July 1, 2012
Press Release - Deborah Remington "Selected Works from 1964 to 1975"

Select Works from 1964 to 1975

June 29 – August 11, 2012

David Richard Gallery, LLC
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

David Richard Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition for artist Deborah Remington, Select Works from 1964 to 1975. The exhibition will feature seminal works from this period including paintings, drawings and lithographs.

Remington was an abstract expressionist painter in the late 1940s and 1950s. She studied with Hassel Smith and Clyfford Still at the California School of Fine Art and was part of the vibrant Beat scene in San Francisco. Her time in Japan and study of calligraphy followed by a move to New York City influenced her seminal works from the 1960s and 1970s, which shifted dramatically from the purely gestural to more representational and illusionistic—albeit highly abstract. The new compositions were structured, centered and tightly controlled. The imagery was machine-like, steely smooth and mirrored, modeled in shades of grey with thin shocks of intense red, blue, orange or green color. Indicative of her personality and proclivity, the work emphasized stark contrasts as in the near-perfect transitions from white to grey, large expanses of deep dark voids and the juxtaposition of bold colors, which the combination created not only a vibrational glow, but an optical effect that enhanced the notion of these emblematic objects floating in space. In 1973 and 1975 she produced lithographs of these same images at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. 

Deborah Remington had an impressive career, first by living and working on both the east and west coasts of the US as well as abroad in Asia. In 1954, along with 5 other artists and poets, she founded the Six Gallery in San Francisco which was home to experimental work and the first public reading of Howl by Alan Ginsburg. Remington had over 33 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous group shows including: The Whitney Museum, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (New York), National Academy (New York), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT) and McNay Art Institute (San Antonio), among countless others. Remington’s art is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Whitney Museum (NY), Art Institute of Chicago, Centre d’Art et de Culture George Pompidou (Paris), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Boymans Museum (Rotterdam, Holland), Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT), Oakland Museum of Art (Oakland, CA), Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington), Cleveland Museum of Art, National Academy of Design (NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH) and Newport Harbor Museum, among many others.

David Richard Gallery is located in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edge, Op, Pop, Minimalism and conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

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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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