December 3, 2008
AGBU Press Office
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022-1112
Phone: 212.319.6383, x118
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 13, 2008
AGBU Toronto Organizes Art Exhibit by Alexander Saroukhan, Hagop
Hagopian & Armenian Canadian Artists
From October 31 to November 2, 2008, AGBU Toronto organized an art
exhibition at the AGBU Alex Manoogian Cultural Centre in honor of
Egyptian-Armenian artist Alexander Saroukhan, who is widely considered
the leading caricaturist of 20th-century Armenian life. Also included in
the exhibition were art works by Hagop Hagopian of Armenia and local
Armenian Canadian artists.
On this occasion, Edmond Azadian was invited from Southfield, Michigan
to speak about the life and work of Saroukhan. He also spoke about the
work of Hagopian as one of the leading contemporary Armenian painters.
Azadian introduced both artists to the crowd and shared his personal
experiences with them while he was the editor of “Arev” (Sun) daily
newspaper in Cairo, Egypt. Both Saroukhan and Hagopian originally hail
from Egypt, while Hagopian repatriated to Armenia during the Soviet
Other participating artists were Natalie Avanessian, Oleg Danilyants,
Shushanik Danilyants, Silva Djarahyan, Nina Dmitrieva, Seyran Gasbarian,
Marine Hakopyan, Tamara Harutyunyan, Hari Ketenjian, Jack Koca, Harout
Mardirossian, Tatiyana Menjolian Newyniak and Alina Sahakian.
Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world’s largest
non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU
preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through
educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the
lives of some 400,000 Armenians on six continents.