CURRENT EXHIBIT

NEW WORKS BY JULIE LAZARUS

ACQUA ALTA


EXHIBITION: September 12 through October 10, 2020

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OPENING EVENT: Saturday, September 12, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
As part of Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) Spring Gallery Week

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Julie Lazarus - Acqua Alta Dopo D, 2020
Julie Lazarus - Acqua Alta Dopo D, 2020
Oil on canvas - 54 x 44 in



Acqua Alta, an exhibition of new, color-rich abstract paintings and collages by Fort Worth artist Julie Lazarus, will be on display September 12 through October 10 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening event will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. as part of Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) Spring Gallery Week-an extension of the group's annual Spring Gallery Night. The gallery will also offer a 3-D virtual tour of Acqua Alta, available at www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com.

William Campbell Contemporary Art will offer special hours for the entire week of September 14 through 19, and will be open that Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In keeping with recommended precautions due to the pandemic, the number of guests inside the gallery at one time is limited, and masks are required.

Julie Lazarus - Giardini Acqua Alta Lungo La Sera B, 2020
Giardini Acqua Alta Lungo La Sera B, 2020
Oil on canvas, 66 x 46 in.
Acqua Alta features Lazarus's large-scale oil paintings and handmade mixed-media collages mounted on wood. The intense, vibrant abstract pieces directly reference the artist's latest travels to Venice, Italy, while also drawing on her continued interest in the unique luminosity of the atmosphere and landscape found throughout the country. Specifically, the series considers the transformative power of water, how it defines and alters its environment as a result of both natural changes and human actions. The work materialized in response to the extreme flooding that overtook Venice in the fall of 2019, after a season of extraordinarily high tides, or acqua alta (high water).

Over time, water has become a vehicle for Lazarus's reactions to current events as well as a timeless visual representation of light, color, and motion. In water, the artist finds beauty in ruin and calm amid chaos. An agent of change, constructive and destructive, water quenches and inundates, buoys and drowns, cleanses and stains. Further, it absorbs and reflects surrounding objects in an array of multifaceted hues and complex forms.

Filled with gradations of saturated pigment and dynamic, organic shapes, Lazarus's paintings and collages conjure a sense of movement through space and time, channeling the universal ebb and flow of physical and emotional energies. Particularly apparent in the collages, the many layers of natural environment, coupled with geometric echoes of architecture, recall the aqua alta in Venice-how its visual and emotional topography rises and falls with the water. Looking into and through them becomes a journey from present to past as viewers experience simultaneously what is and what was.

Lazarus has forged a relationship with Italy over more than two decades, and it
Julie Lazarus - Giardini  Acqua Alta Lungo A, 2020
Giardini Acqua Alta Lungo A, 2020
Oil on canvas, 66 x 46 in.
has left an indelible print on both the process and aesthetics of her work. Inundated with vibrant pigments, her luscious, tactile surfaces engage the senses as they directly recall the artist's experiences through expressive mark making and process-driven applications. By using a palette reflective of the deep, rich colors native to the Venetian landscape, she reveals the radiance that exists through every layer of the picture plane and our own existence, invariably emerging from even the darkest surroundings.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Over the past three decades, Julie Lazarus has built a varied exhibition record, showing in regional, national, and international venues. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums in Fort Worth and Dallas, as well as in Albuquerque, Chicago, Galveston, Houston, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Santa Fe, among others. She has also exhibited extensively throughout Italy, with shows in Florence, Venice, and Murano.

Lazarus was recently awarded a commission from Fort Worth Public Art to design and fabricate a public art project for the new Fire Station #26. In 2012, she completed her first Fort Worth Public Art project, which consisted of a large-scale painting and glass mosaic at the Westside Water Treatment Plant. In 2000, she designed new stained-glass windows and a bronze door for Beth El Congregation in Fort Worth.

Lazarus's work appears in many private and public art collections, among them those of Allstate Insurance, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Belo Corporation, the City of Fort Worth, Credit Suisse, the Exxon Corporation, Microsoft, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Neiman Marcus, Texas Christian University, Texas Instruments, XTO Energy, Frank Stella and Harriet McGuirk, and President George W. and Laura Bush.

Julie Lazarus earned her MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Tulsa and her BA from Hofstra University in New York. She received additional training from New York University, the Galveston Art Center, and Philbrook Museum School in Tulsa.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.


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CONTACT:
William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817.737.9566
www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. / Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m / by appointment Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.


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Fort Worth, TX 76107
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