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Famed Artist Romero Britto Designs Specialty License Plate to Help Children


Internationally acclaimed artist Romero Britto has designed a specialty Florida license plate to focus attention on child sexual abuse prevention.

Once the plate hits the market, proceeds will benefit the Lauren’s Kids foundation, whose mission is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.

“I decided to title this piece ‘Love and Healing’ because those sentiments are the driving force behind Lauren Book and the Lauren’s Kids foundation,” said Britto. “Lauren is on a mission to help and to heal survivors of sexual abuse, and to prevent others from having to live through the unthinkable nightmare she endured as a child.”

Learn more at http://laurenskids.org

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.
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.

Enter the Bright, Cheerful World of Romero Britto [Video]

Experiencing the artwork of pop artist Romero Britto can brighten even the gloomiest of winter days. His colorful, cheerful compositions are enough to inspire happiness and a sense of optimism in any viewer.

Click play on the video below to step into the world of Romero Britto.

Watch more art videos featuring your favorite artists at the Park West Gallery YouTube Channel.

Fine art by Romero Britto is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more about the artist and view selections of his work at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Art Basel Takes Over Miami Beach

The art world is still buzzing about last weekend’s 11th Annual Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art shows in the U.S. More than 260 leading galleries from all over the world showcased works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Leslie Lew Art Basel Miami Beach

Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew was selected to be a “Featured Artist” at Art Basel’s Overture, dedicated to presenting major new trends from around the world. Overture’s pop-themed exhibition featured Lew’s sculpted oils alongside works of renowned artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.

Another Art Basel highlight was Champion’s 2012 Art Car, designed by Park West Gallery pop artist Romero Britto. The brightly-colored Porsche 911 Cabriolet roamed the streets of Miami, making its way around to the various Art Basel events.

Romero Britto Porsche 911 Cabriolet at Art Basel Miami Beach

All told, an estimated 65,000 people attended Art Basel Miami Beach this year, making it one of the art world’s most popular annual events.

To learn more about Art Basel Miami Beach, visit http://miamibeach.artbasel.com.

Fine art by Leslie Lew and Romero Britto is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Pop Artist Peter Max Honors Sir Paul McCartney’s 70th Birthday

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Peter Max, Paul McCartney, Park West GalleryPhoto Credit: NY Daily News

Fans of The Beatles rejoiced on Monday, as legendary musician Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his 70th birthday. Pop artist Peter Max, known for his paintings of the psychedelic 1960s era, paid tribute to his “good friend” with a special portrait.

“When I heard last week that [Paul’s 70th birthday] was coming up, I decided to whip something up for him,” artist Peter Max told the Daily News at his New York City studio, where he unveiled the portraits of McCartney.

“The peace and love of the ‘60s is still around in this country,” Max said. “You just have to look a little harder to find it now.”

Read more at the NY Daily News →
Fine art by Peter Max is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. To learn more, visit www.parkwestgallery.com.

Rio Carnival 2012 Honors Pop Art Icon Romero Britto

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romero britto carnaval brazil 2012, park west gallery

“The World’s Biggest Party,” Carnival, begins this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Parades featuring performers in elaborate costumes, dancers and festive music will fill the streets as thousands of revelers take part in the country’s most popular event, Feb. 18-21, 2012.

Brazilian-born pop art icon Romero Britto is being honored during this year’s Carnival celebration. His designs will be viewed by an estimated 100 million people who will watch the Carnival parade on television.

“I got an invitation from the school of samba. They said they wanted to make homage of my work,” Britto said. “I was thrilled, and I couldn’t believe it. Carnival in Brazil is the biggest cultural event in the country. There will be thousands of people dressed up. There will be huge floats. It’s hard to describe in words. I’m very appreciative. I’m very thankful.”

» More coverage: Local 10 Miami News is traveling to Carnival with Britto and posting a series of photos and videos of the event.
Fine art by Romero Britto is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. To learn more, please visit us at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Albany International Airport Presents Artist Leslie Lew in “Keeping Time”

"Keeping Time", Albany International Airport, Leslie LewPark West Gallery artist Leslie Lew (shown center) attends the “Keeping Time” exhibition’s opening reception at Albany International Airport on April 8, 2011.

"Keeping Time" Albany International Airport, Leslie LewALBANY, NY — Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew is among seven artists selected to show their works in a prestigious new exhibition. 

In Keeping Time, now on view at Albany International Airport, “Artists navigate the collective and individual mythology of nostalgia with an eye for its humorous, deceptive and often bittersweet nature.”

Lew’s signature “sculpted oils” depicting iconic imagery of American culture combined with Pop Art will surely delight the many travelers passing through the busy airport over the next several months.

From the exhibition press release:

“With humor and deep affection for the products and popular iconography of the past, Leslie Lew creates extravagant interpretations of comic book heroes, food packaging and board games. Her father was an advertising executive who developed, among other enduring ad campaigns, Sugar Smacks and its Smackin Brothers duo, who appear larger than life here in Lew’s painting.

In this tribute to her father and memories of childhood, we see the thickly sculpted, painted surface that has become the artist’s signature method. Images that we perhaps associate with mass-production are enlivened by highly textured brushstrokes and expansive scale. They are at once art and artifice – delighting in the seductive visual dynamics of commercialization while also imbued with a personal, interpretive quality that is distinctly anti-cynical.

When faced with the legendary things and characters of our youth, rendered with unrestrained enthusiasm, it’s hard not to smile, to remember the pleasure of eating animal crackers, toting the box on its little white string; to feel a little girl’s aspiration to be Wonder Woman, and to be transported by cartoon lives – so familiar and yet so unlike our own.”

KATHY GREENWOOD, Curatorial Assistant of the Art & Culture Program at Albany International Airport

“Keeping Time” is on view at Albany International Airport now through September 5, 2011. Download the exhibition invitation [pdf]

About the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program
Since 1998, Albany International Airport has distinguished itself within the Northeast, and throughout the United States as a beacon for the arts in the Capital Region. The Art & Culture Program has become a cornerstone for showcasing the breadth and quality of the arts throughout the Region and has made the Airport a busy hub not only for travel, but also for celebrating and learning about local culture.

For more information, visit www.albanyairport.com/art_culture.php
Leslie Lew fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions and through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan.

Visit the Park West Gallery Leslie Lew Collection »

Romero Britto on Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act”

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"Mickey's World" by Romero Britto, Park West Gallery

The “most renowned Pop artist of our time,” Romero Britto, stopped by the Lifetime Television morning show The Balancing Act last Friday.

During the interview, the artist discussed his successful career, from his days growing up in Brazil, to his upcoming (second) exhibition at the Louvre and other exciting ventures.

Britto said he’s surprised that his art has been able to take him so far and he looks forward to sharing even more of his work with people all over the world.

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→ Artwork by Romero Britto is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Visit the Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection

→ Learn more about Romero Britto at Park West Gallery Artist Biographies 

(Artwork shown above: “Mickey’s World” by Romero Britto, Park West Gallery Collection)