NMA plans dialogue between art critic and artist

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Join Kenneth Baker, longtime art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and artist Chester Arnold as they discuss Arnold’s work at the Nevada Museum of Art from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. A reception following the dialogue is included in the ticket price.

About the exhibition
For Chester Arnold, painting is as much about social responsibility as it is about crafting luscious large-scale oil paintings in the tradition of 19th-century European artists. Since he began painting over three decades ago, Arnold has cleverly confronted a range of challenging subjects ranging from land use and environmental issues to the global impacts of human and industrial consumption, accumulation, and waste.

The paintings united in this exhibition ask viewers to consider the implications of unchecked economic development and industrialized growth on the natural environment. Often, Arnold’s work is infused with a dose of religious or political inflection that generates passionate dialogue about the topics he tackles. “If this is God’s will,” Arnold once remarked while referring to one of the abused landscapes he depicted on canvas, “something is wrong.”

Chester Arnold: On Earth as It Is in Heaven is presented as part of the Museum’s Art + Environment Series, which provides timely, engaging and rewarding educational opportunities for artists, scholars and communities to engage with ideas pertinent to the intersections of art and environments.

Cost: $15 / $12 museum members; $18 at the door

Buy tickets here: nevadaart.org

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