March 3, 2019
Daniel Richter and Izvor Pende at MMSU: A Dialogue of Different Painting Worlds
March 3, 2019
Kim Cuculi?

Daniel Richter and Izvor Pende at MMSU: A Dialogue of Different Painting Worlds
March 3, 2019
Kim Cuculic

About twenty works of larger formats in oil on canvas technique were exhibited

RIJEKA - The exhibition "Swim Together" by German artist Daniel Richter and Dubrovnik-based artist Izvor Pende opened last night at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. As the MSU's Vilma Bartolic reminded, the exhibition was designed to be presented in three different museums: initially at the Art Gallery in Split, curated by Branko Franceschi, then at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, and finally at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. in Rijeka. Each edition of the exhibition is accompanied by a different visual experience arising from the space tasks of the exhibition space, as well as the different correlation of the presented works. About twenty large-format works, made in the technique of oil on canvas, are exhibited.

- Now the exhibition has nicely "sat" in the new space of MMSU, said Bartolic. It brings together two different worlds of painting, which show the project "Swim Together" how they communicate with each other. Seven imposing paintings by Daniel Richter are part of the author's latest cycle, which represents a powerful turn in his work to date. He was preceded by years of engaging in figurative painting, and since 2015 Richter's painting has become more refined and the elements reduced.

Dubrovnik painter Izvor Pende at the Rijeka Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art / Photo by Vedran KARUZA

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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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