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Marina Sutter: Portraits that capture the viewer by turning away

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Marina Sutter in Persistence of Form. The exhibition opens April 25, 2017 and runs through May 16,  2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 27 from 6-8 pm.

The subjects of Marina Sutter’s portraits seem to deliberately evade the viewer’s gaze. With their backs turned away from us, or with hair or clothing obscuring their faces, the people in her acrylic and oil on canvas paintings create an air of mystery, placing a distance between subject and viewer that only increases their interest. By not directly showing the faces of the people she depicts, Sutter strives to focus our attention on “the details in the human dialogue” rather than simply presenting an image of a person.

However, a large measure of the success of her paintings comes from her skill at assembling those details into pictures with a lifelike, near-photographic look.  Capturing the textures of hair, skin, and clothing, as well as showing a strong eye for proportion and gesture, she endows each person with a powerful physical presence that makes their evasive gestures all the more provocative. Her adept handling of light and shadow adds a sense of depth and movement, further underlining the sense of contrast that makes her work unique. Sutter lives in Dusseldorf, Germany.


Exhibition Dates: April 25, 2017  – May 16, 2017

Reception: Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

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Featured Artists:

Persistence of Form

Raul Mariaca Dalence  |  Marina Sutter  |  Sandra Nitchie  |  Josie Mengai  |  Christian Barbosa


About the Exhibition

Persistence of Form

Agora Gallery showcases new perspectives on realism this spring with Persistence of Form. A highly specialized group exhibition, Persistence of Form brings together representational artists working in oil, pastel, spray paint, watercolor, and acrylic. Though they vary widely in subject matter and approach, every participant is thoughtful and focused in rendering form, down to the small details. However, unlike many traditionally realistic works, these pieces are spirited, unexpected, and thoroughly modern. This exhibition highlights an area of the contemporary art scene that is often overlooked by both the public and many art institutions.

Only a handful of artists were chosen to participate in Persistence of Form. There is a landscape artist who conjures images of the environment that manage to be both incredibly accurate and utterly fantastic visions of paradise. There are two portraitists: one who depicts faces at close range with hyperrealism, and one who employs the full-length body as a vehicle for emotional expression. There is the artist who interrogates famous figures using their recognizable formsScience Articles, and the artist who captures little moments of everyday life in saturated colors.

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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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