May 13, 2014
Artnet News: The Best and Worst of Downtown Art Fair.
ArtNet, 05/09/2014
Benjamin Sutton


Artnet News: The Best and Worst of Downtown Art Fair.
ArtNet, 05/09/2014
Benjamin Sutton

The new Downtown Fair, Art Miami’s first crack at a New York City fair, is an eclectic affair. Its strong suit of secondary market dealers sets it apart from the rest of the Frieze Week slate, but it also makes for a lot of repetition in the booths at the 69th Regiment Armory. Works by John Chamberlain, Alexander Calder, Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana, and the like abound, though the fair’s unquestioned king is Fernando Botero, who has work in virtually every other booth. That said, Miami’s Ascaso Gallery has brought a 1961 Botero, Mona Lisa a Caballo, that offers a rare glimpse of the Colombian artist’s work before he developed his signature style and is well worth seeking out in the fair’s far corner.

In addition to those heavyweights of postwar art, there are plenty of strong and worthwhile booths, and one-off wonders peppered throughout the rest of the fair. Herewith, some favorites.

The Santa Fe-based gallery has a fantastic booth with colorful works in virtually every medium, from a beautiful orange Op art painting by Julian Stanczak, Divided Red (1990, priced at $40,000), to a set of glossy urethane-on-wood sculptures by Beverly Fishman. But the stand-out offerings are a pair of Nancy Dwyer sculptures: the wooden text piece ME, MAN, MEN, MEAN (1987), priced at $10,000; and the deceptively pretty Selfish Idiot (2014), whose colorful garlands of painted plastic orbs spell out the titular insult, priced at $8,000.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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