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Susan Swartz Featured in a Solo Exhibition at the Ludwig Museum at the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg

“Personal Path” is on view November 27, 2017 to January 28, 2018

St Peterburg Installation

“Personal Path” at the Ludwig Museum in St Petersburg is the first show in Russia for Park City, Utah and Martha’s Vineyard artist Susan Swartz. More than 100 paintings from the early 2000s through the present will be on view from Tuesday, November 27, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

In 2014, Swartz attended the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, absorbing the grandeur of her surroundings to gain inspiration for her paintings. “I came away with a stronger and more intense interpretation for my following paintings, accelerating me into more aggressive and abstract interpretations of my environment,” Swartz comments. “It is always amazing to me how these experiences jolt my consciousness and take me into expanding interpretations of nature.” Swartz’s return to Russia continues her journey along her personal path: this solo exhibition openly displays her growth as an artist.

In the forward to the exhibition catalogue for “Personal Path,” Russian art critic Alexander Borovsky describes the significance of Swartz’s artwork: “The paintings transform and combine the experience of the artist’s presence in nature, of personal contact with it –– both of the sublime poetic variety, and of the everyday, almost automatic, tactile kind.” Swartz challenges the viewer to reflect upon the ever-shifting dimensionality of human existence.

It is a momentous undertaking for an American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Ludwig Museum at the Marble Palace of State Russian Museum in St Petersburg.  Swartz joins Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Judith Rothschild in the privilege of exhibiting at this museum.  Swartz looks forward to growing her international presence as her art reaches a new audience.

Professor Doctor Dieter Ronte curated the exhibition with the assistance of esteemed Russian art critic Alexander Borovsky and the Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn.  The Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn has produced exhibitions of Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lüpertz and Gerhard Richter. In addition, the Foundation has been widely recognized for its groundbreaking cross-cultural show, “China 8,” which featured works of Chinese artists in nine museums across Germany. Its counterpart, “Germany 8,” featured German art in eight venues across Beijing.

Swartz’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary; the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany; Kollegienkirche Salzburg in Austria; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Springville Museum in Springville, Utah; and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City.  Her studios are in Park City, Utah and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Exhibition catalogues are available for purchase. 

Additional information, photos and interviews are available upon request.

Personal Path Exhibition Closes After 10-Week Run

Susan Swartz and Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, the Director of the Ludwig Museum

Susan Swartz and Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, the Director of the Ludwig Museum

Susan Swartz’s exhibition, Personal Path, at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany closed August 2 after a 10-week run.  The museum reported a record number of visitors who came to see the show. 

Personal Path paints a beautiful history of Swartz’s artistic career, drawing emphasis to the artist’s desire to maintain equilibrium between concrete images and the imagination.  This balancing act was evident throughout the exhibition. 

As the exhibition title suggests, the show reflects Swartz’s personal path.  Swartz has progressed from being a more reserved artist to one who is unafraid to take risks and is willing to relinquish control to her desire and imagination.  As exhibition curator, Professor Dr. Dieter Ronte writes in his essay Abstraction as a Personal Path, “Swartz withdraws from the received idea that art is the imitation of nature.”  It is with this realization and freedom that Swartz’s artwork has been able to reach a new form of maturation.   

German publications covered the exhibition as well as the Park City, Utah based publications Mountain Express Magazine and Park Record.

A beautiful catalog of the exhibition is available upon request.  All artwork from the show is for sale.  Please contact the studio for more information. 

Swartz would like to thank all who helped make this exhibition possible.  In particular: Walter Smerling and Stiftung für Kunst & Kultur; Dr. Dieter Ronte; Dr. Beate Reifenscheid; the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany; Christine Rackey; Rene Freund; the Springville Museum of Art; and the Utah Museum of Fine Art. 

Swartz’s work will be featured at the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair this November.  In February, her work will appear at the Kimball Art Center’s Winter Art Salon at the Montage Hotel in Park City, Utah.   Additional information about these two shows will be available in the following months. 

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

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.

National Museum of Women in the Arts UK Friends Event with Susan Swartz

Patti White, Susan Swartz, Beth Colocci

Susan Swartz, Conversation with the Artist
6 November at 11 a.m.
Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle St, London, Greater London W1S 4JL
Nearest tubes: Green Park and Picadilly Circus

Enjoy a coffee and conversation with Susan Swartz at her exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE.  Swartz is an American landscape artist and environmental campaigner whose work probes the intersection between devout spirituality and a reverance for nature.  Her art is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.  Swartz is also an impassioned environmental activist and educator who has worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Jane Goodall in their efforts to shed light on environmental issues.

Supporting Subscribers free; Subscribers £10; Guests £20. rsvp@nmwa-uk.org and post cheque to Friends of NMWA, UK, Box 539, 28 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3SS.

 

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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