The exhibition is being held from February 14th through March 23rd
at the Union Square Studio/Gallery, 32 Union Square East, Suite 200, New York City.
Intended as a celebration of Martin Luther King, the exhibition has as one of its central pieces the painting, "The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King." That painting and other work can be previewed at www.samadoquei.com.
As contemporary history paintings, Sam Adoquei's works well make the point about the important place of the artist in current society. Yes, Sam is drawing on many classical influences from the past like Titian and Van Dyke but he is also doing work that is contemporary in its style and symbolism. He well fits Said's depiction:
Any style involves first of all the artist's connection to his or her own time, or historical period,
society, and antecedents: the aesthetic work, for all its irreducible individuality, is nevertheless
a part -- or paradoxically, not a part -- of the era in which it was produced and appeared.
(Edward S. Said, On Late Style, 2006)
Equally important, Sam Adoquei's canvases contain messages of hope for our future, our future in painting and in society.