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Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain, A Retrospective Exhibition
Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain, a Retrospective Exhibition represents 40 years of work by the Native American artist. More than 66 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be on view in this major retrospective exhibition curated by Jill Hartz, JSMA Executive Director, and Danielle Knapp, JSMA McCosh Associate Curator. Drawn from public and private collections as well as the artist’s studio, the exhibition and accompanying catalog explore themes central to the artist’s work and life: Gesture, Self, Dialogue, Tradition, Transformation, as well as New Work. The last group represents examples of Bartow’s production since his stroke in August 2013 that evidence a new freedom of scale and expression.
“Rick Bartow’s work was all about relationships, how the worlds of nature, humans, and spirit connect, influence, and balance one another,” says Hartz. “This nearly forty-year retrospective aims to reveal the layers of Bartow’s worldview and his astonishing command of materials. It has something to say to everyone.” “Bartow was truly a master at his craft. He expertly transitions between media and techniques, and had a tremendous command of color,” says Knapp. “His knowledge of artistic, literary, and musical traditions from all over the world was balanced with the autobiographical elements he incorporated into his artwork.” Bartow, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary Native American artists, was born in Newport, Oregon, in 1946. He was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with the Siletz community.
Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Hartz and Knapp, as well as Lawrence Fong, former JSMA Curator of American and Regional Art. The catalog is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation, Arlene Schnitzer, and Philip and Sandra Piele. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Ford Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, the Coeta and Donald Barker Changing Exhibitions Endowment, a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and JSMA members. The exhibition is traveling to other venues in addition to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; including the Heard Museum, Phoenix; Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman; The Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; Boise Art Museum; and CN Gorman Museum at UC Davis.