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Joan Criscione: Paintings from the Heart

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Joan Criscione in Breaking with Realism. The exhibition opens September 2, 2017 and runs through September 22,  2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 7 from 6-8 pm.

The abstract expressionist paintings of American artist Joan Criscione often elicit an immediate emotive response in the viewer. Characterized by loose forms, muted colors, and broad brushstrokes, Criscione’s paintings are more about reaching and communing with the viewer than any representational composition. Figurative elements do wind their way onto the canvas, but they are secondary to the depth of experiential emotion and human understanding conveyed in each piece.

Criscione comes from an expansive artistic background in fashion, and she holds a great love and passion for music and dance. These elements can be traced within her work, where there is a sense of dynamism, rhythm, and movement as the viewers’ eye moves from one form to the next. For Criscione, painting represents her greatest offering to the world. As she explains, “I feel I have much to give to the world by painting what is in my heart.”

Joan Criscione is the founder and former owner of an internationally renowned women’s clothing company, Criscione Designs. She currently lives and works in Boca Raton, Florida.


Exhibition Dates: Sept. 2  – Sept. 22, 2017

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

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

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Featured Artists:

Herluck Antoine Blémur  |  Patricia Brintle  |  Heesu Choi  |  Joan Criscione  |  Noelle Kristine  |  Georges de Groot  |  Iftah Geva  |  Nancy Landauer  |  Rina Lazar  |  Maciej Marecki  |  Claudia Mayer-Mallenau  |  Marco Mendoza  |  Vandana Nittoor  |  Alex Osborne  |  Philippe Thélin  |  Nobuko Saji  |  Sydnei SmithJordan  |  Marc Tremblay


About the Exhibition

Breaking with Realism

Breaking with Realism is a group exhibition that explores 18 artists’ respective insights on themes of spirituality, humanity, and the natural world. Through a variety of mediums, the exhibition considers how dynamic arrangements of color, texture, lineFree Web Content, and composition can impact the visceral nature of the human experience.

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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. 

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