above painting by Latvian contemporary artist Andris Eglîtis, from the series „Living Conditions.”
An exhibit of Leading Contemporary Latvian Painters will be shown:
April 2-20: the National Arts Club of New York
The gallery of the National Arts Club is usually open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm; please call (212) 475-3424 to make sure it will not be closed for a private function at the time you plan to visit. Admission is free.
NEW Photos of the April 2nd opening at the National Arts Club in New York can be viewed here
April 26-May 12: The Art Space of the Embassy of Latvia, 2304 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC; (more information will follow later)
May 18-21: at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago, where it will coincide with the NATO Summit.
Paintings and information on the exhibit can be seen at the following website: Contemporary Latvian Painters.
The exhibit, which celebrates the 22nd anniversary of Latvia’s restoration of independence, features a selection of evocative paintings from nine outstanding contemporary artists of Latvia: Kaspars Brambergs, Harijs Brants, Andris Eglitis, Ieva Iltnere, Ernests Klavins, Daiga Kruze, Leonards Laganovskis, Inga Meldere and Miervaldis Polis.
The diversity of style, content and technique of these paintings attests to the many ways artwork helps us reflect upon contemporary realities to widen our vision of the world.
This show brings together Harijs Brants' richly rendered, hypnotic portraits, the eerie surrealism of Ieva Iltnere's unsettling environments and tableaux, Kaspars Brambergs' monumental reinvention of geometric abstraction, the romantic realism of Andris Eglitis' evocation of landscape and intimate domestic scenes, Ernests Klavins' playful primativism, the exhilarating freedom of Daiga Kruze's wild brushwork, the architectural precision of Leonards Laganovskis' schematic renderings, Inga Meldere's deftly evocative gestural depictions of landscape and figures and Miervaldis Polis' deliberately mannered echoes of the hyperrealism of various western masters.
Junebug.com has written about the NY show: „As this showcase only remains in town for two fleeting weeks, the time is nigh to experience the viscerally beautiful strain of art embodied by Latvian paintings.”
The pieces have been selected by a commission and the exhibit is organized by U.S. Baltic Foundation co-chairman Hamid Ladjevardi in cooperation with LATO, the Latvian Transatlantic Organization. The collection of paintings will return to Latvia, where they will be exhibited in Latvia’s National Art Museum in June.