The Art of Fashion
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.
Read the Article Pomp & Exaltation:
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The latest issue of ARTisSpectrum, Agora Gallery’s biannual
contemporary art magazine, is now online! Print copies won’t be hitting the shelves
until later in the month, but readers who just can’t wait to see what the
27th issue contains can get a sneak preview by visiting the website, which
has already been updated. There are the usual great profiles of up-and-coming talented
artists, as well as excellent articles on a range of themes, from the leading article
about fashion and fine art to a discussion of the artistic process, and much more.
Old favorites also return, with artists explaining their impressions of New York
City in Evoking the Muse and sharing their secrets about what to do to enjoy the
art in their home city in ARTbeat.
To dive into the latest issue, go to:
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April 26th - Opening Reception
evening of Thursday April 26 saw another lively reception at Agora Gallery, the
opening event for the exhibitions
Altered States of Reality,
Symphony of Color and the first Flagstaff Gallery show, presenting the
works of that gallery’s New Zealand artists to the New York art scene. The atmosphere
was consistently animated and full of admiration and excitement.
Israeli fine art photographer Shifra made a stir with her evocative,
intriguing images, as did Michelle Benjamin with her wonderful and
unique creations. Iranian artist Shokoufeh Malekkiani discussed
her art and the truly inspiring work she does in helping women in difficult circumstances,
while Claude Charlebois delighted his willing audience with an
audio piece of poetry that accompanied his work. Marty Maehr’s
dazzlingly lovely works were the subject of much interest, and as he was able to
attend the reception with his parents, they had the pleasure of seeing their son’s
art fully appreciated.
native Nicholai Khan also brought guests, a large crowd from his
hometown who were thrilled to see his innovative pieces forming part of the exhibition,
while Vera L.P. Cauwenberghs came with her daughter, so that both
of them could see the reactions to her charming, colorful works. Many visitors were
fascinated by the gourd sculptures of Xiaoli Yang, each one named
after the famous artist who inspired it, and W. M. Vinci and
Doug Gilbert got off to an excellent start by bringing along personalized
chocolates to promote their work, which fully deserve the attention received as
the same time, the Flagstaff exhibition,
Made in New Zealand: An Exhibition of Fine Art from New Zealand had a special
program which highlighted the unique character that the artists’ New Zealand background
gives to their art. Moving and beautifully arranged to complement the works on display,
it was much enjoyed by all who took part.
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Kudos and Accolades
We are delighted to congratulate Salvatore Panasci, Michelle
Benjamin and Lane M. Duncan on their recent achievements.
It is a pleasure to see their considerable talent being so widely and publically
Salvatore Panasci on the recent acquisition of one of his
paintings by the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan. The piece is intended to be hung in
the ambassador’s personal residence. The painting had previously been exhibited
at Agora Gallery when Salvatore took part in the exhibition ‘Labyrinth of Abstraction’
and we are confident that it will look wonderful in its new home.
is currently exhibiting her thought-provoking and inspiring works in Altered States
of Reality, which will be at Agora Gallery until May 15, 2012. The digital artist
comes from South Africa, where she has been made aware of the ravages of the rhino
poaching crisis. Determined to use her abilities to help these wonderful creatures,
and passionately committed to aiding their preservation, Michelle has created several
pieces of artworks which depict rhinos and are intended to spread awareness of their
plight to people who may not be aware of it, as well as celebrate these impressive
animals. In addition, she is donating proceeds from the sale of certain works to"
Save the Rhino International."
Lane. M. Duncan is giving a series of lectures and exhibitions
in a number of museums in the southeast, showing work similar to that which was
shown at Agora Gallery earlier in the year in ‘Figuratively Speaking.’ The topics
covered include Raphael’s portrait of Castiglione and the Renaissance Ideal, and
Nuance, with reference to Lane M. Duncan’s Paris paintings, done over a period of
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Newsletter / May 2012
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