Get a Peek at Steve Martin’s Art Collection: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from May 15th – May 21st, 2016.

Source: artnetnews

Source: artnetnews

 

This week a number of stolen paintings were discovered in Ukraine, Christie’s is facing a number of lawsuits for damage done to lots during Hurricane Sandy, and we get a peek at Steve Martin’s art collection.

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New to ARTmine: It’s a Wild World!

“If you can’t excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in?” – Steve Irwin

When artists use the beauty and wonder of wildlife as their subject, they are not just recreating a depiction of an animal, they are exploring a life. Animal portraits, like with human subjects, much capture the energy, the emotion, and the environment that surrounds and animates the creature, much more than simply outlining the recognizable features. Artists who delve into the world of the wild learn to create a persona without the use of words or conversation. There is an innate understanding between the artists and their muse, which must be shared between the subject, the artist, and the viewer.

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ARTmine has introduced many new artists who use wildlife as their inspiration and who portray these creatures in their work, and we’re glad to share their art with you:

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Selfie Taking Man Destroys 126-Year-Old Statue: Art News Round Up

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from May 8th – May 14th, 2016.

Source: artnet news

Source: artnet news

This week we saw Christie’s host a $318.4m contemporary art sale, a selfie destroy a 126-year-old statue, and the retrieval of 17 stolen artworks in Ukraine.

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Observing the World through the Lens: Riya Sharma

Strong graphic imagery, vibrant colors, and simple yet calculated compositions define the photographic works of Riya Sharma, a professional travel and street photographer. With the ability to portray a wide range of subject matter, from expressionistic portraits to capturing spontaneous moments, Sharma’s photographs reflect the effects of poverty and social inequality in India. What makes her photos so unique is her inane ability to forge a connection between her subjects and her viewers. Sharma’s main artistic goal is “working toward taking the perfect picture – that combination of technique, style, and impact that still draws people to look at an image years or decades later.”

Through Sharma’s photographs, the viewer sees the truth in humanity. The photographer believes that her photos show the facts of reality that many people do not see every day because they are so busy running around all the time. She captures the lifestyles of different groups of people in their realist forms. “I personally believe a perfect photo consists of the best example of cultural and social moments,” says Sharma.

Riya Sharma at her Agora Gallery reception

Riya Sharma at her Agora Gallery reception

A graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, Sharma has had her photographs featured twice in the Divya Bhaskar Newspaper in India and was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts at the 2016 Asian Awards in London. She is also an official photographer for PhotoWorld Magazine.

But there is more to Riya Sharma than meets the eye, and her goals and dreams for her work go above and beyond. We had the chance to learn more about Riya and her work, and we can’t wait for you to read on!

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New to Artmine: Who Run the World? Girls!

“In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness.” – Laura Mulvey

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It is undeniable that women have been a pillar in art history. Not only acting as the subjects of inspiration for artists since the beginning of time, women have also been monumental to the art world in the roles of artist, curator, and innovator. The female form has been altered time and time again, traveling through centuries of artistic periods and representing a variety of topics – fertility, love, sexuality, purity.

Artists are always using the female form in new and unprecedented ways to create breath-taking works that do more than just represent the body. Check out some of these new artworks to ARTmine by artists, both male and female, who each focus on utilizing women as their subjects and muse.

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Live Donkey Adored by Fairgoers and Protested by Activists: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from May 1st – May 7th, 2016.

Source: artnet

Source: artnet

This week we saw a lot of exciting art news, but what hit us the most is the fact that the live donkey praised by Frieze Art Fair-goers is now being protested by animal activists! What do you think about that? Read on to learn more!

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The Great Journey: Hilde Gustava

Norwegian artist Hilde Gustava creates dynamic pieces through the use of vibrant colors and textures. The opposite of the typical minimalist and ‘dark’ Norwegian artists (by her own description), Hilde is daring with color and her multiple-layering technique makes the structure and depth of her paintings rich and exciting. Her artistic style was what won her the “Hedmarksprisen” Art and Cultural Award in 2012.

The symbols for Pi and infinity are prominently featured in her works, emphasizing the idea of endlessness and man’s continuous need to explore. Humanity will forever investigate and experiment to find new ways of living and doing things, just as the artist will always find new ways to create. “I feel that creating art and the process is eternal, like the decimals in Pi,” says Gustava. “The opportunities in color, rhythm, and composition are endless…it’s overwhelming and beautiful. I find the process of art making is mysterious and unlimited.”

Hilde Gustava at the opening reception

Hilde Gustava at the opening reception of Solitary Spaces exhibition, April 28, 2016

Apart from her work as a painter, Gustava creates intricate sculptures from found objects and trash, short films, black and white drawings, and collaborates with musicians, actors, and dancers. In addition to this, Gustava teaches Drama, Arts and Crafts, and Norwegian History, and is a part of numerous charity and arts organizations. She loves working with others to help them express themselves the way she has learned to do through her art, but now she really wants to focus on developing her own artistic style and career.

We spoke with Hilde to learn more about the meaning behind her work, her journey as an artist, and where she goes from here:

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Animals as Artists and Artists as Psychopaths: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Monday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from April 24th – April 30th, 2016. 

Source: artnet news

Source: artnet news

 

This week we saw a fire destroy Delhi’s Natural History Museum while elsewhere, connections were found between artists and psychopaths and a number of paintings created by zoo animals went up for auction.

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NYC, Tokyo, London and More: Artist Awards and Recognitions

When they are not exhibiting their artwork at Agora Gallery, our artists are working hard to promote their craft around the world through art fairs, collections, and award ceremonies. We are happy to give our readers a little taste of what our artists have been up to when not in the gallery! Read more to hear about our Agora artist awards and recognitions!

Ilgar Talibov at Art Expo New York 2016

Ilgar Talibov at Art Expo New York 2016

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Agora Gallery’s April 28th Opening Reception

Thursday, April 28th might have been a little cool and rainy outside, but things were heating up at Agora Gallery with the opening reception for our two newest exhibitions: Solitary Spaces and the always incredible Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography. With photographers, painters, and sculptors coming from around the world and sharing not only their works, but their lives, Gallery Director Angela Di Bello felt that the reception was the epitome of the Agora Gallery Founder, Miki Stiles’, original goal when starting the gallery back in 1984. “Her intention was to bring together artists from all over the world. To share and bring their art together,” said Angela.

The artists during the opening introduction

The artists during the opening introduction

Angela went on to talk about the importance of art, not only as a member of the art world but as a member of society: “You are in a sense, a soldier. You have the strength to do this. You bring joy to the world, and I want to say thank you for that.”

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