Wednesday, January 5, 2005

David & Edmund Yaghjian: April 20- May 21, 2007

For its first exhibition at if ART Gallery in Columbia, S.C., if ART, International Fine Art Services, presents an exhibition of works on paper by father-son duo Edmund and David Yaghjian. The show will run from April 20 – May 12, 2007. The exhibition will be part of Artista Vista, April 26 & 28, and the Columbia Festival of the Arts, April 26 – May 6.

Armenia native and longtime Columbia resident Edmund Yaghjian (1905-1997), whose retrospective is at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia until September 16, will be represented by gouaches, water colors, lithographs, drawings and studies. Yaghjian was the first chairman of the University of South Carolina art department and instrumental in establishing the Columbia Museum of Art, the Guild of S.C. Artists, and the Columbia Artists’ Guild. The older Yaghjian’s works in the if ART show are from the collections of his children.

Columbia native and resident David Yaghjian (b. 1948) will show monotypes produced in March at Phil Garrett’s King Snake Press in Greenville, S.C. Yaghjian focuses not on his well-known architectural themes but on his more recent body of art with an existential bent, involving a middle-aged man and his dog, wife, snake, belly and tribulations. The younger Yaghjian returned to Columbia from Atlanta in 2000.

The gallery, if ART Gallery, opened in November 2006. While if ART has been organizing exhibitions at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 in Columbia for two years, the Yaghjian show will be its first exhibition at if ART Gallery.

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