Guy Dill/NM Women Artists
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exciting exhibition by Southern California based artist, Guy Dill, plus a special presentation of works by New Mexico Women Artists. The show opens on Friday, April 29, 2011 and continues through Friday, May 20, 2011. The opening reception is on Friday, April 29 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.
Guy Dill is an acknowledged contemporary master of large-scale, abstract sculptural work. His bronzes, while not figurative, often suggest the lines, curves, and lithe swoop of bodies and of movement itself. His 14-foot-high fabricated bronze sculpture for Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, entitled ‘Boon’, is a particularly notable example of his signature style. Its whorls and curves make the piece seem to be dancing, its shape suggestive, within its swirls, of joy.
Dill’s work is collected and exhibited around the world, with works in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum (D.C.), the Guggenheim Museum (NYC), MoCA (LA), and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). Dill has had over fifty one-man exhibitions, in cities including: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and Brussels. He was born in 1946 and received his education at Chouinard Institute of Art, Los Angeles, California (BFA-Honors) in 1970. Guy Dill presently works in Venice, California, and Brussels, Belgium.
“Guy Dill is one of our contemporary sculptors who have consistently, over the past twenty years, been able to achieve what might be called meaningful monumentality – that is, a significant scale to his work that isn’t wasted, that holds up against the test of large, outdoor space and proclaims itself as needing to be made in monumental proportions.”
– Steven Nash, Director, Nasher Sculpture Center
ABOUT – SELECTED NEW MEXICO WOMEN ARTISTS
Artists on View from Zane Bennett Contemporary Art include Maria Hwang-Levy, Colette Hosmer, Dara Mark, J Mehaffey, Lynne Riding, Holly Roberts, Mary Shaffer, Rachel Stevens, and Karen Yank
Colette Hosmer resides in Santa Fe, NM but has been exhibited throughout the world including China and Germany. She is also the artist who completed and installed the granite sculpture of 27 cutthroat trout in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
Rachel Stevens resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she is a professor of sculpture at New Mexico State University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and she has been the recipient of various fellowships, awards and residencies including the 2006 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Nepal, and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1998-1999.
Mary Shaffer resides in Taos, NM and Marfa, TX. She is recognized as one of the founding artists of the American Studio Glass Movement. Her works can found in such esteemed collections as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Stadt Museum (Berlin), U.S. Chancellery (La Paz), and Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto).
History of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Wallace F. Holladay began collecting art in the 1960s, just as scholars and art historians were beginning to discuss the underrepresentation of women and various racial and ethnic groups in museum collections and major art exhibitions. By 1980, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay began to devote her energies and resources to creating a museum that would showcase women artists, and the Holladay Collection became the core of the institution's permanent collection.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts was incorporated in November 1981 as a private, non-profit museum. During its first five years, NMWA operated from temporary offices with docent-led tours of the collection at the Holladay residence. Special exhibitions also were presented. In 1983 the museum purchased a 78,810-square-foot Washington landmark near the White House, formerly a Masonic Temple, and refurbished it in accordance with the highest design, museum, and security standards. It won numerous architectural awards. In the spring of 1987, NMWA opened the doors of its permanent location with the inaugural exhibition American Women Artists, 1830-1930.
To find out more about this museum, visit the website at www.nmwa.org.
History of the State and International Committees
Numerous state committees who support the NMWA’s mission, have been established throughout the United States, such as this committee in New Mexico. Recently international interest and support of NMWA has created the establishment of committees in Italy, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Canada and the Czech Republic.
The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is involved in statewide and national art exhibitions, achievement awards, educational programs, sponsorship and lectures, as well as special events.