Taking Broome to New York
When it comes to the visual arts, New York is undoubtedly the home of the avant-garde. It gave us Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum to name but a few of New York’s fine art icons.
Interestingly the main borough of New York,
Manhattan Island which contains the famous art galleries, has a land mass of 87sq km, which is not much bigger than the landmass of the Broome peninsula. Another similarity between Manhattan and Broome is a particular artist currently exhibiting at the Agora Gallery, 520 West 25th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan. Krim Benterrak, a Moroccon born artist, has lived and created fine art in Broome since 1986. For Krim painting is an addiction, it’s the essence of his being. His expressionist style is very individual and not obviously derivative of others. His work features strong and hyper-saturated colours, colours that are moved around the canvas freely using inventive techniques which at times have included a plastic key card.
His work features landscapes from the Kimberley and Broome. Krim has had a sound apprenticeship, studying at the Ecole Superieure Des Beaux Arts in Paris. This gave Krim a principled foundation and values about art. He doesn’t enter art awards, believing that it is impossible to judge art and that art just should not be judged. It is the purest form of art for art’s sake. Krim’s landscapes feature symbols of the ecosystem. He paints to reinforce through the aesthetic experience, the true value and beauty of what we have. It’s this work, paintings that are subtly seeped in profound meaning of the power of the Kimberley landscape that the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York is exhibiting.New York, “it’s a concrete jungle where dreams are made of, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere” it has famously been said. Krim Benterrak has made it there and he is taking art from Broome and the Kimberley with him.