Art News Round-Up

Tom Fruin's stained glass house via thisiscollosal

Art News From Around the World:

Where is the world’s oldest art? In an Indonesian cave. So we’ll have to rethink the Eurocentric version of creativity.

Astonishingly, in this year’s ArtPrize, the jury and the people pick the same winner.

If you don’t make much money selling your art, can your profession still be ‘artist’? Yes, says the US Tax Court.

How do we decide which art is racist? And who gets to decide?

UK government is under pressure to totally rethink cultural funding – so that London doesn’t get far more than the rest.

Popular Stories From the Week:

Norway’s new banknotes are ‘works of art.’

Near the end of his life Matisse was an insomniac invalid. So how did he create? By choosing his materials with care.

If you’re looking for something a bit different in NYC, there’s a stained glass house at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Houston gallery shows a large scale mural… Made of mud.

Sucking your pencil, wondering what to draw? Consider the potential of the graphite tip itself…

Someone Has To Create the Masterpieces. Why Not You?

Agora Gallery is proud to represent Jennifer Gough, who creates works that exist in the playground between order and chaos, making a compelling case for self-evolution. The way Jennifer came to art reflects this idea, and her story is an inspiration to anyone who would love to spend more time on their art – and just needs a bit more self-belief!

Could you tell us how you initially decided to move into art and what influenced your decision?

When I decided to become an artist, it was almost like a switch flipped in my brain. I was happily living my life, (for the most part) and then one day I just wasn’t. It was like all of a sudden a light went on and I started to question where I was headed and what I really wanted to do. I began to think more about being fulfilled as a person and less about fulfilling other’s views of who/what I should be. I asked myself “If you could be or do ANYTHING, what would it be?” The answer was immediate and unarguably clear: Be an artist. Just like that, be an artist. And so I did.

Would you say that you try to share your story in the hope of inspiring others to do likewise?

Absolutely. I find so many people have big dreams of being or doing something amazing, and while some are making it happen, many are not and feel they aren’t able or their dream is unattainable. I’ve had many conversations with people asking “how” I managed to create a life and successful career out of being an artist, and I hope that sharing my story helps open people up to the possibilities in their own lives and careers.

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Do you think the way that you entered art, and the reasons you became an artist, have had an impact on the work you create?

Without a doubt, art has opened up my life to the realization that anything is possible. My work reflects that and helps shape the person I am and the person I will become. Art is my way of navigating that process. Art allows me to explore and grow as an individual and my work is always changing and evolving through those experiences.

Jennifer Gough, Distraction

Jennifer Gough, Distraction

Personal growth and the pursuit of happiness are key factors in understanding your art. Is this something that you pursue through art, or a part of the rest of your life that you reflect on artistically? Would you consider this a message for your viewers?

When I think about my work and my life now, it’s almost impossible to separate the two. Each day that I approach the easel I am thankful for the blessing of being able to create for a living. This is definitely evident in the work I produce. I try to channel that feeling of joy and freedom into my work and by doing so it becomes a representation of my life’s direction and the message I hope people take away from what I create.

You host a weekly arts and culture radio show. Would you say that this experience, or the show’s emphasis on local art and artists, have influenced your work?

I don’t know that doing the radio show has really influenced my work per se, but I do know that interviewing artists and hearing about their personal struggles and successes continues to inspire me to keep reaching for my own goals and aspirations. In fact, that’s the whole idea behind the New Art Radio show. There’s no manual on how to go about becoming an artist, but by sharing the stories and experiences of people who have created their lives around their passion for art, music, dance, writing, etc., we can all learn and feel more connected to our own purpose and possibilities within.

Jennifer Gough, One

Jennifer Gough, One

What would your message be for someone who was considering devoting more time to their art?

Do it! There’s no time like the present to add inspiration and enjoyment to your life. Do a little or do a lot, it’s up to you, but if you’re driven to create, allow yourself that freedom, that pleasure. Without the arts the world would be a pretty dull place. Someone has to create incredible symphonies, paint the Sistine Chapel, write epic novels and perform The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House. Why shouldn’t it be you?!

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You can see more of Jennifer Gough’s work on her ARTmine page or in person at Agora Gallery in Beyond Borders, October 10-30.

October Exhibitions at Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is really making the most of October with exhibitions featuring beautiful artworks sure to excite, interest and even illuminate. The shows open on October 10 and continue until October 30, with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday October 16. All art lovers are warmly welcomed to attend!

NEEOCO, Mantus

NEEOCO, Mantus

In Beyond Borders: an Exhibition of Fine Art From Canada, New Yorkers are given the chance to appreciate the complex, balanced and gorgeous works that take form over the border. Many of the artists are inspired by the stunning landscapes of their homeland, and this plays a role, either directly or indirectly, in many of the artworks on display.

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Deck Hammock

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Deck Hammock

Divergent Realities presents the work of artists who are aware of the distinctions between their own perspective and those of others around them, and are able to appreciate and explore this difference visually in a way that never distances the viewer from the piece. We are made aware of the fascinating variety in vision and point of view while being encouraged to accept that diverse conceptions of reality can be equally valid.

Val d'Off, Betrayal

Val d’Off, Betrayal

The artworks in Modalities of Expression investigate the many ways that artists can give physical form to an idea, and use materials to create pieces which not only convey the concept but also communicate vividly and profoundly with the audience. It is impossible to remain unengaged when faced with these passionate and powerful works – and given their energy and inspirational appeal, there is no reason to want to.

George Tsatsos, Glimpses of Varying Universes

George Tsatsos, Glimpses of Varying Universes

You can continue viewing remarkable and memorable art in George Tsatsos: EU-TOPIAS, which presents the art of a lifelong artist who only recently began to share his works with others. The skill and flair which he has developed over the years leaves the viewer in no doubt that the time was well spent, with native talent developing into compelling ability.

In addition, in Agora Gallery’s brand new gallery space which will be opening on the ground floor underneath the second floor location, you can see Brushless: The Finger and Palm Paintings of Master Zhang Baohua which features the work of a renowned Chinese artist who paints only with his fingers and his palms. There will even be a painting demonstration by the artist on the reception night! This exhibition runs October 16-30, 2014.

Exhibition: October 10, 2014 – October 30, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Featured artists:

Beyond Borders: an Exhibition of Fine Art From Canada: Edward Bahoric, Lina Faroussi, Donna Giraud, Jennifer Gough, Marianne Meyer, NEEOCO, Komi Olaf, Zaineb Shaban, Carole St-Germain

Divergent Realities: Maryhelen Ewing, Kristina Garon, Karen Greville-Smith, Debbie Grossman, Kenji Inoue, Giorgio Linda, Brenda Ness-Cooper, Nobuko Ogawa, Claudia Pombo, Thomas Raoult, Robert Paul Saphier

Modalities of Expression: Angélique Droessaert, Ricky Montilla, SAHBA, Frederik Kløve Jacobsen, Joëlle Kem Lika, Susan Marx, Val d’Off, Stephan Schoeppler, David Utermann, Pauline Walsh

George Tsatsos: EU-TOPIAS

Brushless: The Finger and Palm Paintings of Master Zhang Baohua

Art News Round-Up

Things Can Change In A Day by Mariele Neudecker via thisiscollosal.com

Art News From Around the World:

What does the ‘invisible art’ hoax tell us about what we want to hear?

Art fairs in China kick off the season – and showcase the difficulties of doing business in China.

Video reveals how MoMA brought an iconic Matisse back to life.

Controversial installation piece becomes Texas’ latest ‘art museum site.’ With only one exhibit.

Where is Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition going to be held? In a 19th century taxidermy house, of course.

Popular Stories From the Week:

Have you ever suffered trying to paint en plein air? The Pre-Raphelites knew how you felt.

Love this idea – trying to define untranslatable words through illustrations.

Interesting concept – 3D images contained within large aquariums.

Doodling is eternal – see the scribbled illustrations found in 800-year-old books.

 

How To Promote Your Art on Facebook

You’re on Facebook, right? You’ve shared photos of birthday parties, and status updates about that concert you were at, and boasted about the amazing meal you had recently. You’ve even complained about days when nothing went your way and reached out for support and encouragement when you needed it, the way you support your friends when they need a boost. But do you use Facebook to benefit your artistic career?

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If the answer is ‘no,’ then you’ve got a lot to think about . But even if you do already use Facebook for work it’s probable that there are more things you can learn about how to use it effectively. (And before you get started, don’t forget to ‘like’ Agora Gallery on Facebook, if you haven’t already!)

Here are some tips to help artists make the most out of Facebook:

Create a Page, and Use It. You join Facebook with a personal profile – this is what you use to share personal photos, status updates, and so on. But to promote yourself as and artist and spread the word about your work, you’ll probably want a page, not a profile, though the page will be attached to your personal account. This will help you keep personal updates and contacts separate from your professional ones – although there may be overlap, this way you can be sure that the person who bought a painting from you last week isn’t seeing those party snaps in their newsfeed. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about Facebook deleting your account because you’re using something that should be personal as if you were a business.

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Venice Lagoon

Brenda Ness-Cooper, Venice Lagoon

Emphasize What Makes You Special. This is important in marketing more generally, but it’s something to consider when setting up, updating and promoting your Facebook page as well. There are lots of artists on Facebook, so you need to make clear just what it is that sets you apart. Whether it’s your subject matter, the source of your inspiration, your technique or something else entirely, you need to identify what makes you special, and make it part of your page – and its promotion.

Publicize Your Page. There’s no reason not to let your personal friends know about your business page – many of them may love your work and be interested in following along your page updates as well as your personal ones. You can also respond to art-related discussions as your page, rather than in your personal capacity, and join groups – and join in group discussions – which are art-related in the same way. Additionally, make sure a link to your page is at the bottom of the professional emails you send, appears on newsletters or email updates you send out, is on your website if you have one, and also is on your business card (possibly as a QR code).

Nancy Stella Galianos in her studio

Nancy Stella Galianos in her studio

Update Regularly. It’s common for people to be excited about sharing in the beginning and then run out of steam or simply forget about it later on. But if you want to utilize Facebook properly, you have to keep putting the effort in. You might not always have a new piece of work to show, but you do have works in progress. Share photos of yourself at work, or of scenes or sights that inspired you. Share ideas.

Engage. Facebook isn’t like traditional advertising – it’s a conversation, not a megaphone. However counter-intuitive this might sound, the fact is that in order for your own voice to be heard, you have to listen to other people’s as well. Share your experiences and solicit your fans’ stories too. Ask questions. Request opinions or inspiration. Respond to what they say and give the discussion a chance to develop.

Dorothy Slikker, Sharing the View

Dorothy Slikker, Sharing the View

Share Your Emotions. The best way to get people excited about what you’re doing is to show that you find it exhilarating yourself. Don’t be shy to admit how much you’re looking forward to an upcoming exhibition – it’s a great way of making frequent updates and reminders about it interesting to your fans. Don’t go overboard, of course – remember this is professional, not personal – but let your enthusiasm shine through.

Be Honest. You wouldn’t pretend when it came to your art, would you? Then don’t here. There can be a temptation to make statements or answer questions in the way that you think people expect from a brand, just because you know that this is business-related. But in reality people are sensitive to both integrity and its lack – so be polite, and be sensible, but be honest, and be yourself.

You may also want to consider paying for ads on Facebook to help promote your page and gain new fans, or, when you have build up a larger fan base, paying to promote certain posts so that they show up better in newsfeeds, to boost engagement and awareness. These paid options can be useful, but they aren’t something you necessarily need to worry about at the start.

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The same lessons can be applied more broadly to other social media as well, though the specifics will vary depending on the platform. Twitter, of course, limits each tweet to 140 characters. LinkedIn is business-focused so you might want to concentrate there on art professionals and other artists, people who can be important to helping you develop your career. You can join art-related groups to discuss issues or ideas with your peers, and in the process show your own expertise and experience. Google+ is linked to your email account so remember that, as with Facebook, you can set up a business page if you want to keep your personal and business lives separate.

But the essential thing to bear in mind is the same, regardless of the medium you’re considering. You want to be honest, engage with your followers, and keep putting in effort. If you do, you’ll find that you can make social media work for you – and for your art.

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Art News Round-Up

The work of David Zinn, via thisiscolossal.com

Art News From Around the World:

The fight over the DIA resumes – in court.

Must European artists bid goodbye to cadmium colors? Might Europe really ban cadmium?

The individuals and organizations behind art funding – and why we should care.

The Delaware Art Museum is persona non grata in the art world for selling art – but at least it’s out of debt.

Do Mexican drug lords buy art? And if they do, should that be exempt from new laws targeting their purchases?

Popular Stories From the Week:

Getty adds more art historical images to its treasure trove of an online library.

‘Seeing the things you’re not supposed to see’ – restoring an unfinished work by Leonardo da Vinci.

Next year marks 125 years since Van Gogh’s death… So there’s going to be… a musical.

The sculptor who created masks for soldiers mutilated in WW1 – so that they could show their ‘faces’ once more.

If you’re walking around Ann Arbor, keep an eye out for this cute, quirky street art.

Art News Round-Up

Art News From Around the World:

NYC ID card holders get free museum membership.

Auction season has begun again – with 26 artists setting new records at the recent Phillips auction.

Berlin Art Week is growing up – combining local focus with international awareness.

The LA art world is shifting – it’s growing, and it’s heading east.

Now there’s a home for Islamic art in North America – and it’s in suburban Toronto.

The plans for the expanded National Museum of China are ready – and they’re for a mega-museum.

Popular Stories of the Week:

Enjoy Google’s ‘virtual museums’ – and don’t worry, museum attendance, in person, is on the rise.

New York has a new Culture Commissioner – and he wants to make NYC livable for artists.

Georgia O’Keeffe on grit, art, and the importance of setting priorities.

How do you achieve the design you’re looking for when you’re working with single-cell algae?

These paintings really are hyper-realistic – and that makes a shot of the artist posing with them rather surreal.

Reception Review: September 18, 2014

Lone Hedegaard stands with her artwork.

Lone Hedegaard stands with her artwork.

The sun is still warm, but the air is getting crisper here in New York, where this Thursday, September 18th, we heralded in four invigorating exhibitions at Agora Gallery. In the east wing, collective exhibitions Enigmatic Realms and Realms of Figuration, and in the west, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started on September 15th, we feature Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition.  In collaboration with the New York chapter of ProChile, Agora Gallery was proud to present in Gallery 2 the exhibition, South Central: Painting from the BioBío Region of Chile.  The gallery was abuzz with anticipation when the doors opened at 6 PM as artists, guests, collectors, and press poured in to celebrate the opening of these one-of-a-kind exhibitions.

Luz Gamboa stands with her work and her family.

Luz Gamboa stands with her work and her family.

The women in Luz Gamboas portraits depict the farmers, potters, and weavers of indigenous communities in Mexico. Her works carry the incandescent colors of traditional folk art and articulate the artisanal practices of the regions that she visits. In the collection featured at Agora, Luz depicts the Purépecha people in the Midwestern region of Michoacán, and villagers in Chiapas and Oaxaca. “They may look similar,” she said, “but they are not so.” Indicating the piece Flores de Luz, she described the tradition adorning the tombs of family members with Cempazuchi flowers on the Day of the Dead. The family drops petals for the deceased to follow from the grave to the home, where the spirit will find an offering of tequila, pan de muerte, and a favorite food. Luz says that she tries to capture “vida actualmente,” or ‘life as it is happening.’ The works, which depict women in their daily labors, have been featured in several cultural and historical museums throughout Mexico, as well as in dozens of galleries.

Rachi stands with her work.

Rachi stands with her work.

Textile artist Rachi incorporates traditional Chilean weaving techniques into her own contemporary intuitions. The artist herself cuts copper, wood, and canvas to entwine with more conventional materials of linen, hemp, burlap, and other natural fibers. Nonetheless, to simply list Rachi’s materials is to undersell the magnificence of her work. Of her textiles featured in our Latin American exhibition, one hanging work is of exclusively woven fabrics, another freestanding piece features copper and turquoise affixed in steel, and three small squares interlace copper with other dark metals in what Rachi describes as a “cross of materials.” The works are something both ancient and gleamingly futurist.

Daniel Solloway with his collection.

Daniel Solloway with his collection.

The eloquent, rhythmic canvases of Daniel Solloway are not easily typified. Solloway began his career painting Oklahoma’s sunsets, something that he still integrates into his more abstract paintings. In a few of the works featured at Agora, Daniel has created what he calls the ‘Hans Hoffman effect,’ wherein he paints a sunset by laying painters’ tape over one color and then lays its opposite. “This creates a push-and-pull in negative space,” he says. Some of the works use this contrast between atmospheric light and other solid objects to study temporal and spatial relationships, while other works “are simply lyrical.” The mixed media ‘Symphony of the Sea,’ for example, reveals a plane of an extremely deep recession, layered with branches of saturated tones. “It become faster in the middle,” Daniel says, “to collapse space.”

Shakespeare Guirand.

Shakespeare Guirand.

Haitian artist Shakespeare Guirand states that beauty is not physical. He creates artwork to connect with people, whether through a conversation regarding his artwork or through the message imbued in a piece. The painting “Untitled” was commissioned by the French Ambassador, during an effort to create awareness of sexual abuse. Shakespeare conducted artistic workshops with girls between the ages of 14 and 16 who had been abused. “I did not want them to relive their trauma through art,” he said, “I wanted them to speak of themselves and who they really are.” Not all of Guirand’s works incorporate text, but their muted palettes and erratic, dry lines vocalize a language of their own.

A guest admires the work of Argentinian artist Victor Montoya.

A guest admires the work of Argentinian artist Victor Montoya.

As always, it was a pleasure to socialize with the talented artists we represent at Agora Gallery. The current exhibitions, Enigmatic Realms and Realms of Figuration along with Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition and South Central: Painting from the BioBío Region of Chile, offer a rich repository of very diverse artwork. We invite you to come explore the collection yourself. All of these artists and more have their artwork for sale on Art-Mine.com. Keep yourself updated with the happenings at the gallery by subscribing to our blog, and by joining our mailing list.

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Art News Round-Up

Art News From Around the World:

The Met’s new plaza and fountains are finally open though there are some complaints about the name.

The vote over Scottish independence is this week – and a ‘yes’ result could lose Scotland some Old Masters.

Latin American art is fashionable these days – partly thanks to the interest of a museum in Texas.

Will videos help attract young buyers to art auctions? Sotheby’s hopes so.

Want to get street artists to contribute to one-of-a-kind furniture? Then hang up wooden boards and wait.

Popular Stories From the Week:

A little inspiration to get your week off to the right start – the rare sight of the Aurora Borealis over the US.

Augmented reality app lets you see NYC’s subway with billboards that are for art, not ads.

I love quilled paper creations – amazing to see what you can do with nothing more than paper and imagination!

If you’re a young artist wanting to create traveling art without a studio or financial backing, make ordinary commercial vans your canvas.

Fun illustrations based around ordinary objects.

Fall Exhibitions 2014 at Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is kicking off this fall with the lovely, lush, lively paintings of Latin America, in addition to two other exhibitions of diverse and delightful works of contemporary fine art. The exhibitions open on September 16, and run until October 7. The opening reception takes place on September 18, 6-8pm, and anyone looking to get the season off to an energetic and inspiring start is warmly welcomed to attend.

Victor Montoya, A Beautiful Day

Victor Montoya, A Beautiful Day

The works in Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition are characterized by their powerful integrity, allied to a thrilling sense of ingenuity. Whatever the message of a specific piece, it will be conveyed with care and emotion, and with a sincerity that makes every creation in this show unforgettable.
Enigmatic Realms presents individual artists’ interpretation of the complex and fascinating world in which we live, in visions which are composed so as to be utterly compelling. The audience is almost left with the impression that the world in the artworks is the real one – and our own, a persuasive but ultimately paler version.
Dave Toporowski, Winds of Change

Dave Toporowski, Winds of Change

In Realms of Figuration, the viewer is introduced to artwork which seems to breathe a sense of possibility, encouraging us to reflect on the potential that surrounds us and infuses everything we can see. Nothing here is quite as we remember it, but the feeling of light and emotion that gives gentle animation to these works means that we are willing to embrace this fresh perspective, albeit briefly, and view the world anew.
In addition, the exhibition South Central: Painting from the Bío Bío Region of Chile will be taking place in the gallery space above Agora’s main space. Intended to bring increased attention to the striking and memorable art by contemporary Chilean artists, this show ably demonstrates that these works both reward and deserve our interest and applause.
Patricia Olguin, A Secret Kiss

Patricia Olguin, A Secret Kiss

Exhibition: September 16, 2014 – October 7, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Featured artists:
Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition: Angel Alonso, Patricia Astorga McIntyre, Katherine Camargo, Newton Carvalho, Yolanda Crosse, Mónica Fernández Gálvez, Luz Gamboa, Silvia Grandela, Francisca Lohmann, Victor Montoya, Jose Moreno, Miguel Piñero, Rachi, Lorena Vázquez
Enigmatic Realms: Lisa Froment, Ole Gahms Henriksen, Shakespeare Guirand, Susumu Hasegawa, Virginia Knapp, Alan McKee, Daniel S. Solloway, Lucien Tilly, Dave Toporowski, Martin VARHO
Realms of Figuration: Lone Hedegaard, Raija Merilä, Patricia Olguin, Aaron C. Stone, Emmanuelle Tournois
South Central: Painting from the Bío Bío Region of Chile: Christián Fuica, María González, Luis Guzmán, Jorge Labarca, María Larraín, Piero Maturana, María Peirano, Pilar Ríos, Elisabeth Stüven, Carolina Tapia
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