Exhibition – Portals of Perception

A new set of exhibitions has come to Agora Gallery this month, starting from the 7th of May 2009. Portals of Perception hosts a number of artists and brings together a great variety of forms of artistic invention.

Artwork by Lorena Fernandez

The central idea of the exhibition was to illustrate and illuminate both the dazzling variety of the world and the role art and inspiration play in it, encouraging imagination and hope in context of the ordinary and the extraordinary.

This theme is of vital import to artists everywhere, but non-artists will also be touched and charmed by the ethereal note struck by the paintings, individually and as a collective whole.

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Internet galleries – bringing art to everyone

Of course no one would deny that the traditional brick-and-mortar art galleries have their advantages – particularly when you want to go to view or enjoy art as an event – but it seems that recently the pros of internet galleries, for busy people who want to buy art but lack the time needed to spend hours at exhibitions, have been becoming more obvious. According to ArtInfo.com, Allan Majotra, co-founder and managing director of PicassoMio which owns both physical and virtual galleries, even says that established buyers have begun to shift from buying in person to buying on the web.

There are, of course, a number of reasons for this. Partly the phenomenan is due to the increased ease online galleries afford those who do not live in or near centres of art – after all, it’s much easier to surf the web than to take a flight to New York.

logo of online gallery Art Mine

But this is not the only factor at work here, for dealers say that even collectors who do live in major art centres have begun showing interest in buying online. Why is this?

Well, it’s partly that the internet is simply a more efficient, more relaxed way to view art. Rather than travelling to an exhibition or dressing up for a reception (fun though this can be), you sit back, relax, and scroll through the virtual walls in the comfort of your own home. Of course, this won’t cut it if what you want is to make an event out of the viewing, or if you enjoy and intend to take time out for it, but if you’re pushed for time but don’t want to compromise your ability to view many works of art, this is an excellent solution.

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Warning: scam targeting artists

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However powerful and meaningful the work of an artist, selling art is similar to any other business transaction (though of the fortunate type in which both parties benefit!). The result is that selling art is open to all the kinds of scams any other business may be threatened by. Sad but true – and especially important to bear in mind at the moment.

The reason is that there is a particular scam going around at the moment which specifically targets artists and photographers. It’s actually very similar to previous attempts on places like Craig’s List and Ebay, but the difference is that this one is more careful in who it aims at. If you’re an artist or a photographer – beware, they could go for you.

The way it works is actually very simple, although the consequences can be expensive. First, the artist or photographer is contacted by someone claiming to be interested in buying a specific print or piece of artwork. They may even link their web page to the particular work under discussion, so don’t let that fool you. This IS targeted. The next stage is that they say they have sent a cheque to pay for the piece, including the price of shipping. They then request the artist to deposit the cheque and also make a Western Union transfer to their preferred shipping company – something that sounds completely legitimate, like ‘federal shipping’ or ‘global exports’ or similar.

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Exhibition: Figuratively Speaking, In Reverie of Form, The Revelry of Energy

Artwork by Natalija Cimbaljuk at Agora Gallery's January Reception

An exciting exhibition took place on January 8th 2009. ‘Figuratively speaking, In reverie of form, The revelry of energy’ took place in Agora Gallery’s West Chelsea building, NY.

The exhibition brought together a wide array of artists and styles, through the use of the tripartite theme device often employed by Agora Gallery, home to many of the most exciting contemporary artists. This method allows the organizers to present each exhibition as forming a coherent whole within itself, yet also complementing the other exhibitions present in the gallery at the time.

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Are you considering going professional?

If you’re someone who has always loved creating art, but are now considering becoming a professional artist, the most important question you need to ask yourself is how serious you are about your art. Many people who love developing artistic new creations never seriously think about making it their career. Instead it becomes their hobby, and they devote free time to it and decortate their own houses and those of friends with the results. There is nothing wrong with this. Hobbies help people to relax, encourage interesting character traits and conversation and, most importantly, are fun!

If you think you want more, though, you need to think very seriously about it. How much do you love creating your art? How proud are you of the results? If you’re not certain yourself, you can’t expect other people to be. Consult your friends, especially if you have artist friends, and tell them to be honest.

Interior shot of part of the exhibition space of Agora Gallery

If after all this you decide that a life of art really is for you, congratulations! The next step is to decide whether you want to strike out alone – which many artists do – or if you would like to build a relationship with an art gallery who will show your work and help to promote both it and you. Most art galleries will not be willing to work with any artist who does not already have an established following of people who can be relied on to buy their work, but you can consider representational galleries such as Agora Gallery. Galleries of this sort require an annual fee, but they are more likely to accept the work of artists they think have talent, if even they are not yet well known. They also provide greater promotion services than other galleries are likely to do.

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Hello world!

We’re pleased and proud to announce the launch of Agora Art, the blog of Agora Gallery.

Agora Gallery is a New York gallery of contemporary art, and exhibits and represents the work of emerging and established artists from around the world.

This blog will keep you updated on the latest news about exhibitions, receptions, and other events at Agora Gallery, and let you meet some of the staff who work there.

It will also keep you informed of all kinds of developments in the international art world and provide a forum for you to share your thoughts and comments.

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Artwork by Marvin Hines

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