June 16, 2012
Press Release - Judy Chicago "ReViewing PowerPlay"
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JUDY CHICAGO
ReViewing PowerPlay



June 29 – August 11, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, July 6, 5:00-7:00 PM


David Richard Gallery, LLC
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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www.DavidRichardGallery.com



David Richard Gallery is pleased to present ReViewing PowerPlay, a solo exhibition that re-presents in a contemporary context Judy Chicago’s PowerPlay (circa 1982-1986) series that was first exhibited in New York in 1986.

The series PowerPlay, consisting of paintings, drawings, weavings, bronze reliefs and cast paper, features the male figure, which was very different and a first for Chicago. The work is heroic, larger than life-sized, and rooted in Italian Renaissance painting as it focuses on the male nude as the allegorical erotic subject. PowerPlay is one of Chicago’s lesser-known and probably most misunderstood bodies of work. The essence of the art addresses the gender construct of masculinity and specifically, “how man, as a category, achieves coherence and significance only in and through its self-repression of qualities it has devalued as female,” according to writer, historian and activist, Dr. Jonathan D. Katz. We learn in this new presentation, with the help of Dr. Katz, that PowerPlay was indeed a seminal body of work and misunderstood due to its timing. The art world and social politics had transitioned from protest-based art-making practices—to provoke social awareness and change—to the more subtle use of irony in the 1980s. However, we now realize that PowerPlay was more conceptual and complex in its approach than initially thought and foundational for many other feminist artists who use irony and appropriation in their art practices.

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 is located in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edged, 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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