Agora Gallery’s May 21st, 2015 Opening Reception

This May 21st, 2015 was a big night for Agora Gallery. That Thursday evening, we found ourselves welcoming a vast array of artists from around the world for five exhibitions, Sovereign Women / Femmes Soveraines, Portal of Enigma, Contemporary Perspectives, Sensorial Sensibilities, and Out From Down Under & Beyond. With so many artists from all over the globe (including, appropriately, a number of artists from Australia and New Zealand, who were featuring in “Out From Down Under & Beyond”), it was a truly delightful surprise that so many were able to fly out to New York to be present!

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Artist Jimmy James Kouratoras showing his moves during the introduction to the opening reception.

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Summer Art Film Screenings at Agora Gallery

This past year, Agora Gallery has been expanding to new levels, both physically and conceptually. We expanded to our first floor space, now showing extraordinary art on both the first and second floor galleries of 530 West 25th Street; we have expanded the work we show to include kinetic art and interactive sculptures; we’ve expanded our social media presence, building a base of over 48K followers, and adding profiles on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Periscope.

And next up? Agora Gallery takes a step into the world of film.

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That’s right – this summer, Agora Gallery will be hosting a series of free art screenings, including documentaries, art films, and movies about art and the art world.

We’re kicking it off this June 3rd with Exit Through the Gift Shop. The screening will be open and free to the first fifty guests in attendance. (See below for details)

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Mind-Blowing Paper Sculptures by Felix Semper

For our regular Agora fans, you may remember Felix Semper, who showed his paintings with us in Unbound Perspectives from November-December, 2013. Well – you’ll be glad to hear that he’s back with us again, showing his extraordinary hand-cut paper sculptures. This is one you’re going to have to see in person to believe.

We are pleased to present #FelixSemper #PaperSculptures at #AgoraGallery! #NYC #Chelsea

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ARTisSpectrum: May 2015

Happy belated Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Here at Agora Galley, we’re also celebrating the shipment of the May issue of ARTisSpectrum, which is hitting the shelves today!

ARTisSpectrum Arrived Today at Agora Gallery

Some highlights from ARTisSpectrum, May 2015:

  • #ArtSmart: Use Social Media to Promote your Art by Chiara Mortaroli
  • Beyond the Painting: Marketing & Selling Non-Painting Art by Steven Barnes
  • Outside Gallery Walls, Public Art: A Walking Tour Through Chelsea by Laura Romeyn
  • Artist profiles of over 100 artists!

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AGORA GALLERY’S APRIL 30TH, 2015 OPENING RECEPTION

This past Thursday evening around 5 pm, a crowd of artists and art-loving visitors had gathered at Agora Gallery in advance of the opening reception for three exhibitions, Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography, The Kaleidoscope of the Mind, and Contemporary Perspectives.

During her opening remarks, Gallery Director Angela Di Bello congratulated the artists for their role in inspiring the world through their creations. “There is no greater feeling than sharing your life,” she noted. “The experience of allowing people into your life is a wonderful feeling. Art can be an artist’s way of saying, ‘This is who I am and what I do. What I think. How I feel.’”

Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography is a biannual exhibition that brings together artists from around the world who share a passion and talent for using the camera to capture a moment in time.

Always a photographer - Claude MacBurnie snaps a photo of guests on Thursday evening

Always a photographer – Claude MacBurnie snaps a photo of guests on Thursday evening

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Happy Birthday, Lydia Caulfield!

collageWishing a very happy 25th birthday to our one and only Marketing Coordinator, Lydia Caulfield!

After growing up in a very artistic Seattle household and spending some time living and studying in France, Lydia now resides in Brooklyn where she plays soccer and loves finding new, adventurous things to do!

lydia 2For a little under a year, Lydia has spent her time at Agora working with new and future artists as well as training new employees and entertaining the staff with her love for candy.

Want to know more about Lydia? Check out our Agora Gallery staff page. And don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday!

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Top 5 Spots In Chelsea For Before & After An Opening Reception

So, you’re coming to New York’s favorite art district this Thursday for a gallery opening. Whether it’s your own, a friend’s, or you are just an art appreciator in the neighborhood, you’re going to want to pre-game with good food and coffee, and you’ll probably want to wind down the evening with some atmospheric and trendy drinks with friends.

Finding art in Chelsea is easy, but where’s the good food? Where can you get a good drink? Hopefully our guide can help you out with that. Enjoy Agora Gallery’s picks for…

Top 5 Spots in Chelsea for Before & After an Opening Reception

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HAN Media Launches with Photo Exhibition at Agora Gallery

This Friday, the staff at Agora Gallery was excited to host the launch event for HAN Media, a communications agency which aims to help Chinese companies in the U.S. with media and public relation services, and to connect U.S. companies with their Chinese counterparts. The launch event, a photography exhibition entitled Chinese Dream Blossoms in America featured three emerging photographers from China.

From left to right: Henry Tang, founder of the Committee of 100; Yuhan Liu, founder and CEO of Han Media Inc.; Claus Mueller, foreign correspondent of M21 entertainment based in Paris; Haiyin Lin, photographer based in New York.

From left to right: Henry Tang, founder of the Committee of 100; Yuhan Liu, founder and CEO of Han Media Inc.; Claus Mueller, foreign correspondent of M21 entertainment based in Paris; Haiyin Lin, photographer based in New York.

 

If you follow our Periscope account, you’ll have caught some as-it-happens footage from the event, including interviews by our social media coordinator, Chiara, with some of the artists and guests.

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Agora Gallery Joins Periscope

In our never-ending quest to connect the contemporary art world with the 21st century, Agora Gallery is all about embracing the world of live updates. If you happen to be one of our many followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, you’ll be happy to note that Agora Gallery is now on the live-streaming app Periscope.

Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen. – iTunes Store Description

We joined Periscope today and posted our very first live video. Already, we’ve received over 600 likes and a great deal of positive feedback.

We wanted to share our first Periscope video with all of our followers who currently don’t have the app, so we saved it and uploaded it to our YouTube channel.  Read more

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5 Paintings Of Pets: National Pet Day

Whether as companions, models, or inspiration, animals are often a vital part of the artistic process. On this, National Pet Day, let’s honor our beloved companions and the role they play in the creation of art.

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Georgia O’Keeffe / Photograph by John Candelario / Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives – from thisiscolossal.com

For many modern artists, cats have been the pet of choice. There were enough of them that editor Alison Nastasi was able to make a photobook of over 50 photographs of artists with their beloved felines. The book includes Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keefe and recently-in-the-news Jean-Michel Basquiat with their cat companions.

Many contemporary artists, however, fall all over the animal love map. With companions and models such as goldfish, lizards, and pot-bellied pigs, contemporary artists’ taste in animals is as variegated as their unique talents.

Read on for our image gallery of 5 pet paintings to celebrate National Pet Day.

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