April 5, 2019
Colorado Artist To Be Celebrated at MCA Summer Retrospective
303Magazine.com, 04/05/2019


Clark Richert‘s artistic story in Colorado begins in the mid-1960s, near Trinidad, with a collective called Drop City. The geometry of sustainable living — through R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes — was used by the “Droppers” for living and working spaces, and it was through this introduction that Richert found an interest in geometry in art. From there, Richert’s path moves to Boulder in the ’70s and ’80s, where he then went back to experimenting with geometric abstraction by the 2000s. Throughout the decades of his career, Richert continuously explored the relationships between dimensions — one, two and three — while also addressing the concept of higher dimensionality. This summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver will showcase his oeuvre with a retrospective. It’s accompanied with an exhibition by Richert’s students and it opens June 7 until September 1, 2019.

The retrospective called Clark Richert in hyperspace, is the first large-scale museum exhibition dedicated to the artist. It will feature more than 100 items from his career, alongside a catalog with contributions by curator Zoe Larkins, Eva Diaz and Cortney Lane Stell. Alongside Richert’s retrospective, the MCA will also feature nth Dimension — a showcase of work from students of Richert’s at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, who dedicate some of their inspiration to the Colorado artist.

Much of Richert’s abstraction will seem familiar to younger generations, who have grown up with similar patterns to his paintings — especially on computer programs and in brain teaser games. Some of his work is reminiscent of kaleidoscopes, while others are more reliant upon white space than colors or patterns. His ability to create designs that adhere to geometric principles ties all of his work together neatly, although the path he took may not have been the straightest. Some of Clark Richert in hyperspace will be dedicated to the underlying ethos he lived by rather than the output of his artistic devices, and in doing so, will enrich the overall appreciation of his abstraction. Richert’s story is an interesting one, and in Colorado, we can be proud of his reputation and influence that has lasted over 50 years.

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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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