The 30th volume of Agora Gallery‘s contemporary art magazine, ARTisSpectrum, is now out! You can read it online, pick up a copy in Barnes & Noble, locations across New York, or Agora Gallery, or subscribe to receive it to your door. As always, the magazine is full of fantastic articles to help keep artists, art lovers and collectors up to date on what’s going on in the art world, from profiles of talented artists to advice, information and developing trends.
I sat down with Angela Di Bello, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine and Gallery Director of Agora Gallery, to talk about putting ARTisSpectrum together.
There are always so many great articles in ARTisSpectrum! Where do all the ideas come from?
A: The articles [...]
Glass was traditionally a highly-valued and desirable commodity – being functional, fragile, beautiful and the result of an almost magical process, owning glass was for centuries a mark of status and privilege. It’s still hard to see what’s not to like about this fascinating medium, but with the relative ubiquity of glass in our modern world, it can be easy to forget about its enormous creative and artistic potential. Agora Gallery artist Brady Steward talks to us about his love affair with glass. If you’re blown away by his works and would like to see them in person, they’re on display at Agora right now!
What first drew you to glass as a medium?
The funny [...]
Artists who have been represented by Agora Gallery will remember how crucial the work of the Exhibition Curator was in making their exhibition happen – from the first moments of considering a date, through to ensuring the safe arrival of the work, to the triumphant opening reception, as well as the aftermath of the exhibition. Annmarie Zito is Agora Gallery’s Exhibition Curator, and many visitors to the gallery will remember meeting her and enjoying talking to her, experiencing her enthusiasm for and knowledge of art.
Q&A with Annmarie
When did you first discover your interest in art?
I always loved art from a young age. I really enjoyed drawing and painting as a kid and continued making art through high school. In high school [...]
A number of Agora Gallery‘s artists work in unusual studios, many of which have an impact on the way they create art. You can read about some of them in Studio Spaces, a frequent feature in our contemporary art magazine ARTisSpectrum. Bernice Sorge‘s studio is perhaps especially unusual, though – she works in what was an abandoned church, located in the middle of a field, which she found entirely by accident!
Tell us about your studio!
How did you find it? What made you realize it could be a great place to use as a studio?
I found the church just after I moved from Montreal to the Eastern Townships of Quebec during one of those mass emigrations of young people [...]
Cordell Taylor is one of Agora Gallery‘s talented represented artists. He usually works in metal, wood and stone sculpture, but this year he was given a new challenge. SRAM Bicycles and the Kimball Art Center invited artists nationally to submit portfolios, and from the applications they chose 25 artists to participate in an exhibition on behalf of the SRAM pART PROJECT, in support of World Bicycle Relief. Those artists, of whom Cordell was one, received a package of bicycle parts, and the instruction to create a piece of artwork that incorporated at least 25 of them. From there, they were on their own! Cordell found that he loved the challenge, and the knowledge that he was being given the chance to help others through his art – but that didn’t mean that there weren’t some difficulties along the way!
If you’ve had much contact with Agora Gallery, there’s a good chance you’ll have come across Alexandra Cespedes, our Marketing Assistant, who works with artists to help them work out what they’re looking for in terms of promotion and ensure that they get it. Friendly, fun to be with and enormously professional, Alexandra is popular with gallery staff, visitors and artists alike!
Q&A with Alexandra
When did you first discover your interest in art?
My mother always said I was born an artist. She still has my very first painting from when I was six years old. Growing up in New York and being exposed to museums, galleries and street art, I fell in love and became an art appreciator at a very young [...]
Regular readers know and love Agora Gallery – and our thanks for the emails telling us so! But it’s always nice to have an overview of what we do and the range of services we provide and products we produce. In this video, our lovely Assistant Director Sabrina Gilbertson explains it all with a smile.
As most readers will know, Agora Gallery is located in the heart of Chelsea, New York’s famous art district where galleries are round every corner and down every street. Of course, many of the people who visit the gallery are connected in some way to the art world, but Chelsea is also a stop on the tourist track, particularly for art lovers, and so we get to meet a lot of people who are thrilled (and sometimes a little overwhelmed) by their trip to New York. Some people manage to get more out of their time in the city than others, as you’ll know if you read the Evoking the Muse feature in our contemporary art magazine ARTisSpectrum, and there seem to be some consistent tips to help in that. So, if you’re an artist who wants to be one of those who really makes the [...]
The latest issue of Agora Gallery‘s well-known contemporary fine art magazine, ARTisSpectrum, will be out soon! If you’ve subscribed, it should be arriving in your mailbox anytime – and if you haven’t, now is the perfect opportunity to subscribe! You can also pick up a copy in Barnes & Noble, or at stores around Manhattan, or by visiting Agora Gallery in person. Volume 29 is already available to view online, so you can get a sneak preview on the website.
Of course, ARTisSpectrum is known for its profiles of exciting contemporary artists, making it ideal for anyone looking out for developing talent or collectors wanting to keep up to date. The artists work in a range of styles, mediums [...]