Art meets art: visual art inspired by dance

Peter Sherman is an artist represented by Agora Gallery who sees a close connection between visual art and another form of art – contemporary dance. He expresses this through his paintings, which focus on the bodies of dancers in movement. We’re always interested at Agora in the way that visual art connects to, informs and is inspired by other kinds of art, so we’re delighted to share Peter’s thoughts with you here.

Peter is currently working closely with the dancers of Misnomer, and the proceeds from his sales will be going to support their work, in a wonderful example of art supporting art. You can view his paintings in the exhibition The Manifestation of Milieu, at Agora Gallery February 4, 2011 – February 25, 2011 and on ARTmine.

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Visual art and the visually impaired

There are many areas of the art world where lack of sight or limited vision quite obviously need not be a great impediment to development and success. Andrea Bocelli, the famous and popular tenor whose voice is beloved around the world, completely lost his sight at age twelve after an accident during a soccer game. Twenty year old Nobuyuki Tsujii, the Japanese pianist whose playing captured hearts and delighted ears at an international piano competition this year, has been blind since birth. As in the wider world, there are many aids that can be used to get around potential problems, and no one has difficulty understanding how a blind person can be a talented musician, for example.

Dave Wisniewski, 'Annie'

It is perhaps more surprising to discover the relationship between sculpture and the visually impaired – after all, much of our ordinary experience of a sculpture is visual, both in the making and in appreciating it afterwards. Yet a few moments’ thought would be sufficient for one to realize that there is a very natural connection there – a sculpture has an obvious tactile as well as visual element. Visually impaired sculptor Didier Roule suggested that not focusing on the visual aspect of sculpture actually gives him an advantage, because it allows him to be more attentive to other details, to feel things through the materials that others might not notice. New York’s MoMA usually arranges tours for the visually impaired on Tuesdays, and their sculpture garden of course provides an unusual but appropriate place to appreciate art – with one’s fingertips. The Louvre actually has a special area designed for appreciation by the visually impaired – the Tactile Gallery, a favorite with all visitors and ages.

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