May 12, 2015
Fine Art Exhibition of Work from the 1960s Opens in New York
Architectural Digest, 05/21/2015
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Fine Art Exhibition of Work from the 1960s Opens in New York
Architectural Digest, 05/21/2015
Mayer Rus


The show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark 1965 exhibition “The Responsive Eye,” which presented the work of nearly 100 international artists engaged in Op Art, Geometric Abstraction, Hard-Edge Painting, and other forms of expression that turned away from the raw emotion of an earlier generation of gestural abstract painters.

The artists represented in the exhibit may not be as familiar as, say, Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock, but they nevertheless exerted a profound influence on the Minimalism and Conceptual movements that were beginning to coalesce in the 1960s and early ’70s. For art aficionados who may not happen to possess a Ph.D. in 20th-century painting, this show offers a concise yet compelling introduction to the work of Leon Berkowitz, Francis Hewitt, Beatrice Mandelman, Paul Reed, and others.

The good news for collectors is that, unlike the astronomical sums that canvases by Rothko, Pollock, and their peers typically fetch, the prices for the works on view at Maison Gerard are decidedly more accessible. In any case, they’re well worth seeing.

Artwork curated by David Richard Gallery through May 27, Maison Gerard, 43 & 53 East 10th Street, New York; maisongerard.com

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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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