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November 5, 2010

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Artist News: Wall Street Today by Fernando Luis Alvarez at UBS Stamford

September 28, 2010
Wall Street has been at the forefront of the American public’s mind long before Shia LaBeouf tried to take on Gordon Gecko.  The original Wall Street, made back in 1987, epitomizes the greed-centric culture of the 1980s.  In its most recent cinematic reincarnation, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, consumption takes on a more sinister persona, one that touches close to home in the wake of government bailouts and corporations folding.  However, film is not the only medium expressing a reaction to the current economic downturn: contemporary art is also offering a response.  In a work divined before the full story of the economy’s fall finally broke, contemporary artist Fernando Luis Alvarez presents his own version of Wall Street in his iconic and cerebral piece: Wall Street Today.

Wall Street Today by Fernando Luis Alvarez

From September 15th to October 15th, the main gallery of the UBS Corporate Headquarters in Stamford will feature the work of in-house contemporary artist Fernando Luis Alvarez.   His piece Wall Street Today hangs as part of an exhibit celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wall Street Today is a triptych that documents and accurately envisioned the landscape of Wall Street, today.  Begun in August of 2008 and completed by early October of the same year,  Alvarez depicts three stages, one per canvas.  The first, “Wall,” depicts the end of the opulent, excessive, and lavish lifestyle of Wall Street-types, and the beginning of a serious recession.

The second piece, “Street,” describes the Street during the two week time in September of 2008 when hardly anyone in the financial sector would dare to predict or even discuss the market conditions on TV or to the media: no one really knew what was going on.

The third piece shows the condition of Wall Street “Today”: the same but different.   The artist depicts those CEOs of the industry’s major companies who were ousted out upside down, and those that withstood are positioned right-side up.  Today, Wall Street  is still the same but more compact.  All of its principles are driven by human beings, which leads the artist to say, “just sit tight because this will happen again, and likely stronger regardless of regulatory practices.” A controversial piece for the space, it generated much buzz at the show’s opening and artist reception on Monday, September 27th.

The Gallery would like to thank Valerie Cooper and Picture That for the curation of the show.

RECAP: Women Artists Rock It at NEXT WOMEN Show

September 22, 2010

Contemporary Artists Marina Shrady, Fernando Luis Alvarez, and Dina Pizzarello in front of Pizzarello's "Lascha Stare"

Torrential downpour and a 2-hour lock-down of the city for the President’s visit did not deter nearly 100 art-fans from showing up to the opening of the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery’s NEXT WOMEN show. Last Thursday, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery hosted their fifth show since December 2009, in tribute to the international talent of their female artists and the internal message of the Gallery: empowering women.

When Fernando Luis Alvarez first opened the Gallery in December 2009, the cornerstone mission of the company was to empower its artists and employees. He saw the gallery space as a floor plan to not only create a market for art, but also to create a creative place that could positively influence everyone who encountered it. He focused on selecting artists that he knows he can help grow– those who are willing to take risks and are still malleable, regardless of their age or status. By doing so, Alvarez gives power to thought and innovation, creating an atmosphere where the freedom to explore and create is what fuels and drives each employee and artist. By being somewhat laissez-faire, the Gallery becomes more about those involved in running it than about its namesake.

With NEXT WOMEN, Alvarez chose to highlight the dynamic talent of women contemporary artists. The opening showcased four works by famed sculptor Louise Nevelson, a new exhibit by Marija Pavlovska titled Doppler Effect, and the work of international artists Damla Tokcan Faro, Elena Kalman, Dina Pizzarello, and Marina Shrady.

The flow of wine kept up with the foot traffic as a steady rotation of visitors filled the room, from collectors to aficionados to art-newcomers. The jazz ensemble Round Midnight entertained attendees as they mingled with the artists.

Foreground: "Focus IV" by Damla Tokcan Faro / Background: "Peninsula" and "Iris" by Marina Shrady

Wine glasses


Louise Nevelson, Left: "The Wind's Bastinado" / Right: "By the Lake"

Artist Elena Kalman

Marija Pavlovska

Jazz Group: Round Midnight

NEXT WOMEN: Gallery Opening Tomorrow! Featuring Works by Louise Nevelson

September 15, 2010

Opening Thursday, September 16, the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery presents its latest exhibit: “Next Women.” This will be an all-female show featuring the international in-house talent of Damla Tokcan Faro, Dina Pizzarello, Marija Pavlovska, Elena Kalman, and visiting artist, Marina Shrady. The exhibition will also feature four, rare 1966 serigraphs by renowned sculptor Louise Nevelson.

By positioning these six artists together, “Next Women” examines how women are forging new paths in an aesthetic landscape by exploring the contention between traditional ideals of femininity and the androgyny of today’s contemporary art.

The Gallery is thrilled to have the opportunity to include Nevelson’s work in their show as she embodies this duality of the female artist. Her elaborate wood sculptures and tenacious personality are perfect examples of the “new woman” emerging at the turn of the 20th-century. Eschewing traditional family roles for the role of an artist, she pioneered the medium of “found object” art, creating pieces that Andrea K. Scott of the New York Times describes as “evok[ing] dualities of flesh and bone, public and private, frontality and depth” (“A Life Made Out of Wood, Metal and Determination,” May 9, 2007). However, at the same time, Nevelson exuded an elegance only palpable in the female form. With eyes framed in mink fringe and hair wrapped in silk scarves, she accentuated her femininity by physical means. Throughout her career, Nevelson epitomized the sort of strength, mystery, and controversy that surrounds most female artists. The serigraphs on show at the Gallery are screen-prints of her work published through the Pace Gallery and being sold in partnership with the Sandra Neustadter Gallery of New York and Florida.

Where Would We Be Without Dolores…

August 30, 2010

In an attempt to highlight those people and places in the community that make our lives a little brighter, I would like to introduce the blogging world to Dolores Tailoring.

Located next to the Kneaded Bread on Main Street, Dolores’s small store front serves as an unassuming portal into a world of fabric and thread.  Her hands have mended everything from couture to costume in her 30+ years of experience.

So, when contemporary artist Fernando Luis Alvarez needed a matador suit whipped up in two days for his performance at Le Meridien Philadelphia, who do you think he turned to?

With only a few scraps of fabric and material at her disposal, Dolores turned a woman’s overcoat and a matronly suit into a stunning uniform fit for a bullfighter.  Her construction employed exquisite detail and seaming, and was absolutely integral in making the performance a success.

Visit Dolores Tailoring at 185 North Main Street, Port Chester, New York, 10573.

New Look

August 23, 2010

Playing a bit with the look of the Gallery Blog– trying for something a bit more plain and simple.  New posts to be uploaded, soon!

Accidental Show, TONIGHT!

August 12, 2010

Don’t forget to swing by the Gallery between 6 and 8 this evening!

In the Studio: Marija Pavlovska

August 10, 2010

Artist Marija Pavlovska is spending time at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery Studio, working on new material for her next show.

Macedonian-born Pavlovska comes from a family of creatives.  Her father is an established artist and her sister a classically trained pianist.  Pavlovska herself has achieved international success.  After earning both her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Fine Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje, Macedonia; Pavlovska took up residency in Paris and Vienna, employed as an artist-in-residence to develop her talent.  Afterwards, she moved around Europe until finally venturing to the United States, moving to New York City, where she lives, today.

Pavlovska creates works that display polar opposites: light and dark, full and empty, black and white.  Each piece is a meditation on creation, and each stroke of her brush is a gesture at conveying a beginning.  Her forms bridge a gap between dreaming and seeing that hypnotize its observer.  Each work is a story reverberating deep inside the artist.

Pavlovska absolutely embodies the image of the artist.  With her black clothing, swept-back hair, and makeup-less face, she looks exactly like a modern-day Georgia O’Keefe.  Like her painting, Pavlovska can be described as having two very distinct personalities.  In one moment, she is bursting with energy.  You feel the vibration within her as you watch her hands articulate what her words cannot.  Her voice is loud and confident as she talks about her paintings.  Then, there’s the quiet Maria.  Reserved and observant, eyes slightly cast-down and hands tucked into her chest, her stillness is riveting.

For the next several weeks, we are providing her the space to create.   Portions will be unveiled during our show this Thursday from 6 to 8pm.

Gallery Artist Sid Tawadey Wins London Photography Award

August 5, 2010

English Summer by Siddhartha Tawadey

Photographer Siddhartha Tawadey  is the recent recipient of the London Photography Award for 2010.  What makes this even more significant is that he is the very first Indian photographer chosen for the award.  Tawadey’s work will be on display at the 3 Bedfordbury Gallery in Covent Garden.

In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, Delhi, Tawadey characterized the work as, “English Summer epitomizes the summers in England, where there is a mixture of rain and sunshine.  The light and shadow play in the image, reflecting the central theme in London, which is hope and pessimism.”

His unique eye, which plays with what Tawadey calls “ordinary vision,” is able to capture the truly nondescript and focus it in an extraordinary way.  Like a scientist in his lab, he plays with his images, using various methods to expand the photo beyond its physical frame.  Tawadey’s work is available at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, which serves as his exclusive representation in North America.

Accidental Show: August 12th from 6-8 PM

August 2, 2010