International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair
Saturday, July 14, 2012
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ART Santa Fe Presents is proud to welcome eminent art critic and art historian Barbara Rose as the keynote speaker at this year’s ART Santa Fe Presents on Saturday evening, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum. Author of the seminal essay ABC Art and the landmark survey, American Art Since 1900, Rose will bring her considerable knowledge and insight to the ART Santa Fe Presents annual lecture this year.
Barbara Rose has been immersed in modern art since the 1950’s, studying it and engaging with it from up-close in all its vibrant and diverse forms. Following an undergraduate degree at Smith College, Rose went on to graduate school at Columbia University where she met cinematographer Michael Chapman, who in turn introduced her to many of the emerging luminaries of the New York art scene, including Carl Andre and Frank Stella (whom she later married). A Fulbright took Rose on to Spain, where she began to write criticism of modern art for the prestigious Spanish art magazine Goya.
From this point Rose’s career blossomed. She landed her own monthly column in Art International in 1963 and by 1965 was writing regularly for Art in America and Art Forum. During that period, living in New York, Barbara Rose was at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. Her essay from that time, ABC Art, published in the October 1965 issue of Art in America, proved to be a defining document of the Minimalist art movement. In fact, the essay is credited with being the origin for the term “minimalism.” Her work during this time earned her two Distinguished Art Criticism Awards from the College Art Association of America. Not long after, Rose published American Art since 1900, which became a central text for Art History programs throughout the country.
At that point, Rose’s career diverged and diversified. Rose went on to work as a teacher and visiting lecturer at several prestigious universities, including Sarah Lawrence College, Yale, and Hunter College. Rose was the chief curator of the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas from 1980-1985 and served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Art and as art editor and contributing editor to numerous other publications, including The Partisan Review, Artforum, and Vogue. Despite the demands of such a varied career, Rose has continued to write criticism, art history, and artist monograms. Her most recent book-length work was the survey Monochromes: From Malevich to the Present (University of California Press, 2006).
Barbara Rose is currently working as the first Morgan-Menil Fellow at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York where she is exploring the influence of the Romanesque illuminated manuscripts of the Apocalypse by medieval monk Beatus of Liebana on modernist drawing, particularly on the works of Miro, Matisse, and Picasso.
Barbara Rose’s keynote lecture on Saturday, July 14th promises to be a jewel among the dazzling array of events, installations, and offerings at this summer’s edition of ART Santa Fe. The fair, running from July 12-15, 2012 in the ancient heart of The City Different at the eco-friendly Santa Fe Convention Center, will bring together galleries, artists, and collectors from all over the Americas, Europe, and Asia.