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Behind the Artist: Romain de Tirtoff (Erté)

Fashion, architecture, theatre, and art. In 2017, the study and intrigue of these cultural foundations can be traced back to one man: Romain de Tirtoff, or Erté. Until recent history, the very notion of leisure and non-utilitarian possessions were only reserved for the privileged. When 18th-century industrialism gave rise to a working class, art and culture rose. This population redefined the definitions of taste and luxury in a cultural renaissance. Fast-forward to the early 1900s, where the sp...

Historic Erte Exhibition at the Hermitage

The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia is remembering Erté with the first-ever solo exhibition held in the artist’s home country. Held June 21 to Sept. 19, “Erté: An Art Deco Genius,” was organized by the Hermitage in conjunction with galleries in London and New York. The exhibition is a homecoming for the artist’s work, as he was born as Romain Tirtoff in 1892 in St. Petersburg. Erté is one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, and is credited as a “genius of Art Deco” thro...

Global Art Icon Guy Harvey Tells His Story on the ‘Behind the Artist’ Podcast

"Behind the Artist" host Morris Shapiro calls Guy Harvey "one of the most fascinating individuals and artists I've ever met." In the latest episode of Park West Gallery's "Behind the Artist" podcast, Shapiro sits down with Harvey to talk about his incredible career. You can find the episode on the Park West Podcast page or download the episode on iTunes or Stitcher. Shapiro describes Harvey as a "naturalist, author, filmmaker, founder of his own research institute and foundation, licenser, schol...

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