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 July 10th – July 17th, 2016.
From Brexit to the US Presidential Elections 2016, there are a number of big changes happening around the world. This week in Art News RoundUp, we bring you top stories about how world politics affect the art world!
Massachusetts-based artist James Chisholm has been with Agora Gallery since the beginning of 2013. We’ve had the pleasure of not only exhibiting and promoting his own beautiful paintings but also watching as he uses his passion to transform the lives of the young artists around him. James teaches numerous classes to artists of all ages (we spoke with him regarding his experiences teaching students that art can actually turn into a career for the 34th volume of ARTisSpectrum Magazine) and is always working on new projects that allow his students to experiment with their own styles of expression. However, one of James’ most successful projects has been an annual mural that is completed by the entire group of students from his drawing class at the North Shore Community College. Each year introduces a new inspiration, and stories about his mural projects have been written up locally).
James Chisholm and students from his NSCC drawing class working on the mural; source: Owen O’Rourke from Itemlive.com
We spoke with James to get a more intimate look into the journey from conception to creation to finished mural!
Some artists find a blank white canvas to be daunting. With limitless possibilities to be explored, how can you know if what you’re doing is the best thing? Bimbi Larraburu sees her canvas not as a challenge, but as an open space to express her inner self through color, line, and shape. Bimbi’s works give way to a chaotic visual effect, one that simultaneously excites and soothes any viewer. The colors are vibrant and the composition is random, and yet everything works together to create perfectly balanced abstract pieces.
Bimbi has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for her whole life, and continues to work there today. She was always interested in the arts from a very young age, but was encouraged to pursue a traditional university career, causing her to study Architecture and Advertising, elements of which she continues to bring into her art. Bimbi also studied under the Argentinian abstract painter Heriberto Zorrilla and learned the ways of the “Esencialismo” movement. In addition to her art, Bimbi loves to travel and manages a family real estate business in Argentina and the US.
Bimbi Larraburu painting in her studio in Buenos Aires
Being from Argentina, Bimbi answered some questions we had for her in her native Spanish language as well as in English. We have transcribed the interview in both languages here for all to enjoy! Read on to learn more about Bimbi’s story, as well as her techniques and inspiration.
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 July 3rd – July 9th, 2016.
Source: Artnet News
This week we saw two paintings from the Dutch Golden Era reunited after 351 years, Brooke Shields make a curatorial debut, and a protest by Russian artist Katrin Nenasheva.
With a passion for art from a very young age, Oliwia Biela has always found a way to express herself through her paintings. She feels the impulse to put all her positive feelings on canvas without thinking, to just express her emotions in the moment. She continues to paint spontaneous and emotion-filled abstract paintings using a variety of materials and techniques, choosing whatever method works best with her mood at the time.
Oliwia Biela in her studio
Outside of her artwork, Oliwia loves ballet, jazz music, and traveling. She is interested in learning all that she can about the world and loves all that is alive.
These days, art is not limited – not in style, medium, technique, and certainly not in where it can be shown and enjoyed. Many of Agora Gallery’s artists have taken full advantage of the various opportunities available to contemporary artists, and we wanted to learn a little more about pursuing unique projects and how to use those connections to further your artistic career.
In our first post of the series, we’re speaking with New York-born, Japan-based artist David Stanley Hewett, one of the most well-known foreign artists in Japan. Having held major exhibitions in Japan, Singapore, and the United States, Hewett is known in particular for his abstract works with strong influences from the Samurai code of Bushido and the Japanese Shinto Religion. His works can be seen at The Imperial Hotel, The Okura Hotel, The Peninsula Hotel, Mitsui Trading, and numerous other collections around the world. Having created a large network in the hospitality industry as well as among other businesses, Hewett is always doing something big and new, and we were able to pick his brain and learn his secrets.
David Stanley Hewett with one of his works in the first-floor lobby at The Oakwood Premier Tokyo
The Fourth of July – a day filled with friends and family and most importantly, pride for the United States of America. In honor of this day, we are featuring the works of various Agora artists who have been inspired by the same symbols that represented the US: freedom, prosperity, progress, and perseverance. So, please enjoy these beautiful works of art and Happy Fourth of July!
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 June 26th – July 2nd, 2016.
This week we saw Vincent Desiderio’s work “Sleep” inspire a Kanye West’s “Famous” music video and we learned that Sky Art will be hanging fake artworks in numerous British galleries to test their guests.
It has been nearly 3 weeks since the horrific events at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando took place. In the aftermath of the shooting, friends, family members and sympathisers held memorials and showed their support for the victims and the entire LGBT community. In the wake of this terrible tragedy, artists are also showing their love and support. Two days ago, Agora Artist Irina Goryunova completed a painting entitled “28°31’10.5″N 81°22’36.5″W,” which are the geographical coordinates of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Irina would like to dedicate this painting to the victims of this tragedy, and all of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the victims’ families.
If you’re interested in purchasing this artwork, please contact Agora Gallery directly.
Irina is originally from Moscow, Russia and worked in finance and business before dedicating her career to art. Seeing how much people depended on money for happiness made her sad, and she wanted to leave something on this world that was more than just her signature on a document, something she created with her hands. This is what drew her to art. A self-taught painter, Irina creates one-of-a-kind works straight from the heart. She strives to display her knowledge and experiences in life in her works, inspiring emotions and questions in her viewers, hoping that they will have a desire to learn more about what it is she is depicting.
MURAL Festival on Boulevard Saint Laurent in Montreal
For 10 days each summer, the Canadian city of Montreal becomes a mecca for street artists and public art enthusiasts as one of the main thoroughfares in the city, Boulevard Saint Laurent, is transformed into a festival of epic proportions. Montreal’s MURAL Festival took place from June 9-19 this year. Throughout the week, 29 artists in total from all over the world created beautiful murals, participated in exhibitions, and displayed installations on the famous boulevard. Visitors to the festival had the opportunity to witness artists making murals in real time, attend musical events and seminars, enjoy a variety of outdoor exhibitions and installations, plus indulge in the glory that is Canadian gastronomy, aka poutine, on every corner.
“We are the merging point of creative spirits. We are the festive and innovative soul of a city burning with artistry. MURAL opens a portal to new artistic dimensions and unites the community around an authentic vision.” – Montreal MURAL Festival Mission
Haley in front of a mural by ASTRO from MURAL Festival 2015 in Montreal
Haley Carloni, one of our gallery assistants, got to experience the festival firsthand. Read on to see her impressions of the festival and how some of our Agora artists are contributing to the wonderful world of street and public art!