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530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
May 11 - May 31, 2019 | Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2019 6-8 PM

Experience the lively, enthusiastic atmosphere of an opening night at Agora Gallery when artists, collectors, art lovers, media professionals, and diverse members of the art world gather to admire and appreciate the works on display.

Hiroshi Wada: The First New York Solo Exhibition

Japanese artist Hiroshi Wada is a calligraphy painter. Wada studied the ancient tradition of “shodo”—brush and ink drawing on rice paper— with a great master of this art form. While his art retains the spontaneity and playfulness of a child’s drawing, in fact it takes years of apprenticeship to achieve their effortless look. Wada’s aim, however, is not the traditional “sho.” The artist believes in the importance of modernizing this conventional practice. He aspires to create calligraphy that is modern, even avant-garde, yet still rooted in tradition. When he writes characters, he forgets what he has learned and starts with a “clean slate”, drawing like a child. For Wada, calligraphy is a way to bring joy and playfulness to others. Wada believes that while life’s hurdles may range from personal failures to cataclysmic disasters, art has the capacity to empower, heal, and create peace. Wada’s background as a track-and-field athlete reflects in the explosive energy and near-physical intensity to his gestural compositions.

In and Out of the Garden

In and Out of the Garden is a collective exhibition presented by Agora Gallery, featuring work by nine different artists with mediums ranging from painting to mixed-media to installation. Natural forms, expressive compositions, and bold color palettes create an energetic narrative focused on the exhilarating and intoxicating reality of the human experience.


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