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Art News – June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011: ‘First day of Summer’ Google Doodle by Takashi Murakami


• An Artistic Start to Summer: Summer has officially begun! The Google search engine is welcoming the sunny season with a colorful home page doodle created by contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. (Also check out The Park West Gallery Summer Art Sale, now online.) {via Google}

• Picasso on View: Now through October 9, see Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition features more than 100 masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from every phase of the artist’s career. {via de Young Museum}

Spotlight on Detroit: The city’s newest museum—featuring multi-media and light-based arts—is the first in the U.S. and second of its kind in the world. Kunsthalle Detroit (pronounced KOONST-hah-leh, or “art-hall” in German) is now open to the public. (And if you’re in the Detroit-area, be sure to stop by Park West Gallery for a visit!) {via The Detroit News}

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Park West Gallery Winter Sale Offers Unique Works at Attractive Prices

Park West Gallery Fine Art Winter Sale

Eclectic selection features fine art, sports memorabilia, animation art and designer jewelry

The Park West Gallery Winter Sale Collection is currently being featured online and boasts an array of fine artwork, sports memorabilia, Japanese woodcuts, animation art, and high-end designer jewelry, all of which are being offered at exciting sale prices now through February 14, 2011.

More than 300 works by some of the world’s greatest artists are featured in this special collection, including old and modern masters like Rembrandt, Picasso, Goya, Renoir and Chagall, as well as contemporary artists such as Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Romero Britto, Linda Le Kinff, Marcus Glenn, and Itzchak Tarkay. A variety of media are available ranging from oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, to hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

In addition to fine artwork, a portion of Park West Gallery’s expansive sports memorabilia collection of signed photographs and other collectibles are featured in the Winter Sale Collection. Also included in this offering are Japanese Woodcuts, which provide a glimpse into Japan’s rich history, and several examples from Park West Gallery’s impressive animation art collection. Fine jewelry from high-end designers like Erte, Yvel, Lumiere, and Roberto Coin are also featured; each work melds superb craftsmanship with a unique design.

The Winter Sale Collection can be viewed at http://sales.parkwestgallery.com. Knowledgeable art consultants are ready to assist callers toll-free at (800)-521-9654 ext 4 or (248)-354-2343.

Collectors can also browse the Winter Sale Collection in person at Park West Gallery. Park West Gallery is located at 29469 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, Michigan. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 6pm.


Park West Gallery Retrospective Features Acclaimed Artists and Rare Works of Art

Previously unreleased artwork unveiled to the public for the first time in decades, world-renowned artists in attendance during exclusive art collector’s cruise

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Park West Gallery, now in its 42nd year as a leading fine art dealer, recently curated a landmark retrospective featuring never-before-seen artwork by world-renowned artists – Yaacov Agam, Csaba Markus and Igor Medvedev. The retrospective was unveiled before one hundred Park West Gallery VIP collectors aboard Norwegian Epic cruise ship, during its December 4-11, 2010 sailing. Original paintings, one-of-a-kind drawings and limited-edition graphic works were released from the archives and offered for sale.

[Pictured above: 2) Art Auctioneer Jason Betteridge; 3) Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro; 4) Igor Medvedev; 5) Csaba Markus; 6) Yaacov Agam. All photos copyright ©Park West Gallery. All rights reserved.]

Hosted aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Park West Gallery’s Norwegian Epic retrospective highlighted some of the finest artwork ever produced by artists Yaacov Agam, Csaba Markus and Igor Medvedev. Much of the artwork was kept in the private collection of the artists, previously unseen by the public and unavailable to collectors for decades – until now.

“This retrospective and art auction continues Park West Gallery’s mission of bringing fine art to people all over the world,” said Albert Scaglione, CEO and founder of Park West Gallery. “We were proud to introduce some of our most loyal collectors to these acclaimed artists, each of whom has enjoyed a profound relationship with Park West Gallery for many, many years. The experience of meeting and spending time with artists like Agam, Markus and Medvedev is a unique opportunity which Park West Gallery is pleased to be able to afford our collectors.”

Each of the artists was able to present their works and spend time talking at length with Park West Gallery collectors. The artists were able to interact with collectors throughout the cruise, providing insight into their lives and aesthetic. “Meeting the artists onboard the ship was really the highlight of the cruise; not just reading about them, or seeing their artworks in a museum, but actually meeting them,” said Park West Gallery client Sylvia Sawh from Trinidad. “I think that was wonderful on Park West’s behalf, to bring the artists onboard and have them meet their buyers.”

Historically significant works, dating back as far as the 1950s, were gathered from all over the globe and brought together for the retrospective. This was the first Park West Gallery event and an inaugural cruise for Yaacov Agam.

Israeli artist Yaacov Agam is known as the father of kinetic art. His works were featured in a 1980 retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and are currently part of a permanent installation at Le Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Csaba Markus is one of the most widely collected contemporary artists, with works displayed in prestigious art galleries throughout the world and commissioned pieces hanging in some of the most exclusive private collections in the United States. California-based artist Igor Medvedev‘s works are eagerly collected around the world. In 2002, Park West Gallery published the catalog raisonée of Medvedev’s serigraphs, featuring an introduction by Dr. Anthony Janson, co-author of the most widely read art history textbook, Janson’s History of Art.

To inquire about purchasing artwork from the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection, visit www.parkwestgallery.com or call toll-free (800) 521-9654 x 4.


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 »


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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Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, Norman Rockwell Telling Stories[Photo credit: CBS] Director George Lucas stands in front of Norman Rockwell’s “Shadow Artist” (1912).

“If I hadn’t become a painter,
I would have liked to have been a movie director.”
—Norman Rockwell

WASH., D.C.—The Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently hosting an exhibition featuring the private art collections of two of America’s best-known modern filmmakers. Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg is on view through January 2, 2011, and showcases 57 major Rockwell paintings and drawings.

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According to the museum, Telling Stories is the first major exhibition to explore in-depth the connections between Norman Rockwell’s iconic images of American life and the movies. During frequent visits to Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s, Rockwell designed posters for several studios and immersed himself in the culture of the movie industry. Rockwell’s exposure to Hollywood and movie productions affected the process that he used to construct his images and the stories he depicted in his paintings.

Norman Rockwell was a masterful storyteller who often went to great lengths to stage the scenes for his paintings. He auditioned the models, chose their costumes, arranged props, lighted the sets and, like a movie director, demonstrated poses and facial expressions. The artist created scenes that parallel themes also found in movies, popular fiction and current events. The films of Lucas and Spielberg, like Rockwell paintings, evoke love of country, small-town values, children growing up, unlikely heroes, acts of imagination and life’s ironies.

For more on this exhibit, please visit americanart.si.edu

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Through association with the Norman Rockwell Licensing Company (the estate of the artist) and Curtis Publishing (owner of the copyrights of the Saturday Evening Post artwork), Park West Gallery has been able in recent years to bring new and exceptional collecting opportunities for Norman Rockwell artworks to enthusiastic collectors. For more information, please call 800.521.9654 x 4 or email sales@parkwestgallery.com

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New Exhibit Explores Picasso’s Passion for Horses

Pablo Picasso, Museo Picasso Malaga, Park West GalleryMALAGA—Cubist portraits of women, musicians and war –  those are the images that typically come to mind when one envisions the artwork of Pablo Picasso. A new exhibit at the Museo Picasso Málaga explores another, perhaps less well-known, subject for which the artist was passionate. Picasso. Horses is currently on view through September 5, 2010.

From the museum press release:

The very first painting by Pablo Picasso that was ever conserved was painted in Malaga when he was just eight years old, and there is a horse in it. Ever since then, and right into his old age, the horse appears again and again in Picasso’s work. He depicted everything symbolic, noble, grotesque, human and mythological about the beast. Pack-animal, weapon of warfare, element of the bullfight, graceful circus acrobat, fighting stud, harmless wooden toy, winged Pegasus… The horse appears constantly in the work of Pablo Picasso, from the time he painted The Little Yellow Picador after attending a bullfight in Malaga’s La Malagueta bullring in 1889, right up to his latter years in the 1960s, in Mougins (France), where he died in 1973.

The Picasso. Horses exhibition brings together over fifty works: oil paintings, drawings and engravings are displayed alongside ceramics, a delicate paper cut-out silhouette, and a copy of the stage costume designed by the artist for the famous production Parade, by the Ballets Russes. The collection enables viewers to discover the symbolic importance of the horse in Picasso’s work, as well as the many meanings he gave to its figure and the wide range of techniques he employed.

For more information, visit http://www2.museopicassomalaga.org

Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Our current collection, both archived and actively offered, includes over one thousand five hundred works, including drawings and mixed media unique works, etchings, aquatints, linoleum cuts, lithographs, and ceramics, all rigorously authenticated, guaranteed and selected based on the highest quality and value.

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Landmark Picasso Exhibit Opens at the Met

Park West Gallery, Pablo Picasso“Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer (detail),” 1968, Pablo Picasso.

NEW YORK—Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a landmark exhibition of 300 works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), will provide an unprecedented opportunity to see one of the most important collections in the world of the artist’s work. On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 27 through August 1, 2010, this is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the remarkable array of works by Picasso in the Met’s collection. The exhibition will reveal the Museum’s complete holdings of the artist’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a significant number of his prints.

The exhibition encompasses the key subjects for which Picasso is so well known: the pensive harlequins of his Blue and Rose periods, the faceted figures and tabletop still lifes of his Cubist years, the monumental heads and classicizing bathers of the 1920s, the raging bulls and dreaming nudes of the 1930s, and the rakish musketeers of his final years. Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature 34 paintings, 58 drawings, a dozen sculptures and ceramics, and an extensive selection of prints (some 200 from a total of 400), all acquired by the Museum over the past 60 years. Importantly, the exhibition includes many works on paper by Picasso that have rarely, if ever, been exhibited before at the Metropolitan. Read the full press release >>
Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Our current collection, both archived and actively offered, includes over one thousand five hundred works, including drawings and mixed media unique works, etchings, aquatints, linoleum cuts, lithographs, and ceramics, all rigorously authenticated, guaranteed and selected based on the highest quality and value.

Learn all about the Park West Gallery Picasso Collection at http://picasso.parkwestgallery.com