Today, like so many other people, including yours truly, ¬ New Yorkers forged through their closets to find something, anything at all, in the color purple to honor Prince and the¬ extraordinary gift of music he contributed to our lives and for all generations to come.¬ In addition to his brilliant musicality, Prince was a humanitarian and fought for artists rights throughout his lifetime.¬ On this glorious day, on my walk to the gallery, I captured just a smattering of New Yorkers in shades of purple, as well as natures contribution. “Purple Rain,” the iconic song by Prince which also inspired the movie, was written to honor his father. The color symbolizes, magic, spirituality, creativity, dignity and royalty.
– Angela Di Bello, Agora Gallery Director
Prince Rogers Nelson, famously known as the artist Prince, was not only an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and actor – he was an innovator, a force to be reckoned with in the music world. Born in Minneapolis, he forged a unique sound from a young age, using influences from funk, rock, pop, and R&B music amongst others. Labeled one of the best-selling artists of all time, Prince never shied away from sexual¬ and controversial lyrics and became known for the important of the sense of spiritual rebirth found in his music.
Having been making music professionally since 1975 and up until the day of his death on April 21st, 2016, Prince inspired not only other musicians but artists of all types. His confidence, commitment, and fearless attitude have left an imprint on many of us, and that will never be forgotten.
For all of the incredible artists and contemporary minds who we have lost in 2016, including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, David Gest, Victoria Wood, and so many more, this is for you.