Written by Aleen Khanjian & first published on AGBUCA.org:
As humans, we are faced with the daily realization of mortality. For this reason, we appreciate the rare occurrences of immortality. Art is one of them.
While many of us thirst for cultural outlets to stretch our minds and increase our collective awareness, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) quenches that thirst by exposing us to the brilliance of Artists who live among us. Through the years, AGBU in Southern California has held memorable art exhibits. Most recently, in 2007, AGBU allowed us to witness its perpetual effort to promote Armenian culture and preserve our unique heritage throughout the world, through a highly successful exhibition entitled “Nine Contemporary Artists from Armenia.” It was an incredible display of color, emotion, and passion, inspired by nine unique `new generation’ artists from Armenia.
This year, AGBU will bring you the internationally known, Los Angeles-based, Armenian artist, Emil Kazaz. Once again, AGBU strives not only to familiarize our minds, but to leave a lasting impression on our souls by exhibiting the immortal handiwork of art-genius, Emil Kazaz. As those who are familiar with Kazaz know, his unique expression embodies a culmination of politics, mysticism, and eroticism in a way that most sculptors and painters cannot do.
Emil Kazaz has achieved international critical recognition, including the prestigious Lorenzo Medici medal from the Florence Biennale in 2003, as well as the Grande Lorenzo il Magnifico (Medici) Prize in Sculpture from Florence Biennale 2007. He has had many successful and highly acclaimed exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Russia, North and South America, and just recently in New York City. Next fall, AGBU will celebrate Emil Kazaz’s unique talent with a major exhibition and an evening of tribute honoring the artist at the AGBU Alex Manoogian Center in Pasadena, taking place from November 5-8, 2009.
This unique Emil Kazaz Exhibition is being organized with the close cooperation of the Airian Dome of Fine Art Inc., home of the largest Emil Kazaz collection, through its founder and president, Monet Airian, who represents the artist worldwide. The exhibited artwork will be available to the public at special prices to encourage sales to raise funds for the AGBU to benefit its social, cultural and youth oriented programs in Southern California. The portion of the sales amount designated and provided as a donation to the AGBU will be deductible for income, gift, and estate purposes.