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Martin Kreloff / A RETROSPECTIVE
June 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
On Friday, June 10th, 2016, The Studio at Sahara West Library will open Martin Kreloff / A Retrospective, an exhibition of 50 years of artist Martin Kreloff’s work. This major exhibition will include over 50 of Kreloff’s original large-format, hard-edged portraits in oils and acrylics; softer, more intimate color pencil drawings; and new media explorations. The retrospective will also include works from his 1976 show Miami Says Art, which put the artist on the map of contemporary art.
Kreloff’s work has been considered “reminiscent of Andy Warhol” by KNPR and the Las Vegas Sun. His artwork was collected by Hollywood stars Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Esther Williams, Joan Crawford, and Estelle Getty from the hit TV sitcom The Golden Girls. He was commissioned to paint legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, as well as Matthew Gray Gubler of the CBS television show Criminal Minds. Also, artist and designer Gloria Vanderbilt was painted for his show Miami Says Art.
About Martin Kreloff
Martin Kreloff, born in Brooklyn, New York, started drawing at five-years-old. By age twelve, he was enrolled in life drawing classes at the Brooklyn Museum. He continued his education at the renowned Parsons School of Design during the electrifying emergence of pop art, which had a profound influence on his artistic vision and style. At the University of Miami, he received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts. In addition to his artistic work, Kreloff has been instrumental as an activist in the gay community. He co-created Miami’s first White Party in 1985, which was started to raise funds to combat the AIDS epidemic. He also produced the artwork for the event’s promotional materials. Since then, Kreloff has created artwork for numerous AIDS fundraisers in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Kreloff’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Norton Gallery in West Palm Beach, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, among other notable galleries, museums, and corporate collections. To learn more about Martin Kreloff, visit www.martinkreloff.com.