Two East Asian Art Exhibits Bring Summer Crowds to Traverse City’s Dennos Museum


Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) June 20, 2014

Two unique exhibits of East Asian art featuring an iconoclastic Korean sculptor and a provocative photographic record of social change in modern China are drawing crowds this summer at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Mich.

Both exhibits — Seungmo Park: Meticulously Snipped and Wrapped and How to Return will be on display at the Dennos until Sept. 7. Museum director Gene Jenneman, who visited Seungmo at his studio outside of Seoul late last year, says hes been delighted with the public response to them.

I watched throngs of people come through people who are not our usual visitor types, he said. They were telling me they had never seen anything like it. They were actively engaged with the work, photographing themselves with — and in — one of the works that allows you to become part of the piece.

The Dennos show is Seungmo Parks first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and features his meticulously cut MAYA imagery, in which the sculptor uses layers of wire mesh to create deep images that combine an ethereal, spiritual depth with nearly photographic realism.

Parks other sculptural works are drawn from models found around him – a person, a piano or a motorcycle which he transforms into oddly disturbing shapes wrapped in aluminum wire.

How to Return: an exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Photography is a showcase exhibition organized with Shanghais M97 Gallery, whose owner Steven Harris is a Michigan native who summered in nearby Northport as a young man. Harris chose the work of seven contemporary Chinese photographers who reflect the contrasts and collisions between tradition and change.

Harris believes current art in China reflects a growing disenchantment with the veil of glittery consumerism and all it promised, and a search for ways to find whats left of their roots. Each of the seven artists included in the Dennos exhibition conducts that search differently.

Adou and Luo Dan are perhaps most recognized for their work documenting ethnic minority groups in China like the Yi of Sichuan and the rural villagers of Yunnan. Song Chao emerged on the international stage with a series of portraits of his fellow coal miners, while painter turned photographer Liang Weizhou depicts the industrialization and post-industrialization of the water towns and countryside around his native Shanghai. Huang Xiaoliang and Lu Yanpeng present composed and landscape images of delicate and dreamlike quality, while Wang Ningdes conceptual images explore the tension between todays China and memories of the Cultural Revolution; his iconic series Some Days has achieved international acclaim.

Since its opening in 1991, the Dennos has become northern Michigans most significant cultural center. In addition to a collection that includes over 1,100 catalogued works of artworks from the Inuit people of the Canadian Arctic, it has hosted several major traveling exhibits, from works by studio glass artist Dale Chihuly to artifacts of ancient Egypt and gold from pre-Columbian Panama.

Located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, it is also the home of Milliken Auditorium, whose annual series of jazz, blues and world music is a hugely popular part of the states cultural mosaic.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm and Sundays from 1-5 pm. Admission is $ 6 for adults and $ 4 for children. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to http://www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055.

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Oxnard, Calif. (PRWEB) June 02, 2014

The nature of beauty has been contemplated for centuries, and this discourse continues as nationally renowned contemporary-traditional artists of the California Art Club share their personal perspectives in the exhibition “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club,” on view at the Carnegie Art Museum from June 8 to August 17.

A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.

With the artwork in this display, 30 artists share their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. The nearly 40 works were inspired by visual, musical, literary and spiritual encountersranging from evocative figures to meditative landscapes and seascapesin an attempt to define a higher level of beauty in challenging times.

In ‘Empathy for Beauty,’ we have an opportunity to see how artists discover and elevate sublime moments in the midst of the digitally overloaded culture of the 21st century, says Suzanne Bellah, the museums director, who curated the exhibition.

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Exhibition of Nikos Floros Unique Aluminum Sculptural Costumes Inspired by Maria Callas, Grace Kelly and Catherine the Great, Enthralls at the Russian Arts Museum


New York, New York (PRWEB) March 14, 2014

International dignitaries and celebrities joined an overflow crowd at the opening reception on March 6th of the major retrospective exhibition of the internationally recognized sculptor of Hellenic descent, Nikos Floros, at the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Following a very successful run from September 2, 2013 to March 2, 2014 at the Tsaritsyno State Museum and Reserve in Moscow where over 4 million people from around the world visited the exhibition, it continued on to St. Petersburg where the director of the museum reported that the record crowds have come to see the exhibit in the first few days after its opening and the comments have been extremely favorable. Many visitors were very impressed by the originality, creativity, and great beauty of the artwork. On display in the Raphael Hall, the exhibition will be open to the public until April 6, 2014.

The artist presented his unique sculptural costumes created using recycled aluminum, specifically Coca-Cola and other beverage cans. This original method was created and patented by Nikos Floros in 2003. Among the many honored guests were the Dean of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, Simion Michailovsky, Mr. Igor O. Lonsky, St. Petersburg Government Committee of External Relations and Dept. Chairman and Head of International Corporate Development, Ms. Galina Gronova, Chief Expert, St. Petersburg Governemnt, St. Petersburg Committee of Tourism Development, Honorable Michel Fayette, Consul General of Switzerland, Honorable Theodoros Bizakis, Consul General of Greece, Demetris Demetriou, Consul General of Cyprus; the Director of the Russian Museum of Fine Arts, Ms. Elena Tutrina, the Director of the Greek National Tourist Office in St. Petersbur, Mr. Polykarpos Eustathiou, as well as Mr. Ioannis Smirniotis, Mayor of the City of Tripolis, Greece, which is also Nikos Floros place of birth.

The surrealistic pop-art creations by Mr. Floros have been exhibited around the world including many major museums. These include, the Archeological Museum in Thessaloki, Greece; Benaki Museum and Museum of Meizonos Hellenism in Athens, Greece; as well as the National Museum Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes, Greece. In addition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Metropolitan Club in New York City, Mr. Floros was the only artist invited to exhibit his work dedicated to Princesss Grace in Monte Carlo, Monaco during the Grace: Symbol of Change international tribute held under the auspices of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco; among many others. In 2013, Nikos Floros was invited for a solo exhibition to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Theatro Communale in Bologna, Italy, one of the oldest and most distinguished operas in the world. This exhibition was sponsored by Tonino Lamborghini Nikos Floros sculptural costumes are in museums and private collections around the world.

Throughout history, clothes have projected status, and served the wealthy and powerful as symbols of their strength and influence over others. Clothes play a vital role in how others perceive people and how those wearing them behave. Today we call this branding or marketing. The clothes worn by famous and influential people such as Queen Elizabeth I, Maria Callas, Grace Kelly, Catherine the Great and others have played a vital role in projecting their influence and power. In our modern era, one of the most recognizable and prevalent brands is Coca-Cola. Encased in a common aluminum beverage can, it is known throughout the world and a powerful symbol of power and influence. Aluminum, a material which characterizes our modern era, is itself a very modern creation and is most available and prevalent in our everyday beverage cans. These are powerful symbols of our modern era.

Through his artwork, Nikos Floros has combined all of these elements, to create an alternate perception. Utilizing this very modern medium, aluminum, along with a very modern and powerful brand, Coca-Cola, he has weaved a new form of fabric creating unique and original sculptural costumes evoking the power and influence of these historical figures and personalities. The artist, creating these sculptural costumes, heretofore symbols of power, utilizing a material which is a product of modern society, wishes to realize and make evident the great power and strength that the autocracy of modern day marketing and advertising exercise over common man and how the raison detre of our society has become I consume, therefore I am.

Dedicated to International Womens Day, the exhibition celebrates the lives and contributions of exceptional women. Nikos Floros utilizes materials from our everyday lives which he transforms into magnificent original works of art. A major inspiration for him has been the lives of extraordinary women such as Queen Elizabeth I, Katherine the Great, Maria Callas and Grace Kelly. These women have been transformative figures. Nikos Floros has been inspired by them and created moving tributes to their art, their lives, their spirits and their legacies. The centerpiece and highlight of this exhibit is his new masterpiece inspired by Catherine the Great of Russia and presented for the first time on March 6th in St. Petersburg. This portrait, utilizing the aluminum material for which Mr. Floros is well known, is a natural progression and development of Mr. Floros work, utilizing a mosaic-like technique for the portrait while including sculpture-like components. Aristotelis Karantis, curator of the exhibit, stated that for the first time a portrait of Catherine the Great has been created using aluminum and upon completion of the exhibition, this piece will be contributed for the permanent collection of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Nikos Floros work has received worldwide recognition and has been covered by major news services such as Reuters, BBC, Sky News, ABC News, New York Times, Vogue, W, Associated Press, Fashion TV and many other news and television channels throughout the world.

Nikos Floros was recognized for his talent and originality early in his career and was awarded with the Grand Prize for the Red Queen Elizabeth costume, presented by the curator Harold Koda of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, the Grand Prize for the Silver Elizabeth I costume, from the French Heritage Society at the Young Friends Heritage Society, Golden Medal of Arts and Sciences from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation in Vienna, as well as The Global Thinkers Award in 2013 for Excellence in Innovation. Nikos Floros artwork was chosen by the Brazilian educational system for inclusion in their instructional textbooks.

Curator of this exhibition is Aristotelis Karantis, exclusive photos provided by Ilias Diamantakos, and the exhibition is organized by Julia Sysalova and public relations by Dora Ziongas of USA. This and all of Mr. Nikos Floros’ exhibitions are dedicated to his late friend and collaborator, the Broadway actor/singer, George Costacos.

This exhibition was introduced by the City of Tripolis, Arcadia, Greece as part of their candidacy for European Cultural Capital 2021 campaign Tripolis Ambassador of Contemporary Greek Culture. Nikos Floros draws great strength and inspiration from his home town in Arcadia, Greece a harmonious and peaceful place where humans live in balance with nature.

Very moved by the enthusiastic and warm reception his work has received in Russia, Mr. Floros has sent a personal note of thanks to Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing his feelings of gratitude and the great honor bestowed upon him by these two very important and distinguished national museums of Russia.

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New Charles M. Russell “Harmless Hunter” Exhibition Premieres in Jackson Hole at the National Museum of Wildlife Art


Jackson, WY (PRWEB) February 11, 2014

A new show, premiering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in May at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, will show a lesser known side of famous Western artist Charles Marion Russell. Though hes known as the “cowboy artist” for his popular artworks featuring cowboys, Native Americans and Western landscapes, Russell depicted wild animals in “roughly a quarter of his total production of paintings, drawings, and sculpture,” says B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center and University of Oklahoma Press. Price is guest curator of “Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell,” a new touring exhibition that includes some rarely seen Russell artworks depicting wildlife and animals.

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Born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1864, Russell lit out for Montana at the age of 16, determined to become a cowboy. But after an unsuccessful first job on a sheep ranch, he met hunter and trader Jake Hoover, serving as Hoovers apprentice for two years and learning the ways of the wilderness. Those early experiences with wildlife, as well as those he later had over 11 years working as a cowboy and wrangler and throughout the rest of his life in Montana, served as inspiration for animals featured in numerous Russell works from illustrated letters to full-scale oil paintings.

The prolific Russell became very popular in his lifetime, producing thousands of artworks from his unassuming Montana studio. “Russell’s wildlife art attracted avid patronage from the publishers of books, magazines, and calendars seeking illustrations to wealthy businessmen anxious to decorate their clubrooms with scenes of nature and the hunt, symbols of what President Theodore Roosevelt called the strenuous life,” explains Price.

Russell also captured the rapid changes to wild lands and creatures with the settlement of the West in his work. “Many of Russell’s paintings and sculptures celebrate the majesty and harmony of nature and portray a symbiotic, if somewhat romanticized view of the relationship of Native Americans with the land,” says Price. “Works featuring wildlife and human interaction, however, often address more problematic environmental themes, most of them a reflection of the rapid changes wrought by the onset of settlement, economic development, and near decimation of wild game.”

The National Museum of Wildlife Art will offer a number of interactive events and activities in association with its debut of the “Harmless Hunter” exhibition, which also features a companion publication by B. Byron Price. The show will remain on display at the museum in Jackson Hole through August 17, 2014, before touring to the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Okla., the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, N.Y., and the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont.

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A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at http://www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

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