Rick Bartow, Creation of Crow, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR © Rick Bartow
Published May 8, 2018
LOS ANGELES – The Autry announces the opening of the “Things You Know But Cannot Explain” exhibition by by contemporary artist Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot). Visitors to the exhibition can see first major retrospective of work by Bartow as they explore the late artist’s large-scale paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures featuring haunting combinations of animal and human forms.
Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain represents the artist’s first major retrospective and a contribution to the substantial growing body of scholarship on contemporary Native artists. Bartow established his art career in the 1980s following service in Vietnam and a period of recovery from PTSD and alcoholism.
Rick Bartow, Deer Spirit for Frank LaPena, 1999, Acrylic on panel, 24 x 24 in., private collection © Rick Bartow
His work consists of large-scale paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures that often feature haunting combinations of animal and human forms, and are often both deeply personal and culturally relevant. Divided into thematic sections such as “Gesture,” “Self,” “Dialogue,” and “Tradition,” this exhibition speaks directly to the personal and cultural aspects of traditional Native art within Bartow’s oeuvre while demonstrating his close engagement with the work of 20th-century masters, including Francis Bacon, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Rick Bartow: “Things You Know But Cannot Explain” exhibition opening
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The Autry at Griffith
4700 Western Heritage Way, – Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027