Aung Kyaw Htet: Making History From Myanmar

Top Quote Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Myanmar artist Aung Kyaw Htet in East Meets West An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) March 27, 2014 - Arresting, questioning, and beautiful, the oil paintings of Aung Kyaw Htet are a unique window into a little-seen culture. Htet was born in Myaungmya, Myanmar (Burma) where decades-long media censorship has only recently been lifted. Htet's images of Buddhist novice monks and nuns are some of the first truly representative works to reach a global audience.

    Htet signals the concept of clashing ideas in several ways. His people are painted in a mixture of black-and-white and deeply resonant color, which plays with the notion of how we are and are not a part of the earthly world. The style is photorealistic in its depiction of people, but the figures themselves are often placed in imaginary environments - an all-encompassing cloud of smoke, or a mysterious red mist. His chosen subject is the novice monk, a figure that combines a playful childish spirit with the solemn weight of religion. Within this visual language, Htet questions the role of society and spiritualism in these children's identities.

    Htet has exhibited extensively in Southeast Asia, as well as in Monaco, Dubai, and New York.

    Exhibition Dates: March 28, 2014 - April 17, 2014
    Reception: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York
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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. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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