Ghass Rouzkhosh, Vague Memory. Mixed Media. 35.5" x 47"

Internationally Acclaimed Artist Ghass Rouzkhosh Coming to Agora Gallery this February

Get a glimpse into the world of GHASS with this great video posted by GRK Gallery. Ghass Rouzkhosh is an Iranian-born, internationally acclaimed artist, and we’re excited to¬†host his upcoming solo exhibition in¬†Agora Gallery this February.

Project 13: Ghass Rouzkhosh / a Solo Exhibition
Agora Gallery | February 13 – March 3, 2015
Reception: Thursday February 12, 2015 6-8 PM  Continue reading

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Reception for Portals of Perception and The Substance of Abstraction

This past Thursday, January 22, Agora Gallery opened its doors to celebrate two notable exhibitions, Portals of Perception and The Substance of Abstraction. Featuring twenty-four artists, many of whom traveled from far and wide to attend their opening reception, the exhibitions are fantastic displays of creativity and technical prowess. I had the opportunity to speak in depth with four of the artists about their artistic processes and inspirations. Continue reading

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TV Crew at Agora Gallery

Yesterday we were proud to welcome the film¬†crew from Sinovision, the leading Chinese media network in the US, for an interview with Wei Xiong and Michael Lam,¬†two¬†of the artists currently featured in Agora Gallery’s¬†exhibition¬†The Substance of Abstraction. They also spoke for a while with¬†our Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello, for a unique perspective on international artists in America. The interview will be featured¬†in a segment in the television program Sinovision Journal, which deals with the unique challenges and perspectives of Chinese-Americans in all walks of life.

Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello, being interviewed by Michael Lam's large-scale watercolors.

Gallery Director, Angela Di Bello, being interviewed by Michael Lam’s large-scale watercolors.

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Top 10 Best Looks of 2014

Many consider Chelsea the art district of the world, and there’s a reason you’ll find so many fashion schools near all these art galleries: the creative-minded feed off of each other, no matter their discipline. At Agora Gallery, we’ve taken note of our guests and their creative garb. Below, enjoy the 10 best dressed guests of 2014 (and one notable contender from 2013). Continue reading

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Visit from Agora Artist Biddy Hodgkinson

Happy Wednesday, art lovers! We enjoyed a visit from Agora artist Biddy Hodgkinson¬†this afternoon. Biddy¬†just walked down to Chelsea after visiting¬†the Guggenheim – for those of you who aren’t familiar with NYC geography, that’s 40 street blocks and 5 avenues – QUITE the walk!

Biddy Hodgkinson between two of her works on display in Pathway to Abstraction.

At the Guggenheim, Biddy had been enjoying the exhibition of V. S. Gaitonde,¬†an artist with a style not too dissimilar to her¬†own. ¬†In fact, the title of the exhibition,¬†Painting as Process, Painting as Life, may easily be applied to Biddy’s work, as her subjects deal with such themes¬†as life, nature, and¬†decay. In her pieces, she¬†applies acids and industrial destructive substances to organic matter, allowing natural processes to occur on canvas.¬†The result is a beautiful and¬†colorful¬†homage to death.

Biddy is currently working on two large-scale pieces with a pretty funny story behind them. When calling up her supplier, Hodgkinson requested two 80″ canvases – or, as it turned out, 280″ canvases, as the supplier would hear it!¬†Not complaining, Biddy is going to go with it, and we’re pretty excited to see her new 23+ foot (7+ meter) works!

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Reception for Sensorial Realms and Pathway to Abstraction

This past Thursday, January 8, from 6 ‚Äď 8 pm, Agora Gallery celebrated the opening of two remarkable exhibitions, Sensorial Realms and Pathway to Abstraction. Including the work of thirty-eight artists spanning the gallery’s two floors, the two exhibitions contain a wealth of visual delights and artistic prowess. I love speaking with artists about their artwork and inspirations, and at this reception, I decided to pose the following question: ‚ÄúIf you could spend 24 hours with any artist from history, who would it be and why?‚ÄĚ The answers were fascinating, sparking interesting conversations and providing me with further insight into their missions as artists. Read on for summaries of my discussions with four artists: Susan Marx, Dominic Fond√©, Asta Caplan, and Andrew Glass. Continue reading

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Recently Sold to New York Art Collectors

Congratulations to Kristina Garon, Kenji Inoue, and JungHee Lee-Marles! Artwork by these three fine artists sold yesterday to a local New York couple. We’re sure the works will make a beautiful addition to their home!

JungHee Lee-Marles  - When The Wind  Blows II

JungHee Lee-Marles – When the Wind Blows II, acrylic & mixed media on board, 24 x 40 inches

Born in Korea and benefiting from an international education, JungHee Lee-Marles now lives and works in Ottawa, Canada, where she is actively involved with numerous arts organizations.¬†This is JungHee’s first exhibition with Agora Gallery.

Kristina Garon - Thoughts and Feelings 14

Kristina Garon – Thoughts and Feelings 14, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Kristina Garon has been an Agora Gallery artist since 2009. Pathway to Abstraction marks her seventh exhibition with us. ¬†‚ÄúWith my paintings,‚ÄĚ says Garon, ‚ÄúI hope to create more positive energy and joy.‚Ä̬†

Kenji Inoue - Set Me Free

Kenji Inoue – Set Me Free, oil on canvas, 36 x 23.5 inches

Kenji Inoue has had nine exhibitions with Agora Gallery, having been with us since 2006. This is the second piece he has sold through Agora Gallery this winter – the first being a 72″ diptych called¬†Hottender.¬†Kenji Inoue studied painting and illustration at the Tokyo Communications and Arts Professional School for two years. He currently lives and works in Japan.

All of these artists are participating in Pathway to Abstraction, and their works are currently on view in the gallery. There will be a reception on January 8th, and all are welcome to stop by!

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Snowy Saturday

Virgil Carrillo and his 3-D acrylic painting, Gusot

Virgil Carrillo and his 3-D acrylic painting, Gusot

It feels like winter has finally just arrived, as snow is gently falling outside 530 West 25th Street. We thought the snow might mean a slow day for the gallery, but it’s been anything but! We’ve had a lot of visitors today, among them one of our featured artists, Virgil Carrillo.

The pictured work, Gusot, is a bit of a teaser for Virgil’s newest series, which will feature a dozen works of the same size, all playing with various 3-D elements. Gusot appears randomly crumpled and starched, yet viewers may be surprised to learn that each fold has been carefully sewed in place.

“When I work, I feel like I am possessed, like the ideas aren’t coming from me. I was surprised by this piece,” said Carrillo. “I said, ‘I did that?’”

Virgil Carrillo is looking forward to his reception, which will take place on January 8th. He will be in attendance, and looks forward to meeting collectors and art lovers alike.

UPDATE: Virgil’s work will be up in Agora Gallery until February 6th, 2015.

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New Art for the New Year

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Detox from holiday madness and stop by Agora Gallery for two compelling collective shows spanning across our two floors of exhibition space. Assembled with great care, Sensorial Realms offers a gracious balance between serenity and chaos, and Pathway to Abstraction takes the audience on a journey from sense and understanding to the complete decomposition of comprehension as we know it.
The shows run from December 23, 2014 to January 15, 2015, with an opening reception on January 8th, 2015 from 6-8 PM

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