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Traces: Contemporary Romanian Art
Nov. 14 – Dec. 16, 2008
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, 5–7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov.13, reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by panel discussion at 7 p.m. Featuring Gabriela Boiangiu, Emanuel Borcescu and Delia Popa
Monday, Nov.17, 11:30 a.m. with curator, Dr. Ann Albritton.
Traces: Contemporary Romanian Art presents sixteen young Romanian artists who—sometimes straightforwardly and often ironically—explore issues of culture as well as gender through a variety of work: photography, videos, hand sewn projects, small objects, and paintings. Unlike the previous generation that worked under the starkly repressive dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, they have traveled more outside Romania and many exhibit throughout Europe. Representing this new generation are: Ana Banica, Gabriela Boiangiu, Rozalinda Borcila, Emanuel Borcescu, Care Cutare, Gorzo, Suzana Dan, Gorzo, Mirela Ivanciu, Stela Lie, Ioana Marinescu, Aurelia Mihai, Gili Mocanu, Vlad Nanca, Lila Passima, and Delia Popa.
The exhibition first traveled to CIAC Gallery in Pont Aven, France, July 12 to August 14, 2008; to the Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA from Sept. 2 to Oct. 15, 2008; and now to the Selby Gallery, Sarasota, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 16, 2008. It will then return to Romania to be shown in the National University Fine Arts Gallery in Bucharest, March 10-24, 2009. For two years, between 1993 and 1995, Ann Albritton, Ringling College of Art and Design, taught modern and contemporary art history at the Grigorescu Academy of Art (now the National University of Fine Arts) in Bucharest, Romania. Visiting Bucharest again in 2006, Albritton suggested to two former students, Mirela Ivanciu and Carmen Iovitu, that they collaborate on an exhibition featuring young Romanian artists that would travel to France and the U. S. Elaine O’Brien, art historian at Sacramento State University and writer on global art history, had visited in Romania in 1995 and joined the other curators.
Dr. Ann Albritton, Ringling College of Art and Design
Dr. Elaine O’Brien, California State University, Sacramento
Carmen Iovitu, National Museum of contemporary Art, Bucharest
Mirela Ivanciu, National museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
Romanian artists presented in exhibition
Traces of Contemporary Romania is sponsored in part by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of Sarasota County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and The Sarasota County Arts Council. With a special thanks to H’Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.