May 14, 2015
Press Release - Judy Chicago "Heads Up"

Heads Up

June 14 - July 26, 2014

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Artist Gallery Talk with Judy Chicago and Dr. Kathy Battista:
Saturday, June 14, 3:30 - 5:00 P.M.

David Richard Gallery, LLC
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284

Judy Chicago utilizes cast and painted glass, bronze and ceramics as media for exploring a range of human emotions and behaviors in "Heads Up", her newest body of work. The thought-provoking sculptures and paintings seduce us with their surfaces as a metaphor for human appearances, but challenge viewers to look more closely at a person and go beyond skin deep. 

David Richard Gallery will present Heads Up, the newest body of work by Judy Chicago in cast glass, bronze and ceramics that explores human emotions and behavior. The exhibition will be presented June 14 – July 26, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 14 from 2:00-5:00 PM and a gallery talk from 3:30 – 5:00 PM between Judy Chicago and Dr. Kathy Battista, a feminist scholar, writer, curator and Director, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Battista will accompany the exhibition. The gallery is located on 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

Heads Up, by Chicago, is a thought-provoking study of human behavior. The work goes beyond feminist issues, embracing a wider audience and addressing a topic that ponders the human condition by connecting at a personal and individual level. The presentation includes a selection of cast glass, bronze and ceramic sculptures, paintings on clear glass panels and watercolor studies on paper. Glass is the perfect medium for exploring a topic as diverse and complex as human emotions and behaviors, with its range of transparent and translucent properties. By painting the surface, glass can also become opaque, allowing no transmission of light or view inside, like a shield or mask. The sculptures, with their combinations of painted glass, cast bronze and applied metal furthers Chicago’s fascination with smooth and pristine surfaces, yet the facial expressions and content goes beyond the skin's surface. The painted glass panels provide a glimpse into facial expressions and the accompanying musculature and skeletal apparatus required to pull them off, like a medical rendering. However, that is just the physical analysis of the underlying cause or effect for the behavior. While we do not know the models for these sculptures or paintings, we can identify with their emotions of anger, disappointment and envy as they evoke a memory or distain for someone that we—the viewer—do know. 

This exhibition is part of the year-long, nation-wide celebration of Judy Chicago's 75th birthday and a companion show to Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico, curated by Merry Scully and opening June 6th at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Local Color is paired with the recently opened and widely acclaimed exhibition at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago's Early Work, 1962-1974, site of the permanent housing of Chicago's most well-known work, The Dinner Party.

Judy Chicago is an artist, writer, educator, collaborator and feminist who is not afraid to explore every artistic medium and communication device to speak on the behalf of and create opportunities for hearing women’s voices in the arts. Her multimedia artmaking practice has spanned over 50 years and included painting, drawing, sculpting and performing, using canvas, acrylic, watercolor, glass, bronze, photography and fireworks to name but a few media. Her intellectual impact influences the art world as well as numerous social, political and academic causes. Internationally recognized as a pioneer and defender of the rights of women and anyone else who feels powerless against those with power, she has received much critical acclaim for her artwork, writing and educational efforts with numerous reviews, publications, awards and honorary degrees. Chicago is best known for the Womanhouse project created with Miriam Schapiro in the 1970s, The Dinner Party, 1974-79, Birth Project, 1980-85, PowerPlay series, 1982-87, Holocaust Project, 1985-93 and her most recent work comprised of cast glass hands and heads.

David Richard Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism 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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