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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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 is honored to be included in this upcoming book co-authored by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin on the subject of cold wax medium. This much anticipated book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations is currently at the printers and will be available soon.
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Martha Rea Baker recently returned from her twelfth year attending the non-assisted annual art retreat in Ingram, TX at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. She worked in acrylic on canvases and panels, finishing two paintings and four more nearing completion.
Stay tuned—–more work will be posted when finished!
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Small Works for the Holidays!
Reception December 9th, 5-7pm
In conjunction with the Santa Fe Film Festival
Canyon Road Art Crawl
Treat yourself or someone you love to an original piece of art!
Several of our artists have created unique gems for the holidays.
Please click on an image to view our website for all available works and sizes!
Martha Rea Baker, Desert Rhythms 15, 16, 17, 6×6″ each, encaustic on panel
Martha Rea Baker has been selected as one of the artists in the Miniature section of the annual gala and sale benefiting the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque NM.
Friday Premiere: The exhibit opens Friday, October 21, 6pm – 9pm. For the serious art collector, join a limited group to view and purchase the artwork in an intimate environment.
Saturday Preview: October 22, 10am – 2pm
Saturday Gala: A cocktail party in the exhibition gallery with the opportunity to purchase art while enjoying the lively atmosphere with friends and the artists.
For her submission, Baker has created encaustic mixed media paintings from her Desert Rhythms series on 12″ x 12″ x 2″ cradled panels.
Click or scroll over each paintings to view the details.