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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.

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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Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione on Warhol Portrait’s Record Sale

Andy Warhol, Albert Scaglione, WJIM LansingThe art world is buzzing over last week’s 16-minute bidding war at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary art auction, at the end of which a record-setting $38.44 million sale price was fetched for Andy Warhol’s “Self-Portrait” — the highest price ever paid for the pop artist’s portrait.

The work is a four-panel acrylic silk-screen from 1963-64 in hues of blue depicting Warhol wearing a trench coat and sunglasses. It was sold by the family of Detroit collector Florence Barron, who commissioned it for $1,600 nearly half a century ago, making payments on an installment plan.

As an art auction industry leader, Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione was recently asked by Lansing’s WJIM 1240AM to share his thoughts on this monumental sale. 

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“American Idol” Cast Presents a Peter Max Birthday Portrait to Judge Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler, American Idol, Peter Max portrait

If you’ve ever collected Peter Max artwork from Park West Gallery, you’re in the company of rock stars.

Last Thursday evening, millions of screaming fans watched as Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge Steven Tyler was presented with a 63rd birthday portrait painted by pop artist Peter Max.

And this isn’t the first time Tyler has been the artist’s muse. In 1997, Max painted four brightly colored portraits of the famous singer, one of which hangs in his permanent home. 

Max is known for being inspired by musicians, having recently presented  one of his signature portraits to another talented singer — Taylor Swift.

So in case you missed it, here’s Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday to Steven Tyler, as the American Idol cast presents him with the colorful artwork…

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. Visit the Park West Gallery – Peter Max Collection »

An Artistic Salute to Our Veterans

Tim Yanke, Park West Gallery, Yanke Doodle

“Freedom is never free.” —Anonymous

Happy Veterans Day! Today we salute all of the men and women who have so bravely fought for our freedom. American abstract artist Tim Yanke recently paid tribute to our veterans, when he presented his largest ever Yanke Doodle painting to a Park West Gallery collector—a gentleman who also happens to have served in Vietnam. Watch as the artist discusses his inspiration for creating this particular work of art, and the collector talks about what the painting means to him…

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Artwork selections from the Tim Yanke collection are available for purchase through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Visit the Park West Gallery Yanke Fine Art Collection to learn more.


Art Collectors: Park West Gallery Treats Us Like Family

At a recent Park West Gallery cruise art auction, we asked VIP customers to share their Park West experiences with us.

Here’s what they had to say . . .

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If you’ve had a memorable experience at a Park West cruise art auction, a Park West land event, or bought artwork through Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan, please send your feedback to custsvc@parkwestgallery.com for a chance to be featured on the Park West Gallery Customer Reviews Blog.
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Park West Gallery Artists Meet Their Collectors at Sea

Artists often tell us that a highlight of being represented by Park West Gallery is the chance to meet collectors of their art in person. Park West artist Tim Yanke frequently sails with Park West at sea, affording him the unique opportunity to mingle with art auction guests. Tim shared with us the following thank you letter he received from some Park West customers who were quite pleased to make his recent acquaintance, and to collect one of his paintings.

Tim Yanke. Our Road, 2009.

Hi Tim,

We hope this note finds you well. Last week we were able to pick up the piece you painted for us from the Park West Gallery VIP Cruise on the Freedom of the Seas we sailed on together.

We had to let you know how pleased we are with the work. We couldn’t have asked for better if we were standing over your shoulder. You caught everything that was meaningful, and the title was most apropos. We are still trying to decipher some of the numbers and letters. That’s what makes the piece unique, fun, and interesting.

It is hanging just above the TV so it is always in our line of vision. Again, thanks for the great work. We hope we get the chance to cross paths with you again. We enjoyed sailing with you and having a few drinks together. Should you ever be in the Tampa area, please do not hesitate to look us up.”

Mike & Janette W.
Tampa, Florida


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Goya’s Prison at the Bowes Museum

Started in the 1960s, the Park West Gallery collection is one of the world’s finest, with artwork by masters of art history, including Francisco de Goya. Goya was considered to be among the last of the Old Masters, an artist whose work uncompromisingly captured the horrors of war and the darker side of human nature. More at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies >>

Francisco Goya. A Prison Scene. 1810-1814.DURHAM, ENGLAND — A prison scene painted by Francisco de Goya is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum which explores a landmark year in the Spanish master’s life and work. Goya became seriously ill in 1792 and lost his hearing. Turning his back on a lucrative role at the Royal Tapestry Factory, he moved to Andalusia, where his subject matter became darker and more personal.

Along with prison, he painted shipwrecks, fire, murder, robbery and the inmates of a lunatic asylum. Six bullfighting scenes also express his mood at this time. His first new pictures were set into cabinets and executed on tin plate.

Following his illness, Goya went on to create what museum director Adrian Jenkins calls “one of the defining testimonies of humanity. Out of his despair he found a freedom of artistic expression that was to define the rest of his life and reputation.”

Goya’s Prison offers the chance to study Interior of a Prison with reference to the other cabinet paintings. Works by Joshua Reynolds, Allan Ramsay and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo are also on display.

During his recovery, Goya stayed with private collector Sebastian Martinez and spent much time looking at British painting.

Goya’s Prison: the Year of Despair is on view through April 11, 2010.

For more information, please visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

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