Gallery Hopping on Thursdays: August 1, 2013

The pictorial language of geometric abstraction is at the core of the artwork produced by veteran artists Olga de Amaral and William Fares. In Sante Fe, NM, de Amaral will be presenting new works showcasing her ability to convey rich cultural histories through her reflective and intricately woven wall art. In the artist’s first solo show in Mexico, Fares invites viewers to delve into the world of the two-dimensional. These two exhibitions give viewers the unique opportunity to look at viscerally stimulating works of art that challenge traditional artistic values.

Olga de Amaral: POZOS AZULES will be on view from August 1 to September 28 at 653 Canyon Road, Sante Fe, NM.

Pozo Azul 6 by Olga de Amaral

Olga de Amaral, Pozo Azul 6, 2012, Bellas Artes, Sante Fe, NM

Olga de Amaral (Colombian, b.1942), a Columbian artist who has been showing with Bellas Artes for over 27 years, will be presenting yet another luminous series of sculptural textile constructions. De Amaral is widely celebrated for her large-scale, three-dimensional tapestries, inspired by artisanal Latin American fiber arts, ornate colonial architecture, and mathematics. In Pozo Azul 6 (2012), the artist has woven fibers pigmented in deep blues and then generously coated in gold leaf to resemble a natural pool of water. The use of gold leaf in her work alludes to an interest in Pre-Colombian art history, and also provides her works with a luxurious luster that distinguishes de Amaral from other textile artists.

William Fares: Getting to nothing (llegar a nada)will be on view from August 1 to September 1 at Fábrica La Aurora Arts Complex #12A, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Untitled (AMS III) by William Fares

William Fares, Untitled (AMS III), 2013, Skot Foreman Fine Art, New York, NY

The exhibition Getting to Nothing (Llegar a Nada): The Self-Referential Drawings of William Fares at Skot Foreman Fine Art in Mexico, brings together a series of abstract works on paper by artist William Fares (American, b.1942) that denote the complexities of non-representational art. Fares aims to simplify the process of interpretation by encouraging viewers to understand his pieces in terms of the physicality of the work, rather than the cultural meaning. The artist’s geometric compositions are intentionally self-referential; they are confined to the boundaries of the canvas’s surface, and to the viewer’s optical perception.

Browse gallery openings by city to see where art can be found in your town!

Berlin, Germany
Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts (Bremen) at Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG
August 1–August 31, 2013
Rembertistr. 1A, 28203 Bremen, Germany 02539

 

Brooklyn, NY
When the Wave Breaks, Installation By Milagros Melendez at Phyllis Stigliano Gallery
August 1–August 24, 2013
62 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Portland, ME
David C. Driskell: ‘Reflections Within Form’ and Maurice Freedman at Greenhut Galleries
August 1–August 31, 2013
146 Middle Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Portland, OR
August Artist of the Month: Acrylic Paintings by Arne Westerman at Attic Gallery
August 1–August 31, 2013
206 SW First Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204