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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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Artist Birthdays, October 25 – Pablo Picasso

PABLO PICASSO (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973)

  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Field: Painting, sculpture, printmaking
  • Art Movement: Cubism
  • ARTiFact: In Picasso’s artistic life, lasting more than 75 years, he created tens of thousands of works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, original lithographs, etchings, linoleum cuts and ceramics.
  • Art Quote: “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso

Artwork selections from the Park West Gallery Pablo Picasso collection are available for purchase through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at the Park West Gallery/Picasso Fine Art Collection.


Happy Birthday Victor Vasarely!

“The art of tomorrow will be a collective treasure or it will not be ART at all.” – Victor Vasarely (April 9, 1906 – March 15, 1997)

Today is an important day in art history; on this day in 1906 the father of Op Art was born in Pecs, Hungary. Victor Vasarely is internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He is the acknowledged leader of the Op Art movement, and his innovations in color and optical illusion have had a strong influence on many modern artists.

A superb graphic artist, Vasarely studiously developed his techniques before he even began painting. His prints have revealed the quality of his artistry since his first published print in 1949. He has been widely exhibited throughout the world and has had more than one hundred one-person shows. There have been over one hundred commissioned monumental architectural works created by Vasarely.

During the 1950s, Vasarely wrote a series of manifestos on the use of optical phenomena for artistic purposes. According to the artist, “In the last analysis, the picture-object in pure composition appears to me as the last link in the family paintings, still possessing by its shining beauty, an end in itself. But it is already more than a painting, the forms and colors which compose it are still situated on the plane, but the plastic event which they trigger fuses in front of and in the plane. It is thereby an end, but also a beginning, a kind of launching pad for future achievements.”

To view more Vasarely graphic works, visit the Park West Gallery website, which is currently showcasing a portion of the Park West Gallery Vasarely Collection.


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Happy 116th Birthday Norman Rockwell!

“I’m not going to be caught around here for any fool celebration. To hell with birthdays!” —Norman Rockwell (Feb. 3, 1894 – Nov. 8, 1978)

Norman Rockwell, Google doodle, Park West GalleryToday’s Google doodle celebrates Norman Rockwell’s birthday

Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell!! To honor the most popular and well-known American artist of all time, today’s Google doodle incorporates an illustration by Norman Rockwell entitled Little Spooners. The popular painting appeared on the front cover of the Saturday Evening Post on April 24, 1926.

Not long ago, Park West Gallery Director, Morris Shapiro, wrote an original essay Experiencing Rockwell, offering his thoughts on the artist. In part:

Norman Rockwell produced over 4,000 works of art in his lifetime, a lifetime that he devoted to unfailing artistic discipline and committed to sharing his view of our world with an emphasis on humankind’s higher morals and enduring values. His messages of family, equality, freedom, tolerance, and even human shortcomings touched more Americans than any other artist with our shared heritage. His contributions to the American spirit during World War II are legendary, particularly in the way that he focused not so much on our soldiers fighting abroad but on the heroism and bravery of the everyday people who remained at home.

From my own experience, it has been an honor to work with Curtis Publishing, the owners of the intellectual rights to Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post imagery, and the Norman Rockwell Licensing Company, managed by the artist’s family, in the development of limited edition prints created exclusively for Park West Gallery clients. More recently, these works have been realized as hand-drawn lithographs created at the same studio French artist Marcel Mouly used for the creation of his lithographs.

I’ve also had the pleasure of offering original Rockwell drawings and seeing several of them collected. It is truly a thrill for an art dealer to be a part of the joy experienced by someone who has the rare opportunity to acquire something of this kind of rarity and historic importance. Through this process and in viewing so many of his works, I have gained a deeper appreciation for Rockwell’s art…” Read More >>

For more information about the Park West Gallery Norman Rockwell Collection, please email sales@parkwestgallery.com or call 800-521-9654 x 4.
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