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LOOKING FORWARD

The Artwork of Kirk Newman

November 7 - February 8, 2015

Urban Institute For Contemporary Arts

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Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman Press Release

 

Every once in a while, you get a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

It usually is connected to a first and a last time that either something happens or you make something happen.

Water Street Gallery has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to honor for the last time Kirk Newman, one of West Michigan’s art icons.

 

For the first time the gallery is collaborating with a major museum, The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA), which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibit mounted at the UICA will focus on several themes that Kirk Newman explored during his 50 year art career.

 

Curated by Alexander Paschka, the works to be shown are powerful statements of Kirk’s observation of people and their fast paced world. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on November 7 and continues at the museum until February 8. Many of these major works will be available for purchase.

 

It is also the first time that Water Street Gallery has been able to exhibit the largest number of available Newman sculptures, drawings and prints. As he closes down his studio, he has discovered treasures recalling his journey as an artist. This is the last showing of Kirk’s work as he is looking forward to exploring other avenues.

 

Art collectors, both new and experienced, will be given an opportunity to view this body of work at Water Street Gallery beginning on Saturday, October 4 from 11-5 pm. This pre-sale of works will be on exhibit until December 15.

 

For more information, please visit the following websites

www.waterstreetgallery.com

www.uica.org

 

Or click here to go the exhibition details

Water Street Gallery

Water Street Gallery is located in Douglas, Michigan on the coast of Lake Michigan.  The contemporary fine art gallery highlights the work of over 60 established and emerging artists. Works Include painting and mixed media, glass and sculpture. The Gallery features a rotating exhibition schedule of group shows by participating artists.  Kirk has many works on display and for sale.  Visit their website for more information.  www.waterstreetgallery.com

UICA Special Exhibit

Exhibition: LOOKING FORWARD - The Artwork of Kirk Newman
November 7 - February 8, 2015
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

Looking Forward: The Artwork of Kirk Newman provides a fresh look at the themes of his prolific career as an artist. Timeless qualities and diverse techniques show that beyond his career empowering education in the arts, Newman’s own observations and empathetic feelings serve up a delightful and thoughtful examination of the modern world.

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KIA Kirk Newman Art School

The KIA Kirk Newman Art School is located in the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts at 314 S. Park Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The School is a community-based, non-degree art school offering classes in photography, computer graphics, design, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, papermaking, painting and drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass fusing, art appreciation and children's art. Visit kiarts.org for more information

About Kirk Newman

kirk1Kirk Newman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1926 and began his artistic career experimenting with abstract sculpture and painting in the exciting post-World War II era. What increasingly intrigued him, however, was the human figure and how it could speak to the complexities of the modern world.

Newman began his exploration of the figure by creating small sculptures of anonymous businessmen. While their suits identified them as figures of power and authority, their crouching, falling, and grasping postures revealed vulnerability. Cast in bronze, the figures took on an unexpected timelessness.

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As Newman's focus shifted toward the whimsical and satirical, the figures suggested the inflated egos and social pretensions of their subjects. By the 1980s the businessmen, now distorted, flattened and shadow-like, conveyed the fast pace of contemporary life.

While widely recognized as a sculptor, Newman was also a dedicated educator. He came to Kalamazoo in 1949 as part of the University of Michigan's extension program. Newman believed community art programs could be as stimulating and rewarding as those offered at the college level. He recruited a dedicated group of teachers to help develop the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts art school.

When he left as Director of Education in 1978, the school that now bears his name had received national recognition. It continues to be an enduring presence in the cultural life of Kalamazoo. Click here to go the KIA Kirk Newman Art School website for more information

Gallery of Some of Kirk's Works

Locations

The Evolution

Early Works

Early Works

 

Finding the Essential Form

Finding the Essential Form

Homely Little Figures

Homely Little Figures

Shadow Pieces

Shadow Figures

Theme 1: Magic Hats

Magic Hats

Theme 2: Furniture

Theme 2: Furniture

Theme 3: Mutations and Matter

Mutations and Matter

Theme 4: Anthropology of the Step

Anthropology of the Step

Commissioned Work

KIA Kirk Newman Art School

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kiafacade-headon250The KIA Kirk Newman Art School is located in the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts at 314 S. Park Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The School is a community-based, non-degree art school offering classes in photography, computer graphics, design, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, papermaking, painting and drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass fusing, art appreciation and children's art.

To contact the school, call (269) 349-7775, ext. 3101 or click here to email the registration office.

Click here to go the KIA Kirk Newman Art School website for more information