Monthly Archives: June 2011

Park West Gallery CEO on Sydney University’s Fundraising Picasso Sale [Podcast]

Founded in 1969, Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Learn more about our collection at

jeune-fille-endormie-pablo-picasso, albert scaglione, park west galleryJeune fille endormie (1935) by Pablo Picasso.

University of Sydney
researchers are hoping to change the lives of many currently facing health challenges, thanks to last week’s £13.5 million ($20.6 million USD) sale of a rarely seen Pablo Picasso masterpiece.

The 1935 painting, Jeune fille endormie (or Young girl asleep), was anonymously donated to the University in 2010 on the condition that it would be sold and all the proceeds directed to scientific research. 

The work is an intimate portrait of the artist’s French mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, who is the subject of many celebrated paintings by Picasso.

Park West Gallery CEO and founder Albert Scaglione recently spoke to 1240 WJIM to provide expert insight into this recent art world news headline.

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Art News – June 24, 2011

vincent-and-theo-van-goghVincent van Gogh’s self-portrait (left) with the painting of his brother Theo (right)

Is he or isn’t he? Art researchers at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum now believe that a work by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh—long thought to have been a self-portrait—actually depicts the artist’s younger brother Theo. If true, it would be the only known painting of Theo, who supported Vincent financially and was his lifelong confidant and friend. What do you think—is it Vincent, or could it be Theo? {via CBS News}

QUIZ: Are you a Magritte geek? René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle opens today (thru Oct. 16) at Tate Liverpool. The Belgian surrealist is renowned for his witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings. How well do you know Magritte? Take the quiz{via Guardian}

On this day in art history: On June 24, 1901, Pablo Picasso‘s first major exhibition opened at a gallery on Rue Laffitte in Paris. The artist was 19 years old at the time, and unknown outside Barcelona, but had already produced hundreds of paintings. (Visit the Park West Gallery Picasso Website to learn even more about the artist.) {via}

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Vote for Park West Gallery as the BEST in Detroit!

Detroit A-List, Park West Gallery, BEST Art GalleryPark West Gallery is competing to be the BEST Art Gallery in Detroit — and YOUR votes can make it happen!

The CityVoter Detroit A-List is a contest featuring more than 6,852 local businesses competing to be named best in various categories.

Your votes named Park West Gallery as BEST Art Gallery in 2010, and we would be honored to win the title again this year!

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Art News – June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011: ‘First day of Summer’ Google Doodle by Takashi Murakami


• An Artistic Start to Summer: Summer has officially begun! The Google search engine is welcoming the sunny season with a colorful home page doodle created by contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. (Also check out The Park West Gallery Summer Art Sale, now online.) {via Google}

• Picasso on View: Now through October 9, see Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition features more than 100 masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from every phase of the artist’s career. {via de Young Museum}

Spotlight on Detroit: The city’s newest museum—featuring multi-media and light-based arts—is the first in the U.S. and second of its kind in the world. Kunsthalle Detroit (pronounced KOONST-hah-leh, or “art-hall” in German) is now open to the public. (And if you’re in the Detroit-area, be sure to stop by Park West Gallery for a visit!) {via The Detroit News}

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Disney Selects Noah as Official Artist of D23 Expo

Park West Gallery congratulates the artist known simply as Noah, on being chosen as this year’s Official Artist of Disney’s D23 Expo! Noah Fine Art is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions. For more information, please visit The Park West Gallery Collection.

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According to the Disney release: “Remember… it all started with a Mouse is a tribute to Walt’s legacy and visionary imagination. As part of this year’s D23 Expo, Disney Consumer Products commissioned local artist Noah to create an iconic graphic celebrating this year’s themes. In exquisite detail, Noah has captured the joy and laughter that come from Walt Disney’s ever-familiar and contagious smile. By carefully selecting a beautiful palette of colors, he cleverly reveals this year’s celebrated Disney film anniversaries, which include One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast.”

For the past decade, Noah has continued to magically interpret Disney characters through his unique style, which has become a favorite among Disney collectors worldwide.

In the following video exclusive, Noah talks about his inspiration for this very special commission. Watch as the artist brings the magic of Disney to life…

> For more information about the artist Noah, please visit

> The D23 Expo will be held in Anaheim, California on August 19-21, 2011. For more information, please visit

Detroit Free Press: ‘Gallery owners aid young adults’

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Park West Gallery CEO and founder Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie were profiled in Sunday’s edition of The Detroit Free Press.

The article, “Gallery owners aid young adults,” was featured in the newspaper’s Giving Back section, which recognizes philanthropy and volunteerism in the business community.

“I have been blessed with good fortune in my life — a successful business, loving family and good friends. As a Christian, who is guided by my faith, I believe I have a moral obligation to help the less fortunate enjoy better and more-fulfilling lives,” Albert Scaglione said.

Read the full article [pdf]

> For more information about the Park West Foundation and the Scagliones’ other philanthropic programs, go to and click on Philanthropy.

Romero Britto Sculptures Welcome Visitors to NYC

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WPLG MIAMI — A monumental Best Buddies Friendship Bear by South Florida artist Romero Britto now sits in a prominent place in New York City.

The Best Buddies Friendship Bear was created by Romero Britto in honor of Best Buddies International, whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one to one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Stephen Ross commissioned a monumental Best Buddies Friendship Bear sculpture for placement front and center at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle to share Britto’s stunning creation and positive message in one of the most prominent locations in New York City.

In addition, a stunning monumental apple sculpture by Romero Britto, which Eunice Kennedy Shriver donated to John F. Kennedy International airport to welcome millions of travelers around the world to New York, was dedicated on June 8th, 2011.

The sculpture is stationed right in front of the “Welcome to New York” sign in the American Airlines terminal.

Read the full article at WPLG Miami →

Artwork by Romero Britto is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Visit the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection
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Park West Gallery CARES Continues Partnership with Douglas High

park west gallery cares, douglas high schoolDouglas High School art teacher Debbie Cusack and her students pose with various Thomas Kinkade artworks donated to the school by Park West Gallery CARES.

Park West Gallery donates additional works to support the school’s arts in education programming

WINSTON, OR – Like most of America, Winston, Oregon has been hit hard by the downturns in the economy.  However, unlike many other schools, Winston’s Douglas High School has been able to maintain a thriving arts program for its students.  Impressed with the school’s dedication to arts in education even in bad economic times, Park West Gallery donated five works of art by Thomas Kinkade through its philanthropic Park West Gallery CARES initiative to the high school with hopes of furthering and supporting the school’s art programming. 

This donation follows a previous donation of 20 works by various Park West artists and a lecture by artist Dominic Pangborn in November 2010.  Douglas High School was able to auction works of art by Thomas Kinkade from the previous donation and use the proceeds to purchase art supplies and materials including: shelving, drying racks and containers for art storage and an opaque projector.

“Thank you for these gifts for our art program!  I am in awe and speechless with Park West Gallery’s generosity.  Just the idea of someone remembering our struggling little school is an amazing concept for the students and me.  We are extremely thankful and appreciative of these donations.  It feels so good to check—rather than cross—much needed supplies off my list, and we are only able to do so because of Park West Gallery,” declared Debbie Cusack, Douglas High School’s art teacher. 

“We are committed to keeping the arts alive in our schools,” said Stoney Goldstein, executive vice president of Park West Gallery.  “We realize that budgets are being crunched and funding for the arts is drying up, and we’re simply stepping up to the plate to do our part.  Park West Gallery is very impressed and inspired by Winston and by Douglas High School’s dedication to keeping arts in education for their students.  The arts allow our children to be creative, which in turn helps develop critical and forward thinking skills.  Kids feel a sense of pride and ownership of the artwork they create and develop the ability to think outside of the box.  We recognize that the arts provide a foundation for innovation.”

Launched in July 2010, Park West Gallery CARES initially limited its outreach to organizations in the Detroit, MI and Miami, FL areas where Park West Gallery has physical locations.  However, due to its monumental success, Park West Gallery has decided to extend the initiative to communities throughout the United States.  Douglas High School is one of many organizations that have received similar donations and artist talks provided by Park West Gallery CARES.  Other recipients include the Lake Geneva Public Library in Lake Geneva, WI, the Youth Arts Corp. in St. Petersburg, FL, the City of Clayton’s public art program in Clayton, MO, St. Mary’s Interparochial School in Philadelphia, PA, The International School in Bellevue, WA, Goethe School in Chicago, IL and the Woodbridge Public Library in Iselin, NJ.

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