I am always wary when I hear the words "art prodigy" that certain parties may be pushing along a child and branding them as genius in order to make some easy money off scribbles. Not true in the case of four year-old Aelita Andre who just opened her first solo exhibit "Prodigy of Color" at the Agora gallery in Chelsea. It's amazing. -
Aelita's work has been called "abstract expressionism" and also "surrealist". Three paintings from the show have already been sold for $27,000.
Anglea Di Bello, Agora's gallery director, did not even realize at first that the paintings were done by a child. She tells NBC:
"I saw great colors, great movement, great composition and very playful, and I thought, 'This is fantastic, who is this person?' Only to find out, she's a child."
Here she is working:
Want to feel depressed about all the time you spent peeing your pants and drooling as a baby? Agora's website states: "She first gained international attention when she was 20 months old, and created her first significant body of work before reaching the age of two."
The exhibit runs till July 25.
Wednesday, May 22
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.