February 14, 2019
GLORIA KLEIN
On Paper
Kustera Projects Red Hook, 02/14/2019

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GLORIA KLEIN
On Paper
Kustera Projects Red Hook, 02/14/2019

KUSTERA PROJECTS is delighted to present On Paper, an exhibition of selected works on paper by artist Gloria Klein. The exhibition will run from March 2nd through April 13th, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 2nd, from 6-8pm.

Gloria Klein is an abstract painter based in New York City. She was involved with the Pattern and Decoration Movement in the 1970s and was an active participant in the artists’ cooperative, Criss-Cross. Her rigorous and colorful geometric abstract works are based on her own mathematical system for dividing and organizing her canvases and systematically distributing colors to create stunning and detailed compositions. Klein uses this process to experiment with her palettes and compositions, creating intricate patterns that range from completely chaotic to highly structured configurations. The exhibition at Kustera Projects will feature a select group of works on paper from Klein’s vast body of intuitively geometric works.

Gloria Klein graduated from Hunter College in New York with a Master’s degree in Art in 1973. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions for over 5 decades, at such venues as the legendary 112 Greene Street, Gallery 128, The Brooklyn Museum, PS 1, and The Aldrich Museum. She is a recipient of several honors and awards including the Pollack/Krasner Foundation and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. Her work was frequently featured in the avant-garde publication, Criss-Cross Art Communications, and was included in the feminist journal, Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics. Her work is courtesy of David Richard Gallery in New York. Klein lives and works in Chinatown, New York City.

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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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