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The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

Susan Swartz Dazzles Art Lovers at the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

The popularity of art fairs has grown in the past decade.  These venues bring together galleries, artists, and collectors to learn about artists from around the world and to recognize and contemplate the importance of art in society.  Many fairs focus on certain themes and will often feature panels and conversations among leaders involved in all aspects of the art world.

Contemporary Istanbul is no exception.  Galleries, artists, media, and collectors flock to Istanbul for the 10th anniversary of this renowned art fair.  This year, the focus is on Contemporary Tehran and New Media, both of which are novel themes to this venue.  Much of the work is politically motivated, revealing aspects of diverse cultures and the tension between races, religions, progress, and new technologies.  However, not all of the exhibits portray this upheaval.    

Galerie Edition Purrmann represents eight artists whose works are inspired by landscapes.  The use of different mediums contributes to an assortment of artwork, encompassing both two- and three-dimensional pieces, including heavily layered and textured paintings.  Regardless of the medium, these works always look to the theme of nature. 

Susan Swartz’s paintings, in particular Bhutan September and Contemplation in Square 2, provide an oasis from the aesthetically bright and thematically heavy artwork present throughout the fair.  The soft colors and meditative disposition of Swartz’s paintings remind us of the escapism that art often provides.  We are transported to a place of serenity and spirituality.

Situated at the entrance of Galerie Edition Purrmann’s space, Swartz’s Eastern Energy connects the other art at the fair to that located within this specific booth.  The dominant red and yellow colors of Eastern Energy, reminiscent of Western narratives of the East, radiate a lively spirit and feeling of vitality.  It evokes rays of sunshine bouncing off surfaces on an electrifyingly hot day, not unlike the glistening of the gold and mosaics in the historical Turkish landscape. 

Step into Galerie Edition Purrmann’s booth to be fully immersed in a world where the meaning of the artwork comes from the creative process.  Michael Kmoth, Ralph Fleck, Ben Kamli, Markus Lüpertz, and Andreas Lutherer – all artists exhibiting with Galerie Edition Purrmann – share a common ethos with Swartz.  Art is not just a hobby or means of expressing a motivated idea.  It is a passion, a necessary component of living.  For these artists, their medium of choice is a way of life. 

Contemporary Istanbul clearly establishes Susan Swartz on the international canvas.  Her paintings have a global identity that transcend cultures and nationalities and connect the human spirit to a universal experience -- that of the world of the imagination.


Thiel and Swartz: The Complexity of Nature Through Two Distinct Lenses

Susan’s most recent, increasingly abstract work will be on display in a new exhibition at London’s Belgravia Gallery, alongside renowned painter Leslie Thiel. While their subjects — landscape and horses, respectively — and their styles — abstract and realist — couldn’t be more distinct, both artists are moved by the natural world and express a fierce tenderness toward the earth’s fragility.

Like Susan, Leslie Thiel is an internationally recognized painter, whose large-scale pieces appear in collections throughout the world. Her interest is not in capturing the mere surface of her equine subjects, but in conveying the inner light that emanates from within them. Her painstaking detail and exacting realism are the perfect foil to Susan’s luminous abstract forms.

The exhibition opens this week at Belgravia Gallery and tonight, Thursday, October 17, a private viewing will be available from 6 - 8 pm. Interested in attending? RSVP to lorraine@belgraviagallery.com

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Guard

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Beloved ('The Bride') 1865-6

With her recent solo show at the Belgravia Gallery, Susan had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in London over the past year. London has many charms, but perhaps Susan’s favorite experience was viewing the Pre-Raphaelite exhibit at the Tate, London. She liked it so much, that she has just revisited these amazing works at the US stop in the exhibition tour at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Coinciding with the reign of Queen Victoria (roughly 1840-1900), the Pre-Raphaelite art movement was a self-aware, fairly radical group dedicated to overturning artistic orthodoxies. As a whole, this group of artists felt that art in their time had become decadent and instead favored the bright colors and truth to nature found in art before the time of game-changing Italian painter, Raphael (pre-1480s). Boldly original in style and conception, the Pre-Raphaelites made a profound contribution on the history of modern art.

Untitled 020 58×84

As a classically trained painter, Susan had certainly been exposed to the Pre-Raphaelites, but the Tate exhibition presented them in a new light, as an avant-garde movement. She was especially moved by the vivid natural imagery that appears in Pre-Raphaelite subjects, and by the art movement’s process of intensely looking at nature, which resulted in a new, distinctively modern style.

As Susan’s own painting career evolves into an increasingly abstract style, she has developed her own novel and precise method of transcribing the natural world around her and transmuting her own deeply personal interactions with that world.

When her time in London drew to a close, Susan brought home a valuable souvenir: the inspiration of the Pre-Raphaelite’s dramatically original response to nature and the singular intensity of their vision. Susan has imbued her most recent work, like Untitled 020 and the Landscape of Resonances Series, with this same spirit of rule-breaking originality.

Missed the exhibit at the Tate or The National Gallery of Art? The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Guard will be on display at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow from June 10 – September 30, 2013.

 

Susan Swartz Exhibiting in Palm Beach February 5-10, 2013

 American International Fine Art Fair 2013

American International Fine Art Fair 2013

For a third season, Susan Swartz will be exhibiting in Palm Beach with Michael James Fine Arts. This year Michael James will be featuring Swartz’s most recent paintings at the American International Fine Arts Fair, February 5 – 10, 2013 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Please email info@susanswartz.com for complimentary tickets.

Read more and view the complete selection of Susan’s paintings.

Gillian Tett Hosts Susan Swartz’s Opening Reception at Belgravia Gallery

 Gillian Tent  

Gillian Tent 

After months of planning and preparations, Susan’s latest exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE, opens this week at London’s Belgravia Gallery.

Last night, kicking off a week of exhibition events, renowned British writer Gillian Tett hosted the opening celebration. Tett has won numerous awards for her impactful journalism at the Financial Times, and Susan is proud to call her a longtime friend.

At the reception, Tett, just arriving in London from her New York City home, stressed that no one can ignore the impact we world citizens are having on the environment. We must all use our talents to  take action, whether that be by wielding a paintbrush or our voices.

The Essence of a Breath: Susan Swartz Opening Today at Belgravia Gallery

Susan’s solo exhibitionBREATH OF NATURE, has just opened at London’s Belgravia Gallery. The paintings included in the show mark a turning point in Susan’s artistic vision towards an increasingly abstract—and increasingly urgent yet hopeful — painting style. Perhaps no painting illustrates this change more clearly than the title work Breathless.

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Dale Chihuly at the Kimball Art Center

Denny Park unloading boxes for the Chihuly Exhibition at the Kimball Art Center.

Individual pieces that make up a chandelier. 

For the first time in Utah, legendary glass artist, Dale Chihuly will exhibit a famous and sought-after collection, Chihuly Venetians, at the Kimball Art Center in Park City. On October 8th,  the Kimball Art Talk series will features a  discussion led by the team responsible for installing all glass works by Chihuly. Denny Park Fine Arts (DPFA), a  Seattle based company, is the only company authorized by the Chihuly Studio to provide cleaning,  de-installation, packing, moving and storage of Chihuly artwork.  The Chihuly exhibit will run October 13, 2012 through January 6, 2013 in the Main Gallery at the Kimball Art Center.

Chandeliers being put together by Denny Park

Images by Madeleine Johnson. 

Source: http://www.kimballartcenter.org/