ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014

4 ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 | Publisher Agora Gallery Editor-in-Chief Angela Di Bello Assistant Editor Sabrina Gilbertson Art Director Julie Wilson Associate Editors Joyce Asper Karin Maraney Editorial Assistant Justine McCullough Staff Writers Laura Monroe Steven Barnes Chloe Eichler Natasha Brandstatter Alex Kecskes Theresa Sinclair Leah Triplett Katie Cercone Contributing Writers Michele Davino Kristina Garon Kelsey Golder Steven Hill Jim Irwin Susan Marx Lynda Pogue ARTisSpectrum provides a forum for artists and art professionals. Articles express the opinion and knowledge of the authors and not necessarily that of the magazine’s management. Artist profiles are written by staff writers or the artists unless otherwise noted. © All copyrights are reserved by the authors. The copyrights of all published artwork are retained by the artists. Reproduction of any published material is prohibited without the written permission of the magazine’s publisher. Suggestions for future articles are welcome. Any topic submitted in writing by an artist, art professional or professionals in the service of the art community will be considered for publication. ARTisSpectrum Magazine 530 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001 212.226.4151 Contents ARTisSpectrum 6 7 14 22 28 38 46 51 72 86 92 102 110 118 124 About the Cover Profile Directory The Lure of Contemporary Art: How To Build an Art Collection Angela Di Bello; photography by Keith Butler Spotlight on Shokoufeh Malekkiani Angela Di Bello Studio Spaces Jim Irwin Painting En Plein Air Susan Marx & Steven Hill Art Matters - Why we Collect Art Navigating the Met in 10 Steps Kelsey Golder The Humanitarians The Art of Now: Observing Patterns Lynda Pogue Underwater Photography: Sharing Hidden Beauty Michele Davino My experience of being represented by Agora Gallery Kristina Garon Memorable Receptions from Around the World New York City: Evoking the Muse ARTbeat Printed by The CPC