March 11, 2017
“Park Place Gallery: Founders and Friends, Then and Now” 
David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
Visual Art Source, 03/11/2017
Jordan Eddy

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“Park Place Gallery: Founders and Friends, Then and Now” 
David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
Visual Art Source, 03/11/2017
Jordan Eddy

When David Richard Gallery was located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District, the space was best-known for its exhibitions of Op Art from the 1960’s to the present. A move to Pacheco Street in 2015 marked a clear shift in the gallery’s direction. Historic works still hide in the back corners, but young, emerging artists have stormed its front galleries. Starting with a new wave of local art collectives and experimental projects immediately recast the program’s identity, and it’s still riding that momentum. A new exhibition of the Park Place Gallery artists represents an engaging confluence of the two curatorial approaches. 

The artist-run gallery opened in lower Manhattan in 1962, and united a group of irascibles who would come to define the Op Art movement and elevate post-minimalism. Many of the space’s founding members had moved to New York from the West Coast, and they swiftly engaged with up-and-coming New Yorkers such as Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Eva Hesse and Joan Jonas. The gallery moved to SoHo in 1965 and closed two years later. “Park Place Gallery: Founders and Friends, Then and Now" features old and new work by lesser known core of founding members Dean Fleming, Edwin Ruda and Leo Valledor, along with contributions by a smattering of artists who were part of the Park Place circle. Young upstarts in Santa Fe ought to swing by to bask in the vibrational energy of a collective that has passed into the realm of legend. Perhaps Pacheco Street is the next SoHo.

Artwork by: Patsy Krebs, "Tunisia," 1966, gouache on paper, 7 3/4 x 7 3/4"

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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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