January 18, 2015
Press Release - Margaret Fitzgerald "Waters Edge"

Water's Edge

January 17 - Feburary 21, 2015

Artist reception on Friday, January 30, 5:00 - 7:00 PM 

David Richard Gallery
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284 

New Abstract Paintings by Margaret Fitzgerald in Her First Solo Show, "Water’s Edge", At David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe.

Fitzgerald is inspired by the landscape that exists between the natural and urban worlds and the many oppositions and contradictions it presents. Thus, her paintings are active and dynamic with bold colors and shapes next to neutralized palettes and detailed scratches in the painting surface, combinations of strong gestural strokes next to figurative elements, and raw textured surfaces adjacent to calligraphic details.

David Richard Gallery will present a new series of abstract paintings by Margaret Fitzgerald in her first solo exhibition with the gallery. “Water’s Edge” will be presented January 23 through February 21, 2015 with an opening reception with the artist on Friday, January 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. There will be a gallery talk with Margaret Fitzgerald, moderated by Kathryn M. Davis of “ArtBeat”, on Saturday, February 7 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM. The gallery is located at 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

This exhibition features a selection of new large paintings by Margaret Fitzgerald. It also debuts medium-sized paintings on paper that are 38 x 30 and 44 x 30 inches in size and smaller paintings on canvas that measure 16 inches square. These paintings are pure abstractions, yet as the title suggests, Fitzgerald’s art is inspired and informed by nature. In particular, she is interested in the landscape that exists between the natural and urban worlds. Her paintings juxtapose the opposite states that exist simultaneously in that world without resolve: hope and despair; strength and weakness; motion and stillness; growth and decay. To achieve these opposing states, her paintings are active and dynamic; bold colors and shapes next to neutralized palettes and detailed scratches in the painting surface; combinations of strong gestural strokes next to figurative elements; raw textured surfaces adjacent to text and calligraphic details. Her process begins with an idea followed by layering and removing paint, adding and subtracting forms, leaving notes and making marks—much like an investigation getting to the cellular level of a much larger aspect of nature—to reveal the underbelly and create the narrative. 

Margaret Fitzgerald was born in London, England. She grew up in Japan and the United States and studied fine art and art history in New York at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. Fitzgerald also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico. She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her extensive travels in Europe, Mexico and South America and the art, architecture and urban fabric of those places bring inspiration for her artwork. Fitzgerald's paintings have been featured in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New Mexico. Her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan and Macao.

David Richard Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism and Conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works. 

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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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