May 4, 2012
Art Media Agency, 05/04/2012

Art Media Agency, 05/04/2012

The David Richard Contemporary gallery in Santa Fe, in the US state of New Mexico, is to present an exhibition of works by artist Michael Wright. The show will display more than forty works from various stages in the artist’s career, and is set to take place between 4 May and 9 June 2012.

Born in 1931 in the New Rochelle area of New York, Michael Wright studied at Yale Music and Art School and the Brooklyn Museum School, before entering the US army as a war artist during the Korean War. Upon his return from Korea, he began his career as a painter, becoming friends with Jackson Pollock, and exhibiting in New York galleries. He left New York in 1972 in order to get closer to nature, eventually arriving in Santa Fe in 1985. He was a great traveller, having visited Europe, Africa, India, and Indonesia in search of inspiration. A recognised painter in the United States, he has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, as well as at numerous other American museums.

Wright is an abstract expressionist painter, who makes particular use of blocks of colour. He combines numerous techniques into his work: oil and acrylic, polymer painting, watercolour, collage, design, as well as drawing using charcoal, graphite, and ink. He also incorporates vegetable matter into his work, such as rattan. It is this variety and constant search for new visual subjects that the gallery wishes to focus upon in this exhibition. The majority of featured works date from the last ten years, and contain a freedom of tone and approach. Some works from the 1970s will also be up for sale at the gallery.

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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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