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October 04 - February 15, 2019
Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Location: Carnegie Gallery

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain


Things You Know But Cannot Explain represents Rick Bartow's

first major retrospective and a substantial contribution to the

growing body of scholarship on contemporary Native artists. 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 artists, such as

Francis Bacon, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Representing more than 40 years of work, this exhibit features

a broad selection of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints

drawn from public and private collections and the artist’s

studio, affirming Bartow’s regional, national, and international

impact. The exhibition culminates with outstanding examples of

Bartow’s most recent work, which evidence a new freedom of scale

and expression.


Rather than chronological, the exhibition is arranged according to

themes such as gesture, self, dialogue, tradition, and transformation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, with

essays by co-curators Jill Hartz, Executive Director, and Danielle

Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum

of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Hartz

addresses Bartow’s new work while Knapp discusses the thematic

sections. Lawrence Fong, former Curator of American and regional

art at the JSMA, examines the impact of Bartow’s 1996 visit to New

Zealand and his indigenous heritage.

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