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Park West Gallery announces 3-part Detroit exhibition with Marcus Glenn

Marcus Glenn

Park West Gallery, the host of fine art auctions on cruise ships, live art auctions in major metropolitan areas and via art gallery locations in Detroit and Miami Lakes, Florida, will showcase the art of Detroit artist Marcus Glenn.

Park West Gallery presents the first in its three-part exhibition, “Detroit’s Finest,” from June 28 to July 12 at its Southfield, Michigan location. A free opening reception with Glenn will be held 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28.

Glenn, a Detroit native, became the first African-American and youngest cartoonist in the “Detroit News” with his comic strip, “Double Trouble.” Glenn was commissioned by Daimler-Chrysler to create a mural, and has a painting in the permanent collection of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Glenn’s artwork, “One Nite Outta This World,” was chosen as the official art for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Glenn also served as the official artist of the 2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival.

“After traveling the world with Park West Gallery for almost 20 years, it’s exciting to have an opening here in my hometown,” says Glenn.

Glenn is known for combining painting and sculpture in a bas-relief effect he calls “Flat Life.” His use of bright colors, paper and fabric create textured works of art that resemble collages. Much of his imagery is drawn from his love of jazz music and creating a connection between art and the viewer.

“Glenn’s three-dimensional, musically themed works are a feast for the senses,” says David Gorman, Gallery Director for Park West Gallery. “One can almost hear the improvisational jazz composition reverberating off the surface.”

The Glenn exhibition will be the first of three featuring Park West Detroit artists. An exhibition featuring Tim Yanke will open July 12, and on July 26, Park West will showcase Dominic Pangborn. Refreshments will be served at each opening. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Admission is free to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 248-354-2343 or visit www.parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art aficionados via land and sea art auctions by creating an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts.

Albert Scaglione in the Huffington Post

Albert Scaglione

Supportive parents, a love of art, and an attitude of working harder than anyone else are just some of the reasons Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione gives for succeeding in the art world.

The Huffington Post recently published an article profiling Scaglione and how he made the decision to leave a career in teaching and rocket science to pursue his passion for art, which led to the formation of Park West Gallery, the “largest art dealer in the world” of original artwork.

Nova Lorraine, editor-in-chief of Raine Magazine, shares what she learned after having a one-on-one with the CEO about working with artists like Yaacov Agam and Peter Max, and what influences him as an entrepreneur.

From the article:

Discovering new masters and finding pieces of the old masters, Scaglione is like an Indiana Jones of the art world. Today, alongside his wife, Mitsie Scaglione, Albert has had an opportunity to make an impact in the industry. For example, Park West currently has one of the largest collections of Picasso graphics, all of which have been built through auction houses such as Sotheby’s and more. Read More…

Outside of the art world, the article notes that the Scaglione family is just as passionate about giving back to their community through monetary gifts and donations of art.

Inspiring Nano Lopez

Nano Lopez

When master sculptor Nano Lopez steps outside, he doesn’t just see grass, trees or animals – he sees life, inspiration and miracles.

“Everything is a miracle, everything is amazing – life in general, all life is amazing,” he says. “The richness of the world is inspiration.”

Lopez grew up in Bogota, Colombia, and took trips with his family to rivers and islands. During these trips, he was fascinated by the flora, fauna and animals he discovered, and these experiences fueled his imagination in a way that has remained with him and evolved. Today, he states that his way of understanding humanity is through the path of nature.

In fact, one of the very reasons Lopez has enjoyed sculpting since the age of 15 is that he connects with nature by using clay to create art.

“Originally the first element that I worked with was water clay,” he says. “You get your hands on it, the feeling of the earth in your hands and the water, all of that is very direct.”

His figurative works are a search for humanness, for universal, hidden feelings he cannot quite name. He compares it to plunging your hand into the dirt, blindly searching for something, but you’ll know what you’re looking for once you take hold of it.

“Early on I was really in love with nature and working on the human figure and thinking about life at all levels,” he says. “That kind of thinking made me want to incorporate life and nature into the human.”

Nano Lopez

Among his various sculptures, Lopez says his “Maria” figurative works hold deep meaning to him. They combine his love of the human figure and his passion for nature. In fact, he has alluded to wanting to create a 10-foot large version of his “Maria Alma” sculpture.

“It symbolizes the human soul,” he says of Maria. “It relates to Mother Nature a lot…the beauty of life, the power of life – that is a miracle to me.”

To emphasize and contrast the natural, organic textures, Lopez incorporates mechanical and man-made textures such as gears, letters and numbers. To him, gears represent human creativity, while letters and numbers remind him of the history of civilization with math, language and literature.

“When we’re talking about animals, it brings the human part into the animals,” he says. “That gives it that richness that refers to what amazes me the most, which is the richness of the world.”

Even his palette is derived from nature. He said everything from trips during his youth to visits to the marketplace has inspired his bright colors.

“I do remember going to the markets in Colombia, they are so visual in that sense out there, particularly the outdoor markets that are so rich in colors and all that, and in the tropics the colors are pretty intense,” he says.

Nano Lopez

Even when he isn’t working on his art, Lopez loves interacting with nature. He says he enjoys landscaping, which is evident when admiring the beautiful grounds at his residence in Walla Walla, Washington.

“You go into your backyard and stand in a square foot of earth, you start to see how much is going on,” he says. “The birds go by, the bees go by, and you look down you see an ant going by, and you dig under and there is more stuff going on with worms and beetles. It’s amazing, that power of life amazes me and I want to express that into the figures.”

View the entire Nano Lopez: Master Sculptor catalog here

Master Sculptor, Nano Lopez, to exhibit at Park West Gallery

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 1, 2015 — Park West Gallery, which hosts fine art auctions on cruise ships, live art auctions in major metropolitan areas and via art gallery locations in Detroit and Miami Lakes, Florida, will present the works of master sculptor Nano Lopez in an exhibit at its Detroit-area gallery.

Davian Nano Lopez Parkwest Gallery

Behold 36 intricate sculptures during Park West Gallery’s newest exhibition, held June 7-28 at 29469 Northwestern Highway in Southfield. This will be the only venue for the exhibition.

On display will be Lopez’s popular “Nanimals”– colorful creatures that attract viewers of all ages with their playfulness. At the exhibition, meet Nanimals like a dragon enjoying ice cream, a turtle ready for the races, a poetic owl and a life-sized ostrich.

Mast sculptor, Nano Lopez, poses with

Master sculptor, Nano Lopez, poses with “Elizabeth (Lifesize)”

Also exhibited are Lopez’s figures, which combine classical training and experimentation to produce sculptures like a winged goddess holding the world. His use of organic textures and human-made objects convey his respect for nature, science and creativity.

“At first glance, it is uncertain which period in time these works hail from,” said David Gorman, Gallery Director for Park West Gallery. “Upon further investigation, it is apparent that these works assume a contemporary role. By incorporating 21st century elements in a surreal approach, Nano Lopez has a way of capturing one’s attention, leaving the viewer spellbound.”

Lopez uses the “lost wax” technique to create his bronze sculptures. The process involves sculpting a clay model, making a silicone mold from the model and pouring wax into this mold. The hardened wax is then used to create a ceramic shell. The term “lost wax” refers to wax melting out of the shell when it’s baked in a kiln. Molten bronze is poured into the shell to create the final sculpture.

Born in Bogota, Columbia, Lopez studied at institutions like the Superior National School of Beaux Arts in Paris and under masters likeFrancisco Baron. Lopez worked at bronze foundries before starting his own business in 1987, and in 2006 became a full-time artist.

Admission is free to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 248-354-2343 or visit www.parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art aficionados via land and sea art auctions by creating an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts.

Happy 87th birthday to Yaacov Agam

 

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Yaacov Agam with an example of his kinetic art.

Park West Gallery wishes Yaacov Agam a happy birthday!

The man considered to be “the Father of Kinetic Art” turned 87 on May 11, and for just over 40 of those years, has worked with Park West Gallery. To mark the occasion, the gallery would like to reflect on working with the accomplished artist over the past four decades.

Agam was born May 11, 1928 as Yaacov Gipstein in Rishon LeZion (formerly Mandate Palestine). He began studying art at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, and in 1949 moved to Zurich, where he remained for two years before moving to Paris where he currently resides.

He is the son of a devout Rabbi and Kabbalist, an origin that continues to serve as inspiration for his art. He says he took a chance at his first one-man show in Paris in 1953 to introduce what he calls the “fourth dimension” of art to audiences – time – actively engaging viewers and encouraging them to move or touch it, and as a result actually change the artwork as they are experiencing it.

“In life you look at art and it doesn’t change, but everything changes, but you don’t know how it will change, so you have to go beyond the visible,” Agam once said. “You have to get the notion that what you see can at any moment disappear to be replaced with something else.”

As viewers move while viewing Agams’s art, it transforms before their eyes into new shapes and colors. This dynamic means that Agam’s work is in a constant state of transformation and recreation. This abstract “kinetic art” has been collected the world over and displayed in major museum shows, including a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1980.

Agam caught the attention of Surrealists, including the most famous of them all, Salvador Dali, who once met with Agam. Interestingly enough, the two share the same birthday (May 11).

Yaacov Agam and Salvador Dali Photo courtesy of "Agam: Beyond the Visible" by Sayako Aragaki

Yaacov Agam and Salvador Dali. Photo courtesy of “Agam: Beyond the Visible” by Sayako Aragaki

Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione was first introduced to Agam in 1974 through Blanche Fabry, the owner of a gallery in Paris, and world-renowned architect I. M. Pei. However, Scaglione took two years of preparation to develop a plan to approach Agam about being his art dealer. Since that time Park West has become the largest and most important art dealer of the art of Agam.

“I’ve been with him for almost 40 years, it’s been an absolute joy,” he says.

Agam’s art includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture, jewelry, musical compositions, ceramics and graphic works. Over the years, Scaglione has witnessed Agam’s progression as an artist. Agam’s original conceptual and spiritual approach to his art continues to evolve to this day. More recently, he has created digital artwork using computers, such as interactive kinetic art demonstrated on a tablet device.

“Agam is the kind of artist that if you can dream it and imagine it, he can do it,” Scaglione says.

Yaacov Agam, Dizengoff Fountain, Park West Gallery

Agam standing in front of his “Fire and Water Fountain,” also known as the Dizengoff Square Fountain.

Agam’s accomplishments are as numerous as they are varied. His installed sculptures can be found worldwide, he has created the world’s largest menorah, and even made Algemeiner Journal’s “Jewish 100” list for positively influencing the Jewish community. Among his achievements was the presentation of one of his Agamographs, “Faith,” to Pope Francis in 2014.

The artist was once commissioned by Georges Pompidou, president of the French Republic from 1969 to 1974, to create an entire room of polymorphic and metapolymorphic works for the Pompidou Museum. Agam describes it as a painting that one can walk into and explore.

Agam also has the honor of being the highest-selling Israeli artist. His kinetic oil painting, “Growth,” sold for a record-breaking $698,000 in a Sotheby’s auction on December 15, 2010.

He has earned multiple accolades and awards during his career, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (1974); an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Tel Aviv University (1975); and the Medal of the Council of Europe (1977). In 1996, he was awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO. He was even invited to speak as a guest lecturer at Harvard University in 1968.

Pope Francis Agamograph May 26 2014

Pope Francis is presented with Agam’s “Faith,” an Agamograph, on May 26, 2014.

Agam has also used his art to help children with visual learning. He wrote and developed the Agam Program for Visual Cognition that, according to the Weizmann Institute, has been implemented in roughly 90 Israeli preschools and in elementary schools.

“He’s got a lot of fight in him, in terms of fighting to get his works done, fighting to keep his works going, fighting to see that his works are everywhere,” Scaglione says.

Park West co-sponsors Scleroderma fundraiser

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Park West Gallery co-sponsored a “Great Gatsby” soiree to support scleroderma research. From left: Jerry Lance, president of the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation; John Karay, Park West Gallery vice president of operation and board member of the Southeast Florida Chapter; Luis Navarro, Park West plant manager; Angela Bishop, Park West fleet manager for Holland American Cruise Line; Regla Diaz, Park West fleet manager for Norwegian Cruises Line; Camille Black, Park West executive assistant; Mike McHorney, Park West fleet manager for Princess Cruises; and Todd Cummings, Park West IT. Photo courtesy of John Karay.

Park West Gallery contributed to raising awareness and funds for Scleroderma (pronounced “sklair-o-dur-muh”) research in style.

The gallery co-sponsored a soiree themed after “The Great Gatsby,” held May 2 at the Via Mizner Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, to support the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation.

Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is a chronic disease that hardens and tightens skin and connective tissues. There are approximately 300,000 people in the U.S. who suffer from it, with the onset typically occurring between the ages of 25 to 55. The disease can range from mild to life threatening depending on which parts of the body it affects.

Park West employees dressed to the nines for the soiree, which featured dinner, dancing, drinks and both silent and live auctions. Park West Gallery was a silver-level sponsor, donating six works of art – five of which were sold during a silent auction and one during the live auction.

John Karay, Vice President of Operations for Park West Gallery, has been a board member for the Florida foundation for the past four years. He said he was originally asked to help with one event, which quickly turned into multiple symposiums and fundraisers for the foundation.

“I have met and made friends with many wonderful individuals who are affected by this disease, it is the least I can do to help raise awareness and funding to help find a cure,” he says.

According to the Scleroderma Foundation, the disease is not contagious or cancerous, but there is currently no cure. Its exact causes are unknown, and it is difficult to diagnose since its symptoms are similar to other autoimmune diseases. These aspects only emphasize the need for events such as the May 2 fundraiser.

“We continue to meet new people every month whom may have scleroderma or had a family member pass from the disease,” Karay says.

As of May 6, the soiree collected an estimated $19,000. The majority of the proceeds will remain in the local area to support those who suffer from the disease as well as their family and caretakers. The funds will also benefit awareness and education of the public.

“It was a pleasure to be part of a special evening and to meet many wonderful people who contributed to a special event,” says Mike McHorney, Park West Gallery’s fleet manager for Princess Cruises.

Find out more about how Park West CARES here.

Salvador Dali and Disney – a match made in art

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Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney by the beach in Spain, 1957. Photo courtesy of TheDali.org.

Of all of the outlandish and amazing artwork that Surrealist Salvador Dali produced during his lifetime, perhaps the most unique and unlikely of them was his partnership with Walt Disney.

Yes, Disney – the man responsible for beloved characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck – not only worked together with the eccentric Dali to create the animated short film “Destino,” but the two developed a lasting friendship.

The Dali Museum and the Walt Disney Family Museum are inviting guests to explore this eyebrow-raising alliance with its “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination.” The show will run from July 10, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Disney museum in San Francisco, California, and from January 2016 to June 2016 at the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The exhibition is a multi-media adventure, using original paintings, story sketches, archival film, photographs and more to show the artistic prominence of these vastly different icons, as well as how they partnered together for a project and came away as friends.

Despite their differences, these renowned visionaries had much in common (aside from impressive mustaches). As the Huffington Post points out, Disney, born in 1901 in Chicago, and Dali, born three years later on May 11 in Catalonia, both began drawing at an early age. They both became innovative promoters with limitless imaginations that blurred the lines between dreams and reality.

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The Dalí and Disney families around the dinner table in Spain, 1957. Photo courtesy of TheDali.org.

These two minds came together while at a party at Jack Warner’s house (of Warner Brothers Studio) in 1945. Disney and Dali began talking – Dali considered Disney a Surrealist – and the two decided to create a film together. In 1946, Dali would visit Disney Studios, and in eight months, created 22 paintings and more than 135 storyboards, drawings and sketches. About 20 seconds of animation were created as well.

Unfortunately, destiny intervened in the form of post-World War II changes and other commitments, and the project was shelved. Five decades later, Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, was inspired to complete the project while working on “Fantasia 2000.” With the help of three-dimensional computer technology, “Destino” was released in 2003, kept as close to the original vision as possible.

The film – a short six minutes and 40 seconds – is the story of Chronos, the personification of time, pursuing a mortal woman. No dialogue is spoken. Instead, only the yearning Mexican ballad, titled “Destino,” by composer Armando Dominguez accompanies this blend of Disney animation and Dali artwork. The original segment of animation is included, seen about five minutes into the film featuring two tortoises.

Of course, Disney and Dali had different views of the plot. Dali called the film “a magical exposition on the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.” Disney, however, decided it was “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”

Upon its release, “Destino” received several accolades, including an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film (2004) and a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago International Film Festival (2003).

Park West Gallery is proud to offer “Destino” artwork so collectors can enjoy a part of this historic partnership. Contact our sales department for more information.

Eye hospital sees return of Yaacov Agam sculpture

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A crew from Art Creations and Renovations reinstalls the renovated artwork “Complex Vision” by artist Yaacov Agam to the exterior of Callahan Eye Hospital. The massive sculpture was first installed in 1976. (Photo by: Mark Almond/ malmond@al.com)

The aptly named “Complex Vision” sculpture by Yaacov Agam has been restored to its original glory and reinstalled at the Callahan Eye Hospital at the University of Alabama located in Birmingham.

Originally installed in 1976, Agam used his famously kinetic art style to create a sculpture that encourages movement. When viewed on the right side, the artwork is black and white, but as the viewer moves to the front, colorful patterns begin to appear. Finally, on the left side of the sculpture, bright, bold colors are seen.

The 30-foot by 30-foot sculpture adorns the side of the hospital and is made up of 69 two-sided aluminum panels, each one measuring just over 9 feet long by 13 inches wide and weighing 50 pounds.

Brian Spraberry, CEO of Callahan Eye Hospital, told AL.com that the hospital’s original benefactor, Dr. Alston Callahan, was an art lover who wanted a special installation for patients when they emerged from surgery.

“Usually people with blinding eye disease have their vision affected, they can’t see color in quite the same way, so this piece is there for them to have a pleasant experience after surgery, to see the vibrancy of colors they’ve been missing because the variety of things they’ve had wrong with their vision,” Spraberry said.

Art Creations and Renovations, a company that specializes in Agam works, was hired to take on the project. The weather-worn panels were removed and shipped to the company’s studio in April 2014.

Agam oversaw the restoration, which consisted of sanding down and acid-washing each panel. Etching primer and sealers were applied before the 121 colors chosen by Agam were painted back onto the panels. A clear coat was applied to protect the sculpture from the elements.

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Passers-by watch as “Complex Vision” is reinstalled. (Photo by: Mark Almond/ malmond@al.com)

With the panels restored, reinstallation began on March 26, 2015 and finished March 30. New mounting hardware was installed to update the structure itself.

To help with any future restoration or repairs, Spraberry worked with Agam and Art Creations and Renovations to create a blueprint of “Complex Vision” that includes the colors, layout and other details agreed upon by the artist and technicians.

In a video from UAB News, Spraberry says the artwork is synonymous with the hospital, but has also become a part of Birmingham.

“This is here not only for our patients, but it’s also here for the community,” he says.