August 10, 2018
Press Release - Tadasky 'Pushing Boundaries'

Pushing Boundaries

Opening Reception: Friday, August 24, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

On view August 24 through September 29, 2018

This presentation examines Tadasky’s interest in color interaction and how the edge of the pigment border and complexity of the palette impacts the viewing experience. The result is a selection of paintings that range from dense and vibrational to serene and meditative 

David Richard Gallery, LLC 
1570 Pacheco Street, E2
Santa Fe, NM 87505
P: (505) 983 - 9555

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation, Tadasky, Pushing Boundaries. This will be the Gallery’s second solo exhibition for the artist that presents paintings from the late 1960s through 2011. The opening reception will be Friday, August 24, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and the exhibition will be on view through Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Tadasky has used the circle as his compositional framework throughout his career for exploring color relationships through concentric rings of pigment. Most of the 1960s compositions were comprised of hard edge bands of color with color interactions that had vibrational qualities and created a sense of motion. In the late 60s, Tadasky began to push the edges of the borders by applying thick pigment and letting it diffuse on one side of an outer ring of color. Later, the edges were pushed further with diffused ethereal rings of pigment and then by incorporating small drops of color around the composition's periphery. This presentation examines the range of painting techniques Tadasky used to study the impact of precise and diffuse edges as well as the thickness and complexity of borders in his E, G, J, M and N series from the late 1960s through 2011. Simultaneously, Tadasky also explored reductive color palettes that resulted in a range of experiences when combined with the diffuse borders. The paintings from the late 1960s and early 1970s maintained strong vibrational and optical qualities by using contrasting value shifts as well as a nearly full spectrum of colors. However, the J series are very serene, calm and meditative with the centers perfectly radiant. That combination makes them more of an exploration of pure color. The M and N series, with a range of blue hues and a heavy dose of black, combined with a frequently white outer ring, evoked mysterious voids and deep space explorations. 

About Tadasky:

Tadasky, born Tadasuke Kuwayama in Nagoya, Japan in 1935 has lived and worked in New York since 1961. He had numerous solo exhibitions at both the Kootz Gallery and legendary Fischbach Gallery in New York. His paintings were included in the seminal Op art exhibitions, The Responsive Eye, 1965, MoMA, New York and Kinetic and Optical Art Today, 1965, Albright-Knox, Buffalo, NY, as well as more than 35 other group exhibitions. Most recently, his paintings have been included in Optic Art: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, 2007, Columbus Museum of Art, curated by Joe Houston. Tadasky’s work is included in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; Albright-Knox, Buffalo, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Museum Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagaoka, Japan; Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan, among others.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. Opening the second location in New York in 2017 exposes the gallery’s artists to new markets, institutions and collectors. 

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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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