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!
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.
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.”
â€śAn object dies when the gaze that lights on it has disappeared.â€ť – Chris Marker
Sculpture is one of the oldest art forms. This three-dimensional representation has filled many roles in human life before becoming an aesthetic mode of expression. Throughout history, sculptures have been used as vessels of prayer, representations of the ideal man and woman, and monuments to historical figures. Even Pablo Picasso, known primarily for his Cubist painting, turned to sculpture as an artistic form when he wanted the ability to communicate in a three-dimensional medium what is limited on a two-dimensional canvas. Through the useÂ of different materials and styles, artists turn mere objects into art dense with meaning and therefore immortal.
In honor of International Sculpture Day (April 24th; in its second year), we are proud to present some of Agora Gallery’s exceptional sculptors.
Thereâ€™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 17th April – 23rd April, 2016.
This week we saw the diary of Salvador Dali go on sale, a gold toilet made for the Guggenheim, and most important, our very own Agora Gallery featured on this week’s Project Runway!
Today, like so many other people, including yours truly, Â New Yorkers forged through their closets to find something, anything at all, in the color purple to honor Prince and theÂ extraordinary gift of music he contributed to our lives and for all generations to come.Â In addition to his brilliant musicality, Prince was a humanitarian and fought for artists rights throughout his lifetime.Â On this glorious day, on my walk to the gallery, I captured just a smattering of New Yorkers in shades of purple, as well as natures contribution. “Purple Rain,” the iconic song by Prince which also inspired the movie, was written to honor his father. The color symbolizes, magic, spirituality, creativity, dignity and royalty.
- Angela Di Bello, Agora Gallery Director
Every year on April 22nd, we are reminded to respect and celebrate the Earth we live on and express our support for environmental protection. Celebrated in over 190 countries each year, Earth Day has brought people together from all over the world to cherish and protect humanityâ€™s home. Environmental groups have been working hard to raise awareness of climate change and other issues facing our Earth today, butÂ artists have also been known to express their concern for the environment through their artwork, not only by using the earth as an artistic medium to redefine humanityâ€™s relationship with nature, but by pointing out pressing issues that need to be addressed.
There are many artists that are part of this â€śeco-artâ€ť movement, all of whom intend to inspire others to contribute to the betterment of the earth. Agora Gallery artist Mark Schiff took part of (and is a finalist in) The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Art Coop’s EarthFest Recycled Art Contest, which celebrates Earth Day by having artists demonstrate how everyday junk can be used to create new and beautiful things. British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy creates site-specific installations using materials such as flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pine cones, stone, and twigs in order to work with nature as a whole and not alter the state of the materials. Seattle-based lawyer-turned-artist Chris Jordan uses photography to document the dangers that American consumerism poses on the environment. Artist Linda Gass uses fabric to depict water in places where water no longer flows.Â
The hope forÂ these artist’s work is to shift viewersâ€™ attitudes toward the environment and the choices they make, helping to promote positive action around climate change.
Agora Gallery is proud to represent several artists who incorporate earth, whether in materials or message, into their work, and is proudÂ to highlight these artists today.
Thereâ€™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 April 10th – April 16th, 2016.
This week we learned that Saddam Hussein’s former residence is set to open as a museum, the European Art Awards have been cancelled for 2016, and works from the Westfries Museum heist have been recovered.
“The craving for color is a natural necessity just as for water and fire. Color is a raw material indispensable to life. At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated color with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.”Â – Fernand Leger
Color has been an informative element throughout the history of art. During the Renaissance, the ultramarine pigment was more expensive than gold, and thus was used in paintings to establish social-class. Contemporary art such as the spot series by Damien Hirst, focuses on the relationship between, and the representation of different colors.
There is a scientific reasoning for how color happens, but this information holds no relevance to humans, who attribute color to their lives in more sentimental ways. People claim ownership over colors by declaring their favorite from a young age. Artistâ€™s declare ownership by manipulating the use of color to create meaning. Whether your favorite color is orange or blue, the wavelengths of light reflecting off of these works are sure to captivate and energize you.
Thereâ€™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 Â art news stories from April 3rd – April 9th, 2016.
This week we saw the closure of the Valsuani Foundry, two men were arrested in connection with a 2009 art heist, and a long lost Caravaggio may have been recovered.
This Thursday, April 7th, Agora Gallery hosted another one of our famous opening receptions, bringing together artists, art lovers, and collectors from around the world. This reception honored 25 superbly talented artists in three exhibitions: Forms and Formalities, East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia, and In Light of Being: Nonye Ikegwuoha / a solo exhibition. With 20 of the exhibiting artists in attendance, it was quite night!
We caught up with a few of the artists and spoke about where they’ve been, where they are now, and where they’re going to go.