Our Last Reception of 2014

Thursday, December 4th saw Agora Gallery’s final opening reception of the 2014 season. Looking back, we’ve had a great number of noteworthy exhibitions, from solos to collectives, 2-D and 3-D art, holograms, fingerprint painting, and more. It’s been a truly great year for the artists who have graced our walls with their remarkable work, and we at Agora Gallery are thrilled that we were able to help each artist reach a new audience in New York City. Spanning our first and second floors, the exhibitions  Labyrinth of Color and Reconstructing Reality offered an exemplary assortment of Agora Gallery artists.


Around 5:30 PM, the artists gathered for a quick introduction. “We want to thank you for making such a journey to get here tonight,” said Gallery Director Angela Di Bello, “both physically and mentally.” Hailing from all over, the artists briefly told us about themselves and their work. We heard from Kasper Dyrvig Randorff and Henrik Hytteballe, each coming from Denmark, Douglas Watson from England, Ebelgarle from Spain, TAMO from Georgia, Tanya Meyer from Russia, Verónica Murphy from Argentina, and Julia Kappenman from Nebraska. Said best by Angela that night: “We like to think of ourselves as a little United Nations of the art world, where great minds from all over can meet.”


Julia Kappenman. Nelson Mandela, Inspiration – Eleanor, Martin Luther King Jr. – Acrylic on Canvas

It might have been a cold night, but you wouldn’t have known it from the warmth and energy in the gallery. It was a pleasure to speak with our artists about their work and their process.  Julia Kappenman, exhibiting her work at Agora Gallery for the second time, used her phone to show me some of the new pieces she has been working on. Kappenman’s socially-aware acrylic paintings touch upon many subjects, featuring both political and cultural icons from the past including Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jerry Garcia. The artist signs her paintings “Jewel.” “When I was young,” explained Kappenman, “my mother would call me for dinner – ‘Jewel!’ My signature is an ode to her.”

Mark Salevitz, Sedona Winter II - Acrylic on Canvas

Mark Salevitz. Sedona Winter II – Acrylic on Canvas

“It is always great to come back to Agora Gallery,” Mark Salevitz said to me. Mark was celebrating his fourth exhibition with Agora Gallery, and it is always a pleasure for us to show his colorful, high-energy paintings. Mark’s work falls in the enchanting space between realism and abstraction, injecting passion and vitality into his land and cityscapes. His goals for the future? “I’ll have to invest in bigger canvases and a step ladder, so that I can show in the downstairs gallery!”


Artists Ines De Poligny and Wei Xiong’s large and colorful abstract works beautifully fill our street-level space. Though neither could be present at the reception, both artists were enjoying their second show with Agora Gallery. Their works were a great hit, magnetically drawing art-lovers off the street and into the gallery. Another artist featured in the show, Shams, wowed guests with technical mastery. A father and son team, Shams, create extravagantly detailed, three-dimensional embroidery pieces.  Each artwork takes months to complete, and is done in the tradition of the original Shams (their late father and grandfather).


Here at Agora Gallery, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who came by to this reception, and to all of receptions we’ve hosted this past year. As we say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015, we invite you take a look at the photos from our past shows, and to sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date with all future events.

Our current exhibitions will be on display until December 19th, so if you didn’t get a chance to come to the reception, be sure to stop by the galley before then!


Art News Round-Up

Man Found Guilty of Selling Fake Art

An East Hampton man has been found guilty of selling a number of fake paintings and sketches , claiming they were works by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. John Re, 54, tricked buyers into thinking they were original using a false provenance. It is said he used some of the profits to buy a submarine. He could face up to 20 years in prison for the offence. To read the full story click here.


Benglis Sculpture Comes Home to Louisiana

The artist Linda Benglis has revealed that her monumental sculpture ‘The Wave’ has been restored and will go on display in New Orleans. The sculpture was originally created for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition but fell into disrepair in the years that followed. Linda paid for the restoration of the sculpture out of her own pocket, although transport and installation costs were covered by The Helis Foundation. To read the full story click here.


The City of Miami Calls for Artists

The City of Miami is calling all local, national and international artists to submit designs for large-scale installations to be placed on the site of  Miami’s new Convention Center. A total of 4 works will be put on display permanently. The deadline for the competition is 16 January 2015. To read the full story click here.


Christie’s Chief to Step Down

Steven Murphy, head of auction house Christie’s, has announced his plans to step down at the end of the year. In an interview with the Financial Times he said he was leaving “by mutual agreement with the board”. He was chief executive at Christie’s for 4 years. To read the full story click here.


LACMA Celebrates 50th Birthday with Big Gifts

Fifty works from several private collections are due to go on show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to mark the museum’s 50th birthday. The works all belong to high profile collectors, many of whom have pledged to leave the museum their art when they die. The works will be unveiled during a benefit party on 18 April 2015. To read the full story click here.







Art News Round-Up


Paris court delivers verdict in Rodin case

After 13 years, courts in France have dismissed a case focusing on the status of a group of sculptures by famed French artist Rodin. It was concluded that because the works were not cast or sold in France, the case does not come under French jurisdiction.

Current owner of the works, US businessman Gary Snell, was in  battle with the Rodin Museum over ownership of the sculptures, which he describes as posthumous works.  Follow the link to read the story in full


Institute of Contemporary Art Miami to get new home

It had been announced that the ICA Miami will receive a privately funded permanent home in the city´s design district. The design and construction of the building will be funded by billionaire philanthropists Irma and Norman Braman. The opening of the new building is planned for December 2016. Follow the link to read the story in full


Winner of the 2014 Turner Prize announced

Irish artist Duncan Campbell has been awarded this years Turner Prize for his film It for Others. The prize, which includes a $39,000 cash reward, has previously been awarded to such artists as Damien Hirst and Martin Creed. The 42 year old artist was described by judges as the obvious winner. Read the full story here


Lucien Smith called a “coward” by his father

The father of New York – based painter Lucien Smith has responded to reports he was an adulterer and a bad father by calling his son a “coward”. In a blog post, titled “The Truth Must Be Told” Terrance Sanders admits to his failings as a father before going on to insult both Lucien and his mother. To read the full story click here


Ian Fairweather’s Drunken Buddha Paintings to be displayed at Tarrawarra

The Drunken Buddha series created by Ian Fairweather has just gone on display at the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, outside of Melbourne. It is the first time the paintings have been exhibited together since a Sydney exhibition in 1965. The  works are based on  a Buddhist monk called Chi-Tien, who was by all accounts a mischievous man who liked a drink. To read full details of the story click here


















Visit Our New Street Level Space

Agora Gallery is proud to announce the opening of our new street level exhibition space. Don’t worry – we aren’t moving away! The new space is located below our much-loved second floor gallery and will be a gorgeous, spacious addition. With high ceilings, a skylight lounge area and wide windows facing the street, this new space is the perfect venue for artists and art organizations. Click here to view photos of our new space. Click here for more information and a 3D virtual tour of the exhibition space.

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Contemporary Fine Art Magazine

ARTisSpectrum, Agora Gallery’s biannual contemporary fine art magazine is the ideal way to keep up-to-date with talented emerging artists, as well as keep your finger on the pulse of the ever-changing, always dynamic art world. In issue 32, learn about the therapeutic benefits of art, the real and imagined world of Max Werner, art scenes around the world and much more. You can subscribe to receive a print copy in the mail, buy it at Barnes and Nobles, or read it online right now!

The Chelsea Perspective - Contemporary Fine Art Magazine

Two Collections To Kick Off The Winter Season

The two collective exhibitions Labyrinth of Color and Reconstructing Reality come to Agora Gallery as we welcome in the winter season. Ranging in style and content, the works in the current shows introduce us to an unforgettable collection of talented artists. The exhibitions run from November 29th to December 19th, with a reception on Thursday December 4th, from 6-8 PM.


Mirjam Clement, Night,

Image Credit: Mirjam Clement, Night, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″x 40″

Exhibitions: Labyrinth of Color; Reconstructing Reality

Winter is coming, but within Agora Gallery, you wouldn’t know it – the art in our upcoming exhibitions is so full of warmth, energy and passion that it will chase all thoughts of the cold away. These two collective exhibitions of contemporary fine art are perfect for anyone looking to add a bit of spice and spirit to their day. The exhibitions open on November 29 and run until December 19. The opening reception, for which entrance is free, will take place on the evening of Thursday December 4, between 6 and 8pm.

Ines De Poligny, Templanza (Temple)

Ines De Poligny, Templanza (Temple)

Labyrinth of Color presents the work of artists who invest their work with all of the complexity that characterizes existence and is the subject of endless fascination for an astute observer. Yet the art never descends into confusion. Rather, the intricate layers of vision, emotion and concept with which these artists work are woven into a compelling tapestry of color, form and feeling.

In Reconstructing Reality the audience is given a glimpse into a kind of perception which sees what is – not as a simple fact or statement but instead as a starting point for creativity to begin to work. This perspective produces works that delight and enchant, and which leave the viewer wondering how much of what they have just seen is imagination, and how much is simply a new way of looking at what is real.

Wei Xiong, No. 1310-4

Wei Xiong, No. 1310-4

Many of the artists responsible for these memorable pieces will be attending the opening reception, so if you’re someone who enjoys the company of stimulating, innovative and creative people, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to meet them!

The atmosphere on opening nights is always a special one, with excitement in the air and art to enjoy. If you can’t make that evening, though, the gallery is known for its friendly gallery staff, who will welcome you at any time during the exhibition.

Exhibition: November 29, 2014 – December 19, 2014
Reception: Thursday, December 4, 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:
Labyrinth of Color: Henrik Hytteballe, Tiago Atalaia, Ines De Poligny, Kasper Dyrvig Randorff, Olivia Kapoor, Mark Salevitz, Brady Steward, Debra Thompson, Douglas Watson, Sally Weintraub
Reconstructing Reality: Tamo, EBELGARLE, Christopher Breining, Michelle Cadreau, Mirjam Clement, DINO, Shams, Elisa Grion, Anders Hafsbrandt, Lise Zia, Julia Kappenman, Alejandra Larrea Koch, Virpi Leinonen, Varvara Liakounakou, Vivienne McDermott, Verónica Murphy, Ion Nicola, Geneviève Nicolas, Gerd Rautert, C. Selves, David W. Whitfield, Wei Xiong, Viktor Yaichnikov, Tanya Mayer

Art News Round-Up

Art News From Around the World:

Inside NYC’s underground art museum – in the subway.

In Bogotá, street artists do not have to hide. And this core of women artists work hard to make an impact.

Women are welcome in the art worlds of the Middle East and North Africa – because most men ignore its power.

Harvard’s art museums unite, breaking down traditional divisions, like country, period & medium.

Christie’s secret weapon – the woman who matches masterpieces to millionaires.

Popular Stories From the Week:

Are you finding yourself annoyed by abstract art? Try it again, in an environment (or mood!) with fewer distractions.

For many years, El Greco and his art were almost forgotten. Did you know Picasso helped to bring him renewed fame?

Fun idea – a Tumblr that keeps track of art in movies.

Who knew that taking a photo could be such hard work? Kids faced with ‘old’ cameras are baffled & unimpressed.

Cutting and folding the pages of a book – so that the paper image encapsulates the story within.

You can’t beat a glow-in-the-dark, solar powered bike path – inspired by Van Gogh.

ARTisSpectrum Volume 32

It’s November, and while people everywhere are wrapping up warmly, at Agora Gallery we’re enjoying the inner glow we get from the publication of our contemporary fine art magazine, ARTisSpectrum, whose 32nd volume has just hit the shelves. You can get it at bookstores and other institutions around Manhattan, at Agora Gallery, or by mail – just subscribe. The latest edition is full of beautiful images, interesting artist profiles, and articles that will help you stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the art world.


The cover article focuses on the art and inspirations of Max Werner, whose images we were proud to present in a solo exhibition at Agora earlier this year. The article explores the complex elements that infuse his photographs and the paradoxical relationship between dreamworld and reality that gives each one its pioneering power. In addition, the Spotlight piece on Young Ran Jung throws light on the creations of another innovative and inspirational artist.

Artist Angélique Droessaert gives a vivid and energetic account of the time she spent in the South of France and the wonder of painting en plein air in Provence, surrounded by all the history of an area which has had such an influence on the history of art. By the time you’ve read this article, you might be considering booking a trip there yourself!

Lynne Hudson, Sunrise at the Beach

Lynne Hudson, Sunrise at the Beach

For inspiration closer to home, turn to The Therapeutic Power of Art to learn about how three artists have each, in their different ways, discovered the tremendous potential that art possesses to bring new hope and interest to a life overshadowed by difficulty or disease. Like The Humanitarians, this piece shows how artists can use their considerable talents and abilities – the uniqueness and value of which artists themselves sometimes underestimate – to help others and the world.

Volume 32 also sees the return of old favorites, including Studio Spaces, this time featuring Biddy Hodgkinson and her unusual workspace, Evoking the Muse, in which artists consider the impact that New York and exhibiting in this amazing city has had on their work and career, and ARTbeat, where artists from around the world share the secrets that make their city such a great place to visit for art lovers.

One way and another, there’s plenty to entertain, enlighten and interest in this edition of ARTisSpectrum! Enjoy.

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