Daily Archives: September 24, 2009

Art is Too Important Not to Share

Park West Gallery is proud to offer exclusive graphic editions from world-renowned contemporary artist Romero Britto. Known for his bright colors, pop images and playful themes, Britto’s artwork reflects his unrestrained and optimistic point of view. Browse the Park West Gallery - Britto collection >>

Romero Britto. Park West Gallery.

Painting Hope
SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP Prestige Magazine | September 2009

Dubbed “Brazil’s most visible internationally acclaimed artist” by Roberto Bertani, the executive director of the Institute for Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, Romero Britto is also one of the busiest and most versatile.

No canvas is too unusual for the Brazilian artist who has spread his colourful art on the bodies of cars and planes, the 25,000-sp ft pool deck of a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, clothing fabrics for Nicole Miller and Enrico Coveri, and on the back of laptops and luggage pieces, to name just a few.

Britto says his relentless interest in presenting art in new ways to the public stems from the idea that “art is too important not to share.”

“I want to share my work with as many people as possible and that’s why I’ve done so many works over the years with different companies. It allows me to reach a lot of people,” the 45-year-old artist said. . .

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Artist Birthdays September 25 – MARK ROTHKO

MARK ROTHKO (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting, printmaking
  • Art Movement: Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting
  • ARTiFact: Plagued by ill health and the conviction that he had been forgotten by those artists who had learned most from his painting, he committed suicide. After his death, the execution of his will provoked one of the most spectacular and complex court cases in the history of modern art, lasting for 11 years (1972–82).
  • Artist Quote: “It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Four Darks in Red, 1958.

Mark Rothko. Four Darks in Red. 1958.

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Simon Bull Art Exhibit At the Muhammad Ali Center

PARK WEST GALLERY offers an exciting collection of hand-signed sports collectibles showcasing the life and career of Muhammad Ali. The Park West Gallery collection includes mixed-media works by Peter Max and Simon Bull, commemorating the spirit of Ali and representing a unique collecting opportunity for admirers of Muhammad Ali – athlete, legend and tireless advocate for human rights.

A celebrity artist in his own right, throughout his career Simon Bull has aspired to create not just an image, but an experience. His passion to play with color and create with radiant hues bring the Champ to life like never before in his extraordinary interpretations of Muhammad Ali. Celebrate the career of Ali, “the greatest of all time,” as Simon Bull personally guides you on a tour of an exhibit of his artwork at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Renoir in the 20th Century

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is easily the most popular painter of the Impressionist movement. The colorful landscapes of his early years and the idealized nudes of his later years are equal in their appeal and their luminous, spontaneous qualities. The Park West Gallery masterworks collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing artwork by artists including Renoir. View the Park West collection >>

Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Grand Palais. REUTERS/Gareth Watkins

PARIS, FRANCE — Renoir in the 20th Century, showing at the Grand Palais, includes some paintings, drawings and sculptures that are little known to the public. The exhibit in Paris showcases artwork from the second half of Auguste Renoir’s career, when he changed course in his 40s to experiment with a more classical style.

In the 1880s, Renoir moved from the Impressionist school, best-known for sunlight-filled landscapes painted outdoors, to concentrate on female nudes and portraits. Renoir never wanted to reject Impressionism, but instead strove for a more decorative and traditional style.

His three sons, wife and family friends figure among the figures painted. Among the works is a bust of his son, from a private collection, being publicly displayed for the first time. The exhibit also includes works by other artists from the beginning of the 20th century, such as Picasso, Matisse, Maillol and Bonnard, to show Renoir’s influence on painters who followed the Impressionists. One room contains photos of Renoir throughout his life, in his Paris apartment and in the countryside, with his family and friends. 

Renoir in the 20th Century is currently on view until January 4, 2010.

More information on the exhibit/purchase tickets >> 

[Article: The Associated Press | Photo: REUTERS/Gareth Watkins]

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Artist Birthdays September 24 – ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE

ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (Sept. 24, 1796June 25, 1875)

  • Nationality: French
  • Field: Painting, sculpture, printmaking
  • Art Movement: Romanticism
  • ARTiFact: Known as the father of animalier (sculpture of animals), his talent for rendering dynamic tension and exact anatomical detail was responsible for making the small animal bronze a recognized genre.
  • Artist Quote: “I wish I could put a twist in a tiger’s tail like that man.” ~Eugène Delacroix on Barye
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Lion and Serpent, 1932.

Antoine-Louis Barye. Lion and Serpent. 1932. © Musée du Louvre/P. Philibert.
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