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French artist David W. Whitfield in The Substance of Abstraction

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2014-01-13 07:15:04 - NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of French artist David W. Whitfield in The Substance of Abstraction. The exhibition is scheduled to run from January 14, 2014 through February 4, 2014. The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, January 16, 2014 from 6-8 pm

David W. Whitfield says that his goal is not to “create a picture,” but to “create a painting within its own right, to stand alone without a great dependency on its subject matter.” His watercolors achieve that goal, existing as both patterns of line and color, and as portraits of a wide range of people. The artist cites Cézanne and Francis Bacon as influences, and while it is easy to see echoes of those masters in Whitfield’s balancing of color for dramatic effect and his ability to peel back the layers of the human body, he moves past his sources to assemble a unique body of work.

Working in watercolor on paper gives his compositions a delicacy that

contrasts with their saturated tones, while placing his figures in positions that come across as both natural and highly formal lets the artist bridge the worlds of representation and abstraction. The resulting works are, in Whitfield’s own words, “not mere journalistic findings but a reaction presented in the form of the aesthetic compositions of a painting."

Exhibition Dates: January 14, 2014 – February 4, 2014
Reception: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 6-8 pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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About the Exhibition

This January, say goodbye to the winter blues by immersing yourself in the dazzling hues, beguiling shapes and stunning compositions that characterize the artworks on display at Agora Gallery. In A Vortex of Color: Bill Dixon / a Solo Exhibition, you can view the work of an artist who draws on his varied life experiences to produce art that boasts considerable depth and diversity. In Portals of Perception, feel your mind open through pieces which each seem to encapsulate an enticing new world, inviting you to enter and enjoy. The Substance of Abstraction will engage your curiosity and your mental capacity, with works that give some information but leave much to the determination of the viewer.

Featured Artists:

Portals of Perception

Mario Agredano | Sabine Blasko | Sarah Boileau | Debra Branitz | Monica Fernandez | Garma Iriarte | Rüdiger Gau | Natalia Hughson | Natasha Jabre | Horacia Leal | Elke Mcdonald | Juan J. Montans | Emmanuel Moses | Lucy O'Donovan | Denise Pelletier | Alan Reddick | Isabelle Vanhecke

The Substance of Abstraction

Jerry Anderson | Theresa Bendzius | Andrea Bertoni | Lisa Kearsley Cowling | Paul Hartel | Anthony Liggins | Stella Lillig | Jose Antonio Serbia | Tara Sinha | Gabriele Stewart | Marliese Wagner | David W. Whitfield | Melanie Wübbelmann

A Vortex of Color: Bill Dixon / a Solo Exhibition

Bill Dixon

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Exhibitions are usually group exhibits, presenting the work of a number of artists, but sometimes solo exhibitions focus on the work of one particular artist. The gallery publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Contact Information:
Agora Gallery

530 West 25th St, New York City

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Phone: 212-2264151
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