Catalog for Richard Newton's September, 2013 solo exhibition, La Gruta Azul, at Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles. This extended version of the catalog features press and blog reviews, snapshots from the opening and photos within the installation, La Gruta Azul.
Richard Newton has shown artworks, artists’ books, films & videos and presented live performances and site-specific installations throughout the world. Some performances by Newton have found him in unusual places. For the PUBLIC SPIRIT FESTIVAL, the audience found him performing behind a chained door in a downtown derelict hotel. Titled, Get Under The Table, Don’t Look at the Windows, this performance dealt with alcoholism, family relationships, the nature of infinity and the threat of nuclear destruction. At New York’s P.S. 1, he installed an isolated desert landscape. The entire landscape, which filled an entire room was manufactured from flattened tin cans, broken beer bottles, and slices of bread. In the summer of 2012, Richard travelled to Tromsø, Norway to participate in the 13th International Ibsen Conference. The conference normally reserved for scholars, invited 4 artists. One each, from Asia, Africa, Europe and Newton from USA.