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The Portraiture of Claudia Mayer-Mallenau

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Claudia Mayer-Mallenau 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 large, powerful portraits of Austrian artist Claudia Mayer-Mallenau present a solid sense of composition with an almost unsettling ability to reveal the many internal layers of the subject. While her images are modern in scope and execution, she adheres to tradition whereby a portrait tells a story, such as where the person has come from or the emotional experiences that have shaped their interaction with the world. In each work, she masterfully combines color, form, and texture with a decidedly expressionist bent to convey strong emotions.


Working in a collage format, Mayer-Mallenau uses charcoal, acrylics, knives, and tiny magazine clippings to form complex, alternate realities that give viewers a glimpse of the subject’s soul. Indeed, for Mayer-Mallenau, style and technique become part of the overall meaning of her work: upon closer inspection, the portrait as a whole dissolves with the viewer's realization that the image comprises many, many tiny pieces. As Mayer-Mallenau says, “There is always a second truth, always two sides of just one coin."


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, lineComputer Technology Articles, 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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