Friday, October 30, 2009

Henri Matisse as Printmaker


Henri Matisse is an artist of classical greatness and one of the strongest influences on the art of the 20th century. The Park West Gallery Collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing fine art by masters including Henri Matisse. Browse the Park West Gallery – Matisse Collection >>
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Henri Matisse. The Blue Eyes, 1935. ©2009 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New YorkBALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- The Baltimore Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive exhibition on the printmaking of the great French artist Henri Matisse. Matisse as Printmaker features approximately 170 works of art spanning 50 years of Matisse’s career. More than 150 prints, as well as a selection of related paintings, sculpture, drawings, and books are included, providing compelling evidence of the important role printmaking played in the evolution of Matisse’s visual ideas.

Matisse as Printmaker loosely follows the chronology of Matisse’s career, from the artist’s earliest print in 1900 to the last in 1951. Examples of every printmaking technique used by Matisse — etchings, monotypes, lithographs, linocuts, aquatints, drypoints, woodcuts, and color prints — are included. Almost all of the prints involve serial imagery with the artist showing the development of a reclining or seated pose, the integration of models within interiors, the study of facial expressions, and the transformation of a subject from a straight representation to something more abstract or developed.

Illustrated books such as Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé (c. 1932), Pasiphaé (1944), and Jazz (1947) demonstrate Matisse’s brilliant innovations in the presentation of serial imagery. The artist’s brief experimentation with color printmaking is represented with three impressions of the color aquatint Marie-José en robe jaune (1950) and a print titled La Dance (1935), which captures the composition of his first version of the mural intended for Albert Barnes. Though most of the exhibitions and research to date have focused on Matisse’s painting and sculpture, the rich variety of media and subject matter in Matisse as Printmaker significantly advance the scholarship and public awareness of this understudied aspect of Matisse’s oeuvre. These works are rarely on view to the public due to their sensitivity to light.

Matisse as Printmaker is now on view through Jan. 3, 2010

For more information, please visit www.artbma.org
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Interview with Director of Museo Picasso Malaga


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. Visit the Park West Gallery - Pablo Picasso Website >>
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Picasso Museum, MalagaBorn in Malaga, Spain (on October 25, 1881), Pablo Picasso left his birthplace when he was very young and eventually settled permanently in Paris. The artist promised to return to Malaga when democracy was restored, unfortunately this did not occur in Picasso's lifetime; he never returned to the city he cared for so deeply.

The Museo Picasso Málaga is home to over 155 Picasso artworks created throughout the lifetime of the artist. In this interview, the new artistic director of the museum, José Lebrero Stals, explains the origins of the Museo Picasso Málaga and the works comprising its permanent collection. He also discusses how Picasso's artwork relates to contemporary artists and continues to influence so many artists working today.

Watch the interview with the director of the Museo Picasso Málaga >>
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Art of Etching


For over 40 years, Park West Gallery has been a world-wide source for collectors of original etchings by Rembrandt Van Rijn, the artist viewed by so many as the greatest etcher of all time. More about the Park West Gallery - Rembrandt Collection.
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Rembrandt in Cap & Scarf.Rembrandt Van Rijn.While the use of acid to etch metal was first developed in Arabia in the Middle Ages—as a technique to add decoration to weapons—it would not be employed for printing on paper until the late 15th century.

Widely popularized in southern Germany, etching soon competed with engraving as a printmaking medium. Unlike engraving, it required little knowledge of metalworking and could be practiced by artists trained only in drawing. What’s more, etching provided more artistic freedom in creating lines, as if they were drawn with a pen, as opposed to engraving, which favored straight lines.

Even so, early line etchings showed little depth or expression since they were drawn with a single point at a uniform depth in flat iron plates. As the use of acids or mordants (from Latin, mordere, to bite) became more predictable, artists began to “bite” lines for different amounts of time to create gradation. And with the introduction of copper as an etching medium, the practice of scraping and burnishing the softer metal provided even more freedom of expression.

The Etching Process
  • The metal plate—usually copper, steel or zinc—is covered with a thin acid-resistant layer known as the etching ground.


  • Using an etching needle, a design is drawn into the ground, exposing the bare metal.


  • The plate is placed in an acid bath, which produces grooves where the surface of the metal is not protected. The longer the plate is left in the bath, the more the acid eats into the metal—creating deeper grooves.


  • Gradations in the lines can be created by selectively applying an acid-resistant varnish before the plate is replaced in the bath.


  • The plate is removed from the acid bath and the etching ground is removed, revealing the design of the etching.


  • Ink is applied to the clean plate with an ink-pad or roller and then wiped clean—so that only the etched areas contain ink.


  • A damp sheet of paper is laid on the plate and then pressed between the rollers of an etching press, transferring the ink in the design to the paper.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Marc Chagall Artwork on Display Now


Marc Chagall, known as the “poet-painter” of the 20th century, lived to be embraced as one of the most influential artists of all time. The Park West Gallery collection is one of the world’s finest, with artwork by masters of art history, including Marc Chagall.
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Marc Chagall, Park West Gallery, Pera Museum“Whenever I bent over the lithography stone it was as though I was touching a talisman. It seemed as though I could pour all my sadness and joys into it.” ~Marc Chagall

ISTANBUL -- For the very first time in Turkey, the works of outstanding 20th-century artist Marc Chagall are on view for art enthusiasts. Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Pera Museum showcases 160 works by Chagall including prints, drawings and paintings selected from the rich collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The exhibition Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings showcases a unique selection that reveals Chagall's multi-faceted personality and vivid world of imagination. Apart from drawings that reflect the artist's life and his love for his first wife Bella, his illustrations for the Holy Book and for literary works such as The Fables of La Fontaine, and Gogol's Dead Souls are brought together in the exhibition. Representing his signature style, themes such as Russian folklore, Jewish traditions and lovers stand out in Chagall's works.

Life and Love: Prints, Drawings and Paintings is now on view through January 24, 2010

For more information, please visit en.peramuzesi.org.tr
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Park West Gallery CEO Talks Art on WJR


Leonardo da Vinci
The buzz of the art world lately has been all around the portrait of a particular young lady [shown at right]. Entitled La Bella Principessa and originally catalogued as "German, early 19th century," experts now believe that fingerprint analysis proves the painting is an authentic Leonardo da Vinci - the first of its kind discovered in over 100 years.

As a prominent figure in the art world, Albert Scaglione, CEO and founder of Park West Gallery, was recently asked for his thoughts on this newly discovered masterpiece. Listen to a fascinating interview as host Frank Beckmann (on WJR, Michigan's preeminent radio station), talks with Mr. Scaglione about the process of establishing an artwork's authenticity and the importance of provenance in doing so.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ALBERT SCAGLIONE'S INTERVIEW

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Artist Yaacov Agam Feels Compelled to Create


World-renowned kinetic artist, Yaacov Agam, pioneered a new art form which stresses change and movement. Yaacov Agam has been a member of the Park West Gallery family of artists for over 30 years.Selections from the Park West Gallery - Agam Collection.
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Yaacov Agam. Fountain in Dizengof square.Eating from the Tree of Knowledge
By ELLIE ARMON AZOULAY • Haaretz.com October 18, 2009

Moving slowly and wearing a rather tattered jacket and worn hat, Yaacov Agam arrives for our meeting pulling a valise on wheels. Its contents cover his professional life over more than 60 years.

Agam is 81. Just about everyone in Israel knows who Yaacov Agam is - a pioneer of kinetic art here and abroad. He is the man behind the unique and notorious fountain in Dizengoff Square (1986); he developed a display technique using perspective known as an Agamograph; a writing method known as Agamilim, where changing one letter changes the entire word; curricula for visual education and more.

All of these are the visual representation of the two predominant concepts that have occupied Agam since his childhood: movement and time. Time, he says, "is always new, is impossible to recreate and unexpected." He connects and associates both specifically to Jewish culture and experience.

He has presented at numerous exhibitions at the world's biggest institutions, including a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1973) and another retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York (1980). In 1963, at the Sao Paulo Biennale, he won the first prize of its kind for artistic research. He displayed his works at the Elysee Palace in Paris in 1972 at the invitation of then prime minister Georges Pompidou and there's a musical fountain by Agam in the French capital's La Defense quarter.

This year, he exhibited in Paris and Basel his mirror-based work, Beyond the Reality, as well as displaying a new work at the entrance to the World Games stadium in Taiwan.

The three projects he is now working on are a huge public building in downtown Taipei in the style of the Dan Hotel and the Neeman Towers he designed in northern Tel Aviv; a large exhibition, also in Taiwan, in collaboration with the Israeli representation there; and an exhibition to be shown in Pontoise, outside Paris. And he also recently designed a page for the Google Chrome browser.

From his first works in Paris to his most recent one, Agam has been studying perspective and the infinite. He creates using the different shades of colors, their composition and graphic forms, painting and sculpting with infinite perspectives. The challenge for Agam is that at any point where the viewer stands, he will see something completely new. The work changes as long as the viewer circles it.

In the catalog for his first solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum in the early 1970s, he defined it this way: "In the Jewish perception, time and reality have been intertwined since the story of Creation, in which Adam discovered, while eating from the Tree of Knowledge death, along with reality, that is, the element of time."

"Just like you breathe, I create," he says. "I must create; that is Judaism. It is essentially a way of life: Judaism is art. In order to be Jewish, you have to create. Because man was created in the image of God, he is not a monkey, he is not an animal."

For a moment it seems Agam himself has turned into one of his kinetic works; he is in constant motion, and does not stop presenting his artistic creations...

Read the full article at Haaretz.com >>
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Masters Exhibit in the Hague


The Park West Gallery masterworks collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing artwork by artists including Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso. Browse the Park West Gallery Collection online.

Paul Cézanne. The Bathers, c. 1890THE HAGUE -- Paul Cézanne is the ‘father of modern art’. Ironically, the painter who frequently found himself turned down for the Paris salons is now regarded as one of the most important artists of his day. Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian followed the lead he set and the three of them were responsible for what is perhaps the most decisive development in all art history: the inception of abstract art.

These three revolutionary artists are now the subject of a major international exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Cézanne – Picasso – Mondrian. The exhibits will reveal in spectacular fashion how advances in painting suddenly gathered pace around 1900. The result is a thrilling story that takes the viewer from the sumptuous palette of Cézanne via the brilliantly coloured – and sometimes humorous – paintings of Picasso to the extremely subtle compositions of Mondrian.

No other artist of the late nineteenth century had a heavier and more lasting influence on his successors than Paul Cézanne: with his subtle sense of color and daring compositions, he broke a lance for future generations. The exhibition will include the sensual, world-famous Bathers and the Provençal landscapes featuring Mont Sainte-Victoire, near the small village of Vauvenargues.

This exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum offers a unique insight into the evolution of modern Western art – an evolution in which each of these three great painters played a pioneering role.

Cézanne – Picasso – Mondrian is on view through Jan. 24, 2010.

For more information, please visit http://www.gemeentemuseum.nl/
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Park West Artist Pays Tribute to “The Champ”


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 artwork by Peter Max and Simon Bull, commemorating the spirit of Ali and representing a unique collecting opportunity for admirers of "The Champ."
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VANCOUVER, CANADA -- On October 9, British artist Simon Bull attended the Vancouver International Film Festival for the premier of Facing Ali - a new documentary starring ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals.

Video 1 [below]: Go behind the scenes with the VIPs at the Facing Ali screening. Watch as Simon Bull pays tribute to his friend, the “greatest of all time" Muhammad Ali.

Video 2 [below]: Watch the trailer for the soon to be released film, Facing Ali. The movie stars George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Henry Cooper and George Chuvalo who, among others, pay tribute to three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.




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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Romero Britto Creates Painting for Charity


Pop artist Romero Britto lends his talent, energy and time to many philanthropic causes. Known for his bright colors, pop images and playful themes, Britto’s artwork reflects his unrestrained and optimistic point of view. Park West Gallery Artist Bios: Romero Britto >>
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Heroes of the Hemisphere, Romero BrittoWASHINGTON / (PRNewswire) -- Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Romero Britto will create an original work of art that will be auctioned at the Oct. 24 Heroes of the Hemisphere celebration in Miami, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announced today.

"As an artist, it is my desire to share a vision of hope, happiness and beauty with the world," says Britto. "PADF's Heroes of the Hemisphere celebrates five people who have done extraordinary work to create a brighter future for the less fortunate among us. This piece is my way of contributing to their recognition."

Always the artistic innovator, the Brazilian-born artist will unleash his brilliant, colorful style on the Heroes of the Hemisphere signature logo of a thumbprint and its tagline "Make Your Mark on Humanity." While Britto's canvas is on display at the Oct. 24 gala luncheon, a group of VIPs will be invited to place their own fingerprint on it to symbolize their personal "Mark on Humanity."

Britto's work will be auctioned to the public, with proceeds going to both PADF and the Romero Britto Foundation.

Heroes of the Hemisphere will celebrate five people from Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador and Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Miami. The program brings together 350 leaders from business, government, diplomacy, philanthropy and entertainment.

"Britto's compassion for people aligns perfectly with our mission and the goal of the Miami program. We're excited to have him associated with Heroes of the Hemisphere," says PADF Board President Frank Gomez.

Britto's art is on display in museums and sold in galleriesaround the world. In addition to his commercial success, Britto has been applauded for being an artistic activist. He donates artwork to more than 300 non-profit organizationseach year. Britto lives and works in Miami.

About Heroes of the Hemisphere
PADF's Heroes of the Hemisphere will be held on the Royal Caribbean International's Liberty of the Seas, which will be docked at the Port of Miami. The Oct. 24 celebration is from 11am to 3:30pm.

Tickets are $350 each online at www.heroesofthehemisphere.org or (877)-909-HERO (4376). Seats are limited.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On Display Now: Rembrandt’s People


For over 40 years, Park West Gallery has been a world-wide source for collectors of original etchings by Rembrandt Van Rijn, the artist viewed by so many as the greatest etcher of all time. More about the Park West Gallery - Rembrandt Collection >>
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Rembrandt van Rijn. Self Portrait, 1659.HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -- Seven of Rembrandt’s most expressive portraits are on view in a new exhibition, entitled Rembrandt’s People, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The exhibition features Rembrandt’s powerful figure paintings, which are hailed as his greatest artistic achievement. The show will bring the first authentic Rembrandt paintings to Hartford in almost 70 years. The exhibition will showcase works from throughout the artist’s career, including his iconic Self Portrait from 1659.

Rembrandt’s People will feature nine paintings, encouraging visitors to look closely at Rembrandt’s most expressive portraits. Each painting in the exhibition has its own significance, but particularly outstanding is Rembrandt’s powerful Self Portrait, which he painted at age fifty-three. In addition to the self portrait, Rembrandt’s People will present a range of iconic portraits including Rembrandt’s depiction of a humble young Jewish man (ca. 1663) and the well-dressed Lady with a Lap Dog (ca. 1662).

The Wadsworth’s own connection to Rembrandt has been elusive and debate over the authenticity of “Rembrandt” paintings continues within the art world. Included in the exhibition are two portrait paintings originally acquired by the Wadsworth as Rembrandts, but both attributed by later research to the “School of Rembrandt.” The exhibition of these two paintings along side their authentic counterparts will enable visitors to make direct comparisons between Rembrandt’s own work and that of his studio.

Rembrandt’s People is now on view through January 24, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bowes Museum Features Goya Artwork


Started in the 1960s, the Park West Gallery collection is one of the world’s finest, with artwork by masters of art history, including Francisco de Goya. Goya was considered to be among the last of the Old Masters, an artist whose work uncompromisingly captured the horrors of war and the darker side of human nature. More at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies >>
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Francisco Goya. A Prison Scene. 1810-1814.DURHAM, ENGLAND -- A prison scene painted by Francisco de Goya is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum which explores a landmark year in the Spanish master's life and work. Goya became seriously ill in 1792 and lost his hearing. Turning his back on a lucrative role at the Royal Tapestry Factory, he moved to Andalusia, where his subject matter became darker and more personal.

Along with prison, he painted shipwrecks, fire, murder, robbery and the inmates of a lunatic asylum. Six bullfighting scenes also express his mood at this time. His first new pictures were set into cabinets and executed on tin plate.

Following his illness, Goya went on to create what museum director Adrian Jenkins calls "one of the defining testimonies of humanity. Out of his despair he found a freedom of artistic expression that was to define the rest of his life and reputation."

Goya’s Prison offers the chance to study Interior of a Prison with reference to the other cabinet paintings. Works by Joshua Reynolds, Allan Ramsay and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo are also on display.

During his recovery, Goya stayed with private collector Sebastian Martinez and spent much time looking at British painting.

Goya’s Prison: the Year of Despair is on view through April 11, 2010.

For more information, please visit http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/

[Source: http://www.culture24.org.uk]
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Durer Featured in Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol


Albrecht Dürer - the famed German draftsman, painter and writer - is best known for his exquisite, intricate woodcuts and engravings. Dürer's name is included among art history's Old Masters, and he continues to earn renown for his innovative, skillfully-executed works. Park West Gallery Artist Bios >>
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Albrecht Durer. Melencolia I (detail). ca 1514.MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA / (StarTribune.com) -- If you’re curious about that Albrecht Dürer print that pops up on page 263 in The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, you can hop over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and find it hanging in Gallery 316.

Tom Rassieur, the museum’s print curator, said he hasn’t yet read the book but got a tip that Dürer’s 1514 image Melencolia I plays a role in the plot, so he got it out of storage and hung it.

"Durer is easily among the greatest artists of all time and a real favorite of mine,” said Rassieur. “That print is rife with symbols but I think it’s also a psychological self-portrait that expresses the frustration of a creative genius..."

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Exhibit: Turner to Cezanne


Paul-August Renoir's paintings are probably the most-popular, well-recognized, and frequently reproduced images in the history of art. The Park West Gallery masterworks collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing artwork by artists including Renoir.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir. La Parisienne, 1874.SYRACUSE, NY -- Visitors to the Everson Museum of Art experience a brush with greatness with the exhibition Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales. Turner to Cezanne is on its first tour in the United States and will be on display at the Everson, making Syracuse the only city in the Northeast to host it.

Turner to Cézanne is drawn from an ex­traordinary group of 260 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century paintings assembled largely between 1908 and 1923 by sisters Margaret and Gwendoline Davies. The exhibition speaks volumes about taste, patronage, and philanthropy. The works included here also present a survey of modern art, from Turner’s Romantic naturalism to Cézanne’s modern aesthetic innovations. The exhibition is also a reminder of the value of creativity, and of persistence, as many of the artists were, at first, either misunderstood or scorned. Painters once rejected, like the Impressionists, are now in the pantheon of the world’s most popular artists.

Turner to Cezanne comprises 53 masterpieces, including Renoir's La Parisienne, a Monet Water Lilies, van Gogh's Rain-Auvers, J.M.W. Turner's The Storm and Cezanne's The Francois Zola Dam, plus work from Manet, Pissarro, Whistler, Daumier, Corot and more. The collection is considered one the National Museum of Wales' most remarkable treasures and one of the great British art collections of the 20th century.

Turner to Cézanne is currently on view through January 3, 2010

For more information, please visit www.everson.org
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Park West Gallery Fall Sale Going on Now


Park West Gallery, Fall Sale, Fine artwork, designer jewelry, Japanese woodcuts, sports memorabilia
Fine artwork, designer jewelry, Japanese woodcuts and sports memorabilia featured

With the holiday season right around the corner, the Park West Gallery Fall Collection was put together with the discerning shopper in mind. The collection is currently featured online and boasts an array of fine artwork, high-end designer jewelry, Japanese woodcuts and sports memorabilia, all of which are being offered at exciting sale prices now through November 15, 2009. Customers may also visit Park West's elegant, museum-style gallery in Southfield, Michigan to view the Fall Collection and enjoy the 3½ acres of sculpture gardens and luxuriant grounds that surround the gallery.

More than 300 works from some of the world's greatest artists are featured in the Fall Collection. These artists include the Old and Modern Masters: Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya, Chagall, and Dali as well as contemporary artists: Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Romero Britto, Simon Bull, Linda Le Kinff, Marcus Glenn, and Itzchak Tarkay. A variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works make up the collection of artwork.

Fine jewelry from high-end designers such as Erte, Di Modolo, Lumiere, Diara, Roberto Coin, and Gatto Luciano is also featured. While the collection is diverse, all of the jewelry has certain qualities in common: superb craftsmanship, timeless characteristics and unique design.

The Japanese Woodcuts in the Park West Gallery Fall Collection were created in the 1800 and early 1900s and provide a glimpse into the rich history of Japan. The subject matters depicted include: kabuki (depictions of actors from the Edo period, during which the theater was both fashionable and popular); sumo wrestling (viewed by the Japanese to be equally spiritual and physical); the Tale of Genji (perhaps the first complete novel which was written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the eleventh century); and Bijn-Ga (meaning pictures of beautiful women).

A portion of Park West Gallery's extensive sports memorabilia collection has been incorporated into the Fall Collection. A selection of signed photographs and sport-specific memorabilia are included in the offering as well as hand-signed Muhammad Ali collectibles exclusive to Park West Gallery.

Gallery hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm / Thursday-Friday, 10am-7pm / Saturday, 11am-6pm

The Fall Collection can be viewed at sales.parkwestgallery.com, and knowledgeable art consultants are ready to assist callers at 800-521-9654.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Art and Artist News from Park West Gallery


Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans,
ISSUE 14: OCTOBER 2009 is here!


Issue 14 features include:

  • Alchemic Nature of Painting

  • An Artist’s Perpetual Quest for Inspiration

  • All You Need Is Love and Art of Peter Max

  • Forbes Interviews Celebrity Artist Romero Britto

  • Simon Bull Art Exhibit At the Muhammad Ali Center

  • Morris Shapiro Hosts Live Auction for PBS Premiere Night

READ ISSUE 14: OCTOBER 2009 >>
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Pop Artist Romero Britto


ROMERO BRITTO (October 6, 1963 )
  • Nationality: Brazilian

  • Field: Painting, sculpture

  • Art Movement: Neo-Pop

  • ARTiFact: Britto - whose favorite color is yellow - sold his first painting in Brazil at age 14.

  • Artist Quote: "For me, art can reflect the celebration of the simple and good things in life. At the end of the day, my art is about happiness, and that’s what I want to bring to my life and work."

  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Absolut Britto, 2004.

Romero Britto, Absolut Vodka


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Celebrating 90 Years of Vogue Covers


Since 1969, the Park West Gallery collection has offered artwork from the most renowned Old and Modern masters as well as up-and-coming contemporary artists alike. Discover the stories behind your favorite artists, and the events that define them and their art. Visit bio.parkwestgallery.com >>
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Joan Miro, Vogue Covers, Champs ElyseesPARIS, FRANCE -- French Vogue is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a retrospective entitled Vogue Covers. The exhibit includes 122 poster-sized images displayed on the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Dating from 1920 to 2009, the covers are the works of photographers and artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, David Hockney and Joan Miró.

A special book is being published to commemorate the event and will be available for purchase at Amazon.com.

Vogue Covers is currently on display through November 1, 2009.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Pop Artist Romero Britto Designs for the Homeless


POP ARTIST Romero Britto has lent his talent, energy and time to many philanthropic causes. Known for his bright colors, pop images and playful themes, Britto’s artwork reflects his unrestrained and optimistic point of view. Park West Gallery Artist Biographies: Romero Britto >>
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Romero Britto, Homeless Trust, MiamiMIAMI, FLORIDA -- The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and a renowned South Florida artist have joined forces to introduce an innovative way for residents to help in the fight against homelessness.

Romero Britto has designed parking meters, which will be installed in several areas throughout downtown to collect cash for the cause.

There are plans to make large money collectors that will be placed in malls and the American Airlines Arena as well as Landshark Stadium.

[Source: WSVN.com]
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Norman Rockwell at the Smithsonian


Park West Gallery, through 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.
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Smithsonian to Feature Rockwell
JACQUELINE TRESCOTT • THE WASHINGTON POST
October 1, 2009

Steven Spielberg And George Lucas Collections to Go On Exhibit in 2010

Norman Rockwell. Shadow Artist. 1920.George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, two of America's most successful filmmakers, have combined their collections of the art of Norman Rockwell, one of America's most celebrated illustrators, for an upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is expected to announce Thursday that more than 50 drawings and paintings from the private holdings of Lucas and Spielberg will be shown at the museum next year. Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell From the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg will be on exhibit from July 2, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011.

Lucas is contributing the oldest painting in the show, one from a cover of Lifemagazine in 1917, with a World War I soldier in his doughboy uniform bending over to speak to a petite girl wearing a kerchief and apron. Polley voos Fransey is the title. Another Lucas contribution, Shadow Artist, is a 1920 cover from another magazine, the Country Gentleman. A particularly popular image, and one of Rockwell's favorites, comes from Spielberg: Freedom of Speech. . .

Read the Full Story at WashingtonPost.com >>

For more on Telling Stories, please visit AmericanArt.si.edu
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Remembering Legendary Cartoonist Nolan Ross


The Park West Foundation hosts events for many charitable organizations each year, generating significant proceeds for many worthy causes. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Park West Gallery for the Michigan’s Children Art & Advocacy Benefit, featuring the Cartoons of Nolan Ross.
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Nolan Ross, Park West Gallery, Metro TimesFulgurites, asparagus and zaniness
TRAVIS R. WRIGHT
THE METRO TIMES Sept. 30, 2009


Just open a daily newspaper in any major American city today and you'll find it's not just the quality, length and subject matter of the stories inside that's changed. Where did the creativity go? What about the screwball columnists and cartoonists?

And what would become of an artist like Nolan Ross, a prolific and gifted Detroit Free Press cartoonist and graphic artist from 1972 to 1988, in today's dailies? Ross' work is visually reminiscent of Robert Crumb's pen work, but less subversive, given the subject matter, which ranges from property tax and schizophrenia to Coleman Young, from the Detroit salt mines to Alan Greenspan and asparagus.

In 1997, Ross, 54, succumbed to his battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease — a genetic brain disorder often confused with Alzheimer's disease — but not without leaving a legacy of work. Nolan Ross' brother Carter, two years his elder and the first of three to study at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, has more than 1,000 pieces from his brother's career, many of which will be exhibited for sale at the Park West Gallery in Southfield for one night only on Oct. 3; proceeds will benefit the advocacy group Michigan's Children. His work has never been exhibited before. . .

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Michigan’s Children Art & Advocacy Benefit at Park West Gallery
Featuring the Cartoons of Nolan Ross
Details: Saturday, October 3, 7-10pm.
Tickets : $75/person. Beverages and hors d’ oeuvres will be served.
Reservations: Visit http://www.michiganschildren.org/ / Call 517-485-3500.

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