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Peter Max G.E.M. Portrait Presented to Chinese Popstar

Throughout his historic artistic career, iconic Pop artist Peter Max has portrayed the biggest celebrities in the world from the Beatles to Taylor Swift. Now, the legendary painter has taken on a star from another continent: China’s pop princess G.E.M.

On December 4, guests and media joined aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas in Shanghai, China to watch Park West Gallery unveil Max’s eye-popping portrait of G.E.M. Max and G.E.M. donated the artwork to the China Foundation of Culture and Arts for Children. Proceeds will go toward artistic enrichment for children in impoverished areas of China.

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G.E.M. portrait by Peter Max

“Art and music are both universal languages which rise above all else to connect us as human beings,” Park West Gallery Executive Vice President of Sales Stoney Goldstein said. “Here, a bright shining star in the East meets a longtime legend of the West for a very special collaboration that will have an everlasting impact. Today, we all experienced something truly remarkable.”

The stunning portrait mimics the high energy of G.E.M.’s pop songs, pulling the viewer into the artwork like the catchy beat of her music. Max created the painting in his signature Pop art style with bright colors and bold brush strokes. The portrait was based off the singer’s latest album, “25LOOKS,” and features G.E.M. with a lollipop in front of her mouth.

Park West Gallery Vice President of Sales Stoney Goldstein unveils Peter Max painting with G.E.M.

Park West Gallery Vice President of Sales Stoney Goldstein unveils Peter Max painting with G.E.M.

“I’ve seen Peter Max’s work in galleries, and I loved his imaginary, bold and colorful art,” G.E.M. said. “It’s an honor to be involved, and I hope together we can all do something good for those less fortunate.”

As one of the best-selling female pop artists in Asia, G.E.M. — an acronym for Get Everybody Moving — is no stranger to the spotlight. The 25-year-old singer was named Asian Artist of the Year by Billboard in 2015 and has more than 300 million followers on social media. Even with G.E.M.’s impressive resume, the portrait from Peter Max stands out as a special thrill for the singer.

G.E.M. speaks to the media at Park West Gallery unveiling of Peter Max portrait.

G.E.M. speaks to the media at Park West Gallery unveiling of Peter Max portrait.

“I’m excited about being immortalized in a Peter Max painting, and having them unveiled in one of my most favorite cities,” G.E.M. said. “The strong feeling of connections might come from our childhood memories of the city.”

The two pop artists share a surprising childhood background. Max lived in Shanghai from 1938 to 1948, the same city where G.E.M. was born in 1991. Although he has painted some of the biggest celebrities of the century, Max says creating the portrait of G.E.M. was especially rewarding.

G.E.M. at unveiling of her Peter Max portrait in Shanghai.

G.E.M. at unveiling of her Peter Max portrait in Shanghai.

“I always paint while music blares in the background,” Max says. “Painting G.E.M. was a special thrill as she is extremely talented and we grew up in the same city—many years apart of course!”

View more artwork from Peter Max online or travel alongside Park West Gallery on more than 100 cruise ships.

Albert Scaglione featured on the Huffington Post

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery's Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery’s Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

In 1969, Albert Scaglione founded Park West Gallery, a company that would drastically change the way fine art was collected. In an interview on the Huffington Post, Park West Gallery‘s founder and CEO spoke about his passion for art, the sense of adventure he has fused into Park West and building an unrivaled experience around art collecting.

From a young age, Scaglione realized that art speaks to everyone, but many people feel too intimidated to enter the art world. He says even his own parents felt this way and never thought they could have artwork of their own. Scaglione set out to change this perception by founding Park West Gallery. Today, Park West Gallery spreads a love for art through 104 art galleries on cruise ships, providing an experience that is as memorable as the artwork.

I came from a middle class family and studied to be an engineer but art really became a constant pulling in my life. When I was 16 years old I applied for a job at an art gallery. I took the job and it was fascinating. I worked there for 2 summers. When I was in highschool I dressed in a suit everyday. I like suits, ties, fashion and shoes. I liked looking right. When I was at Wayne state, teaching engineering, I kept wandering over to where the artists were. I decided to leave teaching and open an art gallery.

Read the full interview on the Huffington Post

Park West Gallery Presents the New Anatole Krasnyansky Book to the Hermitage Museum

Written by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

krasbook 002I recently had the privilege of presenting a copy of the new Anatole Krasnyansky book to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nearly 80 Park West collectors accompanied me to this momentous event in July—all part of a special art collector’s cruise hosted by Park West aboard the Celebrity Constellation. The Hermitage’s Head Administrator Svetlana Suprun and Administrator Lidia Komissarova were there to accept the book on behalf of the museum.

Anatole Krasnyansky, a Ukrainian-born American artist, worked at the Hermitage as a young architect. Several illustrations of his projects appear in the new 349-page hardcover book, published by Park West Press. The book chronicles Krasnyansky’s life and artwork, with an introduction written by me and an article by noted art historian, Eleanor Hight, Ph.D. It also includes a fully-referenced catalog raisonné of the artist’s graphic works, spanning over 35 years.

I was honored to write the introduction to the book, and to have it accepted into the library of one of the greatest museums on earth is an amazing privilege and high point of my career. I am so happy for Anatole Krasnyansky, who has worked tirelessly his entire lifetime creating his artwork, and who now has this further accolade added to his impressive accomplishments.

Pictured with Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director (center), are the Hermitage’s Lidia Komissarova, Administrator (left), and Svetlana Suprun, Head Administrator(right), among a group of Park West collectors.

Pictured with Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director (center), are the Hermitage’s Lidia Komissarova, Administrator (left), and Svetlana Suprun, Head Administrator (right), among a group of Park West collectors.

The “Krasnyansky” book is now available for purchase through Park West Gallery and may be ordered by calling 1-800-521-9654 x 4.

European Art Odyssey VIP Cruise with Park West Gallery

Written by Park West Gallery collectors, Marianne and Theo Hoogstraaten, Dutch authors of the thrillers “Child’s Play,” “Powerless,” “Apparent World” and “Lokvrouw”

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel.

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel

Shortly after our presentation on parallels between our work and the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, we received another art-related invitation that was just as special: Park West Gallery offered us a European Art Odyssey VIP cruise.

Our first reaction was disbelief. Was this a joke?

The next email showed that the invitation was indeed serious. Park West did not ask for a deposit ahead of time and there were no obligations attached to the invitation. Their goal was to create an intimate and relaxing experience for each of their guests. It was only assumed that we, as art lovers, would attend the art lectures provided by guest artists, who were flown from America. Park West would create a very tempting environment to collect art, but there was no requirement to reach a minimum of spending.

We gladly accepted the invitation.

On July 18, we were welcomed at the hotel Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice. We enjoyed a cocktail party and dinner, where we could meet the other lucky ones. We were the only Dutch between Americans, one Irish and one Norwegian couple. Everything was perfectly organized and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant and friendly.

The next morning we boarded our vessel, the beautiful Norwegian Jade. We were checked in through a private desk of Park West in no time. It was a taste of the rest of the cruise ahead: private rooms for lectures, auctions and cocktail parties, a separate room in the restaurant and really everything on behalf of Park West. We have never been so spoiled!

The presentations of the artists who joined us during the cruise were unforgettable. The first who gave an appearance was the French painter Duaiv. A wide variety of palette knife painted artwork was presented. Duaiv is clearly more a painter than a speaker. His performance was a little shy, but he was disarming and very open. So his work sold well the next day. Our first impression that he was sympathetic, was confirmed when we talked with him and his wife about painting and writing. His wife had composed a beautifully illustrated book about his life and work. He confided that he had moved to the U.S because there, he and his family felt more comfortable and safer than in France. In Cannes, someone had shot at him, and he was hit in the arm. If he had told that during his presentation it would perhaps have yielded additional sales, but that wasn’t his style.

The next day, Dominic Pangborn made his entrance. During his presentation he told especially about his life and all the setbacks he had to overcome to get to where he was now. He was a good speaker and told a gripping story about the suicide of a son of his friends. That had emotionally effected him and he had caught his feelings in a painting. His Art in Motion series, full-color three-dimensional structures, which move when you walk by, attracted much interest.

The third artist, Alfred Gockel, surprised his audience by not speaking but painting and involving his audience in it. Because he had worked the evening long he could present the result the next morning. It was a beautiful painting, a symphony of colors in partly abstract, partly figurative patterns—a true Gockel! During the auction, buyers offered high amounts for that special artwork. Gockel is one of the few modern artists who work on etching plates, in the tradition of Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. Some are printed in multiple colors. The circulation of it is always very limited, after which the plate is destroyed. In particular, a series of etchings of Venice was appreciated. We thoroughly talked with him about etching techniques and ways of printing, in wich we have a special interest.

On the last auction day, works by Yaacov Agam were featured. To everyone’s surprise, one of his works that was exhibited in the Guggenheim museum was offered for sale, and sold!

Before we left for Venice, we could not imagine what awaited us. In any case, all of our expectations were far exceeded. Who wouldn’t want to cruise from Venice to destinations such as the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, where we always had enough time to look around. During the days at sea we were immersed in art of high quality. Park West Gallery had everything very well-organized. There was no pressure to buy expensive works!

This European Art Odyssey VIP cruise was really a fantastic experience. We have written this review with pleasure and perhaps it will serve as a recommendation to others in the future.


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Heritage Florida Jewish News: Peter Max’s Art Still Pops

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Peter Max’s Art Still Pops

max-heritage-jewish-newsMay 24, 2013 — If Peter Max’s life had turned out the way he originally planned, he wouldn’t be an artist.

“I always thought I was going to become an astronomer because I loved astronomy so much,” Max says. “I thought art was something that kids do, a hobby.”

Max’s “hobby” has made him one of the most popular artists of the last 50 years, a painter whose dazzlingly colorful, easily recognizable work is among the most collectible in the art market. He has painted everything from musicians Jimi Hendrix and Taylor Swift to American symbols like the Statue of Liberty to cartoon characters and U.S. presidents. One of his more recent major works won’t fit in any art gallery: The Norwegian Cruise Line ship Breakaway, which took its maiden voyage on April 30, boasts a Peter Max design on the front half of the ship.

Max’s love affair with art began at a very young age in a very faraway place—Shanghai, China. Max, born Peter Max Finkelstein in 1937 in Berlin, was taken to Shanghai as an infant by his parents to escape Nazi persecution…

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Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. Peter Max fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions throughout the world or may be purchased through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Linda Le Kinff: Off to the Races

Park West Gallery collector James Rhodes of LA Progressive has written a terrific review about his recent cruise art auction experience and meeting the artist Linda Le Kinff. We’re proud to share the article below with all of our readers. Thanks James!


linda-le-kniffIt is rare that an opportunity arises to pluck me out of the national dysfunction  and madness I find myself currently engulfed in here in the United States and transported to a more tranquil Mediterranean setting. When Park West Gallery hosted a private sea adventure showcasing the works of world renowned artist Linda Le Kinff, we had to jump on the offer. PWG is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and hosts four acres of sculptures and 63,000 square feet of gallery space in 23 exhibition halls.

Le Kinff is the favorite artist of my wife and granddaughter. Perhaps it is her wildly colorful style or the exaggerated use of glowing women and hidden cats or maybe it has something to do with the tranquility of her work that connects with the “common man” — certainly an artist of the people…

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Fine art by Linda Le Kinff is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwest-lekinff.com.

19th Annual Gala Art Auction Raises Funds for FCCA Foundation

The 19th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Gala was held on March 13, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Dozens of the cruise industry’s top executives, CEOs and presidents were all attendance at this premier social event, held during the week of Cruise Shipping Miami.

The Gala’s festivities included a silent art auction composed of a magnificent collection donated by Park West Gallery. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the Gala and art auction will benefit the nonprofit FCCA Foundation. Created in 1993, the Foundation funds humanitarian causes in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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.

First Look: Norwegian Breakaway Float Out [Video]

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Norwegian Breakaway, Peter MaxPhoto: MiWeFotos.de via NCL

February 26 was a historic day as Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship to ever be built in Germany, successfully floated out of its building dock. The 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011 and will launch in May.

Beginning at approximately 7 am (Germany time), the massive 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork designed by pop icon Peter Max, departed the building dock.  This is the first time Norwegian Cruise Line has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Max’s artwork covers approximately 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway.

To learn more, visit www.breakaway.ncl.com.
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Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. Peter Max fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions throughout the world or may be purchased through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.