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Preparing for the Perfect Reception - We'll be having an opening reception at Agora Gallery on October 15th, and you're invited! What's the best way to prepare for your night of art in Chelsea? We recommend taking in a nice stroll around Flatiron, enjoying a sandwich in the park, and a luxurious trip to the salon.
The CIFAC Exhibition is Here! - Come check out the artists and works selected by the seven jurors of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Celebrating its 30th year, the Chelsea International Fine Arts Exhibition continues to bring new, exciting artists from every corner of the world to NYC.
Film Screening on August 13th - The first two film screenings we've hosted have been huge successes! And we're going to be finishing off the summer of free films with Bill Cunningham New York: A Film by Richard Press.
Agora Gallery Test Pilots Art App: Artbit - Artbit promises to change the way people interact with art in galleries and museums, and Agora Gallery is proud to be one of its first partners. The app uses visual recognition and technology to allow viewers to snap, identify, and interaction with an artwork.
Have you Seen These Paper Sculptures by Felix Semper? - Felix Semper, who showed his paintings with us in Unbound Perspectives from November-December, 2013 is back with us again, showing his extraordinary hand-cut paper sculptures. This is one you’re going to have to see in person to believe.
Kinetic Art at Agora Gallery - Walter Rossi was born in Rome, but now lives in Brooklyn, where he works on his kinetic art. His four pieces in our space right now have been attracting quite a crowd! You can learn more about Walter on our blog.
Competition Results - Today, April 2nd, the results of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition were announced. We had an amazing selection of entries this year, and we don't envy the jurors the hard decision of selecting among them. Congratulations to all of the selected artists! If your work wasn't selected this time, don't be discouraged. You'll have every opportunity to try again next year with a new group of jurors!
Charity Event at Agora Gallery - In conjunction with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Agora Gallery will be hosting the charity event Young Professionals: A Joint Networking Event with World Childhood Foundation. Over the course of the evening, young professionals will mix art with business in order to benefit the worthy non-profit Childhood: World Childhood Foundation.
New York Art Scene Update - Central Park is one of New York City's most popular destination for tourists and residents alike. Personally, I love visiting Central Park to stroll the paths of snow in winter and to picnic in the Sheep Meadow in the summer. On my most recent visit I took in the sights of Blind Portraits by Sui Jianguo, a group of four monumental cast bronzes currently on view at the southeast corner of the park.
Happy New Year! -
While we're sad to see 2014 go, we're nothing but excited to welcome 2015. It's
going to be a great year for Agora Gallery, our artists, and our fans. With many
fantastic exhibitions in the works, 2015 is going to be our first full year in both
the first and second floors of 530 West 25th St.
Season's Greetings from Angela Di Bello, Gallery Director -
The holidays are the perfect time to reflect and be grateful for all of the blessings
in our lives, big or small.
Carol Brooks Parker - Best of Nature Photography - Congratulations to Carol Brooks Parker! Not one but two of her awe-inspiring images were selected out of nearly a thousand to take part in the 2014 Best of Nature Photography Show. Carol's work shows both the reality of the scenes she depicts and her own reaction to what she sees, all presented through the artist's sensitivity to the natural world.
World Famous Artist Inaugurates Agora Gallery's New Street Level Space - Agora Gallery is excited to announce that we are expanding! On October 16th, we will be opening a street level exhibition space directly beneath our well-known second floor gallery, home to so many receptions and exhibitions. This lovely, elegant location, with its abundant light and high ceilings, will enable us to provide artists with new opportunities and act as an ideal space for anyone looking for a special place to host an art exhibition.
Promoting Your Next Exhibition - 9 Ways to Get your Work Noticed - Do you
know what you need to do promote your exhibitions successfully?
Chelsea International Fine Art Competition ExhibitionThe Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a well-known art contest that accepts entries in diverse media from artists all over the world. Each year a new juror is chosen to review the entries, and some of the artists are selected to participate in an exhibition in New York.
In Memory of Robert Paul SaphierAgora artist Robert Paul Saphier, who had battled with M.S. for over 40 years, passed away on June 5. His positivity, energy and enthusiasm made him a pleasure to encounter on both a personal and a professional level, and his beautifully composed and evocative images remain as testament to his sensitivity and talent.
Artist Adam Kiger recently donated one of his atmospheric and thought-provoking
works to Habitat for Humanity.
It's May - and at Agora Gallery, that means that ARTisSpectrum is about to hit the shelves of bookstores all over Manhattan! If you're not in New York and can't reach one of these stores or any of the other locations where ARTisSpectrum is available.
Best Spring Art Events in NYC There's always something interesting going on in New York, and spring is a time of art fairs and excitement. Famous jewelers Fabergé are best known for their beautiful jeweled eggs, each one a work of art. This Easter, they are celebrating the holiday in style with The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt!
Call for Artists - Only 2 weeks left to enter! The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is one of the great artist opportunities of the year. With prizes that aim to provide direct, practical help to artists looking to develop their careers, this art contest represents a chance for artists to get their work the attention it deserves. If you haven't yet completed (or even started) your entry, now's the time to get your art out there and enter the competition today!!
February is National Heart Month As you may know, February is National Heart Month, and Agora Gallery and some of our artists are marking the occasion by giving back. Some of the artists from the February exhibitions have generously agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds of the sale of their artwork to the Children’s Heart Foundation(CHF), and Agora Gallery will be doing the same.
7 Tips to Improve Your Art in 2014 2014 has begun, so it's time to start thinking about how you'll make the most of it when it comes to your art and your artistic career. What you focus on will depend on you, where you are now, and where you want to be by 2015. For advice and tips about how to make 2014 your best year yet, check out this post on Agora Art. Good luck!
Visual Art China Agora Gallery is delighted to host 'Visual China, New York City 2013' - an exhibition which presents the beautiful and innovative work of Chinese artists who combine their familiarity with the traditions and artistic techniques of their heritage with a dynamic approach and contemporary feel.
30th Annversary - ARTisSpectrum The 30th Anniversary issue of ARTisSpectrum,
Agora Gallery's popular contemporary art magazine is now online.
Ingrid Jean-Baptiste brings World Cinema to Chelsea Agora Gallery proudly sponsors the Chelsea Film Festival, a new international film festival, founded by Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste to make the world a better place by giving a voice to the unheard.
Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition We're looking forward to the 2013 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition, which will open on August 16 and run until September 5, with an opening reception on the evening of August 22.
Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition We're looking forward to the 2013 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition, which will open on August 16 and run until September 5, with an opening reception on the evening of August 22.
Agora Gallery is on YouTube Agora Gallery has a lively YouTube presence, with a channel of videos that capture the excitement and animation of reception nights, highlight the talent and skill of some of our artists, and provide useful hints and advice to artists looking to increase their own capabilities and opportunities.
ARTopoly Thumbs Up!! for Agora Gallery Director and ARTisSpectrum Editor-in-Chief
Angela Di Bello and Keith Butler, who designed the striking ARTopoly cover image.
Robert Oelman and KICKSTARTER Robert Oelman, whose beautiful nature photography was on display at Agora Gallery last year, has opened a Kickstarter project to fund the amazing project he'd like to do next - a documentary capturing his journey deep into the rainforests of South America to discover the world's most exotic insects.
In Memory of Loretta Bagnoli We were greatly saddened to hear the news of
the untimely death of Loretta Bagnoli, a talented artist who exhibited her memorable
work at Agora Gallery in 'The Odyssey Within' in 2008-9.
The Art of Papier-Mâché Monique Robert is a talented sculptor who develops innovative techniques to enable her materials to keep up with her creativity. She has published a book, 'Papier Mache Design: advanced techniques' , which explains some of her unique methods. This book is a fascinating read in its own right, stretching the boundaries of what is physically possible and letting the imagination have free rein, and is ideal for any artist looking to expand their knowledge of how to craft magnificent yet stable sculptures.
"Art to Heart" in Support of the Children's Heart Foundation February is Heart Month in America, a time to give thought to the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases, and to think about what we can each do to help those suffering from heart diseases, and their families.
New York Impressions On her recent visit to New York, Judy Talacko shared
the following thoughts and recommendations with the Agora Gallery staff.
Humanitarians Agora Gallery represented artist Mike Elliott recently took part in an amazing trek through the Himalayan Mountains. He and his group were raising funds for improving the technological capabilities of a high school in an impoverished and remote region of Nepal. Not everything went as planned, but despite that the trip was an enormous success, on so many levels. Congratulations, Mike!
Greetings from Agora Gallery Among the consequences of hurricane Sandy was the loss of power in many areas, including Chelsea. When Agora Gallery's staff arrived in the morning, relieved to discover that the gallery was unharmed and all the works intact, we were faced with the challenge of how to install the new exhibition, which was due to open soon, without light. We knew the power would be up before long - as indeed it was - but did not want to waste precious time that would delay the opening of the show.
Young Artists for St. Jude - October 18 in NYC The 2nd Annual Young Artists for St. Jude event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be held on October 18th in New York City. This exciting evening will feature a silent auction of donated works by young, emerging talent, as well as cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by up-and-coming local artists. The event will celebrate the art of expression with this years’ theme “Free to Be” and raise awareness and funds for St. Jude and their Child Life Program. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Marcia's Triathlon ... She Did It Agora Gallery artist Marcia Feller recently
took part in a fantastic but enormously challenging sporting event - the Revolution
3 Triathlon. Marcia not only took part, but even made it onto the podium - an impressive
achievement. Here's her account of the day:
Legendary Auctions Dick Perez specializes in dynamic, evocative
paintings representing characters and key moments from the history of baseball.
His mastery of paint combines with his lifelong affection for and interest in baseball
to create images of heart-stopping power.
Humanitarians Celebrating the inherent creativity found in helping others, self-taught artist Michelle Benjamin helps to define what it means to be a humanitarian. During her visit to New York for her art exhibition she proudly shared bracelets with Agora Gallery staff members.These were not just any ordinary bead bracelets, they represented so much more - "a lifeline." Relate is a South African not-for-profit social enterprise that creates opportunities to change lives. Each bracelet sold raises funds to support Ikamva Labantu programs to educate and empower women.
What's Hot on Broadway The visual art in New York is a continual delight to both residents and visitors, but of course there's more than one way to enjoy yourself in the Big Apple! One of our artists, Cary Griffiths, came to NYC for his exhibition at Agora Gallery along with his wife, Katharine English, and they managed to find time to take in three Broadway shows while they were here. You can see what a great time they had!
The Art of Fashion There has always been a close connection between fashion and fine art, but many people are not aware of the enormous impact art has had on fashion in recent years. This fascinating topic was recently addressed by Charles McGrath of the NY Times and forms the focus of the cover article of the 27th issue of ARTisSpectrum. In Pomp & Exaltation: The Influence of Fine Art on Fashion, the reader can get a sense of the endless possibilities that such a collaboration can create and of the marvelous innovations it has already sparked.
April 5th - Opening Reception On the evening of Thursday, April 5, 2012, a special crowd gathered at Agora Gallery in preparation for the opening reception of our current exhibitions, Elements of Abstraction, Portals of Perception and the solo exhibition featuring the work of Fred Friedrich. The artists who had been able to make it to New York to take part in the event chatted to gallery staff and got to know each other before the doors were opened to admit the art lovers who had come to enjoy the art, the atmosphere and of course the experience of meeting the artists themselves.
The Humanitarians - Bruce Collin and the Chandra Project In Kausani, a mountain village in northern India, single mothers and their children struggle with dire financial and emotional issues. A husband’s death or desertion can destroy a family’s structure; without a father’s income, mothers are left with the burden of raising dejected, despondent children who are often forced to drop out of school and seek sub-standard employment.
January 19th - Opening Reception- The reception for Figuratively Speaking, Portal to Enigma and Degrees of Abstraction took place at Agora Gallery on Thursday January 19, 2012. A large, lively and diverse crowd gathered and there was a great feeling of energy in the rooms. Many of the artists whose work was featured in the exhibitions were able to attend the show, and this added a special, dynamic element to the atmosphere.
The Humanitarians - Chantal Westby- Chantal Westby recently visited Haiti for the second time, helping to provide people there with health care, clothing, school supplies, toys and exposure to the arts. The experience was a moving one which left a strong impression on her about the importance of helping to improve the situation there. .
Nathan Sawaya at the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art- The works of fabulous fine artist Nathan Sawaya, whose chosen medium is LEGO bricks, will be exhibited at the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, in Roslyn, from December 10, 2011 through March 18, 2012. This show will be a significant event for the artist, whose first solo show in New York took place at Agora Gallery in 2010.
Saturday Sharing: an artist luncheon - Some time ago, Agora Gallery’s Director, Angela Di Bello, had a vision of getting a group of visiting artists together in a relaxed, social setting to share ideas and thoughts about the artistic process, studio practice and all the aspects of life as an artist.
Racing for the Cure - On Sunday September 18, 2011, a big crowd gathered in Central Park. The people were wearing t-shirts and running shoes and holding bottles of water. It was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event which happens every year at about this time, and Team Agora were proud to participate, knowing that we were helping in a small way to combat breast cancer.
Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition Reception - On Thursday, August 25, 2011 Agora Gallery opened its doors to welcome art enthusiasts to the reception of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition. The show is an annual event which features the works of artists who have been selected by the competition juror. This year's juror was Elisabeth Sherman, of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition- It’s August at Agora Gallery, and that can mean only one thing – the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition! Agora Gallery is proud to host this event annually, showcasing the remarkable artwork of juror-selected artists from around the world.
Opening Reception - July 7 - What a beautiful and fascinating evening July 7th, 2011 was at Agora Gallery's current exhibition reception. Patrons swirled about the room in what can only be imagined as an enchanted dance of sublimated cultural happenings.
Aelita Andre - Sold out show!!! - In a media whirlwind, four-year-old artist Aelita Andre has turned the NY and international art scene upside down. Within two weeks of the exhibition opening, the entire collection displayed in the show had been sold out.
Kudos and Accolades - Steven R Hill has been awarded his 2nd “Best of Show” within 6 months at the 42nd Annual Ocean Shores Juried Fine Arts Competition, April 9th, at Ocean Shores Washington. Jurist, Arthur Egeli, gave Hill a cash award of $1000, plus a beautiful hand-blown fluted blue glass vase (in lieu of a blue ribbon) as his prize.
April at Agora Gallery - The reception for Agora Gallery’s bi-annual Altered States of Reality exhibit on April 21, 2011 was an evening to remember and enjoy. Represented artists who have exhibited with Agora Gallery for years, David LaBella, Carolyn Rogers and Shifra, took this opportunity to meet and share their techniques with new artists and onlookers alike.
Japan: Our thoughts are with you - Agora Gallery represents artists from all over the world, including Japan, and many of our Japanese artists visited New York this month for the opening reception of Matrix of the Mind: Contemporary Fine Art by Japanese Artists. We have been shocked and distressed by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and our hearts and thoughts go out to all those affected.
International Call for Artists - Agora Gallery is now accepting entries for the 26th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Open to visual artists worldwide over the age of 18. We accept all media with the exception of video art, film, performance art, jewelry and crafts. Awards with a total value of $38,000 will be distributed to selected artists.
January at Agora Gallery - "There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless" - Simone De Beauvoir. These words were clearly illustrated at the January 13th, 2011 Collective Exhibition reception, which offered visitors another exhilarating evening here at Agora Gallery.
Greeting Card Contest - Many thanks to all the artists who submitted an entry to our Greeting Card Contest. It was open to all of our represented artists, and we received so many wonderful images that choosing just one to use was a very difficult decision!
ジャパニーズコンテンポラリーファインアート展覧会、作品募集- “ジャパニーズコンテンポラリーファインアート展覧会 Matrix of the Mind” （2011年3月1日～開催予定） に出品されたいという、 新進気鋭の日本人アーティストならびに日本で活動されている外国人アーティストの皆様からの ご応募を現在受けつけております。
ARTisSpectrum - NOW ONLINE - A fabulous new ARTisSpectrum is coming out this month! The 24th issue of Agora Gallery's popular contemporary art magazine is packed with profiles of talented artists and fantastic articles for your reading pleasure, which will help you keep up to date with what's going on in the art world.
Die 1. deutsche Ausstellung hat erfolgreich in New York statt gefunden!- Unsere Ausstellung Contemporary German Art: The New York Experience wurde deutscher Kunst und Kultur gewidmet. In diesem Sinne wurde im März die erste deutsche Ausstellung in der Agora Gallery organisiert und mit Begeisterung gefeiert. Sammler und Kunstliebhaber hatten die Möglichkeit einen Eindruck von zeitgenössischer deutscher Kunst zu gewinnen.
AGORA GALLERY Hosts: The NYPPA "Year in Pictures" Annual Exhibit - The New York Press Photographer's Association "Year in Pictures" Annual Exhibit will showcase the winning images from its annual contest. This year's exhibition features photographs taken during 2009 which were selected from more than 2,000 entries by a three-member panel of judges.
TEAM AGORA AT RACE FOR THE CURE® - Team Agora (From left to right: Beverly, Sabrina, Chiara, Nellie, Clara, and Angela) ran/walked in the Race for the Cure in Central Park on Sunday, September 13th. Agora Gallery Director Angela Di Bello, wrote the following about the experience. "We were joined by more than 25,000 people who gathered to raise money in order to fight breast cancer.
ART START - Our Exhibition Coordinator, Nellie Scott, has always felt that art is an important part of her life. That doesn't stop at her professional work - for some time now, she has been volunteering at Art-Start, a New York organization that uses art to help underprivileged children and young people in the area. She wrote about her experiences on the Agora Gallery blog. .
The 2010 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Results - The summer season is definitely on its way, and Agora Gallery offers visitors to New York a comfortable way to enjoy the sun and the city’s world famous art district at the same time. Spending the day in Chelsea? Pop into Agora Gallery to refresh yourself with a complementary cold summer spritzer and a look at some fabulous contemporary art. Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm
Agora Gallery is pleased to announce the results of the 2010 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. The competition is renowned for having some of the most prominent museum curators and art experts engaged in the jurying process. What a wonderful way to keep your artwork in the forefronts of the minds of important art experts!
Your New York Art Gallery - Premier Art Space Available to Rent - Agora Gallery is proud to announce the launch of a new and exciting venture allowing galleries who are based outside the New York area to establish a presence in NY’s West Chelsea art gallery district. ‘Your New York Art Gallery’ offers the opportunity to rent prime gallery space in which to host an exhibition, hold receptions, and display artwork, raising awareness of what the gallery has to offer, and establishing it firmly as a prestigious part of the international art world.
Share Your Art News, Views and Insights - Agora Gallery has recently developed its online presence by entering into the social media scene. With our new blog at www.agoraartgalleryblog.com, full of items of interest to artists and the art world, a flourishing facebook fan page complete with photos of recent receptions and a twitter account with regular art news tweets, it has never been easier to keep up-to-date with the work and events at Agora Gallery, our artists and the world of international art.
2009 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Selected Artists - Agora Gallery is pleased to announce the results of the 2009 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a renowned juried art contest that has been juried by prominent museum curators and art experts. “Carving a space for new talent is very much at the core of our business,” says Agora Gallery Director Angela Di Bello who has vast experience on the art circuit.
Happy Holidays - As we celebrate this holiday season, we at Agora Gallery wish for joy in your hearts and peace in the world. And as we look ahead to the New Year, let us do so with the fervent hope that our days will be guided by the love and respect that we feel for one another the whole year through.
The Signs of Autumn at Agora Gallery - Autumn is one of the most amazing seasons of the year and it is turning out to be a great Autumn here at Agora Gallery. Our September and October exhibitions opened spectacularly, generating a host of interest in the artists and their artwork. With the leaves continuing to fall, we look forward to two November exhibition openings ...
A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way - There’s only one place where you’ll find a forecast of Chelsea’s future, an intimate conversation with multidisciplinary artist Patrick Mimran, and a guide to where urban street trends, fashion and pop art converge. ARTisSpectrum: The Chelsea Perspective delivers this and more. Recently released the May 2008 issue of ARTisSpectrum takes a glimpse into the lives and work of more than 50 artists who’ve exhibited across the globe. Filled with engaging editorials and profound imagery, it’s an absolute a must-read for artists and art lovers who want to keep their fingers on the pulse of the art scene in New York and abroad...
2008 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Selected Artists - The competition was juried by Manon Slome, chief curator of the Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Manon Slome is an independent curator and art consultant in New York . During her six year tenure at the Guggenheim Museum in New York , she curated Africa: The Art of a Continent and China: 5000 Years . She also curated The Art of the Motorcycle at the Guggenheim's space in Bilbao , Spain . Formerly the Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Manon has produced numerous collections and independent gallery shows in New York , London and Hong Kong...
From the Director: A note of inspiration for the holidays: remember
that it is about creating magical moments, celebrating the season with loved ones,
and sharing your joy and wonderment with the world. May you venture into the New
Year with “gusto”, believing in yourself and the gifts that only you can manifest.
Have a blessed, joyous and magical holiday...
We Speak Your Language - Art is a universal language, a primal
form of communication which transcends the various barriers of the human condition.
Writings about art are unfortunately still limited to the languages and dialects
of the various regions of the globe, however Agora Gallery has grown a little closer
in universality to the works it represents by reworking the Agora Gallery website,
and launching it in a whole new range of languages. Whether your native tongue is
French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, or English, you will now be
able to explore the latest in the New York contemporary art scene, browse the range
of services provided by the gallery, contact gallery representatives, hire art,
and much much more at...
2007 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.- The competition was juried by Tina Kukielski, senior curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum, New York City. Ms. Kukielski has recently curated The New City : Sub/urbia in Recent Photography (2005-06). She is currently authoring the artist chronology for the Matta-Clark exhibition catalogue and is organizing the forthcoming retrospective of the work of Gordon Matta-Clark (2007)....