American artist exhibition opens in Baku

Baku, February 22, AZERTAC

An exhibition “The OBSERVER is the OBSERVED” by American artist Shane Guffogg opened February 21 at the Art Gallery of the Museum Center in Baku.

The event was co-organized by art agency Marika Parkdale, Carpentier Art Paris, with the support of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the U.S Embassy in Baku.

Chairperson of the Azerbaijan Artists Union, People’s Artist Farhad Khalilov addressed the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

Shane Guffogg is an American artist in great demand. Admirers and collectors of his works include: former US president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, Dustin Hoffman, Meg Ryan, Ed Harris, Seann William Scott and other well-known politicians, cinematographers and stars of show business. Shane Guffogg’s works are also to be found in the collections of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Duke University Museum of Modern Art, the Fresno Art Museum in California and many others. He was born in Los Angeles, where he received an art education at the California Institute of the Arts. From 1989 to 1995 Shane worked with Edward Ruscha, the famous creator of "word painting". Guffogg represents the modern school of abstraction. He paints in oils, water colors, gouache and pastels on canvas or paper, and also on zinc plate. Shane uses a glazing technique that was very popular with artists of the 16th century.

The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first represents the artist’s early period with works produced before 2008. Each work has up to 80 layers of translucent paint that gives the canvas an inner glow. In the second part are works that Guffogg dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. The artist refers to his works as poetry without words.

The exhibition will display 73 of the artist’s paintings and sculptures.

Exhibition continue until 6 April 2017. A number of educational and cultural events will be held alongside the GUFFOGG exhibition.

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