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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.

‘Marc Chagall’ at the Nassau County Museum of Art

“If we had nothing of Chagall but his Bible,
he would be for us a great modern artist.”
—Meyer Schapiro, Art Historian, Columbia University

“The Bible is life, an echo of nature,
and this
is the secret I have endeavored to transmit.”
—Marc Chagall

"Projet de couverture non-utilisee; Bible" (1956), Marc Chagall, Park West Gallery

NEW YORK — Now through November 4, the Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) presents “Marc Chagall,” a major exhibition featuring significant paintings and a large selection from Chagall’s series of 105 hand-colored etchings of “Bible” stories (1957).

According to the museum:

The works selected demonstrate how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet, and couples are always in love. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk.

Over our 43 year history, Park West Gallery has assembled one of the most extensive collections of Marc Chagall artwork in existence. We are proud to have contributed various works from our collection to the NCMA for this exhibit.

“Marc Chagall” | July 21 – November 4, 2012
Nassau County Museum of Art

To learn more about the Park West Gallery Marc Chagall Collection, please visit www.parkwest-chagall.com.

Yaacov Agam’s Kinetic Art Joins the Centre Pompidou Mobile

Centre Pompidou Mobile, Yaacov Agam, Park West GalleryRenowned Park West Gallery artist Yaacov Agam has been chosen as the only Israeli artist to be included in the Centre Pompidou Mobile, a traveling museum exhibition in France.

According to Algemeiner.com:

[Agam’s] work will be touring the country in the Centre Pompidou’s first installation exhibition celebrating the masterworks of twentieth century artists analyzing color and form – including art from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque.

A tribute to Agam’s masterpiece painting Double Metamorphosis kicked off the Centre Pompidou mobile tour’s opening in Boulogne-sur-Mer [in mid-June], with local officials as well as members and ministers of parliament in attendance. The tour, which will take place over a three-month period from June until September, includes stops in Chaumont, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Havre, Libourne, Nantes and Aubagne.

For more information, please visit the Centre Pompidou or download the exhibition catalog [pdf].

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

Around Town: Rembrandt at the DIA, Cranbrook’s Grand Reopening, U of M’s ‘Face of Our Time’

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Need a break from stressful holiday shopping? Here are a few local art exhibits worth checking out this weekend…

The first exhibition in the Cranbrook Art Museum’s newly redesigned building highlights works once forgotten in closed storage. Pieces by 50 leading contemporary artists and designers are juxtaposed in challenging ways, providing insightful pairings to depict their similarities. Museum director and co-curator, Gregory Wittkopp, notes that some of these pieces have never been on display before, making this an exhibition you don’t want to miss.

When: Nov. 11, 2011 – March 25, 2012
Where: Cranbrook Art Museum
Website: www.cranbrookart.edu/museum

Face of Our Time, University of Michigan, Park West GalleryFACE OF OUR TIME
Five photographers – Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, and Richard Misrach – document five different perspectives on contemporary culture. From Sobol’s interpretations of life in the Arctic to Misrach’s photographs in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, each artist sheds light in a discerning, provoking way, commenting on the development of pop culture today.

When: Nov. 12, 2011 – Feb. 5, 2012
Where: University of Michigan Museum of Art
Website: www.umma.umich.edu

Detroit Institute of Arts, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, Park West GalleryREMBRANDT AND THE FACE OF JESUS
For the first time ever, 64 of Rembrandt’s paintings, prints, and drawings come together in a study of the artist’s unique style as he depicts the face of Jesus. Against the grain for his time, Rembrandt humanized Christ in the mode of popular 17th century culture, rather than representing him in the popular, glorified manner, as a chiseled Greek god. In this series, guests will have the ability to follow Rembrandt’s progress through the years, beginning with a heroic, godlike representation then shifting to his break with tradition.

When: Nov. 20, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012
Where: The Detroit Institute of Arts
Website: www.dia.org

To learn even more about the artist and his work, visit the Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection at http://rembrandt.parkwestgallery.com.

And if you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, stop by for a visit! Park West Gallery will be open Friday, 9am – 6pm and Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm [map].

‘Rembrandt in America’ at the North Carolina Museum of Art

On loan from Park West Gallery, Rembrandt’s “Millennium” etching, “Self Portrait Drawing at a Window,” is now on view at the “Rembrandt in America” exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Rembrandt in America, North Carolina Museum of Art, Park West Gallery, Millennium etchings In June of 2009, Park West Gallery and the family of its founder and CEO, Albert Scaglione, placed on loan eight original Rembrandt copper plates along with a set of the etchings printed from them (known as the “Millennium” editions), to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. NCMA was chosen for this loan as these eight copper plates and 70 other surviving Rembrandt copper plates had been deposited on loan there years ago after they were purchased by Dr. Robert Lee Humber in 1938.

The “Self Portrait Drawing at a Window” etching from the Park West loan is now on display and featured in the current exhibition, “Rembrandt in America” which runs until January 22, 2012 in the East Building Meymandi Exhibition Gallery. The eight original copper plates have been installed since 2009 in the Circle of Rembrandt Gallery in the West Building and are regularly there on display. NCMA and its fellow organizers, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, according to its exhibition announcement, “Have assembled a diverse yet representative group of pictures highlighting issues associated with the collecting and connoisseurship… of Rembrandt paintings in America.”

“Park West was delighted to bring the ‘Millennium’ copper plates back to Raleigh and the museum was delighted to receive the loan,” said Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director and the individual who hand-carried the plates from the printer’s studio in New York to the museum in 2009. “It was one of the highlights of my career to bring these historical treasures from the hands of the master printer who had printed the ‘Millennium’ edition, and place them back into the hands of the museum from where they had rested for so many decades. It’s wonderful that so many people have had the opportunity to view the original copper plates and now to see this important etching in this exhibition.”

› For more information on the “Rembrandt in America” exhibition, visit http://ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions/rembrandt, or to download the exhibition gallery guide [pdf] click here.

› For more information on the “Millennium Edition” etchings and the Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection, visit http://rembrandt.parkwestgallery.com.

Art News – July 6, 2011

The Rose (III), 2008 by Cy TwomblyThe Rose (III), 2008 © Cy Twombly


RIP Cy Twombly (April 25, 1928 – July 5, 2011): The American Abstract painter, known for his large-scale, freely scribbled, calligraphic-style graffiti paintings, died Tuesday in Rome. He was 83. In the only written statement Twombly ever made about his work, he said that each line he made was “the actual experience” of making the line, adding: “It does not illustrate. It is the sensation of its own realization.” {via NYTimes}

On this day in art history: Mexican Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was born. Kahlo, the wife of famed artist Diego Rivera, once explained, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Now on view: Through October 23, 2011, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum presents For the First Time: Rembrandt and Degas, Two Young Artists. The exhibition is the first devoted to Rembrandt’s influence on French impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917). (More: Visit the Park West Gallery Rembrandt website to learn all about the artist and view our unique collection.) {via Rijksmuseum} 

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Art News – June 24, 2011

vincent-and-theo-van-goghVincent van Gogh’s self-portrait (left) with the painting of his brother Theo (right)

Is he or isn’t he? Art researchers at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum now believe that a work by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh—long thought to have been a self-portrait—actually depicts the artist’s younger brother Theo. If true, it would be the only known painting of Theo, who supported Vincent financially and was his lifelong confidant and friend. What do you think—is it Vincent, or could it be Theo? {via CBS News}

QUIZ: Are you a Magritte geek? René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle opens today (thru Oct. 16) at Tate Liverpool. The Belgian surrealist is renowned for his witty images depicting everyday objects such as apples, bowler hats and pipes in unusual settings. How well do you know Magritte? Take the quiz{via Guardian}

On this day in art history: On June 24, 1901, Pablo Picasso‘s first major exhibition opened at a gallery on Rue Laffitte in Paris. The artist was 19 years old at the time, and unknown outside Barcelona, but had already produced hundreds of paintings. (Visit the Park West Gallery Picasso Website to learn even more about the artist.) {via History.com}

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Dalí + Disney = Destino

In the late 1990s, Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney’s nephew, discovered the paintings and storyboards for the unfinished Destino collaboration film between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. Roy decided to reprise the film and it became one of his greatest and most passionate projects. In addition to completing the film, a series of graphic works were created from the Dali artwork to commemorate the project and allow collectors to enjoy an added dimension to the unprecedented collaboration.

(View more images from the Park West Gallery Destino Collection)

On November 5, 2010, the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueres, Spain, opened a new exhibit highlighting the works of Destino.

With the occasion of this worldwide presentation, the Dalí Foundation has organised a small format show at the Drawings Room, with materials owned by the Foundation that illustrate the intense collaboration between both genius for the execution of Destino. The exhibition will permanently screen this film and will also show 27 pieces: 1 oil painting, 1 watercolour, 15 preparatory drawings—10 of which are unpublished—and 9 photographs of Dalí in the creative process of this material, of the Disney couple in Port Lligat in 1957, and the Dalí couple in Burbank (California). An educational leaflet has been published about the exhibition contents, in 4 languages. (download the leaflet | pdf)

The exhibition Dalí + Disney = Destino will be on view in the Drawings Room from November 5 – May 8, 2011. (more info)

Park West Gallery is proud to have been selected to represent the Destino artworks published by Collector’s Editions and to be able to bring these sought after and historically unique works to collectors worldwide.

Learn more about the Park West Gallery Destino Collection »