Divine Stardom: Lady Gioconda / a Solo Exhibition

The days may be short and the weather may be turning wintery, but at Agora Gallery there’s plenty of energy and inspiration to be found. Divine Stardom: Lady Gioconda / a Solo Exhibition presents a series of innovative paintings of intuitive appeal. It opens on November 22, 2013 and runs until December 13, 2013, with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, December 5. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and enjoy this dynamic art.

Lady Gioconda, Gypsy Madonna

Lady Gioconda is an Italian artist who was deeply impacted by her experience of the art of the Italian Renaissance, whose aesthetics touched her heart in a way that has resonated throughout her life and art. She spent hours in the famous Uffizi gallery, soaking up the beauty all around her, examining the works in an intellectual, analytical way, but also with her emotional and sensory abilities. The result was a many layered appreciation which has entwined itself into the way she views the world and also the way she creates herself.

However, her art also has a distinctively contemporary edge. Bringing the colors and rich design elements of the Renaissance to a style that is also heavily influenced by the artistic movements of more modern times, the artist is able to create something entirely new, with the depth and compelling appeal of both. Rather than the traditional religious scenes of the past, she will express herself through modern day icons and celebrities.

Lady Gioconda, Prince William

Yet there is consistently a spiritual quality to Lady Gioconda’s work that cannot be quite defined nor denied. A spiritual connection to the structure of the world has colored her perspective from a young age, with both religious experiences and cultural references bolstering these beliefs. This has its own place in her art, as she forms her own way of seeing and appreciating the world, in both a physical and spiritual sense, and shares it with her viewers.

This is art which unites the sensuous, almost tangible physicality of the human form with the moving soulful quality usually associated with the eyes of subjects, to create images that hold all the transcendent quality of fine art, which can speak beyond cultural barriers and assumptions to reach another level, beyond the transience of matter.

Lady Gioconda, Rebecca

You can view and purchase more of Lady Gioconda’s artwork on ARTmine.

Exhibition dates: November 22, 2013 – December 13, 2013
Reception: Thursday, December 5, 2013 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Exhibition: Fine Art Photography; The Kaleidoscope of the Mind

We’ve got a treat lined up for art lovers at Agora Gallery this fall, with innovative contemporary fine art photography that will give you a new and intriguing perspective on what you see around you, and art that will leave you feeling interested and optimistic, ready to make the most of your own experiences. All this at the same time as Henri Gueguen’s solo exhibition! So don’t miss out – we’ll see you at Agora Gallery soon. The exhibitions begin on October 29, 2013 and run until November 19, 2013. The opening reception takes place on the evening of Thursday, November 7, and entrance is free, so come and enjoy these dazzling works of art!

Debbie Klein, Love Me

In Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography you will rediscover the charm and complexity of contemporary fine art photography. Using both the potential inherent in their equipment and the skill they have with their medium, these artists produce work which captures their unique vision of the world. Based in what they see and what we can recognize ourselves, yet firmly encouraging us to see beyond that perspective as well, the images create whole worlds of fascinating detail and meaning – which are all the more absorbing when we realize that these worlds are our world, too.

Delicate yet robust, the work in The Kaleidoscope of the Mind delves into the nature of lived experience, memory and psychological reality. The artists view their surroundings with the attention that attends minute observation, yet grace their perceptions with a generosity of spirit and kindness of interpretation that seeps into their art and makes each piece feel like a source of inspiration and hope. Lively, lovely and with a lilting rhythm that finds its way into minds and hearts, this collection of work is full of everything that makes art worth returning to again and again.

Sandra Mueller-Dick, Fortitude I

Exhibition dates: October 29, 2013 – November 19, 2013
Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2013 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:
Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography: Lella Beretta, Mili DC Hartinger, Lynne Douglas, Patricia Gilman, Stuart L. Gordon, Debbie Klein, George Ligon, Tom McGee, Klaus Pfeiffer, María Pisaca, S.L.S., Dušan Swalens, Sylvio Tabet, Natalie Wollmann
The Kaleidoscope of the Mind: Barbara Arnold, James Beleña-Condé, Adrian Chu Redmond, John Diamond, M.D., Joëlle Kem Lika, Sandra Mueller-Dick, Sarah Otts, Francesco Ruspoli, Zoë

Solo Exhibition: Henri Gueguen

A dynamic solo exhibition is opening soon at Agora Gallery, set to put energy back into your step and remind you of the enticing diversity of the world. Breaking Boundaries / Femmes à l’honneur: Henri Gueguen – a Solo Exhibition features the work of a creative and thoughtful French artist whose art is both visually appealing and intellectually stimulating. The exhibition opens on October 29, 2013 and runs until November 19, 2013 with the opening reception taking place on the evening of Thursday, November 7.  Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly welcomed to attend and enjoy these delightful pieces of art.

Henri Gueguen, Rita Hayworth

A frequent theme in Gueguen’s work, and one which animates many of his creations, is that of a ‘tall, slim lady.’ This archetype of grace and elegance is inspired by the artist’s recollections of his grandmother, who was a bigoudène – a woman from the area in Brittany which is now called Bigouden, where the local women were famous for their elaborate traditional headdresses. Gueguen speaks movingly of his own memory of his grandmother as she prepared the distinctive headdress: “I would watch her as she smoothed down her hair, and then set a small chignon and then fixed this lace sculpture with fine, pearl-colored hairpins.” It is an image that has stayed with him, inspiring his artwork.

Building on from this fascination, Gueguen explains that he has often been moved to celebrate and in some cases commemorate some of the famous women of the 20th century, many of whose lives in some sense represent or evoke experiences that link us as people. He sometimes includes representations of objects in the paintings, which function through a symbolic value to connect us to some particular emotional or thematic point.

Henri Gueguen, Madame Veil

There is also a sense in which he is honoring the impact that these women made in the world, and reminding the viewers of what they themselves might be able to do. In this sense the work is not only aesthetic but also inspirational. It reaches outside the confines of its physical form to take root in our own minds, becoming part of our perspective and conception of the world.

Gueguen is flexible in terms of medium, working with a variety of materials in order to achieve various results. In fact, the artist enjoys discovering the new consistencies and possibilities that different combinations make available to him. He is constantly exploring the options, creating each work out of whatever he decides it needs rather than restricting himself by what he is most familiar with, or those which he finds easiest.

Henri Gueguen, The New Collection

You can view more of Henri Gueguen’s intriguing art on ARTmine, where it can also be purchased.

Exhibition dates: October 29, 2013 – November 19, 2013
Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2013 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Exhibition: Contemporary Canadian Art; Collective Exhibitions

This October, let beauty into your life with the upcoming exhibitions at Agora Gallery. One exhibition introduces the subtle yet intense art of talented contemporary Canadian artists, while another focuses on work that invigorates and inspires. Opening on October 4, 2013 and continuing until October 24, 2013, with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday October 10, these are shows you’re not going to want to miss.

Tania Doucet, The Embrace

In Beyond Borders: an Exhibition of Fine Art From Canada, viewers are presented with the diverse, delightful and emotionally powerful works of fine artists from across the border. Although the artists share some background, and an appreciation for the strengths and natural wonders of their county, each one develops their impressions and associations in unique and moving ways. This combination makes for an exhibition which is intriguingly cohesive, yet in which every work of art has its own particular message and motivation.

Mina Novian, Garden At Marbella Club

In Reverie of Form features the work of artists who use a number of mediums and styles to produce art that reflects their own individual creativity and impulses. Enjoyable and full of energy, these works also reflect the joy that their creators felt as they formed them, and that they infused into each piece, to share that distinctive emotion with their audience. Working on a number of emotional levels, the pieces manage to transcend specific experience to speak to us as humans, with all the complexity and depth that that implies.

Elena Kozhevnikova, Solar Prominence

The artwork in Elements of Abstraction skillfully blend the ephemeral, enticing nature of a dream with the passionate and persuasive feeling that comes with reality – a reality which each artist perceives differently, and which they present to their audience in a variety of compelling ways. Inspiring and imaginative, these creations communicate with us yet also give the impression of something left unsaid, which the eager viewer must uncover for themselves.

Exhibition dates: October 4, 2013 – October 24, 2013
Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2013 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: Ariane Blais, Mairi Budreau, Anne-Marie Crosby, Jacques Descoteaux, Tania Doucet, John Loveday Freeman, Jessica JCK, Anna Narday, Eric Oberhauser, David Rolandeau
In Reverie of Form: Sunrise, Michael Delaney, Pepa Martinez, Mina Novian, Maurizio Yorck
Elements of Abstraction: TA (“Trygve Amundsen”), Daniel Anderson, Christopher Colon,  Sarah Doherty Heinrichs, Elena Kozhevnikova, Chaya Kupperman, Raúl Lara Naranjo, Hoyun Lee, Ann Manie, Allan Raider, Zeina Nader Selwan, Brady Steward, Tom Stewart, Graeme Swanson, Sandy Tippett

Exhibition: Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition

The leaves on the trees are just beginning to change color, summer vacation is behind us, and for many people in both New York and the rest of the world, it’s time to return to routine. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing exciting left to explore and enjoy – and if you come to Agora Gallery to view the upcoming exhibition, you’ll rediscover that feeling that anything is possible and that the world is full of potential.

María Inés Cámara, Canto al Sol - Song to the Sun

The exhibition opens on September 10, 2013 and will run until October 1, 2013, so you have plenty of time to make your way to the gallery, relax and give your full attention to these breathtaking creations. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, September 12, 2013. Entrance is free, and all those with a passion for art are invited to attend, view the works and meet some of the artists who created them.

In Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition, you’ll be struck by the vibrant transmission of innovative ideas, as the artists give stunning physical form to the images and concepts that they nurture in their minds. The result is almost like moving from world to world, experiencing something fresh and new in each one, yet always retaining a tie to your own understanding and sense of reality.

Patricia Brintle, Madona di Loreto

In addition, Agora Gallery will be donating 10% of the proceeds of sales from the artwork displayed in this exhibition to From Here to Haiti. Patricia Brintle, one of the artists exhibiting in Masters of the Imagination, is originally from Haiti and her time there continues to have a direct and meaningful impact on her art (see above image). When disaster struck Haiti with the earthquake of 2010, she and others set up From Here to Haiti to help those in need to rebuild and improve their lives. Some of the artists in the Latin American art show will also be generously donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of their artwork to this worthy cause.

These artists use their materials to the utmost, investigating different possibilities and drawing out the full richness and evocative power that each contains. This sensitivity to their mediums means that every work demonstrates both considerable skill and the poise and elegance that comes with a perfect pairing of material and subject.

Don’t forget that you can see Vanida Amiot’s solo exhibition at Agora Gallery at the same time. See you soon!

Carmen Erazo, Enclave Celular

Featured artists: Milagros Bentín, Patricia Brintle, Teresa Cabo, María Inés Cámara, Dani Cortez, Pauline Cristi C., Karen Deicas DePodesta, Carmen Erazo, Magdalena Errázuriz, Bernardita Garib, Natalia Garretón, Danisa Glusevic, Gomesoto, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Guillermo Gonzalez, Jacinto F. Gonzalez Foncerrada “Jasso”, Elisa Grion, Cristobal Gonzalez Guzman, Sonia Koch, Anita Martina, Gabriela Alejandra Martinez Mendez, Graciela Montich, Eduardo Nicolai, Miguel Angel Otero (“MAO”), Carina Perello, Maria Luisa Pflucker, Marisol Rosas, Constanza Villalba

The Persistence of Color: Vanida Amiot / a Solo Exhibition

It may seem like summer is here to stay, but fall is on its way – and at Agora Gallery we’re celebrating with a solo exhibition by the talented Vanida Amiot. In The Persistence of Color: Vanida Amiot / a Solo Exhibition visitors can immerse themselves in the gentle but persuasive lilt of her beguiling works, finding a steady connection to the natural world as well as the profound influence of a deep understanding of human nature and the role of humanity in our world. The exhibition opens on September 10, 2013 and runs until October 1, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, September 12. Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly invited to attend and enjoy this attractive start to the new season. Read more

Exhibition: The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition; Portals of Perception

The annual competition exhibition is coming to Agora Gallery this August, and as always we’re looking forward to admiring the art of the juror-selected artists from the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. As if that wasn’t enough, at the same time Portals of Perception will also be on at Agora, bringing extra sparkle and energy to your summer days. The exhibitions open on August 16, 2013 and will run until September 5, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 22, 2013. Entrance is free and all art lovers are warmly encouraged to attend and meet some of the artists responsible for these inspiring creations.

Hélène Mogensen de Monléon, Last Day at Work 3 large

It is always fascinating to visit the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition and examine the enormous variety and compelling power of the works on display. This year’s juror was critic, writer and reporter Mr. Anthony Haden-Guest, and he selected for exhibition artwork that spans a range of mediums, styles and themes. There’s something for everyone, and abundant sources of interest, introspection and intellectual curiosity. In addition, viewers will appreciate the innovative and enormously creative edge that these artists give to their work, which makes the viewing experience an absorbing and thrilling one.

In Portals of Perception you will find all the impetus you need to carry you through the hot summer days. Full of a dynamic, lively character that conveys itself robustly to the audience, these works examine, analyze and ultimately celebrate, in their different ways, the diversity and beauty of life. The artists balance an honest appraisal of reality with an optimistic conception of the possible, with results that leave the viewer charmed, re-energized and animated.

Susannah Virginia Griffin, Inner Beauty

So if you’re looking for art to revive you during the warm weather, seeking out the best of contemporary fine art, or looking to explore what Chelsea has to offer, come to Agora Gallery and enjoy!

Exhibition dates: August 16, 2013 – September 5, 2013
Reception: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 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:
Portals of Perception: Jennifer Ferdinandsen, Susannah Virginia Griffin, Natali Karppinen, Fred Mou
The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition: Sean Arce, Céline Bardou, Liza Brenner, Rebecca Calhoun, Airco Caravan, Tracey Derrick, Kat Elagina, Brigitte Garcia, Hank Gray, Michelle Hartney, Gudrun Heamägi, Dongwhan Kang, Bea Lagauche, Jordi Marin-Gest, Russell Mehlman, Mia.Am.Fenster, Alain Millerand, Hélène Mogensen de Monléon, Edward J. Morét, Yasuaki Okamoto, Alix Pierre, Jonathan Popovich, Jeffrey Randolph Richter, Anne Sedel, Debbee Sheppard, Kristina Siegel, Chuck Siler, Mark K. St. Mary, Neale Stratford, John Szabo, Maria Torrendell, Swarte Vulpescu Olaru

Exhibition: Degrees of Abstraction; Interpretive Realms

It might be hot and heavy outside, but inside Agora Gallery there’s a feeling of lightness and freshness – the result of the lively, lovely artworks on our walls. We have not one but two excellent new exhibitions coming up for you, and anyone hoping for a touch of inspiration to lift the summer heat is welcomed to come and enjoy them! The exhibitions open on July 23 and run until August 13, with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, July 25, 6-8pm. Entrance is free and art lovers are enthusiastically encouraged to attend and meet some of the artists who created these memorable works.

Sirenes, Butterfly over Water

In Degrees of Abstraction, artists reach towards the limits of what is possible when it comes to working with forms, colors and textures, constantly reminding their viewers that there is always more to discover and admire. Employing a combination of honed instinct and the skill developed over years of careful and determined practice, they put their own emotions and experiences into the artworks to give them a moving, personal touch that melds perfectly with the more universalistic element. The result is both approachable and powerfully resonant, with every viewer given the opportunity to bring their own understanding to the viewing experience.

The works in Interpretive Realms fill the viewer with the feeling that an exciting revelation is just around the corner, enticing both intellect and sensitivity to an appreciation of beauty with their delightful and imaginative construction. Firmly grounded in technical expertise and an acute comprehension of the complexities of art history, these artists draw all of this awareness together in service of their own unique abilities and expressive desires. In this way they are able to create art that both communicates and reflects, working on a number of layers to interest their audience and draw the attention with measured yet motivational aplomb.

Elena Shorokhova-Gayun, The Master & Margarita Diptych

Exhibition dates: July 23, 2013 – August 13, 2013
Reception: Thursday, July 25, 2013 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:
Degrees of Abstraction: Nick Arciero, Laura Bedard, Christina del Valle, Marianne Eichenbaum, Sirenes, Dr. Diane M. Kline, Bui Kristjansson, Joelle Lagier, Jane Magarigal, Graham McBride, Patricia Neden, Rosanne Potter, Sonal Raje
Interpretive Realms: Vera L.P. Cauwenberghs, Guillermo Del Valle, Ronald DeMuth, Escoto.Carrara, Arti Bhola Goulatia, Sam Hollingsworth, Gabor Kolman, Pramod Kumar, Victor Lenuzza, Roger Molina, Sarah Mitchell Munro, Yukihiro Murai, April Rimpo, Carolina Sauca, Elena Shorokhova-Gayun, Johannes Sorvali, Guy St-Pierre, Rofizano Rofi

Exhibition: The French Perspective; Pathway to Abstraction; Sensorial Realms

Celebrate the summer with art that helps your heart to sing and reminds you of all the beauty and cause for joy that there is in the world. Agora Gallery‘s upcoming exhibitions begin on June 28, 2013 and continue until July 19, 2013. The exhibition reception will take place on the evening of Thursday, July 11, 2013. Entrance is free and art lovers are enthusiastically encouraged to attend and enhance their evening and their mood by exposure to these memorable pieces of art.

Krzis-Lorent FrédériqueK, Silence

The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France brings the elegance, passion and intelligent sensitivity of contemporary French art to New York. Delightfully infused with a strong sense of self, these works explore concepts such as identity, environment and the artistic process. The result is a compelling collection of works that demand considered attention, and reward it with a rich, emotive burst of feeling and thought-provoking intelligence.

Melody Hawtin, We Met in Venice

In Pathway to Abstraction we are introduced to the daring and diverse art of artists who draw on all of their experiences and interests to form fully developed, immersive works of art. Examining layers of consciousness, intention and imagination, they bring their unique outlooks to bear on what they see and what they know, creating something fresh and captivating that seems to be on the brink of inducting us into the secrets of existence and ideas.

Rachel Hamburger, Yamabuki Koi

The works in Sensorial Realms are full of the lively energy and thoughtful honesty that allows art to touch the hearts of those who see it. With a commanding presence that combines with the artists’ skill to leave an indelible impression on viewers, these pieces demand the consideration and contemplation that they deserve. Often light-hearted, this hopeful feeling in no way detracts from the more serious concepts that many of the pieces touch on, and in which they intend to enlist the viewer’s interest.

Exhibition dates: June 28, 2013 – July 19, 2013
Reception: Thursday, July 11, 2013 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:
The French Perspective: Contemporary Art from France: Olivia Boa, Nicolas Brangi, Anne-Laure Colmon, Sonya Dziabas, Krzis-Lorent FrédériqueK, Rodolphe Gire, Christophe Horiot, Jean Louis Pauly, Jade Rougerie, Clément Wurmser
Pathway to Abstraction: Tiril, Lia Calamia, Melody Hawtin, Biddy Hodgkinson, Angela S. Jaeger, Terry Kindley, Koki Morimoto, Janette Newman, Julianne Raymond, Elisabeth Schael, Daishi Suzuki, Loreta Teodorova, Gabe Tong
Sensorial Realms: Nate Booth, Doug DePice, Ted De Toy, Jack Graves III, Rachel Hamburger, Charles Howard, Belen Jauregui, Royah Loie, Per Nylen, Vitaliy Osovskyy, Andrea Steorts

Exhibition: Pulse of Abstraction;The Manifestation of Milieu

This June, Agora Gallery is getting the summer off to a lively start with two wonderful collective exhibitions, each one full of art that will inspire, excite and energize. The exhibitions begin on June 4, 2013 and continue until June 25, 2013. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday June 6, 2013. As always, entrance is free, so come and enjoy the art and meet some of the talented artists who created the mesmerizing works on display.

Steven R. Hill, Warm Quiet Day

In The Manifestation of Milieu artists combine their observations of the world and their own personal memories with a sensitivity to background and atmosphere. The result is compelling, with each piece bringing a new element to your attention for consideration. You’ll want to linger lovingly looking at these works of art, and when you leave you may well discover that some of them have found a home in your heart and mind.

Taking inspiration wherever they find it, the artists whose works are presented in Pulse of Abstraction incorporate all their experiences and understanding into their art, allowing each aspect of their awareness to find its natural place and to reach out to the audience with tendrils of familiarity and a feeling of shared human endeavor. The result is realistic yet optimistic, with diversity and integrity the defining characteristics that leave an indelible impression.

Donna Shaffer, Out of the Blue

Don’t forget you can view the exquisite art of Kaneko Johkoh in her solo exhibition at Agora at the same time. This artist mixes the best of traditional and contemporary to create stunning works of art – don’t miss the chance to see them!

Exhibition dates: June 4, 2013 – June 25, 2013
Reception: Thursday, June 6, 2013 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:
Pulse of Abstraction: Zivi Aviraz, Ermina Avramidou, Marisa Bernotti, Sharon Brill, PAGLIUCA, Rivka Fuchs, LeeAnn Gorman, Jessica JCK, Tamera Lee, Satoshi Mima, Gerd Rautert, Donna Shaffer, Yana Yami
The Manifestation of Milieu: CHAREST, Jim Cobb, Carolina Ferrara, Gwen Freeman, Steven R. Hill, Gary E. Koeppel, David Rolandeau, Eduardo D. Rubin, Ivan A. Tomicic, Iryna Torskaya

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