Category Archives: Exhibits

Examining Marcus Glenn’s epic portrait

Marcus Glenn Detroit

To celebrate his first show in his hometown in nearly 20 years, artist Marcus Glenn challenged himself by creating one of his largest works of art to date.

In honor of Park West Gallery’s “Detroit’s Finest” three-part exhibition series featuring Detroit artists, of which Glenn is the first, Glenn has stunned collectors with a massive work that is on display and available to collect.

Glenn considers himself a figurative abstract artist, and his medium of choice is actually a mix of paints, fabrics and other materials on wood panels. He has dubbed this style “Flat Life,” as the works are two-dimensional but pop with texture and color.

Glenn utilized this colorful style to create a unique 7-foot by 4-foot work, “Accurate Knowledge is Better than Imagination,” a wondrous self-portrait that sheds light on the artist’s soul. The title is a reversal of Albert Einstein’s quote, “imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“If we gain accurate knowledge, we can open our minds to great imagination,” Glenn explains.

Marcus Glenn Detroit

Like the painting’s title suggests, the more knowledge one has of it, the better one can understand it. Glenn depicts himself in his studio, standing next to an easel displaying the official artwork hecreated for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. He says this represents one of the biggest moments in his career.

“At the time, I was going to entitle the piece ‘A Brush with Success,’ and that’s why I put my Grammy piece [in it],” he says. “It’s sitting in the center on the easel in my studio.”

Glenn, a left-handed artist, portrays a brush in his right hand and a Bible in his left. He says by placing the holy book in his dominant hand, he shows the significance it has in his life.

“I peer into God’s word, and it’s like a formula for life,” he says. “That is the most important aspect.”

Marcus Glenn Detroit

Glenn’s love for his family is apparent when examining the artwork. Propped against the easel’s legs is a framed painting of his wife, Yolanda. A cloth on the floor next to a painter’s palette comes from a dress his mother owned, alluding to her role in supporting his passion for art.

Yolanda’s mother, who passed away recently, is represented by using pants from her wardrobe used as Glenn’s pants in the painting, while Glenn’s green shirt is his son’s, who helps in the studio. One can even find little bees in the work representing Glenn’s four daughters.

“When you look at this, it’s a lot of emotion,” he says.

Marcus Glenn Detroit

Like many of Glenn’s works, multi-colored floorboards provide the foundation for the characters. The various colors represent “the palette of God,” and as Glenn says, God is love.

“You begin to see these slats, which for me it’s the foundation of my heart, which is love,” he says. “Once we as the human race master love, the world will truly be a better place.”

Like most of Glenn’s “Flat Life” artwork, seeing it in person is the best way to fully appreciate the textures and materials he incorporated in the 46 new works he created. Glenn’s exhibition will be on display for a limited time from June 28 to July 12.

Marcus Glenn the Grammy Artist

Marcus Glenn Grammy Detroit

Marcus and Yolanda Glenn at the Grammy Museum.

Imagine receiving a phone call from the officials who run the Grammy Awards – music’s biggest night – telling you that you’re the official artist for their upcoming show.

For Marcus Glenn, the first of three artists featured in the “Detroit’s Finest” series of Park West Gallery exhibitions this summer, he doesn’t have to imagine – he lived it!

On December 17, 2013, the Recording Academy selected the Detroit native to create the official artwork for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony was held January 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. Now, over a year later, Glenn humbly – but fondly – recalls the experience and the impact it had on his artwork.

“The Grammys want you to represent music’s biggest night, so for me it was a big honor and truly an exciting moment in my career as a professional artist,” he says.

Glenn says the only limitation he had in creating the official artwork was that he had to use the iconic gramophone. Glenn’s artwork, “One Nite Outta This World,” is an acrylic on wood mixed media that depicts the Grammy’s gramophone floating in space, surrounded by planets and blasting colorful sounds.

A floating piano keyboard, peppered with colorful keys, twists and turns like a ribbon until the keys break away. Glenn says the keys represent music no longer belonging to a musician, and entering the universe to impact those that hear it.

Marcus Glenn Grammy Detroit

Marcus Glenn’s “One Nite Outta This World” was the official artwork for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The artwork was featured on posters, tickets, T-shirts and other official materials for the event, including the programs carried around by attendees.

“We got to California, and the image was plastered everywhere,” he says. “I really started feeling like a star.”

Park West Gallery CEO and Founder Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, had the pleasure of attending the awards show with Glenn and his wife, Yolanda. Albert remarked that the selection of a musically-inspired artist like Glenn was perfect for the Grammy awards.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for Marcus and is yet another example of the depth of talent that’s right here in Detroit,” he said.

Glenn says he had some competition for the Grammy art in the form of The Beatles. He says the famous band wanted the Grammy cover because it was their 50th anniversary of being introduced to the American market, and he actually had the chance to talk with Ringo Starr about it at the event.

He says at first, Starr was grim about it, saying they had wanted the cover and that Glenn had “beat” them, but admitted to Glenn that they liked his artwork.

“That was a great experience for me to have my little battle with the Beatles,” Glenn says with a laugh.

As the official artist, Glenn was invited to celebrate at a Grammy event as well as attend the award show. The Glenns attended in style – to honor the occasion, Glenn made a custom purse featuring his artwork for Yolanda to carry as they made their way down the red carpet.

Marcus Glenn Grammy Detroit

Nite the Carpet was Red” (2014), Marcus Glenn. From the 56th Grammy Awards Series.

Attending such a spectacular event is bound to leave an impression, and Glenn was no exception. Glenn created his “Grammy 2014 series,” including “Key Steps to the Grammys” and “The Nite the Stars Felt Closer” based on his experiences.

“I was inspired to do pieces that reflect on the moment of just being on the red carpet and the whole experience,” Glenn says. “I had to come down off that natural high.”

Michigan was more than happy to celebrate alongside Glenn, from interviews with Detroit media outlets to recognition from local dignitaries. Representatives such as Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and Southfield City Council President Sylvia Jordan commended Glenn for his accomplishments. Glenn was even invited to throw the opening pitch at a Detroit Tigers game.

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.

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.

“Dynamo: A Century of Light and Motion in Art,” Yaacov Agam at the Grand Palais

Yaacov Agam, “The Father of Kinetic Art,” is featured in a new exhibition at the famed Grand Palais, Paris. Learn more about Agam at Park West Gallery

Yaacov Agam "Constellation" (1956) © Adagp, Paris 2013DYNAMO: A CENTURY OF LIGHT AND MOTION IN ART, 1913-2013
April 10 – July 22, 2013

Grand Palais, Paris

Notions of space, vision and light run through the abstract art of the 20th century and interest many world renowned contemporary artists. By putting vibration along with the spectator’s perception in the center of their works, they set up multiple resonances with optical and kinetic art, which first emerged at the Movement exhibition in Denise René’s Paris gallery in 1955, but also, more broadly, with what was later called “perceptual art” at the exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965.

In an unprecedented move, the whole of the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, an area of about 3,700 square meters, has been made available for the exhibition, in order to present almost 150 artists, who contributed to the development of this approach over a hundred years or so. Outstanding among them are Anish Kapoor, Marcel Duchamp, Victor Vasarely, Alexander Calder and Yaacov Agam.

After an introduction that starts with the most recent work and goes back in time, the exhibition puts the emphasis on the dialogue between the various periods, seeking to show the continuity of these ideas and their complex interweaving. The two main parts – “Vision” and “Space” – are divided into sixteen subsections dealing with various aspects of phenomenal experience: immateriality, monochrome, interference, immersion, flickering, haziness, instability, distortion, the void, the invisible and permutation.

For exhibition details, please visit www.grandpalais.fr.

Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Art Basel Takes Over Miami Beach

The art world is still buzzing about last weekend’s 11th Annual Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art shows in the U.S. More than 260 leading galleries from all over the world showcased works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Leslie Lew Art Basel Miami Beach

Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew was selected to be a “Featured Artist” at Art Basel’s Overture, dedicated to presenting major new trends from around the world. Overture’s pop-themed exhibition featured Lew’s sculpted oils alongside works of renowned artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.

Another Art Basel highlight was Champion’s 2012 Art Car, designed by Park West Gallery pop artist Romero Britto. The brightly-colored Porsche 911 Cabriolet roamed the streets of Miami, making its way around to the various Art Basel events.

Romero Britto Porsche 911 Cabriolet at Art Basel Miami Beach

All told, an estimated 65,000 people attended Art Basel Miami Beach this year, making it one of the art world’s most popular annual events.

To learn more about Art Basel Miami Beach, visit http://miamibeach.artbasel.com.

Fine art by Leslie Lew and Romero Britto is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Beyond Basics Fall Fundraiser at Park West Gallery

Beyond Basics Fall Fundraiser, Park West Gallery

Join us! You’re invited to enjoy an evening of cocktails, strolling appetizers, beautiful artwork and a live auction, while learning how you can join the mission to change the destiny of children through education.

Beyond Basics Fall Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6 – 10 pm
at Park West Gallery (29469 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034)

Tickets cost $150 per person.

To purchase tickets: click here to download the order form [pdf], call (248)-250-9304 or email henel@beyondbasics.org.

Please RSVP by Friday, November 9.

Beyond Basics is a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving literacy levels of the most disadvantaged children in the Southeast Michigan region. For more information, please visit www.beyondbasics.org.

Art by Tim Yanke and Head Start Preschoolers Featured at Fundraiser Benefiting OLHSA

tim yanke, park west gallery, olhsaWhen Birmingham-based neo-southwest artist Tim Yanke teamed up with 504 of  Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA)’s Head Start preschoolers, creativity, laughs and a new appreciation for the simple fun of art were unleashed. The tangible result – 16 pieces themed in the four seasons – will be offered in a silent auction at an upcoming exhibition and fundraiser ‘Four Seasons, 504 Reasons.’

Tickets are now on sale for this after-work soirée, to be held on Thursday, November 29, from 6 to 8 pm at Park West Gallery in Southfield.

Event goers will enjoy a mix and mingle atmosphere among some of the Detroit area’s finest art, appetizers, drinks and musical entertainment. The crowd will hear from some of the miniature painters themselves as they share in their own words what the experience of painting with Tim meant. Proceeds from the event will support OLHSA in its efforts to empower struggling families in Oakland and Livingston Counties.

“’Four Seasons, 504 Reasons’ is the culmination of a meaningful year at OLHSA’s Head Start,” said Ronald B. Borngesser, OLHSA CEO. “This inspired partnership has unlocked the creative potential that lies within every child, and we’re proud to unveil the final result to the community.”

Throughout 2012, Tim Yanke graciously donated his time to enriching the lives of OLHSA’s Head Start preschoolers, aged three to five years, by visiting once per quarter to paint the season-themed pieces. All 504 Head Start students participated in the paintings. Art supplies were donated by Park West Gallery.

“Let’s pack the house at Park West and find each of these paintings a fine home,” said Tim Yanke. “OLHSA helps thousands of kids and families every year. When I think of the energy and curiosity the preschoolers showed, and the good work this organization does, I feel thrilled to give back and be part of it all.”

Tickets are priced at $125 each with sponsorship opportunities starting at $250. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.OLHSAYanke.EventBrite.com or call (248)-209-2623.
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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Fine art by Tim Yanke is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery-yanke.com.