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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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The Straits Times: Artist Yaacov Agam Draws the Line to Stun

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Artist Yaacov Agam draws the line to stun

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Photo credit: The Straits Times/MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Paris-based Israeli artist Yaacov Agam marked his 85th birthday last Saturday in Singapore with a solo exhibition at Capella Hotel in Sentosa.

The Unexpected – Time In Art presents 18 works, a mix of old and new, that show the ease with which he has played with shapes, colours, textures and forms to create art.

His works are in several collections including that of The Guggenheim and he made a stop here en route from Taipei, where the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is showing a retrospective of his works.

His obsession with art, he says as he draws a series of dots, lines and animal forms on a sheet of paper, started after he visited the Lascaux caves in France, which are famous for the Paleolithic paintings on the walls.

The year slips him but it was pretty early in his career and led to an extended exploration of forms over the years. “The most important invention for humanity is art,” he says…

Read the full article (pdf)

Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

“Dynamo: A Century of Light and Motion in Art,” Yaacov Agam at the Grand Palais

Yaacov Agam, “The Father of Kinetic Art,” is featured in a new exhibition at the famed Grand Palais, Paris. Learn more about Agam at Park West Gallery

Yaacov Agam "Constellation" (1956) © Adagp, Paris 2013DYNAMO: A CENTURY OF LIGHT AND MOTION IN ART, 1913-2013
April 10 – July 22, 2013

Grand Palais, Paris

Notions of space, vision and light run through the abstract art of the 20th century and interest many world renowned contemporary artists. By putting vibration along with the spectator’s perception in the center of their works, they set up multiple resonances with optical and kinetic art, which first emerged at the Movement exhibition in Denise René’s Paris gallery in 1955, but also, more broadly, with what was later called “perceptual art” at the exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965.

In an unprecedented move, the whole of the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, an area of about 3,700 square meters, has been made available for the exhibition, in order to present almost 150 artists, who contributed to the development of this approach over a hundred years or so. Outstanding among them are Anish Kapoor, Marcel Duchamp, Victor Vasarely, Alexander Calder and Yaacov Agam.

After an introduction that starts with the most recent work and goes back in time, the exhibition puts the emphasis on the dialogue between the various periods, seeking to show the continuity of these ideas and their complex interweaving. The two main parts – “Vision” and “Space” – are divided into sixteen subsections dealing with various aspects of phenomenal experience: immateriality, monochrome, interference, immersion, flickering, haziness, instability, distortion, the void, the invisible and permutation.

For exhibition details, please visit www.grandpalais.fr.

Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

NYC Lights the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah Designed by Yaacov Agam

world's largest hanukkah menorah, yaacov agam, new york cityPhoto credit: PDCA

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, officially begins at sunset this Saturday, December 8, and runs through Sunday, December 16, 2012.

If you’ll be in the New York City area during this time, you can celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah, designed by the “Father of Kinetic Art,” Yaacov Agam. The 32-foot-high,  gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel menorah stands in Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel). Every holiday evening at 5:30 pm, a candle will be lit—save for the Sabbath, during which the lighting will be at 3:30 pm on Friday and 8:30 pm on Saturday.

For more information, please visit www.nycgo.com/events/lighting-of-the-worlds-largest-hanukkah-menorah.

Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Yaacov Agam’s Famous ‘Fire and Water Fountain’ Restored

Yaacov Agam, Dizengoff Fire and Water Fountain, Park West GalleryYaacov Agam’s famous “Fire and Water Fountain” in Tel Aviv is once again being celebrated in Israel and by art lovers around the world, following a much-needed restoration.

Constructed in 1986, the kinetic fountain stands in the historical Dizengoff Square, a location often referred to as the Times Square of Tel Aviv. For years, the fountain was the center of attention, with its mesmerizing jets of water and fire creating an incredible display for visitors to admire.

“The fire and water together in the sculpture recreates the dynamic elements of time and change,” explained artist Ron Agam, Yaacov’s son. “The most important element of this artwork is its celebration of life, the most constant thing in life is change and everything is always in movement.”

Yaacov Agam, Dizengoff Fire and Water Fountain. Park West Gallery

Eventually, the fountain began to deteriorate due to lack of ongoing maintenance by the municipality. Yaacov courageously fought for 10 years to have his work restored to its original beauty, and this summer, the renovated fountain was finally re-opened.

“The result is very beautiful. Here they did the maximum amount of work. The combination of water and fire – there are no words in the world to describe it,” said Yaacov.

Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

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Yaacov Agam’s Kinetic Art Joins the Centre Pompidou Mobile

Centre Pompidou Mobile, Yaacov Agam, Park West GalleryRenowned Park West Gallery artist Yaacov Agam has been chosen as the only Israeli artist to be included in the Centre Pompidou Mobile, a traveling museum exhibition in France.

According to Algemeiner.com:

[Agam’s] work will be touring the country in the Centre Pompidou’s first installation exhibition celebrating the masterworks of twentieth century artists analyzing color and form – including art from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque.

A tribute to Agam’s masterpiece painting Double Metamorphosis kicked off the Centre Pompidou mobile tour’s opening in Boulogne-sur-Mer [in mid-June], with local officials as well as members and ministers of parliament in attendance. The tour, which will take place over a three-month period from June until September, includes stops in Chaumont, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Havre, Libourne, Nantes and Aubagne.

For more information, please visit the Centre Pompidou or download the exhibition catalog [pdf].

Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

The “Fathers” of Art

Portrait of the Artist's Father, Marcel Duchamp, Park West GalleryThroughout art history, those who dared to challenge traditional techniques of the past or introduce new methods of creativity often earned nicknames as the “Father of” the respective art movements they helped to inspire.

In honor of this upcoming Father’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of history’s most distinguished “fathers” of art.

Such titles are somewhat subjective and thus often debated among art scholars and critics. For example, many would argue that “The Father of Cubism” is Georges Braque, while others say it’s Pablo Picasso.

Let us know what you think! Do you agree or disagree with this list?  Can you think of any others? And as always, please share your thoughts below!


  • RENAISSANCE | Giotto
  • BAROQUE | Caravaggio
  • ROCOCO | Jean-Antoine Watteau
  • NEO-CLASSICAL | Jacques-Louis David
  • REALISM | Gustave Courbet
  • IMPRESSIONISM | Camille Pissarro
  • FAUVISM | Henri Matisse
  • ART NOUVEAU | Alphonse Mucha
  • ART DECO | Erté
  • MODERN ART | Paul Cézanne
  • POINTILLISM | Georges Seurat
  • EXPRESSIONISM | Vincent van Gogh
  • ABSTRACTION | Wassily Kandinsky
  • BAUHAUS | Walter Gropius
  • DADA | Marcel Duchamp
  • SURREALISM | Andre Breton
  • POP ART | Richard Hamilton
  • OP ART | Victor Vasarely
  • ACTION PAINTING | Jackson Pollock
  • KINETIC ART | Yaacov Agam
  • ART HISTORY | Giorgio Vasari

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REMINDER! Father’s Day is this SUNDAY, JUNE 17!
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Famed Artist Itzchak Tarkay Dies at 77

Itzchak Tarkay, Park West GallerySOUTHFIELD, Mich. — World-renowned artist Itzchak Tarkay died unexpectedly Sunday, June 3 after emergency heart surgery. He was 77. The Israeli artist was visiting metropolitan Detroit as the featured guest at a collector’s event hosted by his dealer Park West Gallery. Tarkay spent his last hours doing what he loved most – sharing his artwork with his fans and collectors. He is survived by his sons, Adi and Itai, and their families.

Itzchak Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. At the age of 9, Tarkay and his family were sent to the Mathausen Concentration Camp by the Nazis until Allied liberation freed them a year later. In 1949, his family immigrated to Israel and was sent to the transit camp for new arrivals at Beer Yaakov. They lived in a kibbutz for several years and in 1951, Tarkay received a scholarship to the Avni Art Academy. There, he studied under the artist Schwartzman and was mentored by other important Israeli artists of the time such as Mokady, Janko, Streichman and Stematsky.

Through his painting, watercolors, drawings and limited-edition works of graphic art, Tarkay was able to reach more than 100,000 collectors worldwide. His studies of women, landscapes and other Israeli-inspired imagery were unique in late 20th Century art and although they clearly bore the indelible stamp of his Israeli roots, they also exhibited the influences of Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Braque and Vlaminck.

During the last 8 years, Tarkay created his art in an atelier in Israel which also housed studios for Israeli artists Yaacov Agam, David Najar, Yuval Wolfson and Mark Kanovich. On December 15, 2010, a painting by Agam sold at auction for $698,000 at Sotheby’s New York, the highest price ever paid for the work of an Israeli artist. Tarkay was the only artist to paint a work together with Agam. Tarkay and Agam created two paintings together, which were each signed by both artists.

For more than the past 20 years, Itzchak Tarkay was exclusively represented by Park West Gallery of Southfield, Michigan. Park West Founder and CEO, Albert Scaglione said of the artist, “Tarkay was a kind and sensitive man, a loving father, and a gifted and talented artist who loved to paint and constantly worked at his art. The many artists who knew and worked with him, the many collectors he touched, the great many friends he had and the family he cared for will all miss him. He left a very special mark in the world of art by sharing his gifts with so many. His imagery has become a part of our public consciousness.”

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