Ai-Wen Wu Kratz The Artist is Always There

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  • August 24, 2019

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Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, Transformation, Acrylic on Canvas, 31'' x 33''

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Ai-Wen Wu Kratz in A Splendid Summer Showcase. The exhibition opens August 24 and runs through September 14, 2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

About the Artist 

Contrary to Ellsworth Kelly, who disdains having paintings hung in households and offices, Ai-Wen Wu Kratz makes it her goal to bring her paintings into living and working spaces. Kratz finds it fulfilling to be able to bring peace and happiness to others through her paintings. Concurring with Kelly, she feels for flat surfaces and monumental scales.

Kratz’s paintings, sometimes, are composed of shaped canvases. Often, in one composite, she uses both cotton and linen canvas; her intention is to use the natural hues of the raw canvas as color among colors from her use of acrylic paint. She draws inspiration from contemporary stage design, choreographic lines in dance, vocal art, operatic lyrics and literature.

Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, a native of Hong Kong, works and lives in the U.S. She received her BFA from Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is an alumna of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. In addition to the United States, Kratz has had solo exhibitions in France, Germany, England, Egypt and Austria. Her works are in collections in Canada, Germany, Bangladesh, Argentina and the U.S., including the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, MO.

Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, I Found In Him My Star, My Sun, Acrylic on Canvas, 28'' x 45''

Exhibition Dates: August 24 – Sept 14, 2019

Reception: Thursday, September 5, 2019 6-8 PM

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm 

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  

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Featured Artists:

Chinemerem Omeh | Stephanie A. Pitoy | SirK | Marliese Scheller | Mariela Soldano | Sandra Guy | Charlotte Lisboa | Tringa Khadija | Yutaka Fujimori | Salwa Almoayyed | Leandro Miguel Cruz | Ada Luisa Trillo | Rachel Misenar | Jerry Anderson | Aaron Pierre Pines | Gray | Ai-Wen Wu Kratz | JANINA Leigue

About the Exhibition

In and Out of the Garden is a collective exhibition presented by Agora Gallery, featuring work by nine different artists with mediums ranging from painting to mixed-media to installation. Natural forms, expressive compositions, and bold color palettes create an energetic narrative focused on the exhilarating and intoxicating reality of the human experience.

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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