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Albert Scaglione featured on the Huffington Post

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery's Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery’s Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

In 1969, Albert Scaglione founded Park West Gallery, a company that would drastically change the way fine art was collected. In an interview on the Huffington Post, Park West Gallery‘s founder and CEO spoke about his passion for art, the sense of adventure he has fused into Park West and building an unrivaled experience around art collecting.

From a young age, Scaglione realized that art speaks to everyone, but many people feel too intimidated to enter the art world. He says even his own parents felt this way and never thought they could have artwork of their own. Scaglione set out to change this perception by founding Park West Gallery. Today, Park West Gallery spreads a love for art through 104 art galleries on cruise ships, providing an experience that is as memorable as the artwork.

I came from a middle class family and studied to be an engineer but art really became a constant pulling in my life. When I was 16 years old I applied for a job at an art gallery. I took the job and it was fascinating. I worked there for 2 summers. When I was in highschool I dressed in a suit everyday. I like suits, ties, fashion and shoes. I liked looking right. When I was at Wayne state, teaching engineering, I kept wandering over to where the artists were. I decided to leave teaching and open an art gallery.

Read the full interview on the Huffington Post

In a Studio like a Garden, Art Grows like Flora and Miro is the Gardener

“I think of my studio as a vegetable garden. Here, there are artichokes. Over there, potatoes. The leaves have to be cut so the vegetables can grow. At a certain moment, you must prune. I work like a gardener or a wine grower.” Joan Miró, 1959

Joan Miro, Park West GalleryLeft to Right: Joan Miró’s “Personage” (1967) and “The Caress of a Bird” (1967). [Credit: Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul.]

COPENHAGEN — It has been said that artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) regarded everything in the universe as alive and as part of a great interconnected totality. An innovative master of surrealism, Miró also saw himself as a gardener, his studio as a kitchen garden and his artworks as plants that he cultivated to grow under his expert care.

When in 1956 he got the large studio space he had always dreamed of, Miró was finally free to express himself as he wished. The artist gathered gardening and natural materials like worn-out tools, branches and stones. He would cast in bronze or paint in bright primary colors the found objects, and later incorporate them into his abstract sculptures.

Through May 30, the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the artist’s connection to nature with a new exhibit, Miró – I Work Like a Gardener. The exhibit features 111 sculptures, paintings and works on paper as well as works in textile and ceramics created by the world-famous artist in his studio on Majorca

According to the museum website:

Miró transformed the objects and their meaning. The straw hat of a donkey becomes the face of a sculpture. An old butcher’s block forms the legs of a curious character. An ironing-board or a toilet seat is viewed as the belly of a strange creature. When we look at the sculpture we can break it down into individual components or see it as a whole, as a creature of the imagination. Like Miró we can both see the thing’s original function and open our minds to other meanings and possibilities.

The sculptures underscore Miró’s fundamental belief in a living, dynamic world full of possibilities. The late sculptures contribute to a new understanding of Miró’s painting, which is also dynamic and eternally mutable. A dot in a painting by Miró can be understood in turn as an abstract dot, as a remote planet or as the eye of a possible creature looking back at you. Everything comes alive in Miró’s universe.

For more information on this exhibit, please visit www.arken.dk/content/us or visit sales.parkwestgallery.com/results/All/Joan-Miro to view selections from the Park West Gallery Miró Collection


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All You Need Is Love and the Art of Peter Max

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. To stay current on the latest Peter Max news, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog for updates!

For over 40 years Peter Max has been a Pop Culture Icon with an estimated audience in the billions! From portraits of Presidents to Rock Stars and a Boeing 777,  Peter Max is America’s Painter Laureate. The media is his canvas and this video provides an out of this world glimpse into the art of Peter Max.

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Artist Birthdays September 21 – HANS HARTUNG

HANS HARTUNG (September 21, 1904December 8, 1989)

  • Nationality: German-French
  • Field: Painting, printmaking
  • ARTiFact: In World War II he served with the French Foreign Legion – he was seriously wounded, losing a leg in battle.
  • Artist Quote: “Our position to life changes because life itself is constantly changing. So that there is always something else to express, you’re always trying to go one step further. You enjoy painting as you enjoy life. You can’t stop.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Composition T:51-10, 1951.

Hans Hartung. Composition T:51-10. 1951.__________________________________________________________


Artist Birthdays September 14 – CHARLES DANA GIBSON

CHARLES DANA GIBSON  (Sept. 14, 1867 – Dec. 23, 1944)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Illustration
  • Art Movement:  Golden Age
  •  ARTiFact: Famous for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th Century.
  • Artist Quote: “Families that have had money for two or three generations expect to equal those that have education and gentle training for centuries. It’s impossible. A family that’s had time to decay financially so that its women have to work for a living is certainly older than one in the flower of financial prosperity.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Gibson Girl, circa 1900.

Charles Dana Gibson. Gibson Girl. circa 1900.


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Park West Gallery Blogger’s Choice Awards 2009 Nominations

EXCITING NEWS! The Park West Gallery blog has been nominated for the 2009 Blogger’s Choice Awards! This year we’re competing in the following categories: Best Corporate Blog, Best Blog of All Time, Best Entertainment Blog and Best Educational Blog.

We need your votes to help us win! Please vote for Park West Gallery by clicking any of the images below (or feel free to vote for us in all 4 categories!):

1) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Corporate Blog!

2) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Blog of All Time!

3) Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Entertainment Blog!

4)Park West Gallery was nominated for Best Education Blog!

THANK YOU for voting Park West Gallery!!


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Artist Birthdays September 9 – SOL LEWITT

SOL LEWITT (September 9, 1928 – April 8, 2007)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting, sculpture
  • Art Movement: Conceptualism, Minimalism
  • ARTiFact: In 1968, he created Buried Cube Containing an Object of Importance but Little Value  – a metal cube that he proceeded to bury in the ground in the Netherlands, all the while documenting the process of the cube disappearing.
  • Artist Quote: “You are not responsible for the world — you are only responsible for your work, so do it. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Wall Drawing No. 681 C, 1993.

Sol LeWitt. Wall Drawing No. 681 C. ©1993 Sol LeWitt.


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Artist Birthdays September 8 – OZIAS HUMPHREY

OZIAS HUMPHREY (September 8, 1742 – March 9, 1810)

  • Nationality: English
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Rococo
  • ARTiFact: A painter of miniatures, in 1772 a fall from a horse affected his eyesight and forced him to abandon small-scale works.
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Rice Portrait of Jane Austen, 1788-90.

Ozias Humphrey. Rice Portrait. 1788-90.


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