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Exhibit in NY of Zumeta’s paintings, November 7 – December 28, 2002
Haim Chanin Fine Arts announces the first New York exhibition of works by Basque artist Zumeta, featuring five magnificent oil paintings on canvas and a selection of works on paper in gouache and watercolor. The prominent Basque artist is best known for his paintings’ expressive gesture and bright, pure palette. Bold brushstrokes of pure color fill the canvases. His paintings retain the energy that drives his life: “To stop moving is to cease to exist,” says the artist. The exhibition is on view from November 7 through December 28, 2002 at the gallery at 210 Eleventh Ave., New York.

Basque artist exhibits in New York
Basque artist Nisa Goiburu exhibited her new works at the Caelum Gallery in New York, June 5 through June 16, 2001. An opening reception took place Saturday, June 9 at the gallery, 508-526 West 26th Street, Suite 315.

Escuchando la Palabra, by Nisa Goiburu

Painting by Juan Luis Goenaga   /  Photo: Dean Burton

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“Four Painters, Four Visions” –
Basque Art Exhibit in the U.S.

The works of four contemporary Basque artists are featured in an exhibit of paintings on paper that toured the western U.S. The painters—Javier Balda, Juan Luis Goenaga, Eduardo López, and Ramón Zuriarrain—provide a sample of current Basque art from the creatively active city of San Sebastián, home to many well-known Basque artists.

Balda’s work reflects his “fascination with geometry, with the simplicity of the visual impact…of a line or a circle.” Goenaga’s work is highly reminiscent of Paleolithic cave paintings, a legacy of the early inhabitants of the Basque region, rich in earthy color. López creates a very different pictorial style. According to critic Fernando Golvano, this results in “a display of pleasures, unexpected surprises, plays, paradoxes, circus characters…” Zurriarain, too, reinvents the world, as he “manipulates combinations of the scenic and fictional to create a world of dreams…” expressed in vibrant, abstract landscapes. Together the four artists’ work creates an exhibit of contrasting styles, yet interwoven with common themes of their social and political reality.

The exhibit, which was shown at California State University, Chico in Fall 1999, appeared in Reno at the University of Nevada’s Sheppard Gallery, February 15-March 15, 2001. It was also presented at Boise State University, Visual Arts Center, August 24-September 28, 2001, and at the University of Idaho (Moscow), Prichard Art Gallery, October 11-November 16, 2001.

Sponsorship for presenting these exciting works in the U.S. was provided by the Center for Basque Studies and by the University Studies Abroad Consortium, directed by Carmelo Urza, which conducts study-abroad programs in the Basque country and many other areas of the world. The Reno exhibit  was funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. With their support, an exhibit catalog was also  prepared. The catalog includes an essay by Joseba Zulaika on the artists’ work, from which the above quotations were extracted.

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