Sergey Kir: Conceptivism and the Art of Technology


No, this isn’t an art history term you don’t know. This is something entirely new.

Conceptivism is a new style of art that was coined by artist Sergey Kir. The style utilizes several different ideas and techniques taken from art history and recent technological advancements and creates a bridge between the old and the new. Incorporating computer digital design techniques, features of financial modeling, and a love for vivid color and art history, Conceptivism is the realization that contemporary art is changing.

Here, Sergey gives us insight into this monumental new art form.

Sergey Kir, "Dream of Las Vegas 2," Digital Print on Canvas, 28" x 40"

Sergey Kir, “Dream of Las Vegas 2,” Digital Print on Canvas, 28″ x 40″

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Did You Know? Michelangelo & Sebastiano del Piombo vs. Raphael

Did you hear about the record-setting Raphael that was sold yesterday? Following a strenuous battle between bidders, ‘Head of a Young Apostle’ was sold for $47.8 million at Sotheby’s, London (check out their video about it) for Chatworth House in Derbyshire, one of the world’s greatest Old Master Drawings collections. The price was almost three times the pre-sale low estimate. reports that Gregory Rubinstein, Worldwide Head of Old Master Drawings at Sotheby’s, said “A number of the world’s greatest collectors stepped up tonight in recognition of the genius of Raphael and the extraordinary beauty of this drawing with its exceptional provenance.”

Head of a Young Apostle, by Renaissance artist Raphael

Head of a Young Apostle, by Renaissance artist Raphael

It’s no surprise that so many people stand in awe of Raphael’s exceptional abilities and his remarkable artwork. ‘Head of a Young Apostle’ shows a sketch for what would become one of the key figures (the first apostle on the left, if you’re looking) in Raphael’s famous Transfiguration – a work which took pride of place hanging above the artist’s head after his death when his body was laid out in state in his studio, and which now belongs to the Vatican Museum. There’s a story behind the Transfiguration, too – one which can only increase an art lover’s interest and appreciation for the work. Agora Gallery’s Registrar, Chiara Mortaroli, shares that story with us here.

We think of ourselves as in many ways very removed from the past, and the centuries that divide us from the Renaissance seem to separate us utterly from the way of life that was common then. Yet the art of that period continues to fascinate and charm the modern viewer, and by examining pieces from that time more closely, we can also learn how similar the emotions and human interactions they represent are to those experienced today. This tale of rivalry, friendship and fine art is a perfect example of this intriguing exercise.

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Did you know? Raphael’s secret love, hidden in his paintings

Following the popularity of the ‘did you know’ post about Michelangelo, Agora Gallery registrar Chiara has agreed to share another fun, exciting aspect of the Renaissance art world with us, this time focusing on the renowned painter and architect Raphael. It might give you a whole new insight into the details painters choose to include in their works!

Did you know?

The art world has always been influenced by collectors and powerful personalities who entrust to artists the task of committing their favorite images and values to a painting or sculpture, with the aim of celebrating their prestige and becoming immortal. In this way, many people over the centuries have hoped to leave a sign of their lives, one that will be remembered long after their deaths.

This was particularly true during past times when talented artists were dependent on patronage, meaning that they had no choice but to satisfy the requests of those who were powerful during their times. These people were the ones with the financial ability and the desire to have their images or ideas immortalized through art. Read more

Michelangelo: Did you know?

Something a little different for you this week – an art tidbit from Chiara, one of Agora Gallery’s friendly and knowledgeable gallery assistants. Chiara is originally from Italy, and it was in Rome that she achieved her B.A. in Art History, with a special focus on Renaissance art. What an inspiring location! She loves to share her learning with other art lovers, and in this weeks’ post she shares a side of Michelangelo of which few people are aware.

Did you know? by Chiara Mortaroli

Everyone knows of Michelangelo (1474- 1564), and everyone knows that he was one of the masters of the Italian Renaissance. Most art lovers also know that he was a genius painter, sculptor and architect and that his drawings are still used nowadays as samples of how to reach anatomic perfection in representations of human figures.

He is commonly associated with any discussion about the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which he painted in only four years, and we immediately recognize his strong touch when we look at sculptures such as “La Pieta’” (“The Pity”) and “Moses.” Most of us probably also recall hearing about his difficult character, his vices and his whims (including the stories that discuss his relationships with the Popes of his time). Read more

Did you know? Artemisia Gentileschi, famous female artist of the Renaissance

Following repeated requests from blog readers, Agora Gallery assistant Chiara has agreed to contribute another fascinating episode of Renaissance art and life. As usual, it’s a topic that might strike you as a little surprising – the story of a professional woman artist during the Renaissance.

Did you know? by Chiara Mortaroli

Women are often featured in stories about artists of the Renaissance period, but usually in the role of model, muse, lover or influential patron or partner. It is rare to hear about a woman who is well-known for actively contributing to the history of art as an artist herself – not because women were any less talented then than they are now, but simply because ‘artist’ was not considered an appropriate profession for women during the period.

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