April 21, 2016
Art + World | Dallas Art Fair
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Christi

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Art + World | Dallas Art Fair
Pin + Stripe, 04/21/2016
Christi

I LOVE the Dallas Art Fair. I first attended with a fellow Dallas mom who is an art consultant and was familiar with many of the galleries at the fair {she worked for one of them in New York}. The first time you go to this event it’s a little intimidating {in my opinion}. If you aren’t familiar with the galleries or the artists it’s hard to know what questions to ask so following her through really helped me understand the “culture” of an art fair. The past few years I’ve just gone on my own – I like being able to spend time where I want to and blow through galleries I’m not as interested in. What I’ve really learned, though, is that it really doesn’t matter – you don’t have to talk to anyone, you can just enjoy the works.

I’ve highlighted below some of my favorite works and artists from this year’s Dallas Art Fair.

I wish i had taken a video of this piece as it’s not a static artwork – this is a digital artwork that’s projected onto an aluminum screen – the artist personally codes the work onto a computer which is installed and linked to the projector. It’s really amazing {and hypnotizing}.

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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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