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MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center Just Steps Away From Paname NYC Restaurant

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Artist Yikui Gu and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 

Artist Alexis Duque and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 

Artist Allan Gorman and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 

Curator Michaela Bonuta and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 

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BLUM ANTIQUES Owner Eva Blum and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center 

Artist and Jewelerr Bob Saling poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Manhattan Art & Antique Center

Bob Saling specializes in antique and estate fine jewelry featuring rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. Also available are fine art photographs of nature from around the world

MAAC on the Map Edition II At Manhattan Art & Antique Center

Art and antique collectors enjoyed an exciting new arts initiative at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center – MAAC on the Map. It is a four-part exhibition series happening in 2017. After the resounding success of MAAC on the Map Edition I, that opened on March 11, 2017, The Manhattan Art & Antique center is thrilled to announce the opening of their next contemporary art exhibition in the series. The opening and reception of MAAC on the Map Edition II, featuring the artistry of Alexis Duque, Alicia Degener, Allan Gorman, Christina Massey, Sarah Whalen and Yikui Gu, took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 between 4pm-7pm and all were welcome to join in the wine and cheese soiree.

MAAC on the Map is a contemporary art exhibition series that aims to give a platform to emerging and established artists at The Manhattan Art & Antique Center - one a the nation's largest fine art and historical design centers.  MAAC on The Map is a movement to give contemporary artists a new home on the Upper East Side and an opportunity to expose their work to a different audience.  The injection of these vital contemporary artists reinforces that the Upper East Side is a potent destination for innovation, a creative hotspot where experience meets a new breed of artistic disrupter.

The Maac on the Map Edition I inaugural exhibition opened on Saturday March 11, 2017 with a packed reception to honor the eight female, Asian artists featured in the first series.  They included Gao Yuan, O'Zhang, Xin Song, Zahra Nazary, Shiva Jlayer Lulu Dong, Ping Zheng, Dasha Shkurpela.

Visitors had the opportunity to explore the work, curated by Paul Anavian and Michaela Boruta, in the six dedicated gallery spaces at the Manhattan Art & Antique Center.  The guests were also invited to discover the wonders of remaining 50 galleries populating the space.  The artists were on hand to discuss their works in detail with the public.  Smaller groups gathered at various artworks to hear the motivations, techniques and inspiration for the artist's creations.

This format will again be employed at Maac on the Map Edition II.  The curatorial vision for Maac on the Map Edition II is based on visual patterns and how we "see" the world through our own particular cultural or personal filters.  It's a collection of artists who are exploring the idea of the line.  How we break it, flow with it, chase it, sexualize it or define space with it to control our relationship with the world.  Each artist is gazing, glaring, observing society and shifting the way we "look" at our inner and outer landscapes.

New York City comes to life in Spring withthe rich offering of art fairs focusing on Contemporary art and design.

Some of the artists featured in Maac on the Map Edition II that I met 
were :

Alexis Duque

"The chaotic and unavoidable process of urbanization in our globalized and over populated world are the central focus of my work.  I am interested in depicting clustered spaces and precarious constructions that seem to multiply and overflow with crowded objects in one continuous urban sprawl, at the same time as such structures begin to crumble and decompose from within.  Through the use of exaggerated drama and distortion, my work attempts to challenge the way the viewer confronts the idea of consumerism and urbanization with contemporary culture and draw the viewer's attention to the isolation of the transitory residents, like semi-nomads that emigrate hop  to find a better life on the outskirts of large metropolises."

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Allan Gorman

"I find myself drawn to hidden abstract patterns, random shapes and aesthetic tensions I see in real objects - particularly within the confines of industrial structures, machinery and vehicles.

Although I paint in a realistic style, my focus isn't necessarily on the precise rendering of objects, but rather on conveying the abstract information created by - and within those objects.  I ask viewers to share a journey of discovery with me and hope they'll become as excited and fascinated and moved as I am about the beauty that can be found in what's often taken for commonplace and mundane.

In this way, I define my works as abstract compositions nested in the guise of realism and I use this criterion to inform my choices of what to paint."

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Yikui Gu

"The spaces between order and chaos, sincerity and irony, or design and chance are the most interesting to explore. My paintings are an attempt to probe these areas using visual elements from sneakerhead culture, found internet images, Ikea catalogues, personal photos, and art historical references. Through this combination of political, cultural, and domestic imagery, I hope to affirm and subvert the modern human condition. I want my work to be both horrifying and hilarious."

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I also had the opportunity to chat with Andres Aquino Founder of Couture Fashion Week.

Couture Fashion Week, founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino, presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City, Cannes and other selected cities.  For more information please visit

To learn more about the Manhattan Art & Antique Center pleases visit

Owner and Executive Chef Bernard Ros and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Paname NYC Restaurant on the upper east side

Paname NYC Restaurant 

Just steps away from the Manhattan Art and Antique Center is Paname NYC Restaurant where we dined on fabulous French cuisine!  Paname C'est Paris, a neighborhood French Restaurant, is the perfect destination after a day of shopping for fine antiques and fabulous art!  For more information please visit

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