Susan Swartz featured in solo exhibit at Museum Ludwig
May 29, 2015
Susan Swartz, an internationally recognized artist who maintains studios in Park City and Martha’s Vineyard, is featured at a solo exhibition at the Museum Ludwig in Koblenz, Germany, through August 2.
The Museum Ludwig was founded in 1992 and its permanent collection was assembled by prominent collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig. The collection is mainly post-1945 German and French art with well-known artists represented such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet and American artists Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg.
The exhibition is made possible through the efforts of the Museum Ludwig and the Foundation for Art and Culture, Bonn.
Professor Dr. Dieter Ronte, former director of the Museum of Modern Art Vienna and the Kunst Museum Bonn, is the exhibition’s curator. Professor Dr. Ronte describes the works exhibited as "witnesses of personal introspection as self-discovery and self-determination through pictorial bursts full of romanticism, aspiration, love and always on the search for the secret supernatural, pursuing people’s mind towards nature, looking for a universal poetry which binds at the same time scholarship, religion and visual arts."
Entitled "Personal Path," the exhibition features more than 80 Swartz pieces spanning various stages of her career. Works exhibited encompass many styles, showing Swartz’s evolution as an artist from a realist painter to an abstract painter.
Working primarily with acrylics on linen, Swartz is known for her textures and the intricate layering of color she employs to give her paintings life and energy. With her evocation of coastal splendor and mountain drama, Swartz follows in the tradition of the great German painters, 19th Century Romantic sage Caspar David Friedrich, and 20th Century icon Gerhard Richter. She is inspired by the intersection of art, nature, and spirituality.
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Swartz says: "I am delighted to share my work with visitors to the Museum Ludwig and the citizens of Germany. Painting is both my passion and my profession and, as the name of this exhibition suggests, my evolution as an artist has been a journey down a very personal path. I paint what I see before me, employing different styles and techniques depending on the imagery and what speaks to me."
Swartz’s career has long been inspired by her views of the natural world and her spiritual beliefs. As the official environmental artist of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Swartz, as a painter and activist, is widely recognized and credited with advancing conversation about human stewardship of natural resources. She also serves on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Divinity School.
Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Kollegienkirche Salzburg in Austria, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Springville Museum in Springville, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. She is represented by Belgravia Gallery in London.
For more information, visit http://www.susanswartz.com.