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WORK OF LAURENCE GARTEL, ACKNOWLEDGED AS 'FATHER'
OF DIGITAL ART MOVEMENT, TO BE SHOWN IN RARE EXHIBIT
GARTEL: SELECTED WORKS: 1975-2008 OPENING JUNE 21st at IAG GALLERIES,1170 3rd Street South, corner of Broad and Gordon in Old Naples, Florida. Participating in the festivities will be Cool Jazz Radio Station WZJZ and their on air personalities as well as the magnificent and sweet car set of the Ferrari Club Collection.


NAPLES---Renowned digital media artist, Laurence Gartel, whose work has been internationally applauded for its vision and clarity of purpose, will debut an important collection of rare works in a new exhibit, "LAURENCE GARTEL: Selected Works 1975-2008.," which will run from June 21st July 19th, 2008.  at IAG Galleres, 3307 Third Avenue, corner of Broad and Gordon in Old Naples Florida.. The opening is hosted by owner/collector, Ani Zimonyi.  A reception to introduce Laurence Gartel and his notable works of art will be held Saturday June 21st from 11AM 3PM. 

Internationally famed as a pioneer, Gartel, came to prominence nearly 32 years ago when his first original system electronic photograph was published in 1976 and shown at New York's Experimental Television Center. Working during the '70s long before the personal computer came into general use, Gartel's graphics, his techniques and his forward thinking in terms of new technologies, totally new in a new industry, launched a career which was to evolve into his current status as one of the art world's most original and visionary artists.

Sponsored by ABSOLUT for the past 17 years, Gartel's ABSOLUT GARTEL images have been published in literally millions of magazines throughout the world, seen on the back covers of such publications as Art-In-America, Artforum, Art and Auction, Art & Antiques, Sothebys Preview, New York Magazine, Technology Review, and Artbyte. Gartel's commission for Forbes was one of the first digital art images ever created for this international business magazine. Along the way, Gartel was to appear on such national TV shows as NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, his reputation and indefatigable energy prompting the distinguished art historian and critic Pierre Restany to cite Gartel as not only a visionary, but a "fabulist."

Gathering international attention when in 1989, his show "Nuvo Japonica" featuring a computer-generated two-dimensional image replaced Van Gogh's "Irises" in the Joan Whitney Payson Museum at Portland, Maine's Westbrook College before the work sold at auction for $53.9 million, Gartel went on to have his work shown at such prestigious museums as the Museum of Modern Art, Long Beach Museum of Arts, Princeton Art Museum, and at Palm Beach's Norton Museum. His art can also be viewed in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

For his show at IAG GALLERIES Mr. Gartel is showcasing rare works from the last 30 years. Some of these works were created "pre-personal computer." Images photographed off the monitor with a still camera. Others are one of a kind Polaroid Murals where each separate image was created and photographed with an SX-70 camera, Polaroid announced recently that they are no longer going to manufacture the film or the cameras. Hence the works shown are rare. A very special preview of his brand new  "FERRARI" DVD will also be shown along side some new works on the same subject. 

Shelley Chaperone
gartel@comcast.net