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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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Visual Art Triumphs at London’s 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics is just hours away as Friday’s opening ceremony draws near. Those lucky enough to be in the thick of London right now have most likely seen the array of sculptures, murals and performances peppering the city as part of this special event.

A London bus that has been transformed into a robotic sculpture by Czech artist David Cerny is assembled in front of the Czech Olympic headquarters in London. Credit: Marika Kochiashvili/REUTERS

This year, artists from across the globe have demonstrated their excitement for the impending games in peculiar, and elegant, manners. The most buzz has gone to Czech artist David Cerny for his “London Booster,” located in front of the Czech Olympic Headquarters. Fashioned out of an authentic 1957 London Routemaster (a double-decker red bus), the sculpture is quite unlike any other: the bus does hydraulic push-ups (“press-ups” to those across the pond). Balancing on two large, red arms, the moving sculpture is enhanced by a soundtrack of heavy breathing and noises reminiscent of physical exertion.

Art in the Park - RUN - Monica Bonvicini. Credit: AP

Further integrating arts into Olympic London’s public spaces, Art in the Park features Italian artist Monica Bonvicini‘s towering block letters, “Run.” Each mirrored steel letter stands nine meters tall, reflecting the sun during the day and glowing with internal LEDs at night. Bonvicini cites the Velvet Underground song, “Run, Run, Run” and Neil Young’s “Running Dry” as heavy sources of inspiration.

BMW Art Car, Jeff Koons. Credit: Getty Images/Jan Kruger

The BMW Art Car Collection is making its first appearance in the UK, bringing pieces of our Motor City hearts with it. The most recent addition to these aesthetic automobiles (pictured above at Potters Field) was designed by American artist Jeff Koons. The Art Car Collection has been in the making for over 35 years, having previously collaborated with artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Robert Rauschenberg. The collection will be on view for just two short weeks, held off-site as part of the Cultural Olympiad festivities.

"Olympic Dreams" (2008), Hua Chen. Park West Gallery Collection

We’re proud to say that a group of distinguished Park West Gallery artists have also had the honor of serving as official Olympic Artists. Alexander Chen, for example, created original works for both the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and was the only Olympic Artist sanctioned by both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Beijing Olympic Committee. Hua Chen also created original works for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, finding his inspiration in the movements of gymnastics. And Alfred Gockel was an official artist for the U.S. Olympic Committee during the 2006 Winter Games held in Turin, Italy.

With the works of such incredible artists surrounding the Olympics, it’s easy enough to get distracted from the Games themselves! Are you looking forward to this summer’s big event?
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Alfred Gockel Named 2011 Official Artist of Top 10 Jazz Festival

Exclusive artwork by Alfred Gockel is available at Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Visit the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection →
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“Like a gifted musician, Alfred Gockel approaches his canvas,” wrote Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro in his recent article, Alfred Gockel: Intention and Discovery. The contemporary artist is admittedly inspired by music — especially jazz — so it’s quite fitting that the work of Alfred Gockel has been chosen to commemorate one of the nation’s premier jazz festivals.

alfred gockel, panama city, jazz festival, park west galleryThe Official Art of the 2011 ResortQuest Seabreeze Jazz Festival (design by Alfred Gockel)

Now in its 13th year, the ResortQuest Seabreeze Jazz Festival has named Alfred Gockel as their 2011 Official Artist. The event will take place April 13-17 at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Nothing goes better with contemporary jazz than contemporary art, and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival Artwork and T-Shirt design for 2011 is a perfect blending of both. Created by renowned contemporary painter Alfred Gockel of Germany, the design is a visual fusion of jazz and art in one very funky design. Known as one of the “most collected contemporary artists of our time,” Alfred Gockel’s works are highly sought-after by some of the world’s top art collectors and art aficionados. The vibrant use of color and his unique style truly depicts the funky coolness yet sophistication of smooth jazz and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Alfred Gockel will make a special appearance at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival doing “live painting” each day with his original work being auctioned to the crowd at the end of each festival day. For the jazz-lover and art collector — this is the event to attend!

For more information, please visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.net
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> Visit the Park West Gallery Alfred Gockel Fine Art Collection
> Read Afred Gockel: Intention and Discovery
> Watch Alfred Gockel: Art on the Berlin Wall

Alfred Gockel: Intention and Discovery

Written by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

Like a gifted musician, Alfred Gockel approaches his canvas.

Just as in Jazz, when he begins there is an underlying skeletal structure for the composition, but it must be fleshed out through instinct, sensitivity, experience and the ability to always be attuned to the “moment.” Musicians create the form of music through pitch, harmony, melody, rhythm, repetition, tone and dexterity with their instrument, honed by countless hours of practice and performance. The visual artist’s formal tools are equivalent: line, color, composition, spatial and proportional relationships, texture and surface and a mastery of draftsmanship gained only through the practiced repetition of capturing in two dimensions what eye perceives in three.

alfred gockel, park west gallery“Blowin’ the Blues” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection

For centuries, philosophers, historians, critics, artists and musicians themselves have pondered the relationship between the aural (musical) and the visual arts. Alfred Gockel just lives it.

When he paints (as seen in the Park West Gallery “stop-action” video of Gockel creating a painting), he seems to effortlessly apply his lines and forms, painting ambidextrously (a skill considered essential to Jazz drummers). But this belies the intense state of concentration that holds his attention. Gockel appears to instinctively select his colors, render and adjust his shapes and forms and freely move between his large brushes (for tonal areas) and his smaller ones (for detail). But, a closer look will reveal that his actions are a synthesis of instinct and determination, just like in Jazz: a delicate balance of intention and discovery.

Gockel has created his “performance paintings” all over the world and for years, essentially in his way, he has produced lasting “recordings” of his visual “music.” For Park West Gallery, he has created paintings before huge audiences at cruise ship art auctions, and at cruise ship gallery events. But his reach is not limited to art auctions at sea. He has exhibited and painted live from New York to Los Angeles, throughout Europe and in the Far East. Gockel is a restless soul, and his intention is to expose the entire world to his art and he pursues this goal tirelessly.

Alfred Gockel, Park West Gallery“Americana – The North Atlantic” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection

I have known Alfred (Alex to his friends) for many years. In fact, when we are together (we are the same age) at Park West Gallery events we often receive comments about how similar we look (he’s a much better dresser) and we’ve shared many laughs about being “separated at birth.” But together during auctions at sea as well as Park West Gallery events in locations on dry land, we have traversed the globe and our time shared has always been special for me.

Steeped deeply in the history of art, Alfred is adept at a myriad of fine art disciplines beyond painting, including etching, serigraphy, lithography, sculpture and jewelry design. When we are together (whether it’s in Russia, Berlin, or Las Vegas), we jockey back and forth, bantering like two old Jazz musicians reminiscing about their mentors and inspirations. Except in our case, rather than names like Coltrane, Miles, Charlie Parker or Louis Armstrong, our conversations are peppered with the names, Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky and Dali…all clear influences in his work.

In 2009, Gockel painted two of the last remaining unpainted panels of the Berlin Wall, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. Gockel was invited to showcase these compelling and history-making artworks at the German Embassy in Athens, Greece as part of the reunification anniversary celebrations. In 2006, Alfred was honored by being chosen as an official artist of the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy. Millions of people were exposed to his art through that event.

alfred gockel, park west gallery“USOC Olympic Celebration” by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection

Over his career as the accolades have piled on and the celebrities, corporations and enthusiastic collectors have lined up to collect his artwork, Gockel has remained true to his original calling, humble and approachable. He possesses the stature of a “Rock Star” in his native Germany (another musical allusion), but neither this, nor his success has gone to his head. Instead he remains devoted to filling the world with art that is energetic, colorful, joyful and expressive of a lifetime of creativity in flow.

In 1910, the Russian abstract master, Wassily Kandinsky, one of Gockel’s artistic heroes wrote in his seminal treatise, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, the following:

“Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”

If Kandinsky’s words ring true, then the art of Alfred Gockel is playing a fine tune, and the world is tapping its foot and whistling along.

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→ To learn more about the artist, please visit the Park West Gallery Alfred Gockel website at www.parkwest-gockel.com

→ Alfred Gockel fine art is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Browse the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection at http://sales.parkwestgallery.com 

Read more exclusive articles by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro at his blog, “Who Killed Art,” at http://morrisshapiro.com

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Park West Gallery Valentine’s Day Sale

Valentine's Day Sale, Park West Gallery


“Beating of My Heart” by Alfred Gockel 

“Selection of a Heart Necklace” by Erte 

“Heart Series V Ver. IX #17” by Peter Max
©Peter Max, 2011 

Say “I Love You” with Unique Gifts and Timeless Treasures

Save on designer jewelry and fine art, now through February 14! 
The Park West Gallery Valentine’s Day Collection showcases fine jewelry
from high-end designers including Lumiere, Diara, Roberto Coin and Erte.
Heart-themed artworks by popular contemporary artists such as
Peter Max, Alfred Gockel and Dominic Pangborn are also featured.

Visit the Park West Gallery Valentine’s Day Collection at http://sales.parkwestgallery.com

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 6pm
Call toll-free: (800) 521-9654 ext. 4; Canada/Int’l: (248) 354-2343 ext. 4
Email: sales@parkwestgallery.com

Remember: VALENTINE’S DAY is Monday, February 14!

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Merry Christmas, from Park West Gallery

From the Park West Gallery Family to Yours,
Merry Christmas!

Park West Gallery Christmas 2010 Fine Art Slideshow
(Full list of images and titles shown above)
1) “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Denielle Spohn Moes
2) “Holiday Eve” by Itzchak Tarkay
3) “Holiday Gathering” by Thomas Kinkade
4) “Christmas Tree Cottage” by Thomas Kinkade
5) “Fireside” by Steve Bloom
6) “Joy” by Peter Max
7) “Peace” by Yaacov Agam
8) “Flintstone’s Family Christmas” by Hannah-Barbera Studio
9) “Peaceful” by Dominic Pangborn
10) “A Much Needed Vacation” by Alfred Gockel
11) “Holiday” by Dimitri Polak
12) “Gift From Far Away” by Roy Fairchild
13) “After Mass” by Anatole Krasnyansky

Still searching for the perfect Christmas gift? You’ll find it in the Park West Gallery Holiday Sale Collection →
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Happy Thanksgiving! A Park West Gallery Fine Art Slideshow

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving season? We’re quite thankful to be able to share Park West Gallery′s extensive collection of fine artwork with all of you! In fact, the Park West Gallery bloggers had great fun cooking up the following Thanksgiving-themed fine art slideshow for your holiday enjoyment — who says you can’t eat with your eyes?!

From the Park West Gallery Family to yours,
Happy Thanksgiving!

(Scroll below the player for the full list of image titles and their artists.)

Thanksgiving 2010 Artwork
1. “Harvest Moon” by Deneille Spohn Moes
2. “Holiday Gathering” by Thomas Kinkade
3. “Cream of Mushroom” by Steve Kaufman
4. “Apples and Pears” by Alexander-Wissotzky
5. “Autumn Bouquet” by Alexander-Wissotzky
6. “After Dinner Relaxation #4” by Itzchak Tarkay
7. “Pass the Salt” by Scott Jacobs
8. “Dinner Party” by Dima Gorban
9. “Too Tired to Eat #8” by Itzchak Tarkay
10. “Feathered Friends” by Yuval Wolfson
11. “A Toast for All #3” by Anatole Krasnyansky
12. “Autour la Table” by Mark Kanovich
13. “All I Have to Give XXVI” by Simon Bull
14. “Gathering of Friends” by Charles Lee
15. “Magic in the Kitchen” by Alfred Gockel
16. “Gatherer” by Alfred Gockel
17. “Holiday” by Dimitri Polak
18. “Harvested” by Tim Yanke
19. “Headdress 17” by Tim Yanke
20. “Dinner by the Bay” by Maya Green
21. “China Closet” by Douglas Hofmann
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Join Park West Gallery at the Best Buddies “All In Good Taste” Event

YOU’RE INVITED! On Thursday, October 21, join Park West Gallery in supporting “All in Good Taste,” a Best Buddies fundraiser. This exclusive charity event brings the together the finest crowds of South Florida to savor delectable hors d’oeuvres by Aizia, drink delicious cocktails, hear great music, see a Best Buddies fashion show and greet new friends.

All in Good Taste, Best Buddies of Florida, Park West Gallery

Best Buddies’ mission is to continue to positively impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 50 states nationally, 46 countries around the world and over 1,500 families in Broward alone. To help raise money for this great cause, Park West Gallery has donated works of fine art by world-renowned contemporary artists Romero Britto, Alfred Gockel, Itzchak Tarkay and Scott Jacobs, all of which will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to support Best Buddies programs.

“All in Good Taste” is a time to celebrate good food, good friends, and good fun — we hope to see you October 21!

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.bestbuddiesflorida.org/allingoodtaste.

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