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MIGreatArtist Contest Launches at Park West Gallery

MIGreatArtist contest, Park West GalleryPontiac, Mich. (June 27, 2012) – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery Chief Executive Officer Albert Scaglione launched the MIGreatArtist™ contest today for artists who live, work, or go to school in the Economic Growth Alliance region of Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. Artists will be able to submit pictures of up to five original paintings, drawings or sketches to the MIGreatArtist website, MIGreatArtist.com, beginning Friday, June 29, through July, 20, 2012 for public voting.

“The MIGreatArtist contest will encourage artists in the EGA region to showcase their creativity to art lovers throughout Michigan,” said Patterson. “MIGreatArtist joins the many premier regional quality of life events in Oakland County.”

MI Great Artist contest, Park West Gallery

The MIGreatArtist winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend FastTrac® NewVenture Oct. 2 – Dec. 4, 2012, offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value $700); will have their artwork featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s signature quality of life events TBD, printed by Park West Gallery (value $700); a solo exhibition at McLaren Hospital, Pontiac; and a solo exhibition at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield.

Four runners-up will each receive a $250.00 cash prize; framing of five artworks included in the submission, Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value not to exceed $50); a one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative; and a two-month solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria in Waterford.

Artists must be at least 18-years-old. Entrants who have created 2-D works of art will be able to upload up to five images and descriptions of their work for public voting.  From the top 20 artists, a seven-member jury of arts professionals will select five semi-finalists. The winner then will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote.

The judges are Elliott W. Broom, vice president of museum operations at the Detroit Institute of Arts; Dominic Pangborn, founder of Pangborn Design Collection and former professor at the College of Creative Studies; Kristie Everett Zamora, arts, culture & film coordinator for Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs; Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery; and Don Tocco, an artist whose work includes award-winning photography, paintings sold to high-end art collectors, portrait sculptures of famous global leaders.

Public voting online will open July 25 through Aug. 17, 2012. The top 20 artists will be posted at MIGreatArtist.com on Aug. 18. Beginning that day, the judges will review public voting results and narrow submissions down to the five semi-finalists who will be announced on Aug. 24. The semi-finalists will be on display at Park West Gallery Sept. 4-28. The winner will be announced Sept. 14 at an awards ceremony at Park West Gallery.

MIGreatArtist is open to all original art work submitted by the original creator that is 2-D, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, and collage, among others. Photography and digital artworks are excluded from the competition.

MIGreatArtist partners include Oakland County, Park West Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, McLaren Oakland, Economic Growth Alliance, AdvantageOakland.com, Medical Main Street, and Prosper® magazine.

For more information, visit www.MIGreatArtist.com.

The “Fathers” of Art

Portrait of the Artist's Father, Marcel Duchamp, Park West GalleryThroughout art history, those who dared to challenge traditional techniques of the past or introduce new methods of creativity often earned nicknames as the “Father of” the respective art movements they helped to inspire.

In honor of this upcoming Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of history’s most distinguished “fathers” of art.

Such titles are somewhat subjective and thus often debated among art scholars and critics. For example, many would argue that “The Father of Cubism” is Georges Braque, while others say it’s Pablo Picasso.

Let us know what you think! Do you agree or disagree with this list?  Can you think of any others? And as always, please share your thoughts below!


  • RENAISSANCE | Giotto
  • BAROQUE | Caravaggio
  • ROCOCO | Jean-Antoine Watteau
  • NEO-CLASSICAL | Jacques-Louis David
  • REALISM | Gustave Courbet
  • IMPRESSIONISM | Camille Pissarro
  • FAUVISM | Henri Matisse
  • ART NOUVEAU | Alphonse Mucha
  • ART DECO | Erté
  • MODERN ART | Paul Cézanne
  • POINTILLISM | Georges Seurat
  • EXPRESSIONISM | Vincent van Gogh
  • ABSTRACTION | Wassily Kandinsky
  • BAUHAUS | Walter Gropius
  • DADA | Marcel Duchamp
  • SURREALISM | Andre Breton
  • POP ART | Richard Hamilton
  • OP ART | Victor Vasarely
  • ACTION PAINTING | Jackson Pollock
  • KINETIC ART | Yaacov Agam
  • ART HISTORY | Giorgio Vasari

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REMINDER! Father’s Day is this SUNDAY, JUNE 17!
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Park West Gallery Hosts Artists and Auctioneers Conference 2012

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. – In mid-April, a group of Park West Gallery’s international artists met with dozens of fresh and seasoned auctioneers at the gallery’s location in Miami Lakes, Florida.

During the 2012 Artists and Auctioneers Conference, the artists – including Peter Max, Itzchak Tarkay, Linda Le Kinff, Leslie Lew, and Csaba Markus – spent time presenting their work and recent accolades to the auctioneers. The lectures were followed by evenings filled with dancing and entertainment. Even with all of the language barriers, dancing became the perfect opportunity for everyone to get to know each other throughout the evening’s activities.

Each artist was given an opportunity to introduce their work to the auctioneers, followed by a brief question and answer session. The events were a rare opportunity for the auctioneers to meet the artists in a mixture of social, intellectual and professional environments, providing a better understanding of their artwork.

Park West Gallery was also excited to introduce our newest artist, Duaív, an internationally known painter and cellist. Deeply inspired by Salvador Dalí and Paul Cézanne, Duaív uses his paintings to share a collective experience with his audience. Bright and uplifting colors provide a cheerful spectrum that fervently matches the artist’s energetic personality.

The full list of the 23 presenting artists included: Tim Yanke, Scott Jacobs, Emile Bellet, Linda Le Kinff, Dominic Pangborn, Charles Lee, Mark Kanovich, Kevin and Wendy Schaefer/Miles, Marko Mavrovich, Peter Nixon, Peter Max, Alfred Gockel, Hua Chen, Leslie Lew, Tomasz Rut, Andrew Bone, Marcus Glenn, Fanch Ledan, Csaba Markus, Alexander Chen, David Najar, Itzchak Tarkay, and Duaív.

For exclusive photos of the 2012 Artists and Auctioneers Conference, please visit Park West Gallery on Flickr.

Learn more about your favorite Park West Gallery artists at www.parkwestgallery.com.

American Art Awards Selects Park West Gallery as 2012 Michigan Judge

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The American Art Awards annually selects the country’s top galleries as contest judges. This year, Park West Gallery was chosen once again to represent the state of Michigan. In August, a total of 25 esteemed galleries will vote on art images entered by emerging artists from all over the country.

“This is a group of galleries anyone would be proud to be associated with,” said awards host Thom Bierdz, best known for his role as Phillip Chancellor III on the popular CBS program The Young and the Restless. “They excel in different areas. We have the largest galleries in the nation here, some of the top-sellers, some of the most innovative, and some of the most reputable. Some sell Picasso’s, some champion undiscovered artists. In August, all these established gallery eyes will see every piece of art submitted.”

Gallery Director Morris Shapiro will be judging on behalf of Park West Gallery for the fourth year in a row.

“What the American Art Awards gives artists, as well as a few cash prizes, is validity,” said Bierdz. “These artists can forever add to their resume that 25 of the best American galleries voted their art a winner. This is an important credit.”

Winners will be named in each of 55 categories, ranging from painting to sculpture, and some will be awarded cash prizes. All entries must be received by July 31, 2012.

For more information, including contest submission guidelines, please visit www.americanartawards.com.

From the Streets of Paris: Nineteenth Century Lithographs, Nightlife and the Development of Modern Advertising

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“Louis Valtat (Delteil; Stella 38)” (1919) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Park West Gallery Collection.Many have heard of the Belle Époque, the innocently idealized period in Paris before World War I, but few realize how much really happened during this time. The Industrial Revolution was in full steam and divisions in social classes were quickly changing, bringing about modern nuances in our lifestyles that we’ve kept up through today. By looking at 19th century French lithographs, you can trace the development of the beginning of modernism in Paris, spreading throughout the world.

The Rise of the Middle Class
Especially with the recent prevalence of Occupy Wall Street in the media, our own demographics are on the minds of millions. Maybe we don’t think of our society in terms of traditional social classes, but it’s a topic of interest nonetheless. What does that 99% really look like?

In Paris, before the nineteenth century, people generally lived in the countryside, spread out over rural areas. There was barely a middle class at all and the upper and lower classes hardly interacted. In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, there was an increase in the use of the railroad between Paris and the countryside, making traveling to the city more affordable and frequent. Because of the improved technology and, later, Haussmannization (the expensive renovation of Parisian streets and buildings by Baron Haussmann between 1853 and 1870), people were moving to the city in droves, setting up bakeries, groceries, small shops, and businesses. These small business owners defined a new social class division called, le petite bourgeoisie. Many others trained to be doctors, lawyers, and other white collar professionals, beginning the largest growth of the middle class in history.

More Time, More Money
Paris was filling to the brim with a quickly growing population of working-class people. The entire middle class (upper and lower tiers) were working hard during the week, earning more money than ever before. This new experience, having money to burn, created new capitalist desires, bringing about the advent of the weekend. Suddenly, people had the ability to take time off at the end of every week. They had money to spend and public transportation (the railway) to get them out of the city. Nights and weekends became a time of leisure, spending money at cafes and theaters, and on weekend trips.

With this growing market for leisure, venues began to advertise more than ever, catering to a working-class society that sought ways to brighten their day-to-day lives. Plus, entertainment was only part of this new consumerism. Households began to spend significantly more money on food and household products, hosting numerous guests at weekly dinner parties. Advertisements began to spotlight food and alcoholic beverages suitable for entertaining. Think: origins of the salad oil and advertisements for chips and beer (although Chandon and salad oil are a bit more elegant).

Advertising & the Culture of the Café
Parisians were suddenly living within a voyeuristic society, spurred by ballerinas, circuses, boating and horse races – an endless supply of entertainment. With all these options, venues and retailers began advertising their shows and products, showcasing anything from brands of cognac to plays at a theater. Bicycle manufacturers catered to their leisurely new public, portraying the mobility of the weekend lifestyle that each person desired. With an increase in literacy and a pressing need for advertising, the lithographic process was perfected, one of the city’s first forms of artistic pulp culture. Below is an example of a similar American lithograph advertising the Richards Brothers Wild Animal Shows in 1900.

Vintage Poster, Richard Bros./Wild Animal Shows, c.1900. Park West Gallery Collection.

From Outside In: Jules Cheret and the “Cherettes”
Jules Cheret (1836-1932) is occasionally referred to as the “father of modern lithography” because of his three stone process of printing. Before this time, each color had to be printed separately, very carefully. With Cheret’s new process, printers could print any color through a combination of three stones and transparent ink.

C“La Femme Nue” by Pal (Jean de Paleologue, 1860-1942). Park West Gallery Collection.heret’s often large-scale lithographs became incredibly popular for their bright colors and provocative subjects. His lithographs usually advertised themes of Parisian nightlife (theater, alcohol, and dancers) through depictions of scantily clad women, dubbed “Cherettes.” These women were used to promote an idealized lifestyle, saturated with the glamor of the new Paris.

The female images became so popular that other artists began copying Cheret’s style. Lithographs were rising as an artistic medium and artists of fine art began testing the waters at print houses. People were tearing artists’ lithographs off the sides of buildings, taking them home to frame and place on their own walls.

Between 1890 and 1900, Cheret capitalized on the idea of publishing artists’ lithographs as saleable portfolios. The “Maîtres de l’Affiche” (Masters of the Poster) were sold as packets of small-scale, 11 x 17” works, created by well-known contemporary Parisian artists. Ninety-seven artists worked with Cheret’s print house, Chaix, to create these small-scale works for people’s homes, printed on a heavier, more durable paper that would last longer than the mass-produced advertisements. Furthermore, the word “affiche” means more than simply a poster. It refers to the art of the people and of the streets, a different tone than the connotations of mass production that the English word “poster” implies.

Developing Style in a Progressing Age
Like every great artist, each developed his own style, drawing from or pushing against artists before him. For Cheret, it was the Rococo. His effeminate, vivacious figures fell neatly along the eighteenth century florid and graceful style, highlighting playful and fluid pastels.

Like the Impressionist painters working at the end of the nineteenth century, commercial lithographers began to develop their own styles, drawing from the newly popular Japanese prints with their heavy outlines, flat perspective, and bright planes of color (see Toshihide’s example below). Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was an artist straddling the line between commercial and fine art, developing works that easily bridged the gaps between his advertisements and paintings.

“Actors (Diptych)” (c.1890) by Toshihide. Park West Gallery.

Lautrec was not the only artist to work in both commercial and fine arts, either. Alphonse Marie Mucha (1860-1939), nicknamed the “Father of Art Nouveau” is known for doing the same. His commercial lithography was famous for his signature depictions of long, fluttering hair, which he transferred to his few, but significant, decorative panels. For Mucha, everything was about beauty, so the coinciding style of Art Nouveau (originally named “Mucha Style”) had no commercial or intellectual message, solely founded on aesthetic principal. This didn’t mean that Art Nouveau wasn’t applied to advertisements, however, because it was. Art Nouveau was all-encompassing, seamlessly connecting fine art with architecture, furniture, jewelry, fashion, and interior decoration, defining an entire visual identity between 1890 and 1910. By 1900, Mucha was one of the most famous commercial artists in the world. He created pieces for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair, designed to position Art Nouveau as the style of the twentieth century. Mucha worked in many different media, as well, like his jewelry below.

“Snake Ring (Gold/Rubies)” by Alphonse Marie Mucha. Park West Gallery Collection.“Flower Brooch” (1995) by Alphonse Marie Mucha. Park West Gallery Collection.

The “father of modern advertising”, Leonetto Cappiello (1875–1942), was the first artist to tug on the subconscious to sell his products. By using a solid black background and singular, intense characters, he was able to link a brand to an idea without showing the product itself. Advertising mogul, Leo Burnett, would expand on this idea in the 1930s, arguing that subliminal advertising like this created visual triggers to sell the product.

Premier Fils, Beverage Poster (c. 1936) by Robys (Robert Wolff). Park West Gallery Collection.

Then and Now
By the time the twentieth century approached, heavy cultural stereotypes had been created. An idealized body image for women came out of Cheret’s lithographs, something western culture has yet to shake. Our consumerism, from food and beverages, to fashion, entertainment and travel, follows us everywhere. Advertisements of every medium – from historic lithographs to print ads and digital campaigns – shed light on the journey of our capitalist society.

But it’s not all bad! The really great advertisements and illustrations turn a mirror on their audience that provides insight and a new perspective through design, humor, and intelligence – without the tricks. Great ads provide an enlightening social commentary – advertently or inadvertently – of the culture from which they were produced. And who does a better job of questioning the world than the artist?

Today, artists and advertising still go hand-in-hand. (Forgive the corny analogy, but…) like Superman’s alter ego is Clark Kent, thus the artist is an art director. They are the same, living in different environments. In fact, the majority of fine artists have begun their careers as commercial artists, quite often as illustrators and graphic designers. Norman Rockwell is a wonderful example of a commercial artist using his magazine covers as social commentary. Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, and Man Ray, also worked as commercial artists. Others like Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein have been incredibly influenced by popular advertising, pulling its subject matter into their work.

Many of the artists you’ll discover at Park West Gallery have a relationship with commercial art and design, either as an initial career or simply inspiration. Check out Alfred Gockel, Peter Max, Misha Lenn, Leslie Lew, or Tim Yanke and you’ll realize that these artistic superheroes demonstrate that their art is both beautiful and interpretive, reflecting the changing culture in which we all live.

A variety of nineteenth century lithographs are available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. For more information, please visit www.parkwestgallery.com.

TEDxDetroit 2011: Inspiring Creativity, Positive Ideas

TEDxDetroit 2011, Park West GalleryWe are the X. The multipliers. The catalysts. The connectors. The amplifiers. We challenge the status quo. We come together to collaborate, to share fresh ideas and to find inspiration. We are optimistic about our future. We believe Detroit’s best days lie ahead. We are the people who are making it happen. We believe that is an idea worth spreading.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Park West Gallery Marketing & Communications Team headed downtown to the Max M. Fisher Music Center (better known as Orchestra Hall). We weren’t exactly sure what the TEDxDetroit experience would entail, but we eagerly accepted the invitation – and we’re glad we did.

TED (or Technology, Entertainment and Design) was established in 1984 and is a global nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” To fulfill that mission, TED launched the TEDx program, which holds various events and conferences all over the world. The 3rd annual TEDxDetroit was an extension of the belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

It’s hard to describe every detail of TEDxDetroit – after all, there were hundreds of people, dozens of speakers and tons of ideas presented – but all who were there could undoubtedly feel the energy as Orchestra Hall filled with inspiration, creativity and positivity. The various local creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers all gathered to share what they’re most passionate about – positive ideas for the world from Detroit.

Park West Gallery is grateful to have participated in this year’s TEDxDetroit. We’re encouraged by everything we heard and saw that day, and as we look ahead to the future, we remain optimistic about the artistic rebirth of our city.

To learn more about TEDxDetroit, or to find a local event near you, visit www.ted.com/tedx.

Park West Gallery Blog Wins 2011 CBS Detroit MVB Award

CBS Detroit's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011, park west galleryCBS Detroit's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011, park west galleryThanks to you — our loyal blog readers — “The Official Blog of Park West Gallery” has been chosen as the People’s Choice in CBS Detroit’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011!!

Park West Gallery very much appreciates each and every one of your votes in this year’s inaugural MVB contest.

We look forward to continuing to provide compelling art and artist news from all around the web, as well as keeping you updated on all the exciting happenings here at Park West Gallery.

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The Shortest Art History Lesson You’ve Ever Seen

Don’t know much about art history? Good news! Artist Grant Snider has summed up decades of creativity in one 6-panel cartoon rhyme. This is one of the most clever art history lessons Park West Gallery has ever seen, and definitely one of the shortest!

art history cartoon, Grant Snider, Park West Gallery

(via Neatorama)

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