October 1, 2019
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DAVID RICHARD Gallery of New York will present "Shaken, Not Stirred: 1970s Color Abstraction," an exhi­bition dedicated to the work of painter Anthe Zacharias, from October 30-November 30. It will be the artist's sec­ond solo show at the gallery. Zacharias, who began as an Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s, made a major inno­vation in her painting in the early '70s, adopting a brush­less method in which the paint would move across the canvas by the force of gravity. She also increased the size of her can­vases until they reached monu­mental scale.

Working in her Providence, R.I., studio (a former dance studio acquired because of its large size), Zacharias would pour acrylic paints onto primed or unprimed canvases and allow them to flow and blend. She would control the movement of the paint by tilt­ing and shaking the canvas, and the mixing of colors would take place entirely due to grav­ity-thus the exhibition title, "Shaken, Not Stirred." The colors in these painting move in broad arcs or waterfall-like cascades, and the effects of the colors blending sometimes resemble marbleized paper. Occasionally Zacharias would dilute the pigment to create translucent glazes, or sprin­kle dry pigments over the surface when the paint had ceased moving, imparting an iridescent effect. The paint handling combines with the massive size of the works to draw the viewer into a truly immersive experience. To make them, the artists had to surmount some major tech­nical challenges.

Zacharias was born in Albania in 1934 and came to New York with her parents as a child. She attended Queens College from 1952-56, where she studied with art historian Robert Goldwater (the husband of Lou­ise Bourgeois), then got her MFA in 1957 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with George McNeil and Earle Loran. In die 1960s she lived and worked in an old sea captain's house at Coenties Slip in lower Man­hattan, in a community that included Robert Rauschen­berg, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Martin, and Robert Indiana. In the mid-'60s she exhibited at the Great Jones Gallery and in the early '70s at the Green Mountain Gallery in Soho. In the mid-'70s she withdrew from the gallery scene and in the '80s and '90s was closely associated with the Socrates Sculpture Park. During that period she also worked with children's groups and taught. At David Richard, this month viewers will have a rare oppor­tunity to see Zacharias' exper­imental, monumental works from the '70s.

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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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