February 22, 2018
Izvor Pende & Daniel Richter: Swimming Together

Exhibition Swimming Together brings together recent paintings by two artist Croatian Izvor Pende and German Daniel Richter. Concept follows the path traced by the series of exhibitions entitled One on One, organized in the museum since 2009. So far exhibitions have presented works by two Croatian artists that were coupled according their style, generation, discipline or theme. Swimming Together exhibition is a step forward in the concept since it connects Croatian with international artist, which reflects overall museum's strategy of international promotion and positioning. The rest of the exhibition's conceptual dynamics lies in the fact that it connects artists of different generation, and different status among art scene structure – while Richter is international star, younger Pende is only of national reputation. Furthermore, while both artist express themselves in the medium of painting, Pende is lately inclined towards abstract idiom, while Richter remained one of the leading contemporary figurative artists. Exhibition will present 10 large size canvases of each artist. Their works will be installed to compliment and contrast each other in order to provoke not only their more intense perception, but also their interpretation. Overall, exhibition will simulate the life situation when two artists, friends and neighbors in reality, swim together.

Curator: Branko Franceschi

Artist Talk with Daniel Richter, as part of the educational project Runaway Art, will be held on Wednesday, 21. 2. 2018 at 11 am at the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

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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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