Today we pay special tribute to Agora Gallery's founder, the late Miki Stiles. Miki was a passionate and dedicated artist whose goal was to make a lasting impression on the New York art world. An actress, painter, sculptor and all-around creative, Miki studied at the famous School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. She found in New York an art scene that was inspiring, energizing, overwhelming, and, at the same time, very difficult to break into without the proper connections.
She struggled unsuccessfully to get representation at one of the traditional galleries. So, in 1984 she decided to open her own gallery both to show her work and to provide other artists, from all backgrounds, with the same opportunity to connect and exhibit their artwork in New York City. Promoting artists without a track record in a certain market is always a risk. Miki was not rich, and in order to sustain the gallery, she had artists pay a fee for which many promotional services, in addition to an exhibition, were provided. And the rest is history, as they say, and Agora Gallery has been doing just that for more than 30 years, functioning with the same passion and drive that Miki Stiles always had.
We are so proud of Miki's vision and honored to carry on her legacy!
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Nancy Margolis Gallery will be closed Tuesday, December 25th, through Tuesday, January 1st. We will resume our normal business hours on Wednesday, January 2nd. Have a wonderful holiday!
Upon our return you will have a few more days to catch Delphine Hogarth Lafaye’s solo exhibition, which is on display through Saturday, January 5th.
Opening on Thursday, January 10th, is a solo exhibition for Sarah Lubin. There will be an opening reception on January 10th from 6pm to 8pm.
Pictured here: Aubrey Levinthal, “Dog Park Pile Up,” 2017, oil on panel, 32 x 24.75 inches.
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LAST DAY! I will be at the gallery @3pm. Come by!
“Kassis Hospital, (mother’s memory),” 2017-2018 by Christine Gedeon. This digital drawing is an abstracted google maps aerial view of Kassis Hospital in Aleppo, Syria. Gedeon was born here along with some of her relatives. On the corresponding panel, Gedeon’s mother shared a story about hearing her brother singing on the street just after she gave birth. #syria #aleppo #kassis #digitaldrawing #mapart #syrianartist #christinegedeon #chelseagalleries