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Park West Gallery Presents ‘The Easel’

Tumblr, The Easel, Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery’s mission is to make fine art accessible to everyone, everywhere. Whether by viewing, creating or collecting — engagement with a work of art should be an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience.

With that in mind, Park West Gallery has launched The Easel – our brand NEW Tumblr blog! The Easel is a sort of virtual art exhibit, updated frequently with images reflective of current events, holidays, special occasions and newsworthy items.

Visit The Easel at http://theeasel.tumblr.com.

Comments? Suggestions? Leave a reply below to let us know what you think!

‘Mona Lisa Unveiled’ in Miami

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Romero Britto, Mona Cat, Park West GalleryMIAMI, Fla. – Making its U.S. premiere, Miami Dade College (MDC) brings to South Florida an extraordinary exhibition inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic portrait, the Mona Lisa. The exhibition, Mona Lisa Unveiled, will showcase various interpretations of the classic, created by artists around the world and dating from the 16th Century to modern day.

Mona Lisa Unveiled is divided into two main sections. One part concentrates on the historical aspect and includes works and documents from the 16–19th centuries. The second part is more contemporary, charting the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 and continuing with 20th century artists who reinterpret da Vinci’s painting. Featured artists range from Marcel Duchamp, Jean Margat and Salvador Dalì, to Romero Britto, as well as artists who have recreated Italy’s most famous cultural symbol with computers, videos and installation pieces.

The exhibition opens for free to the general public on August 26 and will remain on display through October 7.

For more information, please visit www.mdc.edu.

Image credit: “Mona Cat” by Romero Britto. Learn more about artist Romero Britto and view selections from the Park West Gallery Collection online at http://bio.parkwestgallery.com/artists/Romero-Britto.

There have been so many interpretations of the famous Mona Lisa. Which artist has created your favorite version? Can any really ever compare to the original? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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August 10 in Art History – Louvre opens, Smithsonian established

Following is Park West Gallery’s roundup of important cultural events that took place on this day in art history.


1793 – The Musée du Louvre opened to the public

Louvre Museum

On August 10, 1793, the Musée du Louvre opened to the public for the first time. This central landmark in Paris was originally established as “a national palace to house the king and for gathering together all the monuments of the sciences and the arts.” Opening day presented an exhibition of 537 works, mostly paintings from the collections of the French royal family and aristocrats. Today, the Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections.

1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was established

Smithsonian Institution

On August 10, 1846, U.S. Congress passed legislation founding the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, as an establishment dedicated to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” President James K. Polk signed it into law the same day. Today, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, including 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.

For more on this day in art history, visit the Park West Gallery Blog archives: Artist Birthdays – August 10
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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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Mitsie’s Memories: Itzchak Tarkay at Park West Gallery

itzchak tarkay, park west gallery, mitsie scaglioneA Park West Gallery exclusive,
by Mitsie Scaglione*

A few days before the Itzchak Tarkay opening at Park West Gallery, the artist came to assist in the installation of his works.

He stayed with Albert and me at our home.

On the morning of the opening, a blanket of snow had covered the trees and surrounding area in the back of our house.

Tarkay saw this and was in awe of the beauty of Mother Nature. He insisted on having his picture taken outside in the snow so he could show his family in Israel.

For us, the fun part was teaching Tarkay how to make a snowman and snowballs!

Afterwards, Abert and Tarkay headed to the gallery, where they put the finishing touches on the exhibition.

Despite the snow, Tarkay’s opening was a very successful one, where many of our Park West Gallery clients had the privilege of meeting the artist in person.

itzchak tarkay, park west gallery, mitsie scaglione

itzchak tarkay, park west gallery, mitsie scaglioneItzchak Tarkay and Mitsie Scaglione. Photos ©Park West Gallery, 2011. All rights reserved.

*Mitsie Scaglione is the wife of Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione.
→ Read more of Mitsie’s Memories at The Official Blog of Park West Gallery

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Marc Chagall’s America Windows Open to the Public

Marc Chagall, America Windows, Art Institute of ChicagoMarc Chagall. America Windows, 1977. A gift of Marc Chagall, City of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Board, commemorating the American bicentennial in memory of Mayor Richard J.Daley. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Have you ever seen the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? (“Anyone? Anyone?”) If so, try to recall that famous montage, showing Ferris, Sloan and Cameron spending part of their afternoon at the art museum. You might recognize the magnificent stained glass windows (pictured above) from that popular scene in the film. Over the last five years, visitors of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) may have been disappointed to learn that Marc Chagall’s America Windows were removed from display — until today.

On November 1, following an intensive period of conservation treatment and archival research, Marc Chagall′s stunning stained glass windows returned on public display. In the following video, go behind the scenes at the AIC and learn about the history, conservation and reinstallation of Marc Chagall’s America Windows.

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Marc Chagall was one of the 20th Century’s greatest Masters, creating unique works in virtually every artistic medium–paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints.

In our more than 40 year history, Park West Gallery has built one of the most extensive collections of Chagall works in existence. The collection includes examples of Chagall’s most important works, including The Bible, The Story of the Exodus, Fables of Fontaine, L’Odyssée, and Daphnis & Chloe, among others. The Chagall lithographs in the Park West Gallery collection reflect the artist’s innovation and expertise in the art of lithography and feature many of his most popular themes, including Biblical themes and Circus themes.

The Park West Gallery Chagall collection ranks among the world’s largest and finest in quality. If you are a collector, enthusiast or interested in learning more about the artist, please visit the Park West Gallery Chagall website at www.parkwest-chagall.com.


Largest Ever Picasso Canvas Goes on Display

Deux Femmes Courant sur la Plage, Pablo PicassoA V&A employee admires Pablo Picasso’s front cloth designed for the Ballets Russes 1924 performance of “Le Train Bleu.” [Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images]

On Thursday, a rarely seen Pablo Picasso work was hung at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In fact, the gigantic canvas has spent most of the last 80 years rolled up in storage.

The piece measures 34′ x 38′, qualifying it as the largest painting ever designed by Picasso. It was purchased by the museum in 1969 and will be the star of a retrospective opening this fall—Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929. According to the V&A, the exhibit will examine the origins, development and long-term influence of the Russian Ballet, to celebrate their first seasons in Europe a hundred years ago.

Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929), founder of the Russian Ballet company, saw Picasso’s much smaller painting, Deux Femmes Courant sur la Plage (currently in the Musée Picasso in Paris), and wanted to use the image on a curtain for a performance of the ballet Le Train Bleu. The canvas was finished by seven other artists, and Picasso was so impressed with their work that he signed and dedicated the piece to Diaghilev.



Victoria & Albert Museum, London
September 25, 2010 – January 9, 2011
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Dali’s Famous Mustache Adorns a Plane Nose

Salvador Dali, High Museum of Atlanta, Delta planeThe Delta 757 plane with a Salvador Dalí-esque mustache went into service yesterday. [Photo via ArtDaily]

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache. It is better for the health.” —Salvador Dali

In 2000, the Pop art of Peter Max adorned a Continental Boeing 777; this year, the signature mustache of surrealist Salvador Dali has been painted on a domestic Delta 757. The design is part of the promotion for an upcoming exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

According to the museum, Dalí: The Late Work, is the first major exhibition to reevaluate the last half of Salvador Dali’s career. More than 115 works will be on view, including paintings, drawings and prints. Among the highlights will be several works that have not been seen in the United States in 50 years—Christ of St. John of the Cross, Santiago El Grande, and Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina, among others.

The exhibition will also explore the artist’s enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism as well as his connections to such artists of the 1960s and 1970s as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning.

So the next time you’re flying the friendly skies, look out the window as you board the plane; it just might be a surreal experience.

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta

August 7 – January 9, 2011
Exhibition Website

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