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In May of this year, Opera Gallery opened at 791 Madison Avenue in New York with an exhibition that brought together an international body of work by both modern and contemporary artists. There were paintings by Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, and Zao Wou-Ki; there were sculptures by Alexander Calder, Manolo Valdés, and Anish Kapoor; and even more from Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Fernando Botero, and Ai Weiwei. The inaugural show was not only impactful in its breadth and quality of work, it was an example of the mission of the Opera Gallery group, which has grown to include 12 galleries internationally (the most recent gallery opened in Aspen, CO, in July 2016).
Gilles Dyan, a member of the European Chamber of Expert-Advisors in Fine Art, founded Opera Gallery in 1994. Since then, “Opera Gallery has been devoted to curating the very best in international talent for an ever-expanding clientele including faithful art collectors and the general public,” said Dyan. He sees the art world as a global village, and his spaces in New York, Miami, Aspen, London, Paris, Monaco, Geneva, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Beirut, and Dubai (with more locations in the works) as connectors between artists, patrons, collectors, and art professionals alike. Dyan’s aim is to foster a creative and artistic network that “feeds on exchanges, dialogue, surprise encounters, and sublime discoveries.”
Presenting a mix of movements—Impressionism, Modernism, Expressionism—and genres—painting, photography, sculpture, and design—Opera Gallery is proud to show an exclusive and bold selection of artworks that inspires upcoming art trends. “In a world where the only constant is change, Opera Gallery is continually on the lookout, exploring new centers of interest like design and photography; taking the pulse of new ideas and trends as they emerge on the international scene,” said Dyan.
Along those lines, after the opening show in New York, Opera Gallery featured an exhibition by contemporary talent Andy Denzler entitled “Suspended Reality” (which was on view from October 21 until November 3). In his work, Denzler captures mere moments, distorting the figure with his unique technique of smearing paint with a spatula, while working from photographic inspiration. The Swiss artist living and working in Zurich is principally concerned with addressing time and evoking a narrative through composition, light, and motion.
At the end of November, for those heading to Miami for the annual week of fairs, Opera Gallery can be found at its new location in the city’s Design District, which reopened in March after 14 years in Bal Harbour. You’ll also find the gallery at Art Miami, which will be taking place between November 29 and December 4.
Until then, be sure to visit Opera Gallery on Madison Avenue where, as Dyan described, “sheer pleasure and keen investments meet.”