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Master Sculptor Nano Lopez Demonstrates His Process

Colombian-born master sculptor Nano Lopez puts an incredible amount of detail into his work. He also invests an extraordinary amount of time and energy into each and every piece. The following video details the step-by-step process of how the artist creates his fantastical “Nanimals” sculptures.

Learn more about artist Nano Lopez and see examples of his work available to collectors at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Yaacov Agam’s World Record Hanukkah Menorah to Light Up NYC

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World's Largest Hanukkah menorah, Yaacov Agam, Park West Gallery

The lighting of a 32-foot high, gold-colored, 4,000 pound steel menorah in New York City’s Grand Army Plaza will mark the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. The first candle will be lit on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 20, with nightly lightings to follow until the menorah is fully illuminated on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Designed by world-renowned artist Yaacov Agam, the gigantic menorah has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind. In fact, due to the height of the menorah, it will be lit with the help of a Con Edison cherry-picker crane. Specially-designed glass chimneys will protect the lights from the Central Park winds.

Sunday evening, Dec. 25, a special celebration will take place, including live music, singing and dancing, Hanukkah gelt (candies) for children and traditional hot latkes (potato pancakes) for everyone.

When: Dec. 20 – 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm (during Sabbath, lightings will be at 3:30 pm on Dec. 23 and at 8:30 pm on Dec. 24)
Where: Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street near Central Park (map)
Admission: Free

SOURCE: Jewish News Agency
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Art News — August 24, 2011

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Paint Torch, Claes Oldenburg, Park West Gallery“Paint Torch” by Claes Oldenburg. Photo credit: PAFA

 

Philly’s new giant paintbrush: The “Paint Torch,” a 51-foot-long sculpture of a paintbrush by Swedish artist Claes Oldenburg, was installed on Saturday at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Situated underneath the over-sized paintbrush is a 6-foot paint glob. The sculpture will be illuminated for the first time on October 1. {via PRNewswire}

Stealing world’s most famous painting: This past Sunday, August 21, marked the 100th anniversary since the famous theft of the “Mona Lisa.” Amazingly, it took more than a day before the Louvre realized that the painting was missing. Perhaps even more surprising, Pablo Picasso was questioned as a possible suspect in the heist! Turns out Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian handyman who sought to return the painting to his native country. {via AFP}

Around town: Serving up art for a cause: The ninth annual Arts du Jour will take place Thursday, August 25 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. This popular charity preview event for Arts, Beats & Eats will offer culinary delights and entertainment, with seventy-five percent of all proceeds going to benefit ten local charities. Hours: Thursday, 5:30 pm – 11 pm. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsdujourro.org.

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Victor Vasarely: 20th Century Visionary

“My art transposes nature thus one more time, this moment right now, the one of physics that renders the world physically comprehensible.” —VICTOR VASARELY (1906-1997)

Dyevat, Victor Vasarely, Park West Gallery“Dyevat” by Victor Vasarely | Park West Gallery Collection

As an artist, Victor Vasarely turned quite late to his destiny. He began to paint at the age of 37. By that time he was already deeply steeped in the fundamental ideals of the Constructivists, the influential group of artists of the early 20th Century, who created a new pictorial vision of art that sought a pure, supreme and spiritual manifestation of aesthetic beauty. Among this group, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers‘ works would all have a profound effect on Vasarely’s future direction.

A short 2 ½-year enrollment in Budapest’s School of Medicine implanted the seed of scientific method and objectivity in Vasarely’s consciousness. He devoured popular scientific writings on astrophysics, relativity, quantum mechanics, and cultivated a passion for the theories of Heisenberg, Einstein, Neils Bohr and others. Physics became to Vasarely a new “poetic source” for his creative stirrings.

Zebra, Victor Vasarely, Park West Gallery“Zebra” by Victor Vasarely | Park West Gallery Collection

Vasarely ventured into symbolist, surrealist, expressionist, semi-figurative and pure abstract styles of painting before he defined his own original conception, which relied on elaborate compositions and meticulously tuned color harmonics to leave the effect of movement solely within the perceptions of the spectator. In Vasarely’s work, the simple “artist-painter” became a “plastician” and “conceptualizer.”

Eventually, Vasarely became known as the creator of the “Op Art” movement, and his work skyrocketed to prominence in the 1960s and 70s. He held more than 150 solo exhibitions around the world and won numerous international prizes. Today, major museums throughout the world include his works. Museums entirely devoted to Vasarely’s works are located in Aix-en-Provence, France and Pecs, Hungary and a wing of the Zichy Palace, Hungary is also dedicated exclusively to his creations.

Kettes, Victor Vasarely, Park West Gallery“Kettes” by Victor Vasarely | Park West Gallery Collection

Vasarely’s concepts inevitably needed to be interpreted into three-dimensions. The illusionist effects created in his two-dimensional imagery suggested a relief quality and viewers often resisted the temptation to touch Vasarely’s paintings and graphic works to verify that they were indeed, flat. Consequently, the evolution into sculpture for Vasarely was a very natural one.

Vasarely engaged in variety of materials to bring his imagery into the three-dimensional realm. Lucite and glass in combination with black and white and color imagery, introduced a transparent multiplicity that Vasarely used to great effect in his sculpture. In addition, he created “totem-like” figures that incorporated his complex designs and merged them onto multi-faceted surfaces, in essence fusing his painting and sculpture simultaneously. These compelling works were done in a variety of sizes and were enthusiastically received by collectors for years.
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Artist Birthdays, October 25 – Pablo Picasso

PABLO PICASSO (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973)

  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Field: Painting, sculpture, printmaking
  • Art Movement: Cubism
  • ARTiFact: In Picasso’s artistic life, lasting more than 75 years, he created tens of thousands of works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, original lithographs, etchings, linoleum cuts and ceramics.
  • Art Quote: “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso
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Artwork selections from the Park West Gallery Pablo Picasso collection are available for purchase through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at the Park West Gallery/Picasso Fine Art Collection.

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Yaacov Agam—21st Century Genius

“For twenty years, I tried, and finally I understood,
the image must be something that becomes,
not something that is.
Where is truth, where is the true order? The only truth is the truth of states of being, and the passage of time which destroys itself.”
—YAACOV AGAM, 1971

Yaacov Agam, Park West GalleryYaacov Agam “AT” | Park West Gallery Collection

By Morris ShapiroPark West Gallery Director

“Genius” is a hard word to substantiate, as these days in our transient and disposable culture it is often thrown about in reference to all sorts of people from all walks of life. But too often, sadly, novelty is confused with quality.

In the case of 81-year-old artist Yaacov Agam, the word “genius” only touches the surface. The world is filled with his art. From giant installations found in places as far flung as Taipei, Jerusalem and New York City, to individual objects that grace the collections of his devotees from all over the world, Agam has made his mark, which will not be erased from history.

Born in 1921 as the son of an Orthodox rabbi, Agam’s consciousness was always shrouded in mysticism. Steeped in the Kabbala along with the spiritual writings of Wassily Kandinsky and the conceptual revolutions of form and color developed by Johannes Itten and Josef Albers, Agam emerged with an art form independent from all others. In Agam’s art there is a departure from traditional forms of visual expression. In conventional art, everything is visible. Agam’s art strives to capture the invisible; the possible but not yet experienced, and in this way the infinite.

Agam says, “I am not an abstract artist… Abstract art shows a situation on a canvas. I show a state of being which does not exist, the imperceptible absence of an image… The infinity of possibilities, opposing the chance of a presence, a possibility.”

Yaacov Agam, Park West GalleryYaacov Agam “Colorful Sky View” | Park West Gallery Collection

When one encounters an Agam work, an indefinable experience occurs. Rather than in the traditional artistic experience—where the viewer passively absorbs what the artist has created—in Agam’s art the viewer and the artwork merge. The artwork cannot appear, or come into being, without the participation of the viewer; the creative process and the aesthetic experienced are mingled, and inseparable from one another. The work of art does not exist unless the viewer is engaged and thereby involved in creating its existence.

Walk past a work of Agam‘s and take in the intricate number of manifestations and visible expressions that appear as you move before it. Slide a moveable element from side to side and watch imagery appear from “nowhere,” suddenly and momentarily visible until another millimeter of movement is induced and it vanishes, only to be replaced by yet another visual surprise. Touch a sculpture by Agam and rearrange its elements into yet another of the infinite number of three-dimensional compositions which may be created. All of these experiences are what defines his art, and his genius.

His colors are of the rainbow, God’s first work of art given to man in a pact with Noah (Agam describes the “phenomenon of light” as “inexplicable.”). His forms and structures are marvels of simplicity and simultaneous complexity. His “polymorphic” paintings and multiples are merely corrugations with color adhered to the sides, and yet their purity and simplicity point to profound and universal mysteries discovered in the appearance and disappearance of things.

Yaacov Agam, Park West GalleryYaacov Agam “Festival Night Dance” | Park West Gallery Collection

In 1964, Agam wrote his artistic credo. Fully formed and unchanged since that time, it has provided the inexhaustible wellspring of his art and sustained him for nearly 50 years, without limitation. He says in it, “My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible, which cannot be perceived except in stages, with the understanding that it is a partial revelation and not the perpetuation of the existing. My aim is to show what can be seen within the limits of possibility which exists in the midst of coming into being.”

It is through Agam that the aesthetic narrative was re-engaged after having been cast aside by the conceptualists. He has taken up the thread of aesthetic beauty, added the notion of time, space and the infinite, and forged his place in the pantheon of the geniuses of art history.

Park West Gallery is honored to have had a relationship with this contemporary master for over 30 years and to present his artworks to our clients, who continue to enthusiastically embrace his astonishing and unforgettable creations.

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Artwork selections from Park West’s Yaacov Agam collection are available for purchase through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. 

» Visit the Park West Gallery – Yaacov Agam Fine Art Collection online 
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Park West Gallery Fall Sale 2010

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Fine artwork, sports memorabilia, jewelry and Japanese woodcuts
With the approach of fall comes thoughts of gift-giving, and the Park West Gallery Fall Collection offers the perfect selection of artwork and gift items for everyone on your list. The collection is currently featured online and boasts an array of fine artwork from some of Park West’s most popular artists. In addition, sports memorabilia, sculpture, jewelry and Japanese woodcuts are available at exciting sale prices, now through November 14, 2010.

Browse the Fall Sale Collection at sales.parkwestgallery.com

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 11am-6pm
Call toll-free: 800-521-9654 x 4; Canada/Int’l: 248-354-2343 x 4
Email: sales@parkwestgallery.com

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Mitsie’s Memories: Visiting Yaacov Agam in Israel

Jerusalem, Israel
1992

~ Written by Mitsie Scaglione ~

In reflecting back on the last 30 years with Yaacov Agam, I realized I could write a volume on the memories that our family has shared with the artist and his family. From our first meeting at his studio in Paris, to his farm outside of Paris, to his home in Israel—we have watched each other’s children become adults and begin their careers.

Albert Scaglione, Yaacov AgamAlbert Scaglione with Yaacov Agam at his home in Jerusalem; the artist signs editions of his artwork for Park West Gallery. Photo ©Park West Gallery, 2010

The visit for which I will always be indebted to Agam was our Jerusalem trip, during which he would complete the signing of an edition while we stayed in his home.

Agam was kind enough to ask me if I would like to take a tour of Jerusalem since I had never been there before. The answer was an emphatic yes! 

Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, Yaacov Agam, Wailing Wall sculptureYaacov Agam’s sculpture at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Each of the six 6-foot-high transparent glass pillars is topped by a stainless steel Star of David, and each represents one million of the Jews killed in the Holocaust. The glass pillars, which are lighted from within by gas-fed flames, are set in small fountains of water. The Hebrew word for heaven, shamayyim, is a combination of the words for fire and water. In between each of the glass candles are large steel letters spelling out the Hebrew word yizkor, or remembrance. (Source) Photo ©Park West Gallery, 2010

Agam arranged for me to have a driver and asked his close friend to accompany me around the city. What a trip! We visited The Wailing Wall (where Agam’s sculpture sits as a memorial), sacred churches, synagogues, museums, and even enjoyed a camel ride. It was a great and moving trip.

Upon our return to Agam’s home, and with the signing completed, Albert and I joined Agam and his family for Shabbat dinner.

Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, Yaacov AgamThe Scagliones enjoy Shabbat dinner at Yaacov Agam’s home in Jerusalem.
Photo ©Park West Gallery, 2010

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Read more of Mitsie’s Memories: A Tribute to Marcel Mouly
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