Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Exhibit: All The World’s a Stage

Pablo Picasso is unquestionably the most famous artist of the 20th Century. Since 1969, Park West Gallery has been a reliable resource for the artwork of Old and Modern Masters, including Pablo Picasso. Learn about the Park West Gallery Picasso Collection >>

Pablo Picasso. The Guitarist. 1965. Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image: Copyright Whitney Museum of American ArtDALLAS, TEXAS -- The dynamic and historic connections between the visual and performing arts will be explored in a new exhibition spanning 2,600 years of creativity within multiple world cultures at the Dallas Museum of Art. Drawn from the DMA’s encyclopedic collections, All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts showcases approximately 125 objects that reference the performing arts and performance, including musical instruments, religious objects, and masks, as well as paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

All the World’s a Stage will use the breadth of the Museum’s collections to depict how performance, in all its varied forms, has been created, transformed, and documented by visual artists, working in concert with dancers, musicians, and actors to both shape and record their efforts.

Encompassing all time periods and cultures, and a broad range of media, the exhibition features such masterpieces as Pietro Paolini’s Bacchic Concert, Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust’s Oedipus at Colonus, Pablo Picasso’s The Guitarist, Romare Bearden’s Soul Three, and a group of Edward Degas’s pastels of ballet dancers, as well as masterworks from the Museum’s distinguished collections from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Organized across time and culture, thematic groupings of artworks in the exhibition include why we perform, how we perform, who is a performer, where performances take place, and what makes a performance.

All the World’s a Stage is on view through Feb. 28, 2010.

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Moon Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Albrecht Dürer is best known for exquisite, intricate woodcuts, engravings and etchings. The Park West Gallery masterworks collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing rare art prints by artists including Albrecht Dürer. Browse the Park West collection.

Albrecht Durer. The Virgin of the Crescent Moon. 1511.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- To mark the 40th anniversary of man´s landing on the moon, this September the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents The Moon: "Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed." This exhibition chronicles man´s enduring fascination over five centuries with our nearest planetary neighbor. Ranging from moonlit landscapes by the Old Masters and the Impressionists, to Ansel Adams´ iconic Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941) and shots famously taken on the moon by the members of Apollo 11, the exhibition provides a dazzling overview of five centuries of moon-gazing. In addition, early scientific instruments, books, moon globes, maps, Galileo Galilei´s 1610 treatise on the moon, and objects from NASA are on view.

The exhibition´s title is taken from the famous first words that Commander Neil Armstrong broadcast to Mission Control, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969, 3:18 pm CST: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." By changing the call signal to Tranquility Base, the landing site, Armstrong signaled to his colleagues back on Earth that the lander portion of their spacecraft (named the Eagle after the USA´s national bird) had set down on the moon.

On view will be works by Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Aelbert Cuyp, Joseph Wright of Derby, Caspar David Friedrich, Honoré Daumier, Jean-François Millet, Charles-François Daubigny, Gustav Doré, Edouard Manet, Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, Robert Wilson, and Sharon Harper. The oldest objects in the exhibition, such as The Virgin of the Crescent Moon (1511), a woodcut by the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, show the moon in a religious context; the most recent artworks on view are No.5-7 from Sharon Harper´s series of photographs, Moon Studies and Star Scratches (2004).

Through approximately 130 artworks and a selection of early scientific instruments and maps, the exhibition details how mankind has approached the moon over time, both optically and artistically. Balancing artistic vision with scientific fact, major historical moments are represented, from the invention of the telescope, to the introduction of photography, to space exploration and man´s landing on the moon. Through the interaction of art and science, our perception of the planet has been shaped, and all the paintings, graphic artworks, models, sculptures, and photographs depict the same iconic subject in unique, intriguing ways.

The Moon is currently on view through January 4, 2010.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Paintings Should Be An Event...

The Park West Gallery collection features unique paintings and limited-edition artwork by artist Peter Nixon. With artwork ranging from figurative to still life, combining both representational and abstract elements, the artist is extremely well received by collectors the world over.

AN ESSAY BY PETER NIXONWritten exclusively for Park West Gallery

I OCCASIONALLY WONDER whether I am in danger of becoming an artistic relic.

In these post modern times, when all of art history is available to artists as an influence and inspiration, my inclination is to look backwards to the Old Masters for insight. Not that I have any desire to imitate the Old Masters, I am a creature of the 21st Century and the themes in my work reflect that, but I am drawn to them in the same way I am drawn to good food and wine. My senses strike a chord with something in their work that my appetite craves. To stretch the food analogy further I am compelled to add these spicy elements to the mental soup in my head ready to be stirred and ladled onto a fresh canvas.

Eugène Delacroix, the 17th century French artist said, “what inspires artists' work is not new ideas but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is not enough!” So when I look at an Old Master painting it may suggest an avenue to pursue that is at a tangent to its subject.

The composer Arnold Schoenberg said that an artist should not cut himself from the art of the past but should take it and assimilate it with his own work. I believe it is important for an artist to continue the timeline stretching from the past and maintain and develop the traditional skills of drawing and painting as there is still much in them to explore.

What I love about the Old Masters and what makes me continue to make reference to them in my work is primarily their richness of colour, chiaroscuro and particularly their theatricality – paintings such as Rembrandts and Titians which make my heart soar when I see them in the National Gallery in London.

Paintings should be an event – something visually splendid whose colour ranges from the brightest whites through sumptuous tones to the darkest black. The world presented as vividly as the imagination can conjure.

Modern art can seem cold and forbidding and too concerned with psychological introspection and answering its own rhetorical questions. The beauty of Classical art is that it celebrates the human condition and touches us at a level we can easily recognize. It is as equally well thought out as modern art, some would say more so, but presents beauty as mysterious without being obscure.

Art makes great demands on its devotees. It is extraordinary to think of the amount of human effort that has been put to the service of art just over the last 800 years; surprising for a practice that Oscar Wilde said was entirely useless. An amazing record of toil and tears, divine madness, aspiration and disappointment, but even so, something compelled all those artists to return again and again to their canvases.

Personally, I answered a spark that was ignited by a Leonardo drawing I saw when I was nine and I responded to some mysterious spell in that picture that has driven me to paint ever since.

The alchemic nature of painting is reflected in its mystifying language: sfumato, chiaroscuro, verdaccio, tryptich, alla prima, impasto and also the opulence of its materials: Ultramarine blue extracted from lapis lazuli, Vermilion red from sulphur and mercury, and Indian yellow from the urine of cows fed on mangos. It is pure sensuality and it is the tactility of these materials and the wonder of manipulating them that distinguish painting from video or Conceptual art.

In the recent past there was a belief that academic study – drawing from the model – was hostile to creativity. What a crock, and what a feeble excuse for navel-gazing and butt-scratching. Painting is not dead, as some would have us believe. The younger generation is just too lazy or scared to wake it up.

Modern masters such as Matisse, Picasso, Dali, De Kooning, Rauschenberg, Bacon, were all formed by the same academic skills that benefited Leonardo and Michelangelo. Art is Darwinian by nature and develops in increments; one person’s achievements building a further storey in the edifice. It is naïve and arrogant to believe that all of this collective experience gained over such a long period can be ripped up and discarded in the incessant contemporary pursuit of novelty.

Inspiration does not come without application and hard work. An artist needs to be continually alert to the world around him and should be like a magpie, acquiring images that catch his attention and adapting and absorbing them into his work. As Louis Pasteur said, "fortune favours the prepared mind.”

Curiosity did not kill the cat; it sharpened his claws and got him the cream. There is no finer example of this rabid acquisitiveness than Picasso, about whom Roland Penrose said, “he could take your energy during dinner and use it to paint all night." Picasso said, “I do not seek, I find,” and was an artist whose insatiable curiosity inspired fear in other artists. In fact those artisans who shared the Bateau Lavoir studios in Paris with him at the turn of the 20th Century locked their doors in fear that he would adopt elements from their work and tellingly go away and do them better.

The artist also has to have the ability to transform all these accumulated ideas into a cohesive form; a good idea can be spoilt if the finished artwork is not well crafted. It takes a lot of looking and contemplating and painting practice to formulate a style that is not rigid and can be built upon. If an artist can transfer these feelings to the viewer by some visual osmosis; to beguile the eye and induce contemplation then he has succeeded in slowing time and casting a spell, thereby bringing a spiritual element into art and the impression of a vivid moment captured and delivered with what Francis Bacon called, “the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance.”

Someone once said that art is like the lotus flower; its roots stand in the mud and its head in the colourful and rarefied atmosphere of ideas. It is this mixture of the earthy and the ethereal that gives painting its charge, its physical impact. The artist; both an alchemist and a shaman takes base materials; minerals and petroleum products, the very dust of the earth, and transforms them by a strange magic into visual gold.

Peter Nixon. Bathers I. 2007. Park West Gallery._________________________________________

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Artist Simon Bull and Muhammad Ali

PARK WEST GALLERY offers an exciting collection of hand-signed sports collectibles showcasing the life and career of Muhammad Ali. The Park West Gallery collection includes mixed-media works by Peter Max and Simon Bull, commemorating the spirit of Ali and representing a unique collecting opportunity for admirers of Muhammad Ali - athlete, legend and tireless advocate for human rights.

A celebrity artist in his own right, throughout his career Simon Bull has aspired to create not just an image, but an experience. His passion to play with color and create with radiant hues bring the Champ to life like never before in his extraordinary interpretations of Muhammad Ali. Celebrate the career of Ali, "the greatest of all time," as Simon Bull personally guides you on a tour of an exhibit of his artwork at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Tate Britain Presents Turner and the Masters

Since 1969, Park West Gallery has been a reliable resource for the artwork of Old and Modern Masters, including Rembrandt van Rijn. To learn more about Rembrandt and his artwork, visit >>

JMW Turner. Dutch Boats in a Gale. 1801.
LONDON -- On view at the Tate Britain, Turner and the Masters places beautiful masterpieces by Canaletto, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian next to some of JMW Turner's most dramatic paintings. It shines light on a lesser-known side of the British Romantic painter: his obsession to prove he was just as good, if not better, than the old masters who he so admired.

Turner was born into a working-class family and relentlessly pursued his ambition to be a great artist, once proclaiming, ‘I am the great lion of the day.’ He entered into direct competition with artists – past and present – who he considered as worthy rivals to his own fame. In a final act of self-promotion, he asked in his bequest that two of his paintings hang in the National Gallery alongside the work of Claude Lorrain – and you can see these stunning paintings in this exhibition.

Turner also had a great rivalry with John Constable. At the Royal Academy exhibition in 1832, Turner upstaged Constable by adding a dash of red to his own painting at the last minute – and Constable was none too pleased.

This is the first exhibition ever to explore the full range of Turner’s challenges to the past, and his fierce rivalry with his contemporaries. Many works are reunited here for the first time in hundreds of years and others have never been seen together before in this light. [Source:]

Turner and the Masters is currently on view through January 31, 2010.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

PBS Premiere Night and Park West Gallery Director

Event Will Raise Awareness and Funds for Detroit Public Television

Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery, PBS Premiere Night, Detroit Public TVDETROIT, MICHIGAN -- Park West's Gallery Director of 26 years, Morris Shapiro will be hosting the live auction at the 8th Annual PBS Premiere Night, Detroit Public Television's signature fundraising affair.

The event will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club tonight - Thursday, September 24.

In addition to the live auction, Premiere Night will feature a silent auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and a celebration to honor Detroit Public Television's community partners. PBS's fall season will be unveiled during the event as well as several new local DPTV productions.

"It is an honor for me to be asked to be the auctioneer for this exciting event. Public Television is so important in fostering and sustaining the arts in our current times, and any way Park West can contribute to this important goal is vital for us," said Shapiro.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Art of Peter Max

Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. To stay current on the latest Peter Max news, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog for updates!

For over 40 years Peter Max has been a Pop Culture Icon with an estimated audience in the billions! From portraits of Presidents to Rock Stars and a Boeing 777, Peter Max is America's Painter Laureate. The media is his canvas and this video provides an out of this world glimpse into the art of Peter Max.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Park West Gallery Participates in Family Fun Day

Donation to Bass Museum of Art allows for additional kid-friendly activity during event

Family Fun Day.MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA -- Park West Gallery was thrilled to be a part of Family Fun Day at the Bass Museum of Art on Sunday, September 13 in Miami Beach, Florida. Park West donated several used mats and old frames so that children who attended the event could decorate them. This gave participants an opportunity to take home a personalized frame for their artwork.

Family Fun Day was an exciting, educational event during which children were exposed to art exploration and conceptual thinking. All of the workshops held throughout the day were led by professional artists and focused on encouraging children to look and see, brainstorm, create, and express ideas. The event was a success, with many families in attendance and children actively participating in all of the planned activities.

"It is important to expose children to many different creative outlets and learning opportunities. We are happy that Park West could help out with an event that focused on educating children about the arts and look forward to future opportunities to give back in similar ways," said founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, Albert Scaglione.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

On Display Now: Early Modern Engravers Exhibit

The Park West Gallery collection features rare art prints by Old Masters, including Albrecht Dürer – best known for exquisite, intricate woodcuts, engravings and etchings. View selections from the Park West Gallery collection

Albrecht Durer. Madonna with the Pear (detail). 1511.

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — The RISD Museum of Art presents The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650, featuring 85 objects from the RISD Museum’s outstanding collection of Renaissance and Baroque prints — until now unpublished and rarely viewed — as well as objects from major public institutions such as the National Gallery of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Although most people see and even touch an engraving every day — US currency and many stamps are engraved on steel — few artists work in the medium today. In the Renaissance engraving was new, and one of the world’s first reproducible art forms, full of possibility for the spread of designs of all types throughout Europe. The Brilliant Line focuses on the height of the medium, from 1480 to 1650, when engravers made dramatic and rapid visual changes to engraving technique as they responded to the demands of reproducing artworks in other media.

Engravers learned quickly from one another by buying and trading engravings and meeting fellow practitioners on transcontinental travels. The exhibition takes an international approach, following connections among engravers from Nuremberg, to Rome, to Paris, and the cumulative effects of the knowledge they shared. Objects on view lay out the medium’s continuities, or “systems” — those visual tricks that responded so well to the pictorial problems of tone, texture, and volume — while highlighting the exceptional ingenuity of individual engravers.

Visitors will be invited to think about the relationships between spectacular prints by Albrecht Dürer and Marcantonio Raimondi, Cornelis Cort and Agostino Carracci, or Martin Schongauer and Robert Nanteuil. Where many Renaissance print exhibitions have emphasized the regional specificity of particular schools, assembling all printmaking techniques together, this exhibition outlines the fluid geography of engraving and the particular history of one medium as it was shaped by its specific applications and circumstances of production.

The Brilliant Line is currently on view through January 3, 2010.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Check Out Local Art Fairs This Weekend!

In keeping with the Park West Gallery mission of connecting people with art and the artists who create it, we're always on the lookout for fun art events that allow art-enthusiasts to enjoy a firsthand cultural experience. With that in mind, why not take advantage of these fabulous art fairs happening around town this weekend...

Friday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept. 20
The 2nd annual DIY Street Fair is a free 2-day, 3-night event in Ferndale, Michigan. The fair will take place on E. Troy Street, off of Woodward Avenue. Local artists, crafters, businesses, groups and organizations, musicians, restaurants, brewers and others who live and work with a do-it-yourself ethic converge for one big celebration. The event showcases the immense creative energy, independent spirit and innovative talent that can be found throughout the area. For more information, visit

Saturday, Sept. 19 - Sunday, Sept. 20
The 5th annual Funky Ferndale Art Fair will take place along Nine mile, from Woodward to Planavon, in Ferndale. More than 100 artists from 22 states will be presenting their art pieces for sale and display. In addition to activities for young people, fair goers can also buy art created by young artists. The fair will feature traditional artists, as well as non-traditional styles, with edgy messages. In other words, art that won't just sit on the walls behaving itself. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

An Artist Reflects on his Creative Process

DOMINIC PANGBORN is best described as an "Evolutionist" - an artist who believes art should reflect a current mood, expression and point in time. With that in mind, Park West Gallery recently requested an update from Pangborn about his current projects and artistic explorations. The artist also provided some fascinating insight into his creative process and shared some thoughts on being represented by Park West Gallery.

The creative process...
Dominic Pangborn. Embrace II. 2008. Park West Gallery.On his perpetual quest to discover and expand his horizons on life and art, artist Dominic Pangborn never stops creatively exploring new mediums, new techniques, and new ideals. He generates over 2,500 to 3,000 drawings per year, which serve as inspirations for his paintings. His paintings are diverse, ranging from non-representational abstracts to photo-realism.

His favorite style to work in is his own: personal figurative expressionism in multi-media. Working on wood panel vs. canvas allows him to carve and etch into the surface, add texture with unique proprietary materials, charcoal, acrylic, oil pastel crayon, inks and oil to name few.

Pangborn's artwork captures his imagination and unending creativity, no matter what medium he chooses to work in. For him, it’s all about expressing his inner soul. As he says, “art of the mind and not just the eye on the surface.”

When Pangborn looks back at his drawings from the past, he revisits them with the same curiosity as other onlookers; he often wonders what he was thinking while he was creating them.

Activities and interests...
Dominic Pangborn. The Female Figure. Mixed media sculpture. 2009. Park West Gallery.Panborn is currently interested in creating life size sculptures in clay; these sculptures are fired and then cast in bronze. He creates relief sculptures of his abstract and figurative expressionism while continually creating two-dimensional works.

Pangborn’s artworks have recently become a part of many large, corporate collections and are often included in many of the companies’ community outreach programs.

Pangborn’s new necktie collection is currently being exhibited in New York; he has many other ideas in the works which will utilize his entrepreneurship skills.

Being the active person that he is, the artist travels the world with his wife Delia as much as he can. He is passionate about meeting new people on these travels; he enjoys meeting new collectors and sharing their stories.

Lately, the artist has taken a great interest in visiting lesser-known museums in the small cities he finds himself in.

The artist's relationship with Park West Gallery...
Park West Gallery connects Dominic Pangborn together with the art collectors he normally would never get a chance to meet; this, he says, is his most cherished benefit of being represented by Park West.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Norman Rockwell: Fact and Fiction

Park West Gallery, through our association with the Norman Rockwell Licensing Company (the estate of the artist) and Curtis Publishing (owner of the copyrights of the Saturday Evening Post artwork), has been able in recent years to bring new and exceptional collecting opportunities for Norman Rockwell artworks to enthusiastic collectors.

Contact a Park West Gallery sales associate for more info >>

Norman Rockwell. Election Day. 1944.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA -- The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is pleased to present Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction. In 2007, the citizens of Cedar Rapids rallied together to purchase a series of watercolors destined for the auction block in New York. These five watercolors, by acclaimed 20th century American artist Norman Rockwell, depicted scenes associated with an election day and were created specifically for the November 4, 1944 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

To complete the Post commission, Rockwell traveled to a quintessential Midwestern town, Cedar Rapids, to study local citizens as models for his series of images. In the 65 years since his visit, numerous anecdotes and stories have arisen about the artist's time in Cedar Rapids and the creation of this work.

This exhibition uses these five, newly conserved and restored watercolors, an oil painting from the Norman Rockwell Museum, along with numerous photographs taken by local photographer Wes Panek for Rockwell, to investigate the many facts and fictions associated with Rockwell's visit and this set of watercolors.

Norman Rockwell: Fact & Fiction will be on display through January 3, 2010.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Blogger’s Choice Awards: Park West Blog Nominated

EXCITING NEWS! The Park West Gallery blog has been nominated for the 2009 Blogger's Choice Awards! This year we're competing in the following categories: Best Corporate Blog, Best Blog of All Time, Best Entertainment Blog and Best Educational Blog.

We need your votes to help us win! Please vote for Park West Gallery by clicking any of the images below (or feel free to vote for us in all 4 categories!):

1) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Corporate Blog!

2) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Blog of All Time!

3) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Entertainment Blog!

4) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Education Blog!

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    Friday, September 11, 2009

    Remembering 9/11 - A Photographer Reflects

    Photo credit: Ron Agam. Ron Agam on September 11, 2001, From the 911 Series. Park West Gallery.
    Photographer Ron Agam has spent his entire life traveling the world. At age six, the son of world-renowned artist Yaacov Agam added a camera to his travel gear as he began shooting that which inspired him most - his father's art. From that moment Agam gave himself a personal challenge - to always be there.

    Left: Photographer Ron Agam on September 11, 2001. Photo courtesy of Park West Gallery®.

    NEW YORK, NY -- On the morning of September 11, 2001, when photographer Ron Agam heard about the terror attack on the Twin Towers, he left his apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and headed for his office in Soho. He took his cameras, film and other equipment and, together with his assistant, made his way on his bicycle to the disaster area.

    "It was very bizarre," recalls Agam, sitting on an armchair in his giant studio in Long Island City, an industrial area that in recent years has become very popular with artists. "Everyone was fleeing northward or trying to leave Manhattan and I was going in the opposite direction, toward the towers."

    During the time he spent at what was later to become known as Ground Zero, Agam took some 1,200 pictures.

    "Every photographer has his own perspective. I felt I was a witness to one of the most important events in history, from the point of view of the impact of the pictures. Perhaps this sounds like a cliche, but I saw bravery with my own eyes."

    Recently Agam donated his collection of photos from that day to a memorial museum that will be set up at Ground Zero. [Source:]

    Ron Agam. Park West Gallery.Ron Agam. Park West Gallery.

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    Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    Salvador Dali and the Divine Comedy

    The Park West Gallery Dali Collection is one of the most thoroughly documented and authenticated collections of Salvador Dali artwork available to collectors. Park West is proud to be a reliable resource for authentic work from master Salvador Dali, and is passionate about educating the public about the many works created by the Surrealist Master.

    Salvador Dali's Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy. Paradise 1. Salvador Dali.The Divine Comedy suite consists of 100 color wood engravings created between 1960 and 1964 after 100 watercolors painted by Dali between 1951 and 1960. More than 3,000 blocks were necessary to complete the engraving process.

    In the early 1950’s Salvador Dali was invited by the Italian government to commemorate the birth of Dante, Italy’s most famous poet, by producing a series of illustrations for a full-text, deluxe edition of Dante’s masterpiece, the Divine Comedy. Ultimately, the illustrations were not well received by the Italians, as it was deemed inappropriate for a Spanish painter (rather than an Italian painter) to have illustrated the work of Italy’s greatest poet.

    Even though the project was dropped in Italy, Dali and French publisher Joseph Foret continued to pursue publication of the Divine Comedy. Mr. Foret acted as broker between Salvador Dali and Les Heures Claires, a French editing and publishing house that ultimately took full charge of the project.

    The Engraving Process

    The Divine Comedy. Purgatory 31. Salvador Dali.Working in conjunction with Salvador Dali, Mr. Raymond Jacquet, with his assistant Mr. Tarrico, created the blocks necessary for the engraving process. While frequently referred to as "wood" blocks, they were actually a resin-based matrix.

    Salvador Dali directly supervised the production of the works and gave final approval for each of the finished engravings.

    Once the project was complete, all of the Divine Comedy blocks were destroyed. The engraving process required the block be cut, a single color applied, then printed to the substrate (e.g. paper, silk, etc.) The block was then cleaned and cut away for the next color.

    As the engravings were made, the image was progressively “printed,” and the block was progressively destroyed. The process required great skill and resulted in works of spectacular beauty which cannot be reproduced in a manner that is not detectable as a reproduction, even to the casual observer.

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    Friday, September 4, 2009

    Dali Sketch for Marx Brothers Now on Display

    The Park West Gallery Dali Collection is one of the most thoroughly documented and authenticated collections of Salvador Dali artwork. For over 40 years, Park West has been a reliable resource for authentic work from the Surrealist master. Visit the Park West Gallery Dali website >>

    Salvador Dali. Le piano surréaliste (detail). 1937.
    PUBOL, SPAIN -- The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí is set to present their latest acquisition by the Surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí - a drawing made from carbon and pastels titled The Surrealist Piano, which can be seen in Púbol until September 30.

    The drawing, previously owned by American comedians, the famous Marx Brothers, was bought by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí at a London Christie's auction on June 23, 2009.

    The drawing is one of the sketches Dali did during the breaks in the filming of the Marx brothers' A Day at the Races. Dali drew the work for his solo exhibition and to participate in the anthological exhibition Fantastic Art Dada and Surrealism, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The surrealist painter had expressed his fascination with the works by the Marx brothers and the figure of Harpo Marx, who invited Dali to paint him.

    The Surrealist Piano incorporates several typical Dalinean themes, from the phallic cypress tree reminiscent of Böcklin's Island of the Dead erupting through a piano, to the figure of a naked woman with the face of a clock.


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    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Forbes Interview with Pop Artist Romero Britto

    Park West Gallery is proud to offer exclusive graphic editions from world-renowned contemporary artist Romero Britto. Known for his bright colors, pop images and playful themes, Britto's art reflects his unrestrained and optimistic point of view. View selections from the Park West - Britto collection >>
    ________________________________________________________ recently interviewed Brazilian-born Pop artist Romero Britto. Watch Britto in action and listen as the artist discusses his numerous high-profile commissions, his painting of singer Michael Jackson and his work for public installations displayed everywhere from the White House to the Super Bowl.

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    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Exhibition of Modern Masters Going On Now

    For over 40 years, Park West Gallery has been a reliable resource for the artworks of Modern Masters, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Park West recently launched a microsite dedicated to Pablo Picasso and his artwork - visit to learn more.

    Henri Matisse. Lorette (detail). 1917. Photograph by K. Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts © 2008 Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.
    WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA -- Works by the leading masters of modern art are on display at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in the exhibition, Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris. The show is part of a statewide tour that marks the first time since the late 1940s that selections from the collection of T. Catesby Jones (1880–1946) — a prominent collector from Virginia — will be reunited. More than 50 works gifted by T. Catesby Jones to the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia Art Museum will be included.

    Among the works displayed will be Pablo Picasso's Woman with Kerchief (1906), Henri Matisse's portrait of Lorette (1917), and a Cubist collage by Juan Gris. Other artists represented in the exhibition include Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Jacques Lipchitz, André Masson, and Georges Rouault.

    The display encompasses many of the key artists, innovative styles, and central themes that emerged and developed during a crucial period in the history of modern art. The exhibition tells the story of new modernist movements before and during World War I, cubism, surrealism, and the transformative World War II period when many of the best-known French modernists fled Paris for New York.

    Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris is currently on view until November 29, 2009

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