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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Parks & Recreation, The Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee, and Art Nouveau Gallery were pleased to announce a public art exhibition by distinguished Venezuelan-American artist Rafael Barrios on the Park Avenue Malls between 50th and 68th Streets. This ambitious exhibition included nine boldly colored, visually intriguing steel sculptures. This exhibition opened concurrently with the The Armory Show, where Art Nouveau Gallery will showcase Barrios' smaller-scale work.

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Rafael Barrios has been recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary Latin American artists. Since the 1970's he has continued to perfect his unique concept of Virtualism, a movement that he describes as "the creation of visually [participatory] pieces by dislocating events in our perception. Volume is virtually modeled and modified in form—depending on distance—shifting with the position of the observer and the changes in light throughout the day."

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Armando Reverón is considered as the maximum exponent of venezuelan impressionism.  He was an important painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Venezuela. His mental health deteriorated but his artistic abilities remained. His use of color and light is highly appreciated in artistc circles. Very loved in Venezuelan culture, he is the subject of various homages in different medias, and is remembered by his "muñecas" or dolls.  His images are hardly triumphalist and his use of colors are liverish, sad and grimy.

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Armando Reverón

(May 10, 1889 - September 18, 1954)

He was always painting women. Those from the 1930s gain a certain mystery from being done in close-valued whites and sepias. But basically they're standard academic nudes, slippery and slumberous. In the 1940s the tones darken, and the figures grow stranger.

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This popular artist goes around major cities across Latin America and literally "stamps" the streets with his multidimensional chalk drawings that amazes spectators with unique images that makes them believe his illustrations have depth and are real.

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Claude Monet

November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926)

Monet is consider to be the founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. 

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Lasst year, during Tomasz Rut's audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, attended by thousands of spectators from around the world at the St. Peter's square in the Vatican, two large paintings by Tomasz Rut became part of the collection at St. Peter's cathedral after being blessed by the Holy Father.

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Painted in 2011 to commemorate the beatification of John Paul II, the two originals on canvas: "Nolite Timere" & "Be Not Afraid" pay tribute to the beloved late Pope and depict John Paul II as the Saint and as the charismatic leader of the world accompanied by another legendary figure behind the political changes of the twentieth century, the first President of democratic Poland, Lech Walesa.