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European Art Odyssey VIP Cruise with Park West Gallery

Written by Park West Gallery collectors, Marianne and Theo Hoogstraaten, Dutch authors of the thrillers “Child’s Play,” “Powerless,” “Apparent World” and “Lokvrouw”

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel.

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel

Shortly after our presentation on parallels between our work and the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, we received another art-related invitation that was just as special: Park West Gallery offered us a European Art Odyssey VIP cruise.

Our first reaction was disbelief. Was this a joke?

The next email showed that the invitation was indeed serious. Park West did not ask for a deposit ahead of time and there were no obligations attached to the invitation. Their goal was to create an intimate and relaxing experience for each of their guests. It was only assumed that we, as art lovers, would attend the art lectures provided by guest artists, who were flown from America. Park West would create a very tempting environment to collect art, but there was no requirement to reach a minimum of spending.

We gladly accepted the invitation.

On July 18, we were welcomed at the hotel Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice. We enjoyed a cocktail party and dinner, where we could meet the other lucky ones. We were the only Dutch between Americans, one Irish and one Norwegian couple. Everything was perfectly organized and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant and friendly.

The next morning we boarded our vessel, the beautiful Norwegian Jade. We were checked in through a private desk of Park West in no time. It was a taste of the rest of the cruise ahead: private rooms for lectures, auctions and cocktail parties, a separate room in the restaurant and really everything on behalf of Park West. We have never been so spoiled!

The presentations of the artists who joined us during the cruise were unforgettable. The first who gave an appearance was the French painter Duaiv. A wide variety of palette knife painted artwork was presented. Duaiv is clearly more a painter than a speaker. His performance was a little shy, but he was disarming and very open. So his work sold well the next day. Our first impression that he was sympathetic, was confirmed when we talked with him and his wife about painting and writing. His wife had composed a beautifully illustrated book about his life and work. He confided that he had moved to the U.S because there, he and his family felt more comfortable and safer than in France. In Cannes, someone had shot at him, and he was hit in the arm. If he had told that during his presentation it would perhaps have yielded additional sales, but that wasn’t his style.

The next day, Dominic Pangborn made his entrance. During his presentation he told especially about his life and all the setbacks he had to overcome to get to where he was now. He was a good speaker and told a gripping story about the suicide of a son of his friends. That had emotionally effected him and he had caught his feelings in a painting. His Art in Motion series, full-color three-dimensional structures, which move when you walk by, attracted much interest.

The third artist, Alfred Gockel, surprised his audience by not speaking but painting and involving his audience in it. Because he had worked the evening long he could present the result the next morning. It was a beautiful painting, a symphony of colors in partly abstract, partly figurative patterns—a true Gockel! During the auction, buyers offered high amounts for that special artwork. Gockel is one of the few modern artists who work on etching plates, in the tradition of Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. Some are printed in multiple colors. The circulation of it is always very limited, after which the plate is destroyed. In particular, a series of etchings of Venice was appreciated. We thoroughly talked with him about etching techniques and ways of printing, in wich we have a special interest.

On the last auction day, works by Yaacov Agam were featured. To everyone’s surprise, one of his works that was exhibited in the Guggenheim museum was offered for sale, and sold!

Before we left for Venice, we could not imagine what awaited us. In any case, all of our expectations were far exceeded. Who wouldn’t want to cruise from Venice to destinations such as the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, where we always had enough time to look around. During the days at sea we were immersed in art of high quality. Park West Gallery had everything very well-organized. There was no pressure to buy expensive works!

This European Art Odyssey VIP cruise was really a fantastic experience. We have written this review with pleasure and perhaps it will serve as a recommendation to others in the future.


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First Look: Norwegian Breakaway Float Out [Video]

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Norwegian Breakaway, Peter MaxPhoto: MiWeFotos.de via NCL

February 26 was a historic day as Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship to ever be built in Germany, successfully floated out of its building dock. The 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011 and will launch in May.

Beginning at approximately 7 am (Germany time), the massive 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork designed by pop icon Peter Max, departed the building dock.  This is the first time Norwegian Cruise Line has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Max’s artwork covers approximately 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway.

To learn more, visit www.breakaway.ncl.com.
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Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. Peter Max fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions throughout the world or may be purchased through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Revealed! Norwegian Breakaway Hull Art by Peter Max

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MIAMI, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2012) — Norwegian Cruise Line today revealed Norwegian Breakaway’s signature hull artwork designed by pop icon and America’s most popular living artist, Peter Max. This is the first time Norwegian has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Launching in April 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest ship to homeport in New York City year-round. Max’s signature artwork will cover approximately 40,000 square feet of Norwegian Breakaway’s hull.

“While it has been an honor to have my art exhibited in museums and galleries, I have also enjoyed creating giant ‘canvases’ for public view, including my 600 ft. Woodstock stage, a giant World’s Fair mural, the body of a Continental 777 super jet, and now, the hull of Norwegian Breakaway,” said Peter Max from his New York studio. “The artwork is a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery— the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, planets, stars, and musical notes. That’s my New York! And now Norwegian Breakaway is my New York cruise ship ‘canvas.’”

“Norwegian Breakaway is New York’s ship and this colorful artwork by Peter Max will make the ship an instant icon,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The Big Apple is known for its love of art and its many galleries – and now, Norwegian Breakaway becomes a floating piece of art that will cruise in and dock every Saturday on New York’s West Side. With this distinctive design, unlike anything else on the water, the ship will be recognizable to the millions of New Yorkers who will see her as she journeys up and down the Hudson River each week.”

To learn more, visit www.breakaway.ncl.com.
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Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. Peter Max fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions throughout the world or may be purchased through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Peter Max to Paint Norwegian Breakaway’s Hull Artwork

Peter Max, Norwegian Cruise Line, Breakaway, Park West GalleryPark West Gallery congratulates Peter Max on his most recent commission — the legendary pop artist will paint the signature hull artwork for Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Breakaway. This is the first time Norwegian has asked a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of its ships. Breakaway is scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and will home port year-round in Max’s hometown, New York City.

“Since Norwegian Breakaway will be making her home in New York, we felt it was fitting to ask the artist best associated with New York, Mr. Peter Max, to paint the ship’s hull,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “I am a huge fan of his work and know that the art he creates for Norwegian Breakaway will make the ship instantly recognizable.”

Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and today is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. A wide variety of his works are available at Park West Gallery as well as through its popular art auctions on cruise ships, including those on the current Norwegian fleet.

“I am so excited to be painting the hull of Norwegian Breakaway for Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Peter Max. “I love painting large canvases. I’ve painted a plane and a stage for Woodstock, but never a ship. I love ships and have traveled on them many times in my life. To see my artwork floating on Norwegian Breakaway out at sea will be a dream come true.”

Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Breakaway will be 144,017 gross tons and have 4,000 passenger berths. The ship represents an opportunity for the Norwegian guest to “break away” from the routine of work, school, and daily stress, and find a true respite at sea.

More information on Norwegian Breakaway’s accommodations and itinerary can be found at www.ncl.com/breakaway.

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.

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Cruise Art Auction Customer Reviews: Park West Gallery Testimonial Series

At a recent Park West Gallery cruise art auction aboard the Norwegian Sky, we asked art collectors to share their Park West Gallery experiences with us.

Here’s what they had to say . . .

Watch more exclusive videos featuring your favorite artists at the Park West Gallery YouTube Channel.
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If you’ve had a memorable experience at a Park West cruise art auction, a Park West land event, or bought artwork through Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan, please send your feedback to custsvc@parkwestgallery.com for a chance to be featured on the Park West Gallery Customer Reviews Blog.

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Park West Gallery Spreads the Joy of Art Appreciation

At a recent Park West Gallery cruise art auction aboard the Norwegian Jewel, we asked VIP customers to share their Park West experiences with us.

Here’s what they had to say . . .

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Watch more exclusive videos featuring your favorite artists at the Park West Gallery YouTube Channel.
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If you’ve had a memorable experience at a Park West cruise art auction, a Park West land event, or bought artwork through Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan, please send your feedback to custsvc@parkwestgallery.com for a chance to be featured on the Park West Gallery Customer Reviews Blog.

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Park West Gallery Congratulates Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian EpicPark West Gallery would like to congratulate Norwegian Cruise Line on the launch of its newest ship, Norwegian Epic! This beautiful ship represents the state of the art in cruising and features extensive amenities including more than 20 internationally-inspired dining options, unique nightlife hotspots such as one of the world’s only ice bars, award winning live entertainment featuring the Blue Man Group, and family friendly innovations such as the exhilarating Aqua Park and Nickelodeon at Sea. Park West is proud to be featuring its art auctions aboard this fabulous new ship.

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