Location: UCF Art Gallery
GAUDNEKOLOR POP, a solo exhibition by Walter Gaudnek, celebrates the artist’s 50th and final year as a professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida. Walter Gaudnek and his daughter Yve Gaudnek (a current UCF film student) selected works for the exhibition that highlight the use of color in poetic figurative settings between tradition and innovation. In 1960, while living in New York City, he proclaimed his philosophy of polymorphism: the idea that a painting is never finished and can be continuously evolved. By creating new works from pre-existing images, he seeks to challenge the modernist reference to originality and demonstrate the inherent power rooted in masterpieces of art.
Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, January 10 from 5-7pm
Walter Gaudnek (born in Fleyh, Czechoslovakia) is a German-American artist, professor of painting at University of Central Florida in the School of Visual Arts and Design in Orlando, FL a founder of the Gaudnek Europa Museum (GEM) in Altomuenster, Germany, 1999. As an art student in Munich; Gaudnek created three provocative galleries: Neue Galerie, Ingolstadt, Zimmergalerie, and Galerie 17, Munich, (1953-1957). During his Fulbright scholarship in the USA, he took part in various happenings and art movements in New York (1959-1969). Since the 1970’s Gaudnek has been one of the main representatives of Pop Art with religious topics. Gaudnek’s exhibition record includes Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; São Paulo Museo de Art Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil; Museo Universitario Universidad de Antioqua, Medellin, Columbia; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Alfred Cubin Galerie, Munich; Landesbank, Munich; and Grey Gallery, New York. Walter Gaudnek has shown at the Florence Biennale four times: 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2019. At the Xth Florence Biennale (2015), Gaudnek won the 3rdprize for his video Cross Glyphs and in 2019 received the Special Commendation by the President of the XII Florence Biennale for his video Shapechanger Prams. His series of large size paintings “The 10 Commandments “, a donation to Pope Francis, is presently in Cuba awaiting installation. His numerous awards at UCF included the Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award ,1990.
Please join us for “A Pop Art Primer: What it is; What it’s not.” with Dr. Bradford Collins on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-7:30pm
Pop Art was a revolutionary development in the history of modern art, but the fundamental nature of that revolution remains badly misunderstood. Dr. Bradford Collins will discuss the shift in consciousness that made Pop possible and the understandable misconception that has prevented us from recognizing it. Moderated questions with Professor Walter Gaudnek will follow the talk.