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Park West Gallery shows the power of paint improves lives

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Students work on self portraits at San Bernardino’s Barton Elementary in California during a Turnaround Arts event. (Photo courtesy of T Studio)

Park West Gallery is taking strides to ensure that art is for everyone, not only through its cruise art auctions, but to ensure art is in the classroom and available for all to enjoy.

In a post created by T Brand Studio on the New York Times site, the importance of including art in education is highlighted by efforts from Park West Gallery and some of the artists it represents, including Autumn de Forest, Romero Britto and Guy Harvey.

Autumn, a 14-year-old artistic prodigy, travels around the country with the Turnaround Arts program, working directly with students to inspire them and promote art education. Turnaround Arts is a public-private program organized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to improve low-ranking schools in 14 states. Park West Gallery donates art supplies for the students to use.

“I am honored to work with the Turnaround Arts program,” says Autumn. “This program helps schools that really need the arts, music, dance and theatre.”

According to the article, a two-year study of Turnaround Arts schools demonstrated that math scores had increased by 22.5 percent and reading scores by 12.6 percent. Meanwhile, studies from the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds have revealed that exposure to the arts increases academic engagement and enrollment.

Other artists with Park West Gallery, including Britto and Harvey, encourage arts education, and speak to how it positively impacted their careers as artists.

“I still think that, in school, they should emphasize more arts and culture,” Britto says in the article. “It does give a possibility [to] create something unique and new.”

Along with the artists, Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione says his 40-plus year career has focused on bringing art to the masses through art auctions and educational efforts. The gallery’s non-profit organization, the Park West Foundation, also plays a key role, such as underwriting museum exhibitions around the country. These exhibitions have included Autumn at the Butler Institute of American Art and Yaacov Agam at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.

Read the full article here.

Top 10 Park West Gallery moments of 2015

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Park West Gallery had a busy year in 2015, and as we move into 2016, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite moments from the past year.

1. Thomas Kinkade art on canvas

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“Holiday Gathering” (1998), Thomas Kinkade

Park West Gallery is an international art dealer found aboard more than 100 cruise ships. Thanks to this status, it has gained access to Thomas Kinkade artwork that is normally difficult to acquire, and is offering these limited-edition “International Proofs” to its clients.

The six original paintings used as studies for the limited-edition graphic works were created by Kinkade and certified by the artist before his passing. They are among the top 25 best-selling Kinkade paintings, and three are in the top 10.

“We appreciate that Park West shares our vision of maintaining the collectability of Thomas Kinkade artwork and honoring the Kinkade legacy,” states James Lambert, vice president of marketing for the Thomas Kinkade Company.

2.Fox 5 Good Day NY

The art world saw record-setting purchases in 2015 with a Pablo Picasso selling for $179.4 million and a Modigliani for $170.4 million, contributing to more than $2 billion in art sales. To provide insight into the art world and art auctions, Park West Gallery Auctioneer Rob Ducat was invited onto Fox 5 Good Day NY to speak with hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly and hold a mock auction.

3. Expanding into China

Park West Art Auction

Park West Art Auction

With cruise lines experiencing a double-digit annual increase of Asian passengers, the industry is sending its biggest and newest ships to define itself in this massive new Asian market. From 2012 to 2014, the number of Chinese passengers grew 79 percent each year.

Park West Gallery is pleased to be on ships with lines like Royal Caribbean International, and expects to have an influence on the global art market. In five years, the gallery has seen a 114 percent increase in the number of clients who live in Asia.

“There is a growing demand for high-quality art, and the Chinese market is showing signs of long-term growth, so I imagine this will continue into the future,” says Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione.

4. Albert Scaglione in the news

Albert Scaglione Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione had a busy year, with many prominent media outlets profiling him or gaining his insight into the art world. He was featured twice in the Huffington Post and had radio interviews with BOLD, Sunday Edition, Michigan’s BIG Show and StartUpNation. He also made a cameo in a video about the gallery by the Sun Sentinel!

5. Park West introduces dye sublimation art

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“Melody of Rain” (2015), Michael Cheval

In continuing its mission to bring the best and most innovative artwork to collectors, Park West Gallery began offering artwork created through dye sublimation. This digital printing process gives artists the chance to create images on aluminum that are far more resistant and durable than traditional canvas or paper.

Artists like Michael Cheval and Guy Harvey are creating artwork with dye-sublimation, are impressed with the results.

“It’s the color, the vividness, the sharpness, it was unbelievable,” Cheval says. “Aluminum makes it like an HDTV.”

6. Autumn de Forest receives award from Vatican

On Nov. 7, 2015, Autumn de Forest received one of the biggest honors to date in the form of the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art. This is given to individuals age 35 and under for their talents in art and knowledge, but also for being positive role models.

Autumn has assisted organizations like Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, This Bar Saves Lives, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and encouraging art education as a participating artist in Turnaround Arts, a signature program for the Presidents’ Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

7. Britto represents the 2016 Summer Olympics

Romero Britto, Park West Gallery artist
Park West Gallery was pleased to announce that world-renowned artist Romero Britto was named an official ambassador for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, held in his home country of Brazil.

Britto revealed the news during a visit to Park West Gallery’s Miami Lakes location on Jan. 20. The Neo-pop artist was appointed to be a Brazilian ambassador for the 2016 Olympics by the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

As an ambassador, Britto was also nominated by Coca-Cola to carry the Olympic Torch when the games arrive. He will also team up with the soda company to create paintings, pins and bottles.

“As a Brazilian it is a wonderful feeling to be nominated as a Rio 2016 Olympic Torchbearer in my country,” Britto said.

8. Guy Harvey and the NCL Escape

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Guy Harvey (Photo courtesy of John Bell)

The gallery was thrilled to sign with Harvey not only because of his awe-inspiring marine life art, but his conservation efforts with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

“This relationship will broaden the reach of my art for patrons and at the same time help spread the message for ocean conservation,” said Harvey, who in 2011 received the Simon Conservation Award from Artists for Conservation.

Harvey’s artwork is featured on the hull of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, Escape, which set sail for its inaugural cruise on Nov. 14. He is the third Park West artist to have artwork featured on the hull of a ship, following Peter Max and Lebo.

9. Pangborn creates art for the White House Fellows

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Artwork created by Dominic Pangborn for the White House Fellows’ 50th anniversary (Image courtesy of Carolyn Chin)

Dominic Pangborn attended the White House Fellows 2015 Leadership Conference on October 22-23 and gala on Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C., where he presented his artwork to the White House Fellows during their 50th anniversary celebration. The Art in Motion he created for the Fellows features a board covered in photos from the past 50 years of White House Fellows.

“It went well beyond any expectations,” Pangborn says. “The reception, visit to the White House, the gala dinner – I’ve never had so much appreciation and gratefulness.”

10. Unique exhibitions

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Park West Gallery hosted Nano Lopez’s largest exhibition to date in June.

Throughout the year, Park West Gallery held exhibitions at its location in Southfield, Michigan, many of which were the first time the artist was featured in their own show at the gallery. The exhibitions included artists such as Lebo, Pangborn, Tim Yanke and Marcus Glenn.

Of note was the Pino exhibition, was one of the largest single collections of Pino art in one place, and the Chris DeRubeis exhibition, which was the first-ever solo show at Park West Gallery offering his metal art.

Look forward to more exhibitions in 2016! 

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.

Art News — August 24, 2011

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Paint Torch, Claes Oldenburg, Park West Gallery“Paint Torch” by Claes Oldenburg. Photo credit: PAFA

 

Philly’s new giant paintbrush: The “Paint Torch,” a 51-foot-long sculpture of a paintbrush by Swedish artist Claes Oldenburg, was installed on Saturday at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Situated underneath the over-sized paintbrush is a 6-foot paint glob. The sculpture will be illuminated for the first time on October 1. {via PRNewswire}

Stealing world’s most famous painting: This past Sunday, August 21, marked the 100th anniversary since the famous theft of the “Mona Lisa.” Amazingly, it took more than a day before the Louvre realized that the painting was missing. Perhaps even more surprising, Pablo Picasso was questioned as a possible suspect in the heist! Turns out Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian handyman who sought to return the painting to his native country. {via AFP}

Around town: Serving up art for a cause: The ninth annual Arts du Jour will take place Thursday, August 25 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. This popular charity preview event for Arts, Beats & Eats will offer culinary delights and entertainment, with seventy-five percent of all proceeds going to benefit ten local charities. Hours: Thursday, 5:30 pm – 11 pm. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsdujourro.org.

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Art News — July 22, 2011

Alexander Calder, Google DoodleGoogle’s home page doodle celebrates Alexander Calder’s 113th birthday, July 22, 2011.

 

Calder’s mobile Google Doodle: Most famous for his mobile sculptures, American artist Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) was born 113 years ago today. Google is celebrating the occasion with a colorful interactive doodle on their home page. (Read more: Park West Gallery Artist Biographies: Alexander Calder) {via Google}

Another reason to celebrate: Friday marks the  129th birthday of another prominent artist, Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967). The American Realist is perhaps best known for painting Nighthawks (1942).

RIP Lucian Freud: Britain’s famed Realist figure painter Lucian Freud (December 8, 1922 – July 20, 2011), grandson of the inventor of modern psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, died in London on Wednesday. “I paint people, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be,” the artist once said. Freud was 88. {via AFP}

Oh say, can you see?: The Museum of Non-Visible Art (MONA) recently made its first big sale when a female “art collector” paid $10,000 for a “conceptual work” entitled “Fresh Air.” Unfortunately, not only was she unable to preview the work, she still has no idea what it looks like — and she never will! Established by actor James Franco, MONA and the works of art it sells are actually invisible! Sorry folks, Park West Gallery only offers artwork that can be seen by the naked eye. {via NPR}

What to do this weekend: Take part in one of Michigan’s favorite summer pastimes — the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Now in its 52nd year, this family-friendly event is comprised of four different art fairs and features more than 1,100 artists. Hours: Friday, 10am – 9pm and Saturday, 10am – 6pm. For more info, visit artfairs.visitannarbor.org.

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Art News — July 18, 2011

Marilyn-Monroe-Sculpture-unveiled-in-Chicago“Forever Marilyn” will stand through Spring 2012 in Chicago. Credit: UPI 


“Forever Marilyn” in the Windy City:
Artist Seward Johnson‘s 26-foot high sculpture of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled Friday in Chicago’s Pioneer Court. Spectators haven’t wasted any time walking around—and underneath—the massive replica of the actress, positioned in her famous stance from the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch.” {via Chicago Tribune}

Obama borrows a Rockwell painting: On Friday, President Obama met with Ruby Bridges, the subject of Norman Rockwell‘s iconic civil rights painting, The Problem We All Live With. The painting is currently on loan to the White House in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bridges’ famous walk Nov. 14, 1960. (Read more: Park West Gallery stories featuring Norman Rockwell) {via NOLA}

Now on view: Through October 11, 2011, the National Galleries of Scotland presents Dürer’s FameAlbrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was the most important artist of the Northern Renaissance and one of the most celebrated artists of all time. This exhibit showcases a selection of drawings, paintings and iconic prints, including Melancholy, Saint Jerome in his Study and Knight, Death and the Devil. (Read more: Park West Gallery Artist Biographies | Albrecht Dürer) {via National Galleries of Scotland}

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Art News – July 6, 2011

The Rose (III), 2008 by Cy TwomblyThe Rose (III), 2008 © Cy Twombly

 

RIP Cy Twombly (April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011): The American Abstract painter, known for his large-scale, freely scribbled, calligraphic-style graffiti paintings, died Tuesday in Rome. He was 83. In the only written statement Twombly ever made about his work, he said that each line he made was “the actual experience” of making the line, adding: “It does not illustrate. It is the sensation of its own realization.” {via NYTimes}

On this day in art history: Mexican Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was born. Kahlo, the wife of famed artist Diego Rivera, once explained, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Now on view: Through October 23, 2011, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum presents For the First Time: Rembrandt and Degas, Two Young Artists. The exhibition is the first devoted to Rembrandt’s influence on French impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917). (More: Visit the Park West Gallery Rembrandt website to learn all about the artist and view our unique collection.) {via Rijksmuseum} 

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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 History.com}

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