November 30, 2017
Press Release - Abstract Expressionism and Segue into the 1960s, Alcopley: 1950 – 1965, Selections in Oil, Watercolor, and Ink

Abstract Expressionism and Segue into the 1960s, Alcopley: 1950 – 1965, Selections in Oil, Watercolor, and Ink

Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00

Gallery Talk: Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00
With Una Dora Copley and Scott Jeffries, 
Moderated by Kathryn M Davis of Artbeat Santa Fe 

On view through January 20, 2018

Alcopley, Abstract Expressionist and prominent member of the New York School, has his first solo exhibition with David Richard Gallery and his first show since 2009, exploring the flow of structures through his multi-media brushwork

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

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce representation of Alcopley and present his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Abstract Expressionism and Segue into the 1960s, Alcopley: 1950 – 1965, Selections in Oil, Watercolor, and Ink will unearth the vibrant dynamism of this relatively unknown Abstract Expressionist artist. 

Before being known as Alcopley the artist, he was Alfred L. Copley, the scientist, and in both careers, he was an innovative creator. After receiving two medical degrees, Copley pioneered the science of biorheology, the flow properties of all biological matter, and hemorheology, which investigates the structured flow of blood. It is partially through this knowledge of his scientific endeavors that allows a richer understanding of his aesthetic accomplishments. Much like his scientific investigations, through painting he believed he could “show meaning in movements of structures in space.” As Alcopley the artist he was an active member of the New York School and participated in the ground breaking 9th Street Show in 1951. Having shown mainly in Europe and Asia during the 1950s and 60s he has not received the kind of exposure in the United States that many of his friends and colleagues have.

Rhythm, or flow, is essential in Alcopley’s aim to give form to his felt experiences. He does so with a gestural immediacy, in what Herman Cherry, the painter, poet, and longtime friend, describes as “nerve sensations made visible.” Carrying sketchbooks around with him everywhere and transcribing his experience in his own unique short hand allowed him enough preparation to take his brush to canvas, paper, and linen. He was particularly interested in the experience of music and its translation into visual form, much like Wassily Kandinsky whom he had an intimate familiarity with, growing up in Dresden, Germany at the turn of the twentieth century. 

Abstract Expressionism and Segue into the 1960s, Alcopley: 1950 – 1965, Selections in Oil, Watercolor, and Ink will be presented December 15, 2017 through January 20, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the David Richard Gallery’s newly renovated Santa Fe location at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E2, Santa Fe, NM 87505, P: (505) 983 – 9555. There will be a gallery discussion of Abstract Expressionism and Segue into the 1960s with Una Dora Copley and Scott Jeffries (daughter and son-in-law, respectively, of the artist), moderated by Kathryn M Davis of ArtBeat Santa Fe on December 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm. A digital catalogue will be available online. In addition to this solo exhibition by Alcopley, the presentation, Abstract Expressionism and Segue into the 1960s, also includes a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Nina Tryggvadottir who was married to Alcopley. 

About Alcopley: 

Alcopley was born in Dresden, Germany in 1910 and exposed to vibrant avant-garde movements in his youth such as Der Blaue Reiter and Die Brücke. In1930 he attended medical school, interested in pursuing psychoanalysis, and then received his MD from the University of Heidelberg in 1935. It was here that Alcopley witnessed the rise of Hitler and the intolerance of intellectual pursuit, leading him to join the resistance and begin smuggling books out of the city. In 1936, on the verge of arrest, he fled Germany for Switzerland where he received his second MD and befriended many of the Dadaists. The following year Alcopley left for the United States and subsequently began pursuing his artistic career on equal ground as his scientific one, exhibiting his paintings for the first time. In 1942 Alcopley became part of the group of artists known as the New York School and later was a co-founder of The Club, a venue for weekly debates and discussions about art, frequented by critic Clement Greenberg and director of MoMA, Alfred H. Barr. In 1951 he exhibited in the historic Ninth Street Show, hung by Leo Castelli, alongside Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Franz Kline. After marrying the Icelandic painter Nina Tryggvadottir, the two lived in both Paris and London before returning to New York in the 1960s. 

Alcopley’s work resides in prestigious collections internationally, such as: Museum of Modern Art, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Musee d’Art ed d’Industrie, Saint-Etienne; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden; National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

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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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.”

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