Friday, April 30, 2010

Park West Gallery CEO honored at ALIVE 2010

ALIVE 2010
Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie Scaglione will be honored at ALIVE 2010 for their continued support of the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan. The event is being held Friday, May 7 at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. The night will be filled with fun and friends; fabulous food and drink; live music by Lyin’ Dogs; auction and celebration as attendees work towards inspiring all in Michigan to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

For more information on ALIVE 2010, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer (detail), 1968, Pablo Picasso.
This week a landmark exhibition of 300 artworks created by Pablo Picasso opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the first exhibit to focus exclusively on the outstanding array of works by Picasso in the Met’s collection. The exhibition will reveal the Museum’s complete holdings of the artist’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a significant number of his prints.

For more information on the Picasso exhibit, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

Friday, April 23, 2010

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist

The wait is almost over! Bravo’s reality TV show targeted towards art enthusiasts, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” is premiering on the Bravo channel on June 9 at 11 p.m. The show will feature 14 artists competing against each other for a $100,000 cash prize and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum.

To watch Bravo’s preview for Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Park West Gallery Director Interviews Leslie Lew

Snap, Crackle, POP. Leslie Lew.
Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro recently sat down for an interview with artist Leslie Lew, during which Lew discusses her background as an artist. She comes from a creative family – her father was a famous advertising executive – and much like her father, she believes that art is meant to be appreciated by everyone, not just an elite few.

Visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog for part 2 of the interview; part 1 of the interview can also be found on the Park West Gallery Art Blog. Stay tuned for future installments of this compelling interview!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rediscovered Rembrandt Portrait at the Kimbell

Rembrandt Laughing. Rembrandt van Rijn.
Visitors to the Kimbell from now through late July will have the opportunity to view a special painting: Rembrandt van Rijn’s self-portrait, Rembrandt Laughing. This portrait was not attributed to Rembrandt for a long time; however, when the English family who owned it for the past 100 years put it up for auction and art dealers in attendance recognized its quality and importance.

Art historians now know that Rembrandt Laughing is one of the first and most joyful chapters of the artist’s autobiography in paint, and he painted the work in his home city of Leiden when he was 21 or 22 years old.

For more information on the Rembrandt painting at the Kimbell, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Creative Diversity of Dominic Pangborn

Dominic Pangborn, Park West Gallery
Dominic Pangborn has been known in design circles for years for his colorful, graphic ties and scarves and his work in corporate design. But the artist Dominic Pangborn has transcended this definition and has moved solidly into the realm of fine art.

Like many other artists, including Peter Max and Alex Gockel, Pangborn’s style is influenced by his early years in visual communication. Drawing, which he still practices for hours each day, greatly impacts his work. Some of his most abstract imagery is populated with the bold shapes and colors frequently found in graphic communication.

Dominic Pangborn is insatiably curious—about communication, about media, about color, form and function—and this curiosity is reflected in his art. Dominic continuously experiments—with imagery, with media, even with material. Works range from two dimensional to relief to full three dimensional constructs. He may paint on canvas, glass, fiber board or any other substrate that piques his curiosity. His materials range from pencil to paint to fabric to industrial compounds, and his imagery ranges from ethereal to humorous.

Dominic Pangborn, Park West Gallery
Dominic’s natural curiosity drives him to endless experimentation, and a tour of his studio provides a glimpse into the rich and varied works that result. Dominic brings to his art a perspective borne of expertise in a broad range of visual media, and this influence is evident in the breadth and depth of his oeuvre.

For a good overview of Dominic’s work, visit Park West Gallery, where his imagery is currently displayed in the lower main gallery.

Visit Flickr for a photo tour of Dominic's Detroit studio.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Themed Salvador Dali Exhibit

The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill from Alice in Wonderland series, 1969 © 2010 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy of Miramar Cultural Center.
Interest in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been on the rise since the recent release of Tim Burton’s rendition of the fairytale on the big screen. The Ansin Family Art Gallery in the Miramar Cultural Center is currently capitalizing on that renewed interest by featuring a Salvador Dali exhibit that showcases a suite of lithographs the Surrealist Master created in response to the literary classic.

For more information on the Salvador Dali exhibit, Down the Rabbit Hole, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Latest Peter Max Celebrity Portrait: Taylor Swift

Peter Max portrait of Taylor Swift. Image courtesy of Tampa Bay Online.
Peter Max recently painted a portrait of music sensation Taylor Swift. The photo Swift chose for Max to turn into one of his cosmic paintings was the one used on the cover of her award-winning album Fearless.

The painting was displayed earlier this week in Los Angeles at a Peter Max exhibit, and Floridians caught a glimpse of it on the cover of a recent edition of Florida’s Tampa Tribune in anticipation for her upcoming concert in the area.

To read what Swift said about Max painting her portrait, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

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