT: Gagosian is pleased to announce 100 Years, the seventh group exhibition—including an online incarnation in 2020—organized by Gagosian in collaboration with Jeffrey Deitch in Miami’s Design District during Miami Art Week. 100 Years—on view at the historic Buick Building—explores the interplay of past, present, and future through works by contemporary artists. They are in dialogue with the sweeping cultural and environmental changes of the past century—as well as those who anticipate future possibilities.

The contributors to 100 Years, who include Refik Anadol, Theaster Gates, Douglas Gordon, Urs Fischer, Tom Friedman, Austin Lee, Jamian Juliano Villani, Rick Lowe, Keiichi Tanaami, and Taryn Simon, among others, recognize the critical nature of the titular period, sloughing off a sense of weariness with time itself to consider past and future with new optimism.

Dates: November 28 – December 4
Hours: Monday 5pm – 8pm; Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 10am – 6pm
Location: Buick Building NE 2nd Ave

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CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION: TWO OF THE SAME KIND
ABOUT: The Craig Robins Collection consists of contemporary art and innovative design. It displays within the Miami Design District headquarters of DACRA and rotating on a bi-annual basis. This year, “Two of The Same Kind” highlights the work of Marlene Dumas and Jana Euler, two artists whose painting and drawing practices are broadly represented in the Collection holdings.

The theme of dualism threads through two portraits by pop icon Andy Warhol. Both commissioned decades ago by Craig Robin’s mother and Jackie Soffer’s mother. More than a hundred works on view present an expansive overview of figurative art from the last three decades. Plus, the multifaceted Collection also features design pieces by the recently acquired Sasha Gordon. Also by established favorites such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Marc Newson and Maarten Baas.

Dates: November 30 – onward
Hours: 10am – 12pm
Location: DACRA Headquarters, 3841 NE 2nd Ave.

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SAATCHI YATES | TESFAYE URGESSA

ABOUT: This November, Saatchi Yates Miami will temporarily open a solo exhibition of new work by Ethiopian Contemporary artist Tesfaye Urgessa. It coincides with his presentation at the Rubell Museum, opening December 2022. Saatchi Yates Miami is situated in the Miami Design District. Found next to the Institute of Contemporary Art and the de la Cruz Collection.

Born in 1983 in Ethiopia, Tesfaye studied under master Tadesse Mesfin at Staatlichen Akademie in Stuttgart. He later emigrated to work in Germany. Thus, through these experiences, Ugressa connected Ethiopian iconography and a deep fascination with traditional figurative painting. As a result, it creates a unique and striking language which portrays race and the politics of identity.

Dates: November 22 – December 20
Hours: 12pm – 6pm
Location: 35 NE 40 St.

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PRIZM ART FAIR | PRIZM 2022: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART FAIR

ABOUT: This year, the neighborhood is thrilled to host its first-ever art fair aside from Design Miami/: Prizm 2022 Contemporary African Art Fair. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Prizm 2022 will present Vernacular À la Mode. Hence, there are presentations of select galleries and artists. They will explore how vernacular modes of artmaking originating in global African contexts have influenced the cultivation of fine art practice worldwide.

The program will include four sections: Prizm Panels, Prizm Perform, Prizm Film, Prizm Preview, and, of course, Prizm Art Fair at large. Also, exhibiting international artists from Africa and the global African Diaspora. Artists will represent global locales including, Angola, Barbados, South Africa and Kenya. In addition, Mozambique, Angola, Martinique, Norway, Portugal, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and many more.

Dates: November 30 – December 4
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Location: 4220 N Miami Ave.

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THE OFFICE. & F2T GALLERY | I DON’T NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT

ABOUT: THE OFFICE. Gallery and F2T Gallery present I DONT NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT. This group exhibition features artists Callum Eaton, Eduardo Sarabia, Jonathan Casella, Kristopher Raos, Saj Issa, Sam Keller, Stephanie H. Shih, and Tim Irani. The selected artists will bring forth a collective body of work highlighting the global culture crisis of mass production and capitalism. There is an emphasis on cliche or kitschy elements of our cultures, through the use of irony and pop art elements.

THE OFFICE., founded by art patron and avid collector, Matthew Chevallard. It educates the public on art collecting and presents exceptionally curated and co-curated exhibitions, within the contemporary art world. Continuing, F2T Gallery from Milano, conceived in 2021 by acclaimed collectors Matteo Novarese and Francesco Bena, works with leading emerging artists, galleries and collectors in the contemporary art world.

Dates: Opening Night: November 27 from 5pm – 8pm (open to the public); November 28 – January 29
Hours: 11am – 7pm
Location: 3930 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 202

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WHERE TO DINE DURING ART BASEL

MAJOR FOOD GROUP’S CONTESSA NOW OPEN

ABOUT: Inspired by the old-world sophistication of Northern Italy’s iconic villas and estates, Contessa is a classic yet thoroughly contemporary dining destination by MFG Co-Founders Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi. This statement-making concept nods to centuries of Italian tradition and cuisine. Contessa, Miami Design District’s new neighborhood cornerstone, is a two-story crown-jewel situated at the intersection of art, culture & fashion.

Encouraging guests to stay beyond the confines of its lunch, Aperitivo and dinner, Contessa presents an intoxicatingly elegant ambience. Authentic to Northern Italian fare, the menu offers the finest meats, antipasti, signature pizzas–a first for Major Food Group–and an extensive in-house gelato program. ContessaRistorante.com

Location: 111 NE 41st St. – Miami Design District

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THE DREXEL

ABOUT: The Drexel is the latest culinary venture co-founded by beloved industry veterans, Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya of Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Mrs.Mandolin, and Mr.Mandolin. Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, The Drexel is a Coastal Mediterranean restaurant offering elevated yet uncomplicated European-inspired dishes. LOcated on the corner of Miami’s historic Española Way and Drexel Avenue, The Drexel is a hidden gem. Hence, it elevates Miami Beach’s dining scene. It is characterized by both a chic European atmosphere along with fresh, innovative Mediterranean flavors. DrexelMiami.com

Location: 1436 Drexel Ave. – Miami Beach

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PURA VIDA MIAMI

ABOUT: Pura Vida is a Miami-based all-day cafe founded by husband-wife team, Omer and Jennifer Horev. The health-focused eatery provides an extensive menu. It features a range of raw, organic acai bowls, freshly squeezed juices and superfood smoothies. Also, fresh salads, wraps, bowls and more, making it the ideal grab-and-go eatery to enjoy between fairs this season.

Since its inception in 2012, Pura Vida has evolved to include 12 outposts throughout South Florida. In addition, several locations are spread out across the region. Plus, Pura Vida is also gearing up to kick-off its international expansion with the debut of a new full-service restaurant in Doha, Qatar. PuraVidaMiami.com

Locations: Edgewater, Miami Design District, South Miami, Miracle Mile, Sunset Harbour, Brickell, Las Olas, Bay Harbor, West Avenue, South of Fifth, Aventura, West Palm Beach, and new Doha, Qatar

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The Mona Lisa Of Motorcycles In $50 Million Art Sale

Modern artist Jack Armstrong is once again the owner of the most expensive motorcycle in the world!

The Cosmic Starship Harley he sold in 2012 for $3 Million has recently changed hands in a record art sale. Armstrong exchanged his $50 Million Cosmic X Painting titled: Star Key #733 with the family that owned the custom painted Harley Davidson motorcycle.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jack Armstrong and get his personal reactions to the big news.

Artist Jack Armstrong - Star Key #733 paintingStar Key #733

The painting’s #733 title has a significant meaning. It is the exact ct. number of the 733ct Black Star Sapphire Of Queensland, which he loaned to Canada’s Largest Museum – The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. In 2007, the Black Star Sapphire Of Queensland was featured in the grand reopening of the Crystal Addition, which was the biggest event in the museum’s history.

Black Star Sapphire Of Queensland

The Black Star Sapphire Of Queensland was exhibited in the American National Gem Collection (Smithsonian Museum) from 1961-1969 and was owned by artist Jack Armstrong from 2002 – 2008. When Armstrong loaned the Black Star Sapphire to the Royal Ontario Museum for their Grand Reopening party in July 2007, the world once again got to see the most famous star sapphire in the world shine like the moon with the most perfect star gem on earth. The sapphire was the star of the show when the most important VIP’s arrived in Canada for the grand opening celebration that lasted a week.
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum – Michael Lee Chin – Crystal Age at the ROM

The famous Sapphire was worn by both Priscilla Presley and Cher – on the first season of the “Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” TV Show.

Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour TV Show“Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” TV Show

Armstrong says.“The Cosmic Starship Harley motorcycle is my masterpiece and will either be exhibited to the public once more or will be sold to a public or private museum, or collector. It will allow the public to see this one-off piece of motorcycle art history.”

Armstrong was quoted, “My motorcycle is now officially the Most Valuable Bike in the world. I don’t want it to be stored any longer in a vault and would like to see it reappear in a public or private collection. Similar to my friend Andy Warhol, it truly is my Campbell’s Soup Can.”
Andy Warhol and Jack Armstrong: One Artist’s Soup Can Is Another’s Harley-Davidson

Paul Jayson is a well-known and highly respected UK Motorcycle historian, curator and restoration expert. He states, “The Armstrong ‘Starship’ Harley is simply the finest art motorcycle ever made.”
The Motorcycle As Art – The Motorcycle Broker

Cosmic Starship Harley - Jack Armstrong

The Cosmic Starship Harley had been stored in a climate-controlled vault for 10 years and has not been seen by the public since it’s 2010 World Premiere event in L.A., California. Attended by many celebrities, this amazing event was covered by the International Press. Jack Armstrong and actor Lorenzo Lamas were both filmed on the motorcycle at the legendary Bartels Harley Davidson. Jack also talks about Andy in the below video.

Armstrong says he feels a bit like Leonardo da Vinci, who travelled with his own “Mona Lisa” painting his entire life. Armstrong states, “Some things change your life. This Starship Motorcycle is like a part of my family. It’s the most iconic motorcycle in art history and I will now search for the right setting to display it. I want to share it with the art and museum world once again.”

Many in the art world believe Jack’s Cosmic Starship Harley motorcycle is a singular art masterwork. It stands alongside his other masterpieces: Warhol Naked, Cosmic X Paradigm and The Last Wizard as the most important works in “Cosmic X” art.

Warhol Naked painting - Jack ArmstrongWarhol Naked
Cosmic X Paradigm acryclic painting - Jack Armstrong
Cosmic X Paradigm
The Last Wizard painting - Jack ArmstrongThe Last Wizard

Armstrong says, “It seems amazing that I told Warhol in the 1980’s when I rode him on the back of my 1000 Harley Sportster in New York City that one day, I would create the world’s most valuable art motorcycle. Andy not only thought it was a great idea, but I actually saw him creating motorcycles in his Last Supper Exhibition for Rome just before he died.”
The Vatican to Host Major Andy Warhol Exhibition – The Art Newspaper

Andy Warhol - Pop ArtLionello Fabbri/SCIENCE SOURCE

Jack continues, “It was possible that after all our rides together, Andy started painting motorcycles. 25 years later, when I was being photographed by the world press in L.A. I thought of my friend Andy and my old Harley and smiled for the cameras.”

Warhol was driven in his own Rolls Royce by Mick Jagger, Liza Minelli and Imelda Marcos. But Armstrong believes Andy riding on Jack’s 1980 Harley Davidson were the only times, Warhol ever rode on a motorcycle in New York City.
Andy Warhol Cars Shows the Artist’s Love for Automotives – Sixtysix Mag

Andy Warhol - Rolls RoyceRevolver Gallery

Jack Armstrong feels the same way about the Cosmic Starship Motorcycle as he did with the famous sapphire. Saying “It needs to be seen so it can cosmically change the way people feel. As they view it, the motorcycle comes to life in extreme colors that make the mind bend. It changes their own reality in ways that only the viewer can describe after seeing this motorcycle live and in color on exhibit. I feel it’s an unforgettable experience in motorcycle and art history.”

Cosmic Starship Harley Motorcycle

Armstrong continues, “The person who will collect it and curate it in the future, can build a car or motorcycle collection around it. Or center it in any renowned art collection and watch it virtually steal the show, no matter what priceless paintings surround it. My Cosmic Starship Harley will become the ultimate conversation piece, when anyone who loves art enters its orbit.”

For Armstrong to trade one of his favorite paintings for possibly his favorite creation, is nothing new for the rebel artist. Jack states, “I created this motorcycle to be seen. The only way for that to happen was to remove it from its hidden existence. Let it shine again on the world stage, where it will occupy a place in the art and museum world like no other motorcycle can.”

Cosmic Starship Harley Davidson custom motorcycle - Jack Armstrong

Armstrong channels all his 100 rare, original paintings and the Cosmic Starship Harley motorcycle (a 2009 Harley Davidson V-Rod) from Universal Transcendence. He lets the object he’s painting to virtually come to life, by simply allowing the universe to flow through himself as the creation takes place. Oneness is the unique state of being that Armstrong says is not ‘only the ‘center’ of his talent but is also the metaphysical state of creation that created the stars.

Jack Armstrong created the most expensive paintings in the world by a living artist.
The 7 Most Expensive Paintings In The World By A Living Artist – The Life of Luxury
WikiArt – Jack Armstrong
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Click and view this once-in-a-lifetime, visually stunning art collection.

Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection

Contact Andrew William for more information about this sale, by using the Contact Us form.



U.S. Artist Plans to Donate up to $350 Million to “Help Save Children in Ukraine” Charity


Jack Armstrong, founder of Cosmic ‘X’ art, will donate up to $350 Million in a rare art sale.

American artist Jack Armstrong is offering his rare art collection of the 7 Most Expensive Paintings in the World by a living artist. Mr. Armstrong will donate 50% of his $700 Million sale (or best offer) to the respected charitable organization – Save the Children – “Help Save Children in Ukraine.” They have an “exceptional” four-star rating by Charity Navigator.

The artist is selling his most valuable works to benefit the refugee children of Ukraine and their families, during this humanitarian crisis. The actual buyer can of course nominate their own charity of choice. Ukraine’s innocent children are sadly caught in the crossfire of this adult war. It should never have come to this.

Armstrong’s most valuable art originals will benefit Children in Need.  “Children are priceless in comparison to art“, says the artist. This donation to the Save the Children – Help Save Children in Ukraine fund will help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, support and cash assistance.

Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to both children and their families. Together, we need to protect these helpless children. Since their founding 100 years ago, the charitable organization has changed the lives of over 1 billion children. In 2020, they reached more than 197 million children.

Ukraine children mural

Mr. Armstrong has many friends and colleagues in the Ukraine and Russia. He hopes this art sale can become an inspiration for artists everywhere, to help Ukrainian children and families in this critical moment in history.

Save The Children: 501c Charity

Half of the total collection proceeds from this priceless Cosmic ‘X’ collection sale will go directly to the Help Save Children in Ukraine charity. By utilizing a 501c charity, this provides the investor, hedge fund or private collector, a complete 50% discount after the tax-free deduction.

Cosmic ‘X’ Art is the World’s Most Expensive – 2022

When you speak about the most expensive art in the world, the names ‘Basquiat’ and ‘Warhol’ come up, as sales of both artists’ work now exceed $100 million per piece. The still living member of the Warhol, Basquiat and Haring NYC Art Tribe is – Jack Armstrong. Cosmic ‘X’ Art is the most significant and rare art collection in the world by a living painter.
Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe” Could Break Auction Record

Fixed at only 100 pieces (lifetime total) and completely influenced by unique cosmic visions, it allowed him to create a new style of art he named – Cosmic ‘X‘.  This new art category was first created precisely 30 years after his famous relative – Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon.

The official name: Cosmic Extensionalism has been written about worldwide. Yet, artist Jack Armstrong has never completely explained how he came to develop an art technique and style so completely different from anything else that has come before or after it in art history. When asked, he carefully explains it as: “A ‘universal transcendence’ in art and in artist that is a completely separate (new) art category and singularly unique in style and merit.”

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Cosmic Space X – $220 million Cosmic #1 – $110 million Warhol Naked – $110 million
Cosmic X Paradigm – $113 million Cosmic X #1 – $113 million Cosmic Dream Star – $110 million
The Last Wizard – $120 million

 

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No other form of contemporary art compares with Cosmic ‘X’ in rarity, composition, structure, texture and color.  Jack’s art is currently featured in some of the most exclusive collections globally.

Below are the current individual artwork prices for 2022.  Click to view each page of his art collection.

Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection
Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection
Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection
Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection

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Global Art Sales

Art sales continue to grow around the world. In 2021, an all-time high was achieved with an estimated $17.1 billion (15.6 billion euros) in art sales.

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Jack Armstrong, Cosmic Starship Harley – Los Angeles, CA.

Artist Jack Armstrong - Cosmic Harley Davidson motorcycle

Artist Jack Armstrong - Cosmic Harley Davidson motorcycle

Art Links and Images
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https://www.wikiart.org/en/jack-armstrong
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Armstrong_(artist)
https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/the-worlds-rarest-art-100-million-cosmic-x-100-nft-digital-art/

 

If Jack Armstrong is the 21st Century’s Jackson Pollock, it is quite fitting that this “Modern Wizard” is using art to mobilize artists and collectors worldwide to help Ukraine.

 

If you are interested in learning more or purchasing this incredible art collection, please send a message to Andrew Williams by using the Contact Us form.



10-Piece Bat-Signal Inspired Luxury Collector Set – The New Batman Watch

An ongoing partnership between Kross Studio and Warner Bros. Consumer Products expands further with a new Batman watch. Their latest collaboration features two new projects in celebration of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ film “The Batman.” First is a new 10-piece, limited-numbered “The Batman” Collector set and a new series of “The Batman” – themed watch rolls.

The luxury collector set is available for $100,000 USD and includes “The Batman” Tourbillon watch and an illuminated Bat-Signal functional art piece. In addition, new “The Batman” movie releases in theaters internationally on March 2 and in the US on March 4, 2022.

The new Batman watch collection of watch rolls each sold separately for only $250 USD. Plus, they will feature four distinct representations that are inspired by iconic DC characters from the film: Batman (two editions), Selina Kyle (Catwoman), and The Riddler.

A Bat Signal for the Wrist
The talented Kross Studio team developed a wristwatch that embodies Batman. The Batman watch features dark styling, ultra-precise movement, and the Bat Signal representation famously used to summon the Super Hero. In addition, it is a canvas for a central tourbillon cage in the form of a Bat emblem.

The watch was created with a new version of Kross Studio’s in-house developed and produced caliber KS 7’000. The mechanical hand-wound 3 Hz caliber KS 7’001 has a 5-day power reserve. Placed atop the central tourbillon’s oversized cage, the miniature Bat-Signal’s louvered surface allows light to filter through. Plus it enables glimpses of the regulator below and makes one revolution per minute.

The new Batman timepiece presents a different reading of hours and minutes. The hour hand is affixed to a peripheral display mechanism orbiting 360° around the tourbillon. Plus, the minutes are displayed on a disk, making one revolution per hour. A domed sapphire crystal arcs over the dial in a low profile. Each luxury watch is hand-made and assembled on-site by Kross Studio in Gland, Switzerland.

Utility, Form, and Function
For Kross Studio, the timepiece design required an equal balance of ergonomic considerations and improved user experience. The unique D-ring crown, placed at 3 o’clock on the edge of the watch, maintains a low-profile. It ensures a more comfortable wear than a conventional crown. As a result, the luxury watch also improves performance with a faster, easier winding and time-setting experience.

The “The Batman” Tourbillon’s watch straps utilize an ingenious interchangeable strap system. Thus, it allows the removal and change of the strap with a simple ‘click’ of its quick-release button. Easily switch to one of the three included strap options. 1) a black calf leather strap embossed with the pattern of Batman’s armor. 2) a black rubber strap with black stitching. 3) a red rubber strap with red stitching. All straps are reinforced with a black rubber inlay for optimal durability and comfort.

Kross Studio - The Batman Bat Signal

Light Up the Night
The Bat Signal plays such a key role in “The Batman” Tourbillon. It is only fitting for Kross Studio to include a functional Bat Signal art piece as an integral element of each collector set. Each Batman timepiece delivers a functional Bat Signal that illuminates. Furthermore it immerses the collector into the universe of Gotham City and “The Batman”. Plus. it also hides a dedicated space on his backside to safely store The Batman tourbillon or any other watch.

Dark Personas
In addition to the collector set, Kross Studio also unveils a collection of four functional collectibles. Each watch holder model is crafted of genuine tan vegetal leather and comes screen-printed with a character’s striking likeness. Kross Studio designed each Batman watch roll with unique accents and complementary colors. Thay are inspired by the film character, represented with screen prints and contrast stitching. Continuing, red for Batman editions, blue for the Selina Kyle (Catwoman) option, or green for The Riddler model.

Kross Studio erases the boundaries between art, pop culture, and high horology. They proudly present a full collection of high-performance collectible products, in collaboration with a major entertainment company.

“The Batman” Collector sets ($100,000 USD each) and “The Batman” collectible watch rolls ($250 USD each). Both are now available for individual sale at kross-studio.ch or through official partners and select authorized retailers.

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Photo: Kross Studio




The 7 Most Expensive Paintings in the World – By a Living Artist

 

Cosmic ‘X’ Art is the World’s Most Expensive – 2022

When you speak about the most expensive art in the world, always the names ‘Basquiat’ and ‘Warhol’ come up, as sales of both artists work now exceed $100 million per piece. The still living member of the Warhol, Basquiat and Haring NYC Art Tribe is – Jack Armstrong. He has produced a significantly more rare body of work, fixed at 100 pieces and influenced by cosmic visions of enlightenment that uniquely helped him to discover a new style of Art that he founded and named – Cosmic ‘X‘ in 1999.

The official name: Cosmic Extensionalism has been written about worldwide. Yet, artist Jack Armstrong has never completely explained how he came to develop an art technique and style so completely different than anything else that has come before or after it in art history. When asked, he carefully explains it as: “A ‘universal transcendence’ in art and in artist that is a completely separate (new) art category and singularly unique in style and merit.”

This new art category was first created by the artist in 1999, precisely 30 years after his famous relative – Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon.
https://en.everybodywiki.com/Cosmic_Extensionalism_%22X%22

Armstrong explains, “My Cosmic ‘X’ art revelation took place in July of 1999, exactly 30 years after Neil’s first ‘steps’ on the Moon In 1969.”

Jack continues, “I understood in 1999, that most major art: Exhibited in Art-Fairs, Galleries and Museums was turning into conceptual nightmares of ridiculous proportion, offering nothing except the marketing of mass-produced pieces called art. Yet often made by an army of minimum wage (artist) assistants.”

“It was then I experienced a revolutionary enlightenment perhaps similar to Mr. Musk and his Mission to Mars. In my vision I realized that incomparable information ran thru me from different dimensions.  I used this information to create a new form of transmitting universal messages thru canvas and paint that can purely resonate into the universe for the ages.”

“I call it Cosmic ‘X’ because I channel it from the Universe and the other star planets we originate from.”

Jack further states, “One of my paintings is called ‘Ancient Universal Royals’ and that is the line we descend from. All this came in visions and dreams and the first painting was created in this vision. All the rest followed this pattern of letting the universe paint the art and using me only as a human facilitator.”

“This process is at a level that allows patterns & textures with words to appear from a universal alchemy I achieve through the meta-physical process I have developed with my universal cosmic X philosophy which induce trance like states that allow me to receive messages from other dimensions in cosmic revelations that are important for mankind to know as the ancient ones extend understanding which in essence is a cosmic reconnection for all beings.”
Stellar discovery: Human bodies are 97 percent stardust, claim scientists!

http://jackarmstrongartist.com/

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Cosmic Extensionalism[1] or Cosmic X is a new style of Art which was originally founded by Jack Armstrong in 1999.[2] Armstrong was inspired by an ethereal experience he had with the famous gem stone known as the Black Star Sapphire of Queensland. The stone is believed to have magical powers. At the time he destroyed all of his previous works.

Cosmic X is a genre of modern art styles as is the famous genres of “Cubism” by Picasso or “Pop Art” by Warhol. It was originally founded as an organic art movement and is singular by comparison.

Cosmic X requires the artist to become the art they are creating, by feeling no separation between the art itself. This requires a unique state of mind to be reached, connecting to a universal presence, which Armstrong believes exists in each being. It is this connection that creates the art, not the artist.”

Armstrong’s hair, fingerprints and DNA is present in all his paintings.

Cosmic Extensionalism - Jack Armstrong

References

    1. ^“Andy Warhol and Jack Armstrong: One Artist’s Soup Can Is Another’s Harley-Davidson”.
    2. ^“imdb trivia Jack Armstong”

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Space X

$220 Million, 2002 – L.A. California

Cosmic SpaceX acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

One of Armstrong’s largest paintings and possibly the finest. Space ‘X’ is both magnificent and priceless. Its Universal Flow is unmatched by anything else in the world. Armstrong says it’s the same cosmic ‘flow’ in this century as The Starry Night was in Van Gogh’s time. “Whatever is written about the work, does not matter. It must be seen in person, as its experience will never be forgotten.” says the artist.

 

The Last Wizard

$120 Million, 2000 – L.A. California

The Last Wizard acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

Armstrong’s largest painting. With extreme color, texture, with magical universal messages written throughout the piece. Signed with Jack & includes the title that Warhol gave him: “The Last Wizard”. A seminal piece of Cosmic X Art. 

 

Cosmic 1

$110 Million, 2008 – Palm Springs, California

Cosmic #1 acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

One of Armstrong’s most extreme colored & textured pieces. Cosmic 1, takes the viewer into the Universe of Armstrong’s Cosmic X Art, an unforgettable journey from the finest contemporary artist in the world.

 

Warhol Naked

$110 Million, 2000 – L.A. California

Warhol Naked painting - Jack Armstrong

Perhaps the most famous work of “Cosmic X”, along with the Cosmic Starship Motorcycle.
Named for Jack’s great friend and mentor, Andy Warhol.

 

Cosmic ‘X’ Paradigm

$113 Million, 2019 – Palm Springs, California

Cosmic X Paradigm acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

Armstrong’s ‘Final’ & most complex cosmic painting. The artist refuses to describe it saying ‘each’ (viewer) can discover their own secret inside the painting. It is universal magic on canvas. Armstrong says there are several paradigms in the piece and viewers can travel, into different dimensions & lifetimes as their consciousness evolves & connects with its art portals hidden in the painting.

 

Cosmic ‘X’ #1

$113 Million, 1999 – L.A. California

Cosmic X #1 acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

The First Cosmic ‘X’ ART. It’s powerful Universal flow created Armstrong’s revolutionary Cosmic Art ✨

 

Cosmic Star Dream

$110 Million, 2006 – L.A. California

Cosmic Dream Star acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

The cover image of Armstrong’s book “Cosmic X.” An exciting interplanetary journey with both Jack and ”Cosmic Star Dream” (written) on the painting. One of Armstrong’s personal favorites. A spectacular original Armstrong.

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About Jack Armstrong

The Last Wizard of Art

Andy Warhol called him “The Last Wizard of Art.” Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Taylor called him their friend. He painted NYC walls with Basquiat and taught Michael Jackson how to paint. For decades, Jack Armstrong’s art has been collected by Billionaires and Celebrities.

 

The Collectors of Jack Armstrong’s Cosmic X

Since his early days, Armstrong originals have been collected by celebrities and cultural icons.

Jackie Onassis, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Elizabeth Taylor have all owned art from “The Last Wizard.”

The world’s richest woman, Alice Walton (Walmart), owns two of Armstrong’s Cosmic X paintings.

 

The Legacy of Record-Breaking Art

– “The Cosmic Starship”, a custom painted Harley-Davidson V-Rod, first sold for $3 Million in 2012. The World’s Most Expensive Motorcycle at $110 million in 2022.

– ”The Cosmic Starcruiser”, a custom Cosmic ‘X’ art-bicycle, sold for $3 Million at the Big Boys Toys event in Dubai, in 2014.

– “The Cosmic ‘X’ Tribute Glove”, to be featured in the upcoming “Mirroring Michael Jackson” documentary, has been listed at $10 million.

 

The Historic Opportunity:

The 7 Most Valuable Paintings in the World

 

Cosmic Starship Harley-Davidson motorcycle by artist Jack Armstrong

These are the 7 most expensive paintings in the world by a living artist for 2022.

“Cosmic ‘fusion’ is the secret of the universe
as it encodes everything.”
– Jack Armstrong

“To reach a state of ‘cosmic-fusion’ in life & in art
you discover we are all universal code completely
able to experience interdimensional travel and life based
exclusively on our reconnection with the energy of stars.”
– Jack Armstrong

We hope you enjoy seeing and sharing these rare original images:
Art Collection
 

For more detailed information on:
The 7 Most Valuable Paintings
(The Final Cosmic ‘X’ Collection)

Christmas 2021: Cosmic ‘X’ Masterpiece Art Sale: 6 Paintings – $600M

Please contact: Andrew Williams at: sales@thelifeofluxury.com

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Art Basel 2021 Has Arrived in the Miami Design District

With Art Week 2021 finally here, we wanted to share some exciting news about scheduled events. There are a few art, culture, and fashion initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District. Please take the time to visit them during your visit to Miami and attend the world famous Art Basel 2021 event.

The Miami Design District will unveil its highly-anticipated annual Design Commission. It is a physical and virtual site-specific installation coined Tomorrow Land. It is designed by creative studios Studio Proba and Enjoy The Weather.

Plus, an array of public and site-specific installations, the Miami Design District is pleased to debut numerous exhibitions. Included are: ‘Shattered Glass’ presented by Jeffrey Deitch, the Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibit, Goodman Gallery and Galerie Lelong — among a few others. Additionally, luxury powerhouse, Louis Vuitton will be unveiling new Objets Nomades with several other moments taking place in the Miami Design District.

In addition, please visit a wide variety of pop-up galleries to fashion, design and tech moments and collaborations. All of these amazing events will take place in Miami and most are free and / or open to the public.

Welcome to Miami and we hope you enjoy Art Basel 2021 !

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2021 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: TOMORROW LAND

The Miami Design District is pleased to unveil Tomorrow Land, a physical and virtual site-specific installation created by Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather for the neighborhood’s Annual Design Commission 2021. Tomorrow Land features a series of playfully designed sculptures, seating, and ornamentation, created by Studio Proba in her signature, popular style. In addition to the physical components woven throughout the Miami Design District, the installation boasts an interactive, virtual game created by Enjoy the Weather. A dedicated app built around AR technology and proximity beacons which allow visitors to “collect” and digitally customize Studio Proba’s shapes and place their own custom totems throughout the neighborhood—and beyond—for other participants to discover and play with. Tomorrow Land will also enliven the entrance of Design Miami/ in Pride Park.

Dates: November 2021 – May 2022
Location: Miami Design District as well as the entrance of Design Miami/ in Pride Park

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CRAIG ROBINS COLLECTION

The Craig Robins Collection, exhibited within the Miami Design District headquarter offices of DACRA, is a private collection of contemporary art and design. Based on the belief that art should be shared, highlights from the collection are constantly rotated and put on view within the workspaces at DACRA, the innovative development company founded by Craig Robins in 1987. The annual re-hanging of Craig Robins’ contemporary art collection highlights 45 artworks by celebrated American conceptual artist John Baldessari (1931-2020), including highlights John Baldessari Clement Greenberg 1966-1968 and John Baldessari Kissing series: Simone Palm Trees (Near), 1975, The collection also features recent acquisitions including work by Kenturah Davis, Sayre Gomez, Urs Fisher, and more. Encompassing the disciplines of design, art, and architecture, the multifaceted collection also features pieces by established favorites such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Richard Tuttle, and Marlene Dumas.

Dates: December 2 – December 3 | 9AM-12PM
Location: DACRA Headquarters: 3841 NE 2nd Avenue

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LOUIS VUITTON OBJETS NOMADES COLLECTION

Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades Collection celebrates the Maison’s long-tradition of exceptional craftsmanship and heritage through travel-inspired objects that reflect the collaborative, contemporary visions of a diverse group of internationally-renowned designers. From a hammock to a foldable stool, an armchair to a room screen, each limited-edition object transcends the creative boundaries of design, showcasing the Maison’s profound attention to complex craftsmanship and artistic innovation. This December, Louis Vuitton will be expanding its Objets Nomades collection by transforming its Miami Design District stores into an immersive Objets Nomades installation, highlighting new pieces for 2021, including Merengue and Aguacate by the Campana Brothers, Cosmic Table by Raw Edges and a Petal Chair by Marcel Wanders. The men’s store façade will be based on the Marcel Wanders Studio Objets Nomades Diamond Screen, where Marcel reinterprets Louis Vuitton’s historic Monogram motif and the canework that once adorned LV trunks. The color and sensationalism of the pattern adapted to the new men’s store façade screen pays homage to Miami Modernist architectural style. The Women’s store’s façade will be temporarily wrapped in a jubilant burst of woven colors, patterned after a new Objet Nomade by the Campana Brothers. Inside, Patricia Urquiola has curated an enveloping exhibition of the universe of Objets Nomades, an inspiring journey through the remarkable artistic perspectives of all the Objets Nomades collaborators and an exceptional survey of the Maison’s heritage and savoir-faire.

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JEFFREY DEITCH PRESENTS: ‘SHATTERED GLASS’

Shattered Glass, the acclaimed exhibition of new art by emerging artists of color, which was shown at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles last spring, will be presented in an expanded version in the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The Los Angeles version of Shattered Glass, curated by Melahn Frierson and A.J. Girard, was more than an exhibition, it was a phenomenon, attracting 1,000 visitors per day in its final weeks on showcase. Shattered Glass connected with a diverse art audience, giving visitors a rare opportunity to see art that reflected their own life experience. The expanded Miami version of Shattered Glass will include fifteen new artists. The painting, sculpture, and photographic works in the exhibition are all figurative. The subject matter is often the artists’ family and friends. Their primary subject is their own life and their community. The participating artists are all strongly socially engaged; many of whom incorporate powerful social messages into their work. The exhibition represents a remarkable new generation that connects with a new art audience. Jeffrey Deitch has been presenting exhibitions and public art projects in the Miami Design District since 2002.

Dates: November 29 – December 5
Location: Miami Design District The Moore Building

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MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to announce its return to the Miami Design District with a winter exhibition space opening on Wednesday, November 24th. The first exhibition will be a group show featuring early works by Eddie Martinez alongside works by seven outsider, self-taught and American art brut artists that Martinez collects or is otherwise inspired by: Hawkins Bolden(1914-2005), Freddie Brice (1920-1998), David Butler (1898-1997), Willie Jinks (1921-2012), Ike Morgan (b. 1958), Mary T Smith (1904-1995) and Billy White (b. 1962). Taken together, the exhibition emphasizes a set of shared formal mannerisms between the artists: flatness rather than a sense of perspective, a graphic outline rather than finely wrought draughtsmanship. The work contains a sense of speed, immediacy and improvisation. Repeated figures assume a symbolic, spiritual or totemic quality.

Dates: November 29 – December 4 from noon to 8pm, Sunday, December 5 from noon to 6 pm – Winter Exhibition
Location: 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 125

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GOODMAN GALLERY

Goodman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and existing bronze sculptures from William Kentridge’s ongoing series of bronze glyphs, alongside a drawing from his most recent animated film, City Deep. Kentridge’s glyphs are a visual dictionary of sorts made up of a series of sculptures that form a vocabulary of symbols, representing a collection of everyday objects, suggested words, or icons that are ubiquitous in the artist’s practice. The glyphs started as ink drawings and paper cut-outs, each on a single page from a dictionary. The drawings were transformed into bronzes, to embody the weight and character their shapes on paper suggested.

In their smaller formation, the glyphs can be arranged in order to construct sculptural sentences and rearranged to deny meaning. An example of this can be found in Drawing for City Deep (A Fault to be Discovered Later). City Deep is Kentridge’s most recent film from his Drawings for Projection series. The film, grounded within Kentridge’s home city of Johannesburg, can be viewed as a counterpoint to the 1990 film, Mine, which depicts images of the deep-level mining industry. City Deep extends this depiction to the informal, surface-level “zama zama” miners who illegally work decommissioned mines on the edges of the formal mining economy.

Dates: November 24, 2021 – End of January 2022
Location: 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 123

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GALERIE LELONG

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, is launching a new temporary exhibition space at Paradise Plaza in the Miami Design District from November 28, 2021 to February 28, 2022. The opening will coincide with Miami Art Week and Art Basel: Miami Beach 2021, where the gallery has participated since its first edition in 2002. Galerie Lelong & Co. looks forward to furthering a deeper conversation with the vibrant and growing community in Miami by presenting pieces of historical and timely content from artists in the program, showing works that encompass a diverse range of media including painting, work on paper, sculpture, and photography.

Since 1991, Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, has championed a diverse roster of contemporary artists from throughout the world. Led by Mary Sabbatino, Vice President and Partner, the gallery has pioneered the community both in presenting a balanced roster of male and female artists, and artists from the Global South. The gallery’s programming is noted for its political acuity and museum-quality exhibitions, as well as its work with artists to help develop large-scale public art commissions beyond the gallery’s walls. In tandem with the gallery’s artists who present work that examine the human condition and collective consciousness, Galerie Lelong demonstrates its commitment to social justice and good citizenship through charitable initiatives and collaborations. Galerie Lelong is a member of the Art Dealers’ Association of America, the most esteemed organization of art galleries in the United States.

Dates: November 28 – February 28, 2022
Location: 151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 121

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SHOES + ART BY MATTHEW CHEVALLARD

Footwear Entrepreneur, Matthew Chevallard, is debuting an innovative modern-retail experience in the Miami Design District, coined: Shoes + Art. Merging Chevallard’s passion for footwear with his passion for art collecting, this multifaceted speakeasy retail concept, invites the public into a forward thinking and design-driven oasis in the middle of the most popular neighborhood in Miami. Chevallard’s new Avant Garde boutique, is situated in front of luxury houses Fendi and Louboutin, and features his two Italian hand-made footwear brands, Blu Scarpa and Concetto Limone all within Chevallard’s art gallery, THE OFFICE. The unique boutique concept will open to the public in time for Miami Art Basel 2021, on November 28th, 2021, with a solo exhibition by the coveted Mexican American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. The exhibition will feature a full range of works from Eduardo’s practice. For the first time, Eduardo will be displaying 10 limited edition lithographs, with several of them hand embellished by Eduardo Sarabia himself. Tying in the brands, Eduardo will be painting a set of Blu Scarpa products, and will be displaying a large selection of unique hand-painted ceramic plates. The remainder of the works will be revealed during the opening.

Dates: November 28 – ongoing
Location: 160 NE 40th Street; 2nd floor of OTL

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We hope you are able to attend this year’s Art Basel 2021 in Miami, Florida. Please return again for the latest luxury market news



New Coffee-Table Book by Lifestyle Guru Fran Berger

Fran Berger is a luxury lifestyle and home entertaining guru. She just released her new book titled “THE CATALOGUE” on October 20th. A VIP book launch party was held at Geary’s Beverly Hills. About two hundred invited guests celebrated her first book. Fran shared her wonderful journey, transitioning from a longtime restaurant owner to social media influencer and TV personality. She was a recurring guest on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” TV show.

“THE CATALOGUE” is an oversized coffee-table book. It includes a curated collection of Fran Berger’s favorite pieces, during her amazing career as famous restaurateur and home entertainer. She was the original owner of The Farm of Beverly Hills® for over 20 years.  The iconic, Beverly Hills restaurant is still a popular landmark. In addition, she expanded with a mini-chain of restaurants across the Los Angeles area.

Her countless guests flocked from far and wide to experience a taste of the warm atmosphere, authentic hospitality. Plus, they prized The Farm of Beverly Hills menu and thoroughly enjoyed dining in a true, Los Angeles environment. Fran had an innate love for entertaining others and worked hard to make every customer’s meal a special one.

In The Catalogue book, you will find Fran Berger’s 9 key sections: Coffee, Bar, Salad, Casual, Formal, Al Fresco, Cool Things, Flatware and Linen. She professionally shows you how to: create gatherings that kindle lasting memories,  use the collection of entertaining and kitchenware pieces you already have and love. In addition, read how take advantage of items you own but probably don’t use very often, plus select a few pieces you can add to make entertaining more memorable and infinitely easier.

Fran Berger new book: The Catalogue

Fran explains, “Welcoming friends into your home is itself an act of love. Providing a place for communion, facilitating connection — these things are vital in our increasingly disconnected world.

Over her career, Fran was definitely one of the country’s “go-to home entertaining experts.” She worked tirelessly to please all of her clients.  In the end, she ultimately knew they all desired to impress their guests with sophistication.


Through her collection of home entertaining and design consulting services, Fran Berger will curate these bespoke experiences helping you to celebrate the moments that matter in your life. Therefore, her first book gives her the opportunity to personally share her passion for sophisticated living with the world.


Combining over 20 years of experience entertaining family, friends and celebrities along with her dynamic and approachable nature, Berger quickly became a beloved tastemaker within her community.  As a result, she grew her restaurant into a city-wide chain.  The business was ultimately sold. Yet, Fran continued to remain personally invested in what made her restaurant so cherished and unique in the first place. That was her passion for gathering family, friends and loved ones around the table and creating lifelong memories. It’s in these intimate communal moments, Berger believes, that new relationships are created and existing ones are strengthened.

The Fran Berger book is now available exclusively at www.FranBerger.com, as well as Gearys Beverly Hills.

You can view additional videos from Fran here: https://franberger.com/videos/

We hope you enjoyed reading about Fran Berger’s new coffee-table book – THE CATALOGUE. Return soon to follow the latest news in the luxury industry.



Christmas 2021: Cosmic ‘X’ Masterpiece Art Sale: 6 Paintings – $600M

The Six Rarest Cosmic ‘X’ original paintings from modern artist Jack Armstrong, are being exclusively offered here at “The Life of Luxury” in a $600 million Christmas sale.  This gives the serious collector, investment firm or hedge fund the unique opportunity of owning the 6 most symbolic examples of Cosmic “X” Art.
View the complete: Cosmic ‘X’ Art Collection

These incredible pieces represent the very “best of the best” of Mr. Armstrong’s work.  The Six Cosmic ‘X’ paintings each retail at $110 million and above, so the group sale is a bargain at almost $70 million off of retail price.  In the future, we strongly think each of these originals will break the $450 million sale price of the now “disputed” Da Vinci “Salvator Mundi that achieved the record price in 2017.
https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/hype-fraud-and-leonardo-da-vinci/

Rarity alone usually brings the highest prices in the art world and breaks all the records.  But provenance is perhaps more important as no one wants to buy a painting that is later found out to be not genuine.

You can see more Cosmic “X” Art on WikiArt:
https://www.wikiart.org/en/jack-armstrong

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Cosmic Dream Star acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic Star Dream” – $110 Million (24″W x 30″H)

Jack Armstrong’s Cosmic Star Dream acrylic on canvas painting is visually stunning.  This particular art piece inspired the cover of his book, titled Cosmic X.  It is a fascinating journey of the incredible life experiences and philosophic realization of the iconic artist – Jack Armstrong.
https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/excitement-is-building-for-the-cosmic-x-book-by-jack-armstrong/ 

Cosmic X. It’s like nothing else published in art or philosophy before.  Below are just a few ‘quotes’ from the book, “The Philosophy of a Universal Being” that will help to create a new universal paradigm in Cosmic ‘X’.
https://en.everybodywiki.com/Cosmic_Extensionalism_%22X%22

We hope you enjoy them and find the Armstrong (Rare 6) Art Collection inspirational, in multi-dimensional levels of cosmic realization.

1. “As art becomes code, it becomes cosmic.” – J.A.
2. “The enlightened human being is the most creative force on earth.” – J.A.
3. “We are code running thru the universe & returning again in code.” – J.A.
4. “How can you understand something that doesn’t exist until you become the code.” -J.A.
5. “If the universe is simply code & humans are code, then each of us is universal in nature, Infinite, Immortal.” – J.A.
6. “Once you realize we are code, the paradigms you then create, become infinite & unfathomable art.” – Jack Armstrong

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The Last Wizard acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“The Last Wizard” – $120 Million (72″W x 48″H)

Jack Armstrong’s “The Last Wizard” is an amazing piece of modern art.  It’s got a very special meaning to Jack Armstrong, plus is the largest and most complex painting in his art collection.  This monumental art piece is a tribute to his friend, Andy Warhol.

“The Last Wizard” painting was created in the complete mastery of the Cosmic ‘X’ art form.
In addition, it’s Armstrong’s grandest painting in scale.  This visually brilliant, acrylic on canvas painting measures 72″W x 48″H.  “This is Cosmic ‘X’ as it transcends the known.

When asked to describe this phenomenal painting, Mr. Armstrong replied, “This is my largest painting measuring 6 X 4 feet.  It’s title is the ‘name’ Warhol gave me in 1985, saying after he was gone, I would become “The Last Wizard of Art“, as my work seemed to him more alchemy than art.  I believe this feeling of creating alchemy helped me to discover a synergy with the stars that became Cosmic ‘X’ in my work. This painting is a multidimensional creation.”

Jack continues, “This is a bold painting with no holds barred from embracing the universal magic that I follow & believe in.  It is the most complex painting in my canon of work and creates an unforgettable sensation in all who have viewed it.  It is museum quality and in pristine condition.”

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Jack Armstrong’s 100 Cosmic X originals are already the rarest art on earth for “living” artists.

Mr. Armstrong is in third place after:
1. Leonardo Da Vinci – less than 20 originals. Italian artist
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42000696

The $450 million Da Vinci painting, ‘The Salvator Mundi‘ or ‘Savior of the World, was sold by Christie’s Auction House to the “Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia” – Mohammed Bin Salman.  The painting has now been deemed a fraud by most of the world’s top art experts, not employed by the auction house.
https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/hype-fraud-and-leonardo-da-vinci/

2. Jan Vermeer – 36 originals. Dutch artist
https://www.wikiart.org/en/johannes-vermeer 

3. Jack Armstrong – 100 originals. American artist
https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/the-worlds-rarest-art-100-million-cosmic-x-100-nft-digital-art/

https://amp.ww.en.freejournal.org/56700314/1/cosmic-extensionalism-x.html

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Warhol Naked painting - Jack Armstrong

“Warhol Naked” – $110 Million (24″W x 36″H)

The “Warhol Naked” painting was created as a tribute to his friend Andy Warhol.  In addition, it’s likely Armstrong’s most personal painting, due to his artistic relationship with Andy Warhol.
Jack has said that one of the proudest moments in his life was being dubbed The Last Wizard of Art by Warhol himself.  The intense red color portrays a dazzling image of creativity.  Brilliant and bold, this acrylic on canvas painting measures 24″W x 36″H. Signed: Jack & Warhol with deep colors.

When asked “How can one best describe the relationship with a legend in modern art?”  Armstrong replies, “For me it was his kindness & interest in helping me promote my early work. For a 22 year old young man from Omaha, Nebraska to be accepted by the reigning Pop Star of the entire NY Art Scene was a cosmic-experience In & Of itself.  Thru Mr. Warhol, I sold my early work directly to Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Jackie Onassis & Freddie Mercury.

Jack continues, “Warhol in the 60’s 70’s & 80’s, kept the entire art world guessing what he would do next from $100 dollar ‘Soup-Cans’ & Coke Bottles, that now sell for 10’s of millions, to a ‘car-crash’ that achieved $105M.  He was the art godfather of Jean Michel Basquiat & a friend to me.

Warhol Naked symbolizes the shiny facade of the Man with the white wig, that every celebrity of his time desired to meet including the Pope.  Warhol Naked is my seminal work & will forever be identified with myself & Andy & just perhaps as ‘Starry Night’ is associated with Van Gogh.”

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This is the main reason that Mr. Armstrong has always sold privately to some of the world’s richest and most private individuals.  He feels buying the original painting directly from the artist is the most non-controversial transaction and completely eliminates auction house or dealer impropriety.

The wife of Banker Paul Mellon, Bunny Mellon was an early collector of artist Mark Rothko.
Ms. Mellon eventually bought 13 paintings directly from Mr. Rothko at his small NYC Gallery.
The paintings she purchased for small amounts in the 1950’s were sold in 2013 for over $250M.  Today, they would bring over a billion dollars as their provenance is undeniable.
https://www.artlyst.com/news/duped-story-knoedlers-80m-art-fraud-netflix/

Armstrong states, ”People buying in the largest galleries & auction houses in the world have been cheated.  This is a fact. So when you buy directly from the artist (the provenance & DNA in the original painting) can never be challenged.”  Jack continues, “The rarest art in history has always proven to be the most valuable & the rarest modern art in the world is Cosmic X.

https://nypost.com/2021/10/23/why-andy-warhol-and-these-four-painters-are-the-most-forged/

Each acrylic on canvas painting is multi-layered, but also includes Jack’s personal touch. Armstrong’s hair, fingerprints and DNA are presented in all of his paintings.  With only 100 paintings in existence, owning just one is an extremely rare opportunity for any art collector or financial group.

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Cosmic #1 acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic #1” – $110 Million (24″W x 36″H)

Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic #1” is another of his most important paintings.  This exceptional, acrylic on canvas painting measures 24″W x 36″H.  It is possibly the most highly textured & colored painting of all Cosmic ‘X’. It also contains the Bold ‘Jack’ signature in paint over 6 times.  The most in Cosmic X. Van Gogh also never signed his last name, only “Vincent.”

Jack was quoted, “Van Gogh was the first modern cosmic artist and in a brief 10 year period (from the age of 27 years to his death at age 37), he not only taught himself to paint, but created a new style of painting using color and texture that were far advanced from his peers.  Critics and other established artists did not understand his genius.  They reviled him and his work, and also dismissed his friend Georges Seurat, the mystic who founded pointillism.  Both artists remained complete failures in the art world of their time, yet now command record prices for their work and are celebrated in museums worldwide.”

Jack concludes, “Cosmic #1 is my salute to Vincent & his unique ‘Starry Night’ (Vision) that continues to captivate the world with it’s magic.”

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Regarding the Da Vinci $450 million sale, Dr. Tim Hunter’s quotes to the BBC about rarity and the painting sale are below.

  • Dr. Tim Hunter, who is an expert in Old Master and 19th Century art, told the BBC the painting is – “the most important discovery in the 21st Century”.
  • “It completely smashes the record for the last Old Masters painting to sell – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in 1988. Records get broken from time to time but not in this way.”
  • Da Vinci painted less than 20 oil paintings and many are unfinished so it’s incredibly rare and we love that in art.

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Cosmic X Paradigm acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic X Paradigm” – $113 Million (24″W x 36″H)

Cosmic X Paradigm is “the only piece of mine dedicated to a Hollywood personality.”   The painting measures 24″W x 36″H.  Jack continues, “Cosmic Paradigm X is my final masterpiece. It is #100. The last Cosmic ‘X’ painting I will ever create.  It is unique in color texture & universal energy.  It is a magical living entity.

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Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic X Paradigm” is becoming a legend for its cosmic energy and because it is his final Masterpiece. It was created to replace his original ‘Cosmic ‘X’ Le Mans’ painting that was stolen in Dallas.  Steve McQueen’s 1971 film Le Mans inspired it.  “Cosmic ‘X’ Paradigm” is an incredibly important original and the final painting of Jack Armstrong, who met McQueen personally in Hollywood by chance in 1977. McQueen spoke to him about NYC, Motorcycles, acting, & Warhol, encouraging Armstrong to pursue his art dreams & keep in contact. McQueen passed away just as Armstrong’s career with Warhol & Basquiat began. R.I.P. Steve McQueen.

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Before the ‘The Salvator Mundi‘ Da Vinci auction, the painting was owned by Russian billionaire collector Dmitry E Rybolovlev.  He is reported to have bought it in a private sale in May 2013 for $127.5 million (£98m).

Below are more quotes from the same BBC article on the Da Vinci sale:

  • “Wherever it ends up, you’ve got to hand it to Christie’s for its masterclass in the art of selling art.”
  • “In a bold move, without a hint of irony, the (Da Vinci) painting was sold in its Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale – alongside Jean-Michel BasquiatAndy Warhol art.
  • “Why not in the Old Masters Sale? Because that’s not where the big bucks are.”

The major auction houses all know the power of both Basquiat and Warhol, but Armstrong only sells privately.  When the collectors who have purchased an Armstrong finally sell his work at an auction, we know it will break the internet, as Armstrong, Basquiat, & Warhol in that order, will be the most expensive art in the world.

For serious collectors, the thousands of available Basquiat & Warhol originals might not have the extreme exclusivity of being at the level of owning just One Armstrong Cosmic ‘X’ painting – out of only 100 originals, is reason enough to add this entire collection of 6 masterpieces as a centerpiece of any world class art portfolio.

The Art World’s Holy Grail

https://nypost.com/2021/10/23/why-andy-warhol-and-these-four-painters-are-the-most-forged/

We believe that the 100 “Cosmic X” art originals are the ‘‘holy grail” of the art world.  Armstrong’s work is a central point in the new transparent era, where quality, indisputable authenticity, and rareness break every art record.

In addition to Jack’s painting collection, his “Cosmic Starship” Harley-Davidson motorcycle is available for $35 million. The (2009) Cosmic Starship Harley-Davidson is known worldwide.

Neil Armstrong’s Nephew Created One of the World’s Most Expensive Motorcycles

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Cosmic X #1 acrylic painting - Jack Armstrong

“Cosmic X #1” – $113 Million (24″W x 36″H)

Jack Armstrong’s “Cosmic X #1” is one of the artist’s most important paintings.  This acclaimed and colorful, acrylic on canvas painting measures 24″W x 36″H.

Jack responded when asked about creating this incredible painting, “The most cosmic thing in my life was the period in 1999 that I spent creating the first Cosmic ‘X’ painting and it almost painted itself.  I watched it appear, almost as an observer and its color and composition still seem to me – otherworldly and unique, in its bold symbolism of the universal magic that co-exists in us all.”

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Armstrong says, The purity of buying masterpieces directly from the artist with unchallengeable provenance, is the new business model for the most astute collectors in the world.  Provenance & Ultra-Rarity will create the new multi-billion dollar art-portfolios of the future.”

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For serious inquiries only, please Contact Us.  (Bitcoin Accepted)

We can answer your questions or schedule a virtual meeting with Mr. Armstrong.

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Cosmic Extensionalism[1] or Cosmic X is a new style of Art which was originally founded by Jack Armstrong in 1999.[2] Armstrong was inspired by an ethereal experience he had with the famous gem stone known as the Black Star Sapphire of Queensland. The stone is believed to have magical powers. At the time he destroyed all of his previous works.

Cosmic X is a genre of modern art styles as is the famous genres of “Cubism” by Picasso or “Pop Art” by Warhol. It was originally founded as an organic art movement and is singular by comparison.

Cosmic X requires the artist to become the art they are creating, by feeling no separation between the art itself. This requires a unique state of mind to be reached, connecting to a universal presence, which Armstrong believes exists in each being. It is this connection that creates the art, not the artist.”

Armstrong’s hair, fingerprints and DNA is present in all his paintings.

Cosmic Extensionalism - Jack Armstrong

References

    1. ^“Andy Warhol and Jack Armstrong: One Artist’s Soup Can Is Another’s Harley-Davidson”.
    2. ^“imdb trivia Jack Armstong”

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In addition, The Life of Luxury can also offer personal, art purchasing service. Let us find that single piece or an entire art collection for you. We also provide a variety of luxury concierge services including VIP access to red carpet award shows, fashion and art shows, movie premiers, sporting events, celebrity “meet and greets”, private parties and much more. It’s time you finally begin to live a Life of Luxury!




Artist Christo Wraps the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The amazing art display titled “Wrapped” is now available to view in Paris, France. Famous artist Christo had the vision to complete the mega pop-up art installation over the iconic Arc de Triomphe. The final art display was completed by his team, due to Christo’s death last year.

“Wrapped” is a a temporary art work that will be on display starting today, Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The art exhibit was initially planned for last year. But due the COVID-19, it’s debut is a year later. The Arch of Triumph is carefully wrapped in over 269,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric. In addition, the exhibit uses almost 23,000 feet of bright red rope.

What most people don’t realize, is that Christo’s vision for wrapping actually began decades ago. In 1961, Christo met his wife Jeanne-Claude. Soon after, plans began with Christo making his first sketches and photo-montages in 1962 and 1963. In addition, Christo lives near the Arc de Triomphe, so it provides him a daily inspiration.

The impressive monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, from orders by Napoleon and inaugurated in 1836. The inauguration is based on the sixth anniversary of the Three Glories—Les Trois Glorieuses. The might arch is 50 meters high and 45 meters in width. In addition, it is 22 meters deep. For years, the monument was the largest triumphal arch in the world. The Paris monument’s design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

Arc de Triomphe art exbibit by artist Christo

Visitors to Paris will be happy to know is the Arc de Triomphe will remain open to the public all during the wrap exhibit. Of course, the Arc de Triomphe is know all around the world and is located on the famous Champs-Élysées. The famous monument pays tribute to people who both fought and died for France, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Hence, visitors, can view names of all French victories and generals inscribed on the monument’s inner and outer surfaces.

The Eternal Flame is found in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s good to hear that the flame will continue to burn throughout Christo’s art exhibit. Beneath the arch’s vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from World War I.

Sadly, Christo did die on May 31, 2020. He is well known for his large-scale, environmental installations created around the world. Yet, his great project was approved last year by the National Monuments Center. The organization manages the famous Arc de Triomphe plus almost 100 other national monuments across France.

Be sure to view the Christo art exhibit at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. We offer the best luxury travel packages to popular destinations around the world.

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Jack Armstrong – Last 25 “Cosmic X” Painting Collection for $500 Million

The newly announced art collection package by famous “Cosmic X” modern artist Jack Armstrong is amazing!  For serious art collectors, we feel you definitely need to put this on your radar.  Art sales around the world continue to set all-time highs.  In summary, as you read more about Mr. Armstrong and his incredible art collection, this unique opportunity will become very clear.

https://www.wikiart.org/en/jack-armstrong

Jack has said, Everything valuable is about rarity.  Mr. Armstrong created just 100 “Cosmic X” paintings and only 25 remain for sale – each is priced from $10 million to $113 million.  Armstrong proudly holds the world record for the most expensive motorcycle, cowboy boots and bicycle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Armstrong_(artist)

The price of all 25 multi-layered acrylic-on-canvas paintings total $1.2 billion (USD).  But Jack has decided to offer the complete collection – for only $500 million (or best offer).  As a reply to Jack’s quote, we say “Rarity is what sells.”  With the limited number of his paintings available to purchase, this is an unbelievable opportunity for any art collector, investor or financial investment firm.

Please view additional articles, videos and photos via the below link:
https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/lifestyle-and-fashion/art-jack-armstrong/

Click and view each page of this once-in-a-lifetime, visually stunning art collection.
(Note: Five paintings on page 1 and twenty on pages 3 and 4 of the below brochure)

Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection
Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection
Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection
Jack Armstrong Cosmic X modern art collection

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While living in New York City, Jack personally knew and worked with the “King of Pop” – Andy Warhol.  Of course, he is the leading figure in the visual Pop Art movement. In 2001, Armstrong painted the amazing “Warhol Naked.”  Therefore, this incredible piece of art is a touching tribute to his dear friend Andy.

Jack has said that one of the proudest moments in his life was being dubbed The Last Wizard of Art  by Warhol himself.  This beautiful acrylic-on-canvas painting is both brilliant and bold, and measures 24″W x 36″H.

Warhol Naked painting - Jack Armstrong

“Warhol Naked” – Now Offered at $110 Million

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Cosmic X 100 NFT - Jack Armstrong modern art

NFT Mania

Jack has given serious thought to the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) craze.  Especially, after the Beeple $69 million NFT sale at a Christie’s auction in March.   The Life of Luxury was the first to announce Mr. Armstrong is offering a magnificent NFT collection titled: Cosmic X 100.”  It includes all 100 digital images of his incredible “Cosmic X” paintings – for only $100 million.
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Cosmic Extensionalism or Cosmic X is a style of art, which was originally founded by Jack Armstrong in 1999.  He became inspired by an ethereal experience with the famous gemstone, known as the Black Star Sapphire of Queensland.

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By far the largest and most complex painting Jack Armstrong ever painted is titled “The Last Wizard.”  It is colorful and visually brilliant. This large acrylic-on-canvas painting measures 6 feet by 4 feet in size.  Interestingly, it is not only his largest painting, but also showcases his complete mastery of the Cosmic X art form.  Hence, the very one Armstrong personally founded in 1999.

Jack Armstrong states, “I feel the same way about “The Last Wizard” as Pollock must have felt about his painting “Blue Poles”, “Guernica” to Picasso, “Orange” by Rothko, and “Untitled” by Basquiat.  In the future ‘The Last Wizard’ will break the records of his peers, but the power of all these larger than life works will remain as the signposts that signaled the future of art.”

The Last Wizard - Jack Armstrong painting

“The Last Wizard” – Now Offered at $120 Million

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Global sales of art and antiques reached an estimated $50.1 billion in 2020

According to the 2021 annual Global Art Market Report sponsored by Art Basel, UBS and written by art economist Clare McAndrew, global art sales declined in 2020.  Total art sales fell sharply to $50.1 billion (USD), the lowest value in 11 years.  Most experts expect a rebound in 2021, as world economies continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Art Market

The global sales figure was down 22% from 2019, yet above the 2009 recession low, when sales fell by 36% to $39.5 billion.  The U.S. market continues to retain its position as leader, with a share of 42% of global art sale values.  Greater China and the UK followed at 20%.  However, Greater China did surpass the U.S. to become the largest public auction market, with a share of 36% of sales by value.

Online sales reached record highs – doubling in value

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many auction houses, galleries and fairs to either close or abandon in-person activity.  In addition, it also accelerated digital transformation.  As a result, online sales doubled in value from 2019 and reached a record high of $12.4 billion.  Plus, the figure represents a record 25% share of the market’s total value.  It’s important to note, for the first time the share of e-commerce in the art market has exceeded that of general retail.

There is no denying that art sells and can sell for very big money!  The rapid price appreciation of artwork can be quite astonishing.  How is art valued?  That’s a complex question with no easy answer.  But one fact we do know.  At the time of sale, art is simply worth – “what a willing seller will sell it for and a willing buyer will buy it for.

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The Meaning of Art & The Significance of Cosmic “X”

Art is inspiring. It both stimulates our mind and affects our emotions. People make art to tell beautiful stories.  A single piece of art can generate an experience. Yet, everyone has a unique opinion or point of view.  What drives the price of art?  The answer is not a simple one.

Scarcity is a key driver of price.  Other factors include who the artist is and the demand for any particular piece.  There is a well known phrase: “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” is so true.  Indeed, there is definitely an emotional connection to art.

Beyond art’s emotional value, only the rarity of the work & the intrinsic value of the artist’s place in art history assure record breaking art prices.

“It will be proven in future sales, that Armstrong as the creator & founder of the new category of art: Cosmic ‘X’ will break all records.”

We strongly recommend the acquisition of all 25 original Cosmic X masterpieces to add incredible value for any major collection or hedge fund.  With only 100 originals in the world, this sale offers the largest lot of “Cosmic X Art” in private hands and contains Armstrong’s most renowned work.

Cosmic Extensionalism “X”
https://amp.ww.en.freejournal.org/56700314/1/cosmic-extensionalism-x.html
https://en.everybodywiki.com/Cosmic_Extensionalism_%22X%22

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Joe Tsai

Alibaba co-founder and billionaire Joe Tsai is quickly becoming a household name.  He is a citizen of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Canada.  He was recently identified as the buyer of a $157 million apartment deal in Manhattan’s most prestigious condo tower.  The Manhattan property is located at 220 Central Park South.  The deal now becomes the largest residential sale of the year.
Brooklyn Nets owner revealed as ‘mystery buyer’ of $157M NYC condo

Joe Tsai is one of the richest men in the world.  In addition to being the co-founder of Alibaba, he also owns the NBA Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.  One would think if he owns the 2 most unique apartments in the most expensive building in NYC, plus the best stadium and sports team ….. he now needs the finest collection of rare art to showcase, right?

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Widely known as “The King of Cool“, actor Steve McQueen personally encouraged Armstrong’s journey to New York City.  Once there, Jack later became friends with famous artists Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat.
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Jack said, “Talking to the biggest movie star in the world seemed completely ‘Cosmic’ for an art kid born in Wichita Kansas, who later grew up in Omaha.  Created in my ‘Cosmic X’ style of art, Cosmic X Paradigm is the only piece of mine dedicated to a Hollywood personality.”   The amazing painting measures 24″W x 36″H.  Jack continues, “Cosmic Paradigm X is my final masterpiece.

Cosmic X Paradigm acryclic painting - Jack Armstrong
“Cosmic X Paradigm” – Now Offered at $113 Million

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Over the years, Mr. Armstrong has sold paintings to many famous celebrities and some of the wealthiest people in the world.  Although his name may not be as widely known as Warhol or Basquiat, we believe that will change.  We feel Jack should be named “The Rebel of Art.”  Over his entire, successful career as an artist, he’s only sold his artwork direct to the end-buyer.  He has never utilized traditional sales channels, such as museums or auction houses.

Another interesting fact is Jack’s first million dollar painting sale to billionaire tobacco heiress, Doris Duke.  Neither Basquiat or Warhol ever sold a million dollar painting before they passed away, in 1987 & 1988 respectively.  Sales of Cosmic ‘X’ art are expected to reach the billion dollar level in the next few years.

Art forgery is a concern of any buyer.  Sadly, it’s more common than not.  The illegal industry can be very lucrative.  Fortunately, newer analysis techniques as well as modern dating have greatly helped identify fakes.  Eric Hebburn is known as the greatest art forger of modern times and quoted, “Only the experts are worth fooling.  The greater the expert, the greater the satisfaction in deceiving him.”

With all of Jack Armstrong’s artwork, forgery is not an issue. Jack integrates his own hair, fingerprints and DNA in all of his paintings.  It’s a unique technique and guarantees a buyer is truly purchasing an authentic Jack Armstrong painting.

During 2018-2020, a stunning digital art ‘retrospective‘ of Jack’s artwork appeared every 5 minutes – 24 hours a day.  This incredible display was seen by countless people on the giant 60 X 40 foot digital screen in Times Square, located above the Ripley’s Museum in New York City.

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In addition to Jack’s painting collection, his “Cosmic Starship” Harley-Davidson motorcycle is available for $50 million.  The custom-painted V-Rod Harley is an artistic masterpiece on wheels.

Here’s a recent article:  Neil Armstrong’s Nephew Created One of the World’s Most Expensive Motorcycles

Lorenzo Lamas & Jack Armstrong at Cosmic Starship Harley media launch event

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We mentioned Jack Armstrong personally knew Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980’s.  In May of 2017, Basquiat’s “Untitled” painting (see below) set the record for most expensive painting ever sold at an auction by an American artist.  Including fees, the total auction price totaled $110.5 million!  Previously, Andy Warhol held that title when his “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” painting sold for $105 million in 2013.  We strongly feel one of Jack’s paintings will soon break that record.

 

Untitled - Jean-Michel Basquiat painting
1982 ‘Untitled’ By Basquiat – Sold for $110.5 Million

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The Art World’s Holy Grail

We believe that the 100 “Cosmic X” art originals are the ‘‘holy grail” of the art world.  Armstrong’s work is a central point in the new transparent era, where quality & indisputable authenticity and rarity will break every art record.

The one who acquires the Cosmic ‘X’ 25 Original’s at $500 million will in the future,  see a rapid increase in value.  In the end, the buyer will have an extremely high-end art and finance portfolio that will make everyone say, “Why didn’t we buy that?”

Armstrong says, “The transparency of buying contemporary art at the highest level is only possible today, if dealers and auction houses are removed from the transaction and high-value art is purchased directly from the artist.”

Ferrari, Lamborghini and Rolls Royce never ask a ‘car-council’ group of ‘experts’, what price they put on their cars.  We all know a Ferrari is more valuable than a Toyota.  Why?  It’s clear, the craftsmanship and rarity of the Ferrari are indisputable.  Jack continues, “I am the Ferrari of the modern art world.

In conclusion, we are aware of numerous discussions Jack is currently having with art collectors and investors.  In addition, an upcoming movie about Jack’s life is in development and will be appropriately titled – “The Last Wizard.”  Therefore, whether you are an avid collector of art or a serious investor, Jack Armstrong’s creative works should definitely be considered.

For serious inquiries only, please Contact Us.  We can answer your questions or schedule a virtual meeting with Mr. Armstrong.

He is currently accepting Bitcoin or Ethereum for this sale, as hi-end real estate and hi-valued art are now accepting crypto globally.
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In addition, The Life of Luxury can also offer personal, art purchasing service.  Let us find that single piece or an entire art collection for you.  We also provide a variety of luxury concierge services including VIP access to red carpet award shows, fashion and art shows, movie premiers, sporting events, celebrity “meet and greets”, private parties and much more.  It’s time you finally begin to live a Life of Luxury!




VinScént – Van Gogh Themed Luxury Aromatherapy Jewelry Company Created by Kira Madallo Sesay

The Life of Luxury is proud to announce the exclusive, world-wide launch of VinScént. To honor the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh, film producer/writer and Van Gogh historian Kira Madallo Sesay, created VinScént – a luxury aromatherapy jewelry company. Kira is an experienced film producer, writer and member of the prestigious Producers Guild of America, Producers Council.

Kira Madallo Sesay founded the company to honor Vincent’s charitable and humanitarian legacy. His effort was exemplified during his time as a missionary and continued throughout his life. In addition, Kira is the writer and producer of the upcoming Vincent Van Gogh biopic film – “Van Gogh“. Plus, she is the author of a forthcoming book about the amazing life of artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Writer - Director Kira Madallo Sesay and Steven Spielberg
(Kira Madallo Sesay and Steven Spielberg)

Kira states, “I founded VinScént to honor Van Gogh’s body of work and his humanitarian legacy. Vincent’s empathy for the downtrodden and those forgotten by society, was exemplified during his time as a missionary and continued throughout his life. This is why it was imperative for me when I started this luxury jewelry house, that the core mission would be not only to create jeweled objets d’art, but to make the world a better place while doing it. Therefore, suicide prevention and African gold and diamond mining charity collaborations have been woven deeply into the fabric of VinScént.”

Writer - Director Kira Madallo Sesay on the Red Carpet - VinScent

Not only is the company’s mission to create aromatherapy jewelry in honor of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, but to also prevent suicides and promote mental health awareness. As a result, the Van Gogh themed line of luxury aromatherapy jewelry is created to save lives.

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VinScént Suicide Prevention Charity Collaboration:

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.” – Vincent Van Gogh

In December 1888, Dutch painter Van Gogh’s infamous ear cutting incident took place, after an argument with fellow artist Paul Gauguin. During this time period while living in Arles, France, he suffered from severe depression.

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait bandaged ear- VinScent

Sadly, due to the legendary artist’s struggle with Bipolar disorder, Vincent Van Gogh passed away after committing suicide on July 29, 1890. Van Gogh’s birthday is on March 30th, which also is World Bipolar Day. In honor of Vincent’s legacy, VinScént will work in conjunction with suicide prevention charities. The goal is to both save lives and spread mental health awareness. Also, a portion of the profits will be donated to suicide prevention charities, as well as African diamond mining community charities.

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait - VinScent
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

The impetus of Kira’s journey into the world of Van Gogh was the passing of her Dutch friend.  He committed suicide after battling with bipolar disorder. She decided to honor his life by embarking on a journey to better understand the struggles of people suffering from mental illness. As a result, Kira started to study Vincent Van Gogh’s letters.

“What is done in love, is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

This ultimate quest for understanding led Kira to spend over seven years analyzing and studying thousands of documents related to Van Gogh. She traveled to every location where Vincent lived, worked or visited, in an effort to truly walk in his footsteps. Lastly, during this process she uncovered fascinating new information about Van Gogh, which will be unveiled in her book and film.

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Suicide Prevention Charity - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

About The Current Suicide Crisis:

The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent financial devastation created by it has led to a substantial increase in suicide rates among all age groups. Prior to COVID 19, suicide had actually reached epidemic proportions within the younger generation. Interestingly, suicide is currently one of the biggest killers of youth in both the UK and U.S.

Scientists have found that this generation’s psyche is deeply affected by the impact of social media. Suicide rate among girls aged 15-19 has recently hit a record high in the UK. Young people in the U.S. are dying from suicide at record rates. Per the CDC, there’s a 56% increase among Gen Z. Also, suicide attempt rates for black youths in the U.S. have increased by a staggering 73%.

More information can be found here: https://vinscentvangogh.com/suicide-prevention

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Sierra Leone Charity - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

VinScént African Educational Charity Collaboration:

The VinScént African mining charity collaboration is a natural fit because of Van Gogh’s time spent as a missionary in the Belgian coal mines.

Kira states, “The West African country Sierra Leone, has a long history of providing the luxurious diamonds and gold worn by people around the world. Meanwhile, schools in Sierra Leone lack the basic educational tools for children to succeed. Items that many of us take for granted like paper, pencils, desks, chairs and books are missing from these impoverished classrooms. Consequently, these children lose the life changing opportunity for upward mobility that education provides. Without intervention, the cycle of poverty continues.”

As the Leonardo DiCaprio film “Blood Diamond” portrayed, Sierra Leone has a long history of providing the luxurious diamonds worn by brides around the world.

Kira continues, “VinScént is committed to raising awareness of this timely issue. A portion of the proceeds from our jewelry sales will be donated to support educational charities in the African regions where jewelry materials are sourced.”

For additional information, please visit: https://vinscentvangogh.com/african-charity

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Vet Suicide Prevention Charity - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

Military Veteran Suicide Crisis:​

“To do our part to fight the suicide crisis affecting our brave veterans, VinScént is working in collaboration with military suicide prevention charities. To raise awareness and honor our fallen heroes, I have designed Van Gogh themed aromatherapy military tags in sophisticated gold with diamond accents. Anxiety easing essential oils such as calming lavender, can be placed inside of the military tags. The armed forces theme is quite fitting due to the fact that Van Gogh once dreamed of becoming a soldier.” – says VinScént Founder, Kira Madallo Sesay.

“Enlisting for 5 years in the Foreign Legion, I think I’d prefer that… But will they want to take me on as a soldier? … I myself advised Bernard to do his military service, so is it so astonishing that I should think of going to Arabia myself as a soldier?” – Vincent Van Gogh

Please visit for additional information: https://vinscentvangogh.com/military-charity

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Aromatherapy oils - VinScent

About Aromatherapy Jewelry:

Healers have used aromatherapy jewelry since ancient times in Egypt, Greece and Rome. Essential oils were worn to treat anxiety, depression, nausea, insomnia and various other mental and physical ailments. Hence, during the Victorian era in which Van Gogh lived, essential oils were applied to small pieces of velvet and inserted into jewelry pieces.

Aromatherapy jewelry is a wonderful way to enjoy the health benefits of essential oils. Simply apply the essential oil of your choice to the small piece of material placed inside of the aromatherapy pendant. Next, enjoy the delightful and calming fragrance which is with you all day long.

All diamonds used in their designs will be certified, conflict free diamonds. Additionally, VinScént is working together with African charities to uplift and empower African diamond mining communities, which provide the Western world with these beloved jewels.

Gold Bars - Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

Works of Art in Gold

In honor of Van Gogh’s favorite color, yellow, VinScént’s luxurious jewelry designs are all created in opulent gold.

How wonderful yellow is! It stands for the sun!” – Vincent Van Gogh

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Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh - VinScent

“At present, I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Dutch painter Van Gogh’s most famous painting is the iconic “The Starry Night.” He created it in 1889, while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. This stunning, oil on canvas painting is one of the most famous images in the world. It represents his view from the east-facing window of his asylum room.

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Experience the Splendor and Magnificence of the Starry Night Luxury Collection, by Kira Madallo Sesay

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Kira stated, “The Starry Night luxury collection is a celestial symphony of exquisitely crafted objets d’art in gold, sprinkled with diamonds and kissed by stardust. Each VinScént art piece is presented in an opulent golden box tied with a sumptuous silk ribbon. The VinScént creations are envisioned at our artist atelier in Provence, France, where Van Gogh painted his masterpiece Starry Night.”

View the Starry Night luxury collection here:  https://vinscentvangogh.com/starry-night-collection

The new Van Gogh themed, luxury aromatherapy jewelry is the perfect gift for that special person in your life. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement or a holiday, VinScént is ideal for any occasion.

To learn more about VinScént and Kira Madallo Sesay, please go to: http://www.vinscentvangogh.com

You can also contact one of our The Life of Luxury shopping specialists about acquiring a VinScént jeweled objet d’art.