The listing said it was the “Best in Contemporary Art” and we were eager to see if it lived up to the hype. AF came to the second floor space of this gallery on 25th Street in Chelsea and discovered two shows. On one side was the collective Portals of Perception and on the opposite part of the gallery was The 2013 Chelsea International Art Competition Exhibition. It was packed with admirers of the art and the fortunate artists whose works were selected for the exhibition. The celebratory atmosphere went toe to toe with the ebullient variety of art on display. It was a multi-disciplinary and mixed medium bag of the type of art that showcased for the opening reception. In their own method, the new frontiers of contemporary art manifested on the wall. Was it the best? To be fair, it won’t be justified to endorse or dismiss any of the works as it was just a celebration of artistic pride and diversity. However, the exhibitions provided a platform for the art to be seen and in the spirit of competition, it is difficult to pinpoint which one got the most attention. Let’s be on the level and say that everyone is a winner in their own right that night. From its initial conception, arduous creation, and triumphant completion, it was a full cycle of art machinery that hums its unique rhythm.
Portals of Perception / 2013 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
On View: August 16 – September 5, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (11 am to 6 pm)
Agora Gallery. 530 West 25th Street, NYC, NY 10001
text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
photography by: Max Noy Photo