The Story Behind #Americanoh, a Portrait Series by Zie Otto

The work of photographer Zie Otto has been described as both nakedly direct and ambiguous. In his latest photography series, Americanoh, the artist, a Côte d’Ivoire native, explores parts of his subjects’ personalities and identities, allowing him to tell a story through their portraits. Learn more about his inspiration and the message behind Otto’s compelling, thought-provoking series of photographs.

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Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography and Spring Awakenings

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 3rd, 6-8pm

Dear Friends,

Please join us for the opening reception of Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography and Spring Awakenings on Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8pm. 

The exhibitions will be on view April 28th through May 18th.

We look forward to seeing you!

Agora Gallery

530 W 25th Street

New York, NY

Hours: 11am-6pm, Tues.-Sat.

ILLUMINATION: AN EXHIBITION OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Luminescence as a painterly medium to convey attitude, emotion, and atmosphere

 

Spring Awakenings

Transforming the everyday and disrupting the conventional ways of interpreting the world

 

Heaven and Earth

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 5th, 6-8pm

Dear Friends,

Please join us for the opening reception of Heaven and Earth on Thursday, April 5th from 6-8pm.

The exhibition will be on view April 5th through April 25th.

We look forward to seeing you!

Agora Gallery
530 W 25th Street
New York, NY
Hours: 11am-6pm, Tues.-Sat.

Featuring explorations of the beauty within both the sublime and the everyday

Lyrical Abstraction and Encounters: Nature and Culture Exhibitions

You are invited to join Agora Gallery for the opening reception of Lyrical Abstraction and Encounters: Nature and Culture exhibitions on March 15th. Experience the lively, enthusiastic atmosphere and meet our artists, collectors, and art aficionados to discuss the body of work on view.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday March 15th from 6-8PM.

The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from March 13th through to April 3rd.

We look forward to seeing you all there for a night to remember!

Agora Gallery
530 W 25th Street
New York, NY

 

Lyrical Abstraction is a renewed inquiry into the spatial questions posed by abstraction. Featuring eight artists, the exhibition features sculptures as well as watercolors and paintings, showing the enormous influence abstraction has had across media.

Encounters: Nature and Culture features six artists whose works highlight the underlying presence of subjectivity in all objective understanding. Starting with the depiction of realistic figures — be these painted or photographed — each work shows us how the hand of the artist ineluctably deviates from purely factual descriptions, delineating a world of imagined truth.

 

Visit Agora Gallery’s dedicated page to see all the artists featured in the exhibitions.

The Right Way To Enter An Art Competition

Art competitions can be a great way to develop your confidence, your career, and even your own understanding of your art. They are like stepping stones in your artistic journey. You get a chance to showcase your works in front of an esteemed jury and gain recognition for your talent. Even if you don’t secure a position at a competition, there will be a whole lot to take away from this journey that can help one grow and evolve as an artist. But what is the right way to enter an art competition? What are the best ways to make sure that your work is seen among the countless other entrants?

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Guests examining the artists’ works at the opening reception for the 31st Chelsea International Fine Art Competition exhibition.

As we geared up for the 33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, we decided to publish material that will be of use to artists across the globe who are looking for such opportunities to advance their artistic career.

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3 Benefits Of Entering Art Competitions

Art competitions are an excellent opportunity to grow as an artist and develop your art career. They can benefit you in a number of different ways – exposure, exhibitions, and even self-confidence. Madiha Abdo, an artist represented by Agora Gallery now, who was also one of the winners of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, says, “I consider art competitions and other related opportunities very important for my artistic journey, as they help me get much needed exposure and become more self-confident.”

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A guest of Agora Gallery admiring the works of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition participants.

The jurors in an art competition will often be well-known in the art world, with considerable experience and a good sense of the current market. This makes art competitions a great networking platform and the task of being “discovered” much easier. Prizes are generally chosen to benefit artists in ways that matter, whether it’s the chance to participate in an exhibition, cash, or promotional material or opportunities.

Winning an art competition is a great achievement! It is something you can add to your CV, mention to collectors, and discuss in interviews. However, even just entering art competitions, whether you are selected or not, tells the story about you as an artist.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions To Give Your Art A Fresh Start

After the festive season, getting back into a daily routine can be difficult. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions, or tips from our experts, to give your art a fresh start.

For most people, the beginning of a new year feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. After getting a break, it seems one should feel well-rested, full of inspiration, and enthusiastic to begin new work. And yet, after the festive season ends, artists often find that getting back into an effective working schedule is a real uphill struggle. That spark, which normally makes the creative process a joy, is just not quite there.

new year's art resolutionsEveryone finds it difficult to get back into their daily routine after any kind of extended break. But in some ways, artists have to face extra challenges in this area. For one thing, most artists work alone, which means that they create their own incentives. With self-made deadlines, it can be particularly hard to inspire yourself to work. Additionally, because the work is so inherently creative, the disruption from your productivity can create a big roadblock for inspiration. If you’re not feeling inspired, then how can you create? This doesn’t mean that you have to sweat over your art, but what really makes the difference is hard work. Inspiration is essential, but only a part of the picture.

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