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We’ve moved! We’ll no longer be updating this site, but Park West Gallery has just launched a NEW website, where you’ll find our blog. There, we’ll be sharing even more news + information about your favorite artists, gallery events and art world happenings.

Please visit http://www.parkwestgallery.com/blog. See you there!

C and G News: New Habitat Home Dedicated in Madison Heights

Nonprofit continues to offer a ‘hand up, not a handout’

C&G NEWS — At the dedication ceremony for his new home Aug. 20, Michael Munger was grinning ear to ear, hugging one person after another and basking in the glow of adoring supporters who had spent many hours this summer helping him overhaul a foreclosed house in the neighborhood east of John R and south of 12 Mile.

Now Munger, 48, single with no kids, will have a place to call his own, not far from where he grew up in the 12 Mile and Dequindre area.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” Munger told the crowd gathered on the side of his new home on the 2000 block of Osmun. “Everybody did an excellent job — the quality of work, the time that they spent, ya know, just away from their families and their friends and everything, just to help me achieve a dream.”

From left: Artist Tim Yanke, home recipient Michael Munger, CEO and executive director of HFHOC Tim Ruggles

From left: Artist Tim Yanke, home recipient Michael Munger, CEO and executive director of HFHOC Tim Ruggles

The project was done through Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County (HFHOC), the first of three such projects in Madison Heights this year. Including the Munger home, HFHOC has already built or rehabbed seven homes in Madison Heights since 2010. County-wide, the group has 10 builds or rehabs planned this year.

Local artist Tim Yanke, of Park West Gallery, presented one of his “Yankee Doodles,” the third he’s donated to a Habitat dedication. The painting of an American flag featured the words of the National Anthem, and a rainbow-hued border celebrating the diversity of the United States. There was also a tree planted in the backyard — a new touch for a Habitat dedication. Read More →

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Hour Detroit Magazine: Wall to Wall Art

Park West Gallery and Dearborn’s The Henry team up to decorate a ’boutique’ hotel

HOUR DETROIT MAGAZINE — When the four-star hotel in Dearborn’s Town Center was part of the Ritz-Carlton chain, it had a multipurpose space known as The Gallery. In 2010, the facility changed hands, becoming the Henry Hotel Autograph Collection, and the new owners decided to retain the room’s name.

Then a real gallery moved in.

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“When they said, ‘We’d like to put you down here,’ I asked, ‘What’s the Gallery?'” recalls Mike Snodgrass, the curator employed by Southfield’s renowned Park West Gallery to maintain what’s believed to be the largest in-house art collection at any hotel in the world. “They said, ‘That’s a function room! We can’t give you that room!’

“I said, ‘But it’s … the Gallery! … People are going to walk in and ask, ‘Where’s the gallery?’ And they’ll be looking for me over there.”

Eventually, they reached a compromise: The room is still known as “The Gallery,” but now it actually looks like a gallery, replete with gentle track lighting and complementary paintings adorning every wall.

But the Henry’s fine art isn’t confined to one area, or even two… Read More →

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Park West Gallery Presents the New Anatole Krasnyansky Book to the Hermitage Museum

Written by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

krasbook 002I recently had the privilege of presenting a copy of the new Anatole Krasnyansky book to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nearly 80 Park West collectors accompanied me to this momentous event in July—all part of a special art collector’s cruise hosted by Park West aboard the Celebrity Constellation. The Hermitage’s Head Administrator Svetlana Suprun and Administrator Lidia Komissarova were there to accept the book on behalf of the museum.

Anatole Krasnyansky, a Ukrainian-born American artist, worked at the Hermitage as a young architect. Several illustrations of his projects appear in the new 349-page hardcover book, published by Park West Press. The book chronicles Krasnyansky’s life and artwork, with an introduction written by me and an article by noted art historian, Eleanor Hight, Ph.D. It also includes a fully-referenced catalog raisonné of the artist’s graphic works, spanning over 35 years.

I was honored to write the introduction to the book, and to have it accepted into the library of one of the greatest museums on earth is an amazing privilege and high point of my career. I am so happy for Anatole Krasnyansky, who has worked tirelessly his entire lifetime creating his artwork, and who now has this further accolade added to his impressive accomplishments.

Pictured with Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director (center), are the Hermitage’s Lidia Komissarova, Administrator (left), and Svetlana Suprun, Head Administrator(right), among a group of Park West collectors.

Pictured with Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director (center), are the Hermitage’s Lidia Komissarova, Administrator (left), and Svetlana Suprun, Head Administrator (right), among a group of Park West collectors.

The “Krasnyansky” book is now available for purchase through Park West Gallery and may be ordered by calling 1-800-521-9654 x 4.

Famed Artist Romero Britto Designs Specialty License Plate to Help Children

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Internationally acclaimed artist Romero Britto has designed a specialty Florida license plate to focus attention on child sexual abuse prevention.

Once the plate hits the market, proceeds will benefit the Lauren’s Kids foundation, whose mission is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.

“I decided to title this piece ‘Love and Healing’ because those sentiments are the driving force behind Lauren Book and the Lauren’s Kids foundation,” said Britto. “Lauren is on a mission to help and to heal survivors of sexual abuse, and to prevent others from having to live through the unthinkable nightmare she endured as a child.”

Learn more at http://laurenskids.org

European Art Odyssey VIP Cruise with Park West Gallery

Written by Park West Gallery collectors, Marianne and Theo Hoogstraaten, Dutch authors of the thrillers “Child’s Play,” “Powerless,” “Apparent World” and “Lokvrouw”

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel.

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel

Shortly after our presentation on parallels between our work and the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, we received another art-related invitation that was just as special: Park West Gallery offered us a European Art Odyssey VIP cruise.

Our first reaction was disbelief. Was this a joke?

The next email showed that the invitation was indeed serious. Park West did not ask for a deposit ahead of time and there were no obligations attached to the invitation. Their goal was to create an intimate and relaxing experience for each of their guests. It was only assumed that we, as art lovers, would attend the art lectures provided by guest artists, who were flown from America. Park West would create a very tempting environment to collect art, but there was no requirement to reach a minimum of spending.

We gladly accepted the invitation.

On July 18, we were welcomed at the hotel Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice. We enjoyed a cocktail party and dinner, where we could meet the other lucky ones. We were the only Dutch between Americans, one Irish and one Norwegian couple. Everything was perfectly organized and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant and friendly.

The next morning we boarded our vessel, the beautiful Norwegian Jade. We were checked in through a private desk of Park West in no time. It was a taste of the rest of the cruise ahead: private rooms for lectures, auctions and cocktail parties, a separate room in the restaurant and really everything on behalf of Park West. We have never been so spoiled!

The presentations of the artists who joined us during the cruise were unforgettable. The first who gave an appearance was the French painter Duaiv. A wide variety of palette knife painted artwork was presented. Duaiv is clearly more a painter than a speaker. His performance was a little shy, but he was disarming and very open. So his work sold well the next day. Our first impression that he was sympathetic, was confirmed when we talked with him and his wife about painting and writing. His wife had composed a beautifully illustrated book about his life and work. He confided that he had moved to the U.S because there, he and his family felt more comfortable and safer than in France. In Cannes, someone had shot at him, and he was hit in the arm. If he had told that during his presentation it would perhaps have yielded additional sales, but that wasn’t his style.

The next day, Dominic Pangborn made his entrance. During his presentation he told especially about his life and all the setbacks he had to overcome to get to where he was now. He was a good speaker and told a gripping story about the suicide of a son of his friends. That had emotionally effected him and he had caught his feelings in a painting. His Art in Motion series, full-color three-dimensional structures, which move when you walk by, attracted much interest.

The third artist, Alfred Gockel, surprised his audience by not speaking but painting and involving his audience in it. Because he had worked the evening long he could present the result the next morning. It was a beautiful painting, a symphony of colors in partly abstract, partly figurative patterns—a true Gockel! During the auction, buyers offered high amounts for that special artwork. Gockel is one of the few modern artists who work on etching plates, in the tradition of Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. Some are printed in multiple colors. The circulation of it is always very limited, after which the plate is destroyed. In particular, a series of etchings of Venice was appreciated. We thoroughly talked with him about etching techniques and ways of printing, in wich we have a special interest.

On the last auction day, works by Yaacov Agam were featured. To everyone’s surprise, one of his works that was exhibited in the Guggenheim museum was offered for sale, and sold!

Before we left for Venice, we could not imagine what awaited us. In any case, all of our expectations were far exceeded. Who wouldn’t want to cruise from Venice to destinations such as the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, where we always had enough time to look around. During the days at sea we were immersed in art of high quality. Park West Gallery had everything very well-organized. There was no pressure to buy expensive works!

This European Art Odyssey VIP cruise was really a fantastic experience. We have written this review with pleasure and perhaps it will serve as a recommendation to others in the future.


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Leslie Lew Brings “Buki’s Garden” Children’s Art Workshop to Detroit

This summer, Park West Gallery sponsored New York-based artist Leslie Lew to visit the Detroit area to conduct a series of free art education workshops for children. Lew, a renowned American neo-pop artist, uses “Buki’s Garden,” a story she wrote and illustrated, to tell the tale of a not so attractive kitty who shows that being different can have its advantages.

“In this day and age, there’s a lot of kids who are bullying, being bullied…. that’s kind of why I did the book,” Lew explained. “I think that it was a good thing to do. The story really teaches people to be accepting of being different.”

Lew said that her decision to bring Buki to Detroit was deliberate. “Going to Detroit I just felt would be a really important thing because there are so many kids that need a little bit more encouragement, or they don’t feel as special as they should.”


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Park West Gallery CEO on Christie’s Appraisal of the DIA Collection

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Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr announced last week that he has formally engaged Christie’s auction house to appraise the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Many fear that the museum’s prized works are at risk of being sold off as part of the city’s recent filing for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Michigan’s Big Show, a popular radio program hosted by Michael Patrick Shiels, asked Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione for his expert opinion on this controversial art news headline.

Scaglione said he can’t imagine that any Detroiters or Michiganders want to see anything from the DIA sold, speculating, “I really don’t believe this is going to lead to the sale of art.”

Click the player below to listen to the full interview