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HOMAGE at Contempop Gallery

Image above: © Klaus Leidorf, Homage to Masimo Vitali / Courtesy of Contempop Gallery

Contempop Gallery hosts Inaugural show HOMAGE in New York - A tribute to the Great Masters of Art

4Images Above: © Sang Ha Park, From the opening reception 

Inaugural Show, HOMAGE, hosted by Contempop Gallery at its New York launch February 4th, plays with the concept of adaptation and interpretation with prolific artists from across the globe paying tribute to the great masters of art from Basquiat to Magritte. Contempop Gallery plays with the concept of adaptation with its most experimental artists in the medium of installation, sculpture and photography in its inaugural pop up -- HOMAGE -- on February 4th at 6pm in New York City's posh Tribeca district.

Homage as it is defined (/ˈhɒmɨdʒ/ or /ˈɒmɨdʒ/) is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic. The term is often used in the arts for where one author or artist shows respect to another by allusion or imitation; this is often treated and pronounced as the French hommage.[1]

Homage to Stubbs by Bob TaborImage above: © Bob Tabor, Homage to Stubbs  / Courtesy of Contempop Gallery

The exhibition consists of 8 emerging and mid career artists from around the world (Belgium, Germany, Israel, Colombia, USA, Venezuela) paying tribute the great masters of modern and contemporary artists such as Magritte, Klimt, Basquiat, Kusama, Wool and Vitali to name a few. While some works were intentionally made for the exhibit, others are re-interpretations of what the artist perceived the original meant to say. The result is a voyage for the viewer.

Homage a Pollock by Nicole FurmanImage above: © Nicole Furman, Homage a Pollock/ Courtesy of Contempop Gallery

Nicole Furman for instance, takes real people, paints on them, creates a background installation and takes an image of the scene. Another example is the work of aerial photographer Klaus Leidorf who had not originally intended to pay homage to Massimo Vitaly, but was very much influenced by his perspective. The final rendering is reminiscent of Vitaly's work.

The concept, says Roy Seifert, founder of Contempop Gallery, was to first pay tribute to some of the most important artists of the 20'th century and to explore the different views in how contemporary artists translate the original works of masters into their own.

NYC by Jongmin_Homage to BasquiatImage above: © NYC by Jongmin, Homage to Basquiat / Courtesy of Contempop Gallery

The exhibition will consist of different mediums as photography, sculpture and paintings and will be exhibited at Contempop Gallery through to the 25th of February at 93 Worth Street in New York City.

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