August 1, 2016
12 Fascinating Facts about the Women of Abstract Expressionism
Denver Art Museum
by Danielle St. Peter
August 1, 2016

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We put together the following list in honor of the 12 artists whose artworks are on view in Women of Abstract Expressionism. Learn more about these artists in upcoming lectures and talks.)

1) Three of the 12 artists are still living: Mary Abbott, Sonia Gechtoff, and Judith Godwin. 2) Helen Frankenthaler developed the technique of staining, which is pouring thinned paint onto raw, unprimed canvas to create bleeds of color. Her work led to future artists creating Color Field painting. 3) Elaine de Kooning was commissioned by the White House to paint President Kennedy’s portrait in 1963. 4) Though Mary Abbott was also a model who appeared on magazine covers, including Glamour, she wanted people to respect her as the serious artist she was. 5) Jay DeFeo was at the Six Gallery (co-founded by Deborah Remington) on October 7, 1955 when Allen Ginsberg read his famous poem Howl for the first time. Beat writer Jack Kerouac played drums. 6) Deborah Remington studied with Clyfford Still. 7) Perle Fine was one of the first female members of the Eighth Street Club in New York City, which was started by a handful of abstract artists. 8) Grace Hartigan held kite-making and kite-flying parties for friends. 9) Lee Krasner loved to dance. Her partner was sometimes artist Piet Mondrian. She said Jackson Pollock (her husband) had two left feet. 10) The Denver Art Museum now has eight new acquisitions and three promised gifts by women abstract expressionist artists in our collection. 11) Jazz was important to many of the artists. You can learn more about their relationship to this genre in the exhibition and listen to jazz in the lounge section of the exhibition. 12) Most of the artists were based in New York, but Jay DeFeo, Sonia Gechtoff, and Deborah Remington worked in San Francisco, and said the art scene was supportive of women. Gechtoff and Remington later moved to New York, where they encountered gender bias. (Learn more at the September 21st lecture "The Advantages of Obscurity: San Francisco Women Abstract Expressionists."

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January 17, 2017
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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