For the third time in as many years, Martha Rea Baker has been selected to exhibit in the Albuquerque Museum of Arts annual gala, ArtsThrive (formerly Miniatures and MORE). Martha will be showing three 12″ x 12″ x 2″ encaustics on panel from her Japanese Garden series.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston presents:
Mark Rothko: Reflection
An Immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903-70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. the installation opens with Rothko’s early paining Thru the Window (1938), on public view in the US for the first time, and Artist in his Studio (about 1628) by Rembrandt — portraits of artists reflecting on the act of painting. Contrary to notions that Rothko’s work represented a dramatic break past traditions, the side-by-side comparison positions him within the broader history of Western art. The exhibition’s other Rothko paintings showcase the full sweep of his career — from early surrealist work to multiform compositions to classic color field paintings — and trace his exploration of the expressive potential of color. Enveloped by the large-scale paintings in an intimate setting, viewers can experience Rothko’s work as the artist had originally intended.
The Rothko’s are presented as part of a larger exhibition entitled, “Seeking Stillness” which leads visitors on a journey of introspection, focusing on themes such as spaces of contemplation; the artistic process as a form of meditation; and nature as a site for clearing the mind. Spanning three galleries, “Seeking Stillness” places together works by a broad range of modern and contemporary artists – including Edward Weston, Agnes Martin, Park Seo Bo and Zhan Wang. When viewing the Rothko color field paintings, the viewer is invited to stand in front of the work for a full minute and watch as the subtle shifts in color emerge.
Below is a slideshow of a few pieces from the Rothko and Seeking Stillness shows, as well as additional favorites, such as the woodblock prints of German printmaker, Christiane Baumgartner. The music accompanying the slide show is by my friend and talented composer, Tobin Mueller, entitled “Sitting with Satie: Conversation & Life” from his album, Impressions of Water and Light, jazz interpretations of Impression era composers such as Satie, Debussy and Ibert.
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Studio Tres Picos, the studio of Martha Rea Baker – paintings completed and in progress
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Martha Rea Baker surrounded by paintings soon to be delivered to Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM for the July 21st opening of the two-person exhibit Surfaces and Shapes.
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SURFACES and SHAPES
July 21 – August 3, 2017 – Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.
MARTHA REA BAKER has completed new work for the upcoming exhibit in oil/cold wax on panel and acrylic on canvas.
Danube I, II, III 30″ x 30″ each Oil/cold wax on panel
Canyonlands III 48″ x 60″ Acrylic mixed media on canvas
The Butterfly Effect III 30″ x 30″ Acrylic mixed media on canvas
Contemplation IV, V, VI, VII, VIII (studio shot)
24″ x 6″, 8″, 6′, 12″, 6″ Oil/cold wax on Panel
Watch for more work to be posted soon—-
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MARTHA REA BAKER | BRET PRICE
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 5:00pm Thu, Aug 3, 2017 5:00pm
Shapes and Surfaces
Martha Rea Baker and Bret Price
SANTA FE, NM. Owen Contemporary is delighted to announce Shapes and Surfaces, a duet exhibition featuring new works by New Mexico abstract painter Martha Rea Baker and California sculptor Bret Price.
The surface is the viewer’s introduction to each painting created by Martha Rea Baker. The texture, color, shapes, and value all may spark an idea, convey a message or evoke an emotion. However, the surface also begs the question, “What lies below?” In each painting a history is built through multiple layers of paint application, mark making and drawing, removal and veiling of information. It is the artist’s intent that the surface of the painting will draw the viewer in to discover that the work is more than skin deep.
Baker’s new body of work continues to be land-based, inspired by the textures, colors and light of the Southwest landscape–ancient landforms affected by the passage of time —- natural weathering and human intervention.
Born in Corsicana, Texas and raised in Clinton, Mississippi, Baker attended the University of Mississippi and received her BA from University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued her art studies at the University of Dallas and Collin College in Texas as well as European studies. Since 2006 Baker has resided in Santa Fe where she has become a well-established abstract artist.
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Martha Rea Baker recently completed two additional paintings from the 2017 Hill Country Arts Foundation art retreat.
This diptych, created with liquid and heavy body acrylic paints on Ampersand 2″ cradled Gessobord, is enhanced with oil pastel and china marker line work.
A studio shot of Martha showing work created during the retreat–a productive start to 2017!