By Laman Ismayilova
Vintage vehicles of all sizes and colors downed the streets of the Old City to get in line for the parade, organized by Retro Cars Fan Club and Arts Council Azerbaijan.
The parade was timed to an exhibition of American artist Shane Guffogg, who took part in the parade. The parade ended in front of Baku Museum Center, which hosts the exhibition.
The artist was thrilled by the colorful parade of classic cars. It’ was like an art gallery of cars!
Entitled “The OBSERVER is the OBSERVED”, the expo was co-organized by art agency Marika Parkdale and Carpentier Art Paris, with the support of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the U.S Embassy in Baku and Arts Council Azerbaijan.
The event will run until April 6, 2017. A number of educational and cultural events will be held as part the exhibition.
Shane Guffogg is an American artist in great demand. Admirers and collectors of his works include: former US president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, Dustin Hoffman, Meg Ryan, Ed Harris, Seann William Scott and other well-known politicians, cinematographers and stars of show business. Shane Guffogg’s works are also to be found in the collections of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Duke University Museum of Modern Art, the Fresno Art Museum in California and many others. He was born in Los Angeles, where he received an art education at the California Institute of the Arts.
He uses a glazing technique that was very popular with artists of the 16th century.
During this exploration he found that painting is one of the few art forms that may express what language cannot. The resulting work contains its own language of sign and symbol, and in its patterning, visual depth, and light, simultaneously seems to refer to emotion, to the human spirit, and to the unseen worlds of Quantum Physics and Super String Theory.