“Twenty-First Century,” a show of new works by the great American Expressionist John Nieto opens at Altamira Fine Art in Jackson, Wyoming on June 28th. The show runs through July 11th, and an artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 29th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
With each year, Nieto’s painterly energy seems to be on the ascent. This show (and you can preview the work by clicking here) highlights Nieto’s plunging into new geometric composition, pushing an already vibrant new use of sweeping paints across the canvas, and creating sublime images of spirit archers and dancers. Some of his works are almost graffiti-like, and Nieto uses positive and negative spaces in new ways. Half Hispanic, half Native American, Nieto’s art continues to explore his heritage.
“Archer for the 21st Century” depicts an Indian’s silhouette–he faces away from us, bow and arrow raised straight up to the sky. The figure, set against a deep purple color field resembles a cut-out form, filled in with streaking, swirling color. In “Plains Archer” and “The Last Arrow,” Nieto’s square fields of color channel Paul Klee. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s description of Klee — his “simple stick figures, suspended fish, moon faces, eyes, arrow and quilts of color, which he orchestrated into fantastic and childlike, yet deeply meditative works” could be applied to Nieto.
A visit to Paris exposed Nieto to a strong arts movement influence – Expressionism. It was that movement, says the artist, that allowed him to discover how “the sub-consciousness of artists manifested itself on canvas.” Fauvist color, Expressionism’s metaphysical philosophy, and deep connection to his own Western roots are combined in one of the West’s most dynamic artists, John Nieto. www.altamiraart.com
Diehl Gallery’s EIGHTH ANNUAL FÊTE, a festive gallery party, happens Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Diehl, 155 West Broadway. The gallery has imported some new artists this year, and Kate Hunt may be the headliner. Her dense, stacked and compressed installations—horse hair, wood, and paper are major materials of Hunt’s— have long attracted admiration at such venues as Jackson’s Amangani Resort. The evening will feature new works by many Diehl artists—there’s a great variety of works, subtle to sublime to monumental, and you can view a slideshow of works to be exhibited here.
Fête takes place 5-8:00 pm. Sales from this exhibit go in part to benefit the Art Association of Jackson Hole. And as this is a Saturday night opening, it’s a fine way to begin a weekend evening of exploring downtown Jackson as it gears up for its famed 4th of July activities. In fact, all our galleries and shops are gorgeous with new work, crafts, jewelry, books, apparel, decor and design…just look around and you will see some very special work.
Culture Front’s second Cocktail Hour Discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, at The Rose, in Jackson. This month’s discussion topic: “Process and Political Objects.” Admission is free, cash bar.
Last month’s gathering presented two artists talking about art and risk. Both presentations were surprising, as the artists veered away from talking about their own art to a great extent. Mike Tierney talked about risk in athletic pursuits, the rush and the need to address it, explore it–and worked to tie that feeling into how he approaches his art. I was amazed to hear that his beautiful, and very cool, wild paintings of flowers had been dissed by many of his contemporaries. How “establishment” of them! I hope they reconsider dissuading one of their own about painting something he loves. The work is dynamite. Abbie Miller talked about her own work; she spent the majority of her time giving a brief and super presentation on how artists, through the decades, have taken risks.
This time, guest speakers are Bronwyn Minton and Thomas Macker. Minton plans an interactive discussion of process involving “small plastic magnifying boxes with bug carcasses,” and Macker will talk about “the process of making a political art object—from idea, to installation/execution, to documentation–ultimately reminding us of issues.”