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Diablo Valley College Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
The Art of No
Curated by: Kristen Koblik
321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


September 1st, 2013 - October 3rd, 2013
Opening: 
September 5th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Non, Jennifer MondfransJennifer Mondfrans, Non,
2010, Oil, 12" x 16"
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figurative, modern, realism, abstract, mixed-media, conceptual
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“The Art of No!” celebrates the long history and current renaissance of No in art. In a sense, the entirety of avant-garde art is about negativity, contradicting what came before. The idea of No in art really coalesced with the Dadaists during WWI, when nihilism seemed the only sane choice in a world turned upside down by the trauma of war. Throughout the 20th century, No has recurred again and again in art, in feminist, anti-war, social justice, and worker’s rights contexts.

This exhibition shows how powerful and, in the end, positive No can be through collecting art of diverse media, perspectives, and means that explores No in a variety of ways. “The Art of No” highlights the benefits of negativity. The exhibition does not advocate for any one political or social position or issue, but instead examines artists who have chosen for various reasons to exercise their right of refusal.


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