May 12, 2014
Highlights from Downtown Fair 2014, 05/12/2014


Highlights from Downtown Fair 2014, 05/12/2014

Yesterday was the opening day of the inaugural Downtown Fair in NYC. The contemporary art fair is being held in the 69th Regent Armory in lower Manhattan, and is host to nearly 600 artists from galleries across the globe.

It was an impressive turn out, with floods of people crowding in to see never before exhibited works from big names like Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Google Glass artist David Datuna.

Some of my personal favorite works on show were Silvia Levenson's sculptures; frosted, Barbie-pink glass conveys dangerous items, like guns and grenades, touching on gender and political themes. Beverly Fishman, who was exhibited alongside Levenson in the David Richard Gallery space, was another personal favorite. Her blown glass and neon sculptures of pop culture icons are playful and impossible not to notice. Apart from Levenson and Fishman, there was Maria Berrio's startlingly delicate collages featuring Japanese paper and watercolor. Julie Blackmon's indulgent photographs of misbehaving children were also quite enjoyable.

This is a huge week for art in NYC. Aside from Downtown Fair, Frieze Art Fair, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), Pulse, and the Outsider Art Fair just kicked off. The fair will go on until Sunday, May 11th. To see more of the artists' work and learn more about Downtown Fair, visit:

Source Link:   More information

Associated Exhibitions

Associated News

  • November 27, 2018

  • May 13, 2014

  • May 12, 2014

News Archive

March 27, 2019
March 16, 2019
July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017
January 17, 2017
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.

September 12, 2014
February 15, 2014
January 31, 2014
September 12, 2013
December 18, 2012
September 26, 2012
May 31, 2012
September 21, 2011