October 16, 2015
Geometric Obsession - American School 1965-2015
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, 10/16/2015
Curator: Robert C. Morgan

Geometric Obsession - American School 1965-2015
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, 10/16/2015
Curator: Robert C. Morgan

Fifty years ago the curator William Seitz presented at the MOMA in New York a sample of optical art entitled The Responsive Eye. This proposal unfolded a panorama of contemporary pieces of this trend globally met by artists and groups from Italy, Argentina, USA, England, Poland, and others. With the help of one of the most important experts of the period and the geometric art, gallery owner Denise René, the exhibition made known perceptual investigations and spare retinal effect associated with the pure form, color and line.

On the occasion of the celebration of the fifty years that iconic sign, the proposed exhibition MACBA 2015 honors this central to the conception of his collection initiative, since many of the artists represented in the same correspond to those which occurred in that entonces¹ and seeks gather again in an initiative entitled Geometric Obsession. American School from 1965 to 2015.

This exhibition brings together thirty pieces of American artists of the abstract school in dialogue with contemporary artists who gave continuity to his legacy to the presente².

It is expected to turn a series of activities around the exhibition will feature a symposium with local and US specialists, for understanding the importance of this group and its impact on art history to the present. It is also estimated for 2016 roaming this exhibition in our country and regional level, in the first instance in Chile.

¹Los artists who are represented in the collection to responding to the initiative The Responsive Eye include: Josef Albers, Richard Anuzkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, John McLaughlin, Kenneth Noland, Sewell Sillman, Leon Polk Smith, Paul Feeley, Francis Celentano , Lorser Feitelson, Ernest Benkert, Hannes Beckmann, Leroy Lamis, William Kommodore, Francis Hewitt, Edwin Mieczkowszki, Julian Stanczak, Oli Sihvonen, Gene Davis, Sue Fuller, Henry Pearson, Mon Levinson, Arnold Schmidt, Thomas Downing, Alexander Liberman, Reginald Neal.

²Larry Zox, James Hilleary, Howard Mehring, Ilya Bolotowsky, Charles Joseph Biederman, Sanford Wurmfeld, Karen Hewitt, Charles Hinman, Paul Reed, Rakuko Naito, Edna Andrade, Tadasuke Kuwayama and Gabriele Evertz.

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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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