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The Center for Latvian Diaspora Art Opens Second Season with Exhibition of New Works Donated to the Collection
Left, Title wall: Valda Oestreicher still-lives on wall. Right, Installation view: Rita Grendze floor piece “For Louise” in foreground; steel and found object sculptural installation “High Plains Drifter” by Jānis Mintiks in background; Visvaldis Reinholds painting on wall.

On Saturday, June 27, 2015, the Center for Latvian Art in Cēsis opened a new exhibition, featuring primarily works donated to the collection during the past year, by Latvian artists living in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States.

This year’s show is distinguished from last year’s exhibition in a number of ways:

  • greater emphasis on three-dimensional work
  • more work by artists from outside the United States, in particular Canada and Australia
  • greater representation by contemporary artists

Three massive steel and found object installations by the late Jānis Mintiks of Taos, New Mexico (one was in last year’s show) visually dominate the gallery. These works ideally should be installed in an outdoor setting; their placement within the Ripa gallery underscores the importance of developing more and larger exhibition space for the growing collection. Chicago artist Rita Grendze’s installation of metal spheres of various sizes on the floor may be rolled around to create new arrangements. Gints Grinbergs contributes a Giacometti-like delicate figure in metal, while several artists present bas-reliefs (Zane Treimanis, Anna Hagen-Annus, Inese Birstiņš and Inta Goddard).

Two-dimensional highlights of the show include distinguished Australian artist Jan Senbergs’s large black and white pastel, and a half dozen nude figure drawings in ink by well-known Latvian artist Laimonis Mieriņš of England.

Global Society board member and Canadian representative on the Collections Committee Valda Oestreicher presents four of her colorful semi-abstract still-life compositions. Valda was also responsible for coordinating donations and shipment of works by other Canadian artists including Dace Birkhans, Velta Dzirne, Imants Lapiņš, Andris Leimanis, Yvonne Vaar, and Valda Zobens.

Australian Lidija Dombrovska-Larsen is represented by four sizable abstract paintings, while Dagmāra Igala of the US contributes four small abstractions. New to the collection also is a collection of colorful and whimsical compositions by Australian Mārtiņš Gauja.

Some additional works already in the collection help to round out the show, including a large abstraction by Australian artist Haralds Norītis, Juris Kaķis’s expressionistic composition, Maigonis (Mark) Barens’s homage to Mark Rothko, Krista Svalbonas’s ceramic sculpture, an abstract landscape by distinguished Canadian artist Visvaldis Reinholds, and two small compositions by US artist Ruta Smilškalns.

During coming months, additional works by Scottish sculptor Zigfrīds Sapietis will travel from Edinburgh to Cēsis, thanks to a generous donation by Sapietis’s widow Paula. Meanwhile, plans are underway to lend last year’s grand opening show to other exhibition venues within Latvia, thus increasing the public’s opportunity to view works by Latvian diaspora artists from all over the world.

Pasaules latviešu mākslas centrs maina ekspozīciju
Sestdien, 27. jūnijā plkst. 16 nodibinājums “Pasaules latviešu mākslas centrs” (PLMC) Cēsīs atklāja jaunās sezonas diasporas latviešu mākslas izstādi.

Apmeklētājiem būs iespēja iepazīt L. Mieriņa (Lielbritānija), L. Dombrovskas-Larsenas, H. Norīša (Austrālija), V. Reinholda, A. Leimaņa, V. Oestreicher, Y. Vaar (Kanāda), R. Grendzes, J. Mintika, G. Grīnberga, Z. Treimanes (ASV) un citu mākslinieku darbus.

No Čikāgas Cēsīs ieradās mākslas kuratore Lelde Kalmīte, kas, iekārtojot izstādi, izcēla pāragri mūžībā aizgājušā ASV latviešu mākslinieka Jāņa Mintika skulptūras. Tās tapušas viņa darbnīcā Jaunmeksikas tuksnesī. J. Mintiks par savu daiļradi ir teicis: “Mani interesē dzīvības un nāves cikls – attīstīšanās un sairšana, jaunas sēklas, jauna augsne un jauna dzīve. Šī tēma tiek izteikta tēlnieciskā stāstījumā, iekļaujot dzīves jaunaudzi darbā pašā.”

No jauniegūtajiem kolekcijas darbiem izceļams arī Jana Senberga pastelis, kuru pazīstamais Austrālijas latviešu izcelsmes mākslinieks ziedojis PLMC, kā arī virkne Kanādas latviešu mākslinieku darbi, kas Latvijā līdz šim nav izstādīti. Izstāde cēsiniekiem un pilsētas viesiem ļaus iepazīties arī ar ASV latviešu vidējās paaudzes mākslinieku devumu.

PLMC mērķis ir nodrošināt ārpus Latvijas tapušas mākslas kolekcijas kvalitatīvu un ilglaicīgu glabāšanu un pieejamību plašai sabiedrībai Latvijā un ārvalstu apmeklētājiem, kā arī rūpēties, lai ārzemju latviešu mākslinieku devums kļūtu par Latvijas kultūras dzīves integrētu sastāvdaļu.


Artists whose work is pictured at top of page from left to right:
Ilga Reke Andersons, Gerda Roze, Visvaldis Reinholds

 

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