Celebrating creativity and quality in everything we do, our Artist Series labels feature specially commissioned works by world renowned contemporary artists.
Mickalene Thomas is an internationally renowned artist and filmmaker whose work explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage. Her installation 'Better Days' was featured at Art Basel and her documentary, 'Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman' premiered on HBO. She painted the official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. For Bedell's First Crush labels Mickalene selected a collage from her 2014 series, Tête de Femme, portraying abstracted female faces constructed from abstracted geometric cutouts. In this work, Mickalene combines art-historical, political, and pop-cultural references to comment on notions of beauty and gender in the 21st century.
Chuck Close is an American photorealist painter and photographer who achieved fame through his massive-scale portraits. In 2000, Close was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton, and he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities. Close lives and works on the south shore of Long Island. He created the daguerreotype of grapes featured on Bedell Musée exclusively for Bedell Cellars.
Barbara Kruger is an internationally renowned American conceptual artist. Much of her work consists of black-and-white photographs overlaid with declarative captions addressing cultural constructions of power, identity and sexuality. In the 1960s and 70s Kruger was chief designer of Mademoiselle magazine, and since then has had a broad and influential art career that includes 48 solo exhibitions and a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum. In 2005, Kruger was included in the Venice Biennale and received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at UCLA. She created the image “Taste” exclusively for Bedell Cellars, suggesting the notion that taste can influence what we love, how we live, and who we think we are.
Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over 1,000 publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Fischl works and resides in The Hamptons, Long Island, with his wife, the painter April Gornik. He painted the watercolor of a dancer exclusively for Bedell Cellars Merlot to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.
Ross Bleckner is a celebrated American painter who is one of the few artists ever to be the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. For much of his career, Bleckner’s art has been largely an investigation of change, loss and memory, often addressing the subject of AIDS using symbolic imagery. In his oil painting, “Falling Birds, 1” featured on Bedell Cellars Gallery, he expresses the painful beauty of life and the comforting embrace of memory. Bleckner is a Long Island native and lives in a Hamptons beach house formerly owned by Truman Capote.
April Gornik is an American landscape artist whose works are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney, and other great museums worldwide. She created the piece “Clouds Over the Sea” exclusively for Bedell Cellars Blanc de Blancs and Sparkling Rose labels. It exemplifies her intense preoccupation with landscape, its beauty, its personality, and its ability to reflect critical human emotions.
Howard Schatz is an American ophthalmologist and photographer. The photographs of Howard Schatz are exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally and are included in innumerable private collections. His photograph “Calla Lily Crowborough #4” from the book Botanica is featured on Bedell Gewürztraminer.