April 1 - April 21, 2017
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This April Agora Gallery presents Contemporary Perspectives, a new group exhibition that aims to update and illuminate even the most time-tested subject matter. Contemporary Perspectives features only six artists: three landscape painters, two experts in botanicals, and one portraitist. There are romantic gardens and rolling hills depicted as energized abstract patterns, and extremely detailed yet entirely imaginary forests rendered as dramatic dream worlds. There are realistic figures placed in undefined, atmospheric spaces. Of the two kinds of florals included, one uses hyperrealism and irregular canvases to forge a new path while the other juxtaposes rigorous detail and deliberately unfinished draftsmanship. Finally, the featured portraits focus on a historically invisible group: women of color. Contemporary Perspectives pays homage to art history while relentlessly seeking its relevance in today's world.
Agora Gallery was established by the late Miki Stiles, MFA, to provide opportunities to artists entering the global art market. Located in the heart of the famous Chelsea art district, the gallery occupies the ground floor of 530 West 25th Street.