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"Personal Path" at the Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Susan Swartz’s highly anticipated solo exhibition Personal Path opened at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary on Friday, December 9th, 2016; a large crowd of collectors, politicians, museum directors, and art enthusiasts were in attendance.  More than 100 paintings across nine rooms are on display. The show was met with much acclaim.  Walter Smerling, the Director of the Foundation of Art and Culture in Bonn, Germany declared, “There’s never been a show like this.”  Personal Path is on display at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest through January 29th, 2017.

The opening ceremony included speeches by exhibition curator Professor Doctor Dieter Ronte; Ambassador Colleen Bell; Ludwig Museum Director Julia Fabenyi; Juergen Grossman, Honorary President of the Foundation of Arts and Culture, Bonn; Minister of Culture Zoltan Bolag; and the artist herself.  The speakers spoke highly of Swartz’s work, focusing on the emotion of her pieces and her technique.

The monochrome paintings featured in the exhibition are comprised of intricate layers of colors that belie a complexity of artistry.  Exhibition curator Professor Doctor Dieter Ronte elaborates on Swartz’s technique: “The question regarding the options inherent in a single colour is not answered with an expression of monochrome simplicity nor with painterly, self-referential theories, but with a rich abundance of colour.”  The success of a monochrome painting is not dependent on a singular hue, but rather on the skillful manipulation of multiple colors, a masterful technique that distinguishes Swartz’s paintings. 

These new monochrome paintings represent a shift in Swartz’s approach to light.  The artist now uses light as an aesthetic reflection of what is observed, resulting in paintings with a dimensionality that creates an aura around each piece.  Light does not take on form in the painting; rather, it is free and expansive – the way Swartz sees the world.  Swartz does not frame her paintings; instead she extends the color to cover the sides of the canvas, thus creating the illusion that the image is boundless.  The freedom of the painting plays well with Swartz’s use of light.  Curator Dieter Ronte explains, “Light is not introduced for the sake of clarifying the form, nor is it intended to highlight individual characters within the painting.  It grows out of the painting like a film of light and makes every image dynamic.”

Personal Path is an emotional journey for the viewer as well as for the artist.  Swartz’s paintings have always been highly emotional.  They express not only her interpretation of nature, but her relationship with it: there is no distinguishable separation between Swartz and her work.  As Ludwig Museum Director Julia Fabenyi said in her introduction, “Nature is picture, nature is color, nature is oeuvre of Swartz herself.”  For the viewer, simply walking through each exhibition room evokes a different feeling.  For example, the Contemplation Room – in which Swartz’s Contemplation paintings are featured – aspires to create an environment of relaxation and reflection.  The art is to be enjoyed and appreciated for what it is – an emotional exploration of our surroundings. 

The Ludwig Museum in Budapest displays modern and contemporary art, primarily with a focus on Eastern and Central European, including Hungarian art from the 60s to the present.  Its permanent collection – donated to the museum by Peter and Irene Ludwig – houses notable American pop artists including Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.

Swartz’s paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany; Kollegienkirche in Salzburg, Austria; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City; and the Springville Museum in Springville, Utah.

Susan Swartz was the Official Olympic Environmental Artist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  Her work is in numerous national and international collections.  Swartz paints from studios in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Park City, Utah, where she also exhibits her work at her eponymous gallery.

 

Susan Swartz Budapest Solo Exhibition to Open December 9, 2016

Susan Swartz Studios is thrilled to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of Personal Path at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary.  The exhibition will open Friday, December 9th.  Works from previous Personal Path exhibitions as well as some of Swartz’s newest paintings will be featured.

The Ludwig Museum in Budapest marks the third installment of Swartz’s Personal Path exhibition.  Previously, Personal Path has toured at the Kollegienkirche in Salzburg, Austria and the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany.  Each new venue provides a visual iteration of Swartz’s past work interspersed with her latest creations.  Thus, each new space becomes a progression in Swartz’s growth and “personal path” as an artist.

The Ludwig Museum in Budapest displays modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Eastern and Central European, including Hungarian art from the 60s to present.  Its permanent collection – donated to the museum by Peter and Irene Ludwig – houses notable American pop artists including Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, among others.  In addition, the museum showcases leading artists of the international scene and will feature Susan Swartz in this latest show that will run through February 2017.

Additional information on Personal Path at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary will be forthcoming.

Susan Swartz Studios Winter Recap

Susan Swartz has had a busy and exciting year, highlighted by the opening of her eponymous art gallery.  

Susan Swartz Studios, located at 260 Main Street, Park City, officially opened its doors on February 9th.  It features paintings spanning the past 15 years of Swartz’s career –- her signature aspen works as well as her new, modern abstract pieces. The gallery has received much praise and has helped further Swartz’s reputation.  It provides a beautiful and tranquil space for contemplative appreciation of Swartz’s relation with her art and the natural world.

This past February, Swartz participated in the 2016 Winter Art Salon at the Deer Valley Montage, a fundraiser to benefit the Kimball Art Center.  Swartz’s most recent work was displayed, and Swartz had the opportunity to discuss her art and career with event attendees during an intimate Q+A session with Robin Marrouche, the Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center.

In conjunction with the June Park City Gallery Stroll, Susan Swartz Studios will present a new collection of paintings from Swartz’s most recent work.  More information about this “opening” night will be announced.  Be sure to visit the gallery this summer to see these new works before they tour in Swartz’s 2016–2017 worldwide exhibitions to the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary; Yuan Museum in Beijing, China; Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California at Davis.

 

Photos from the gallery open can be found here.

Photos from the 2016 Winter Art Salon can be found here

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.


Susan Swartz at the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair

Eastern Energy, 48x48in, 2015

We are pleased to announce Susan Swartz’s participation in the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair this November.  Galerie Edition Purrmann will show four of Susan’s paintings in its booth at this prestigious venue.

Contemporary Istanbul is the region’s premier international art fair.  This year, the fair encompasses more than 100 galleries from 24 countries across the world.  Contemporary Istanbul attracts both local and international attention to the region’s growing art scene.  In recent years, Istanbul has become a hub for contemporary art.

Galerie Edition Purrmann was founded by Sven Purrmann in 1994.  It represents numerous notable artists including Guldenstern, Andreas Lutherer, Michael Kmoth, Jochen Pankrath – and now Susan Swartz.  Galerie Edition Purrmann has participated in numerous art fairs throughout the world.  Most recently, the gallery exhibited at Art Fair Cologne and Art Karlsruhe.

As a collection, these exhibited paintings show Susan’s continued growth within the field of abstract painting.  Joy appears chaotic with its intense texture and varied colors, but one only has to look deeper to discover a sensation of spirituality and peacefulness.  Bhutan September, with its predominantly green canvas, transmits the feeling of serenity that is often associated with nature.  Contemplation in Square 2, from Susan’s Contemplation Series, is again a softer painting that prompts inner reflection.  On the other hand, the vivid red, yellow, and orange of Eastern Energy radiate a fiery spirit that precariously balances between chaos and order.  In all these paintings, the viewer is encouraged to contemplate the varying emotions and tensions apparent in abstract art, particularly in these four works.

The Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair will be held from November 12 through November 15, 2015. 

Additional information about Susan’s artwork at Contemporary Istanbul can be found here.

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. 

A Review of Susan Swartz’s Personal Path Solo Exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany - May 21-August 2, 2015

At the famous Deutsches Eck, or “German Corner”, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers converge, lies one of Germany's oldest and most beautiful towns – Koblenz.  It has been dedicated as a UNESCO world heritage site and is considered to be a national treasure. It is also the backdrop for Susan Swartz’s latest solo exhibition, Personal Path, where 80 of her works occupy three floors of the City’s esteemed Ludwig Museum.

On May 20, 2015 I had the great pleasure of attending the opening of the exhibit, attended by many leaders in the European art world and several key dignitaries of Germany. The Director of the Ludwig Museum, Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, noted in her opening remarks that dedicating three floors of a museum to a single artist is almost unheard of, which is true not only in Europe but anywhere in the museum world.  Seeing an exhibit with three floors dedicated to a single artist is truly a remarkable experience.  It is a triumph in the career of any artist, past or present.

Amy Brownstein, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz, and Robin Marrouche

Amy Brownstein, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz, and Robin Marrouche

The artist’s journey is clearly visible when works created over the past ten years are placed within a single show.  Over the three floors of the Ludwig Museum, Susan Swartz’s paintings tell a story not only of her artistic career but also of her personal victories and dedication to expressing the beauty of nature. Swartz overcame sicknesses that, through using a newfound strength of inspiration, allowed her to display a new form of power and narrative in her work.

The first floor of the exhibit displays Swartz’s larger paintings, some of which belong to museums and private collections, and are quite well known in her hometown community of Park City, Utah.  Earlier works are placed between newer paintings, so visitors can see the evolution of Swartz’s artistic style.  Experiencing these large creations hanging and well lit in the museum is magical – the colors are brighter and the brushstrokes are more vivid. 

Moving through the show reveals the clear progression of the exhibition.  The second floor features two of Swartz’s series, the Contemplation Series and the Landscape of Resonances, among other paintings.  Here, the move from slightly abstracted to fully abstracted painting becomes visible.  The contrast between the bright colors of the Landscape of Resonances Series and the soft shades of the Contemplation Series creates a flow to the room giving visitors space to think about Swartz’s work and its changes overtime.  The third floor showcases some of Swartz’s smaller works, again blending newer and older pieces to maintain the energy and juxtaposition that is so crucial to the exhibition.

Curator Dieter Ronte aptly quotes Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist on Swartz's work in the entry didactic: "Each of her paintings richly illustrates the beauty of our world...".  You leave the Ludwig Museum's doors not only inspired but also grateful for nature's wonders. The energy of the show is unbelievable and its setting at the famous German Corner, makes it all the more special. The careful placement of paintings and enormity of the exhibition puts Swartz’s work in a new light.  I urge anyone visiting Germany this summer to pay a visit to Susan Swartz's stunning exhibit in lovely Koblenz. 

Robin Marrouche is the Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.  She has been following Susan Swartz’s career since 2007.  Swartz’s work was part of a group exhibition at the Kimball Art Center in 2013. 

A photo gallery with images of the exhibition can be found here.