Friday, November 27, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Trained as a painter, Cayce Zavaglia, St. Louis, Missouri, creates extraordinary hand-embroidered portraits. Her meticulous, labor-intensive work left me in awe and deep admiration for her mastery of the needle. Her paintings are marvelous, too. Zavaglia's work is on show through December 6 in "About-Face" at Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City. See the pdf catalogue.

Recently Zavaglia was featured at My Modern Met. Read an interesting interview with Zavaglia at Trish Burr Embroidery.

Cayce Zavaglia on Instagram and Twitter

✦ Hungarian textile conservation specialist Herczeg Agnes is herself an exquisite lace-maker and embroiderer. She is a master of the technique known as "needle painting". Be sure to visit her online gallery, which features marvelous combinations of lace and ceramics, lace and wood, lace wall decorations in natural colors, miniature artworks, and lace and coconut shells. Her work is affordable, too! Visit her online shop.

Herczeg Agnes on FaceBook

✦ If you have not seen the gorgeous blown and cast glass of collaborators John Littleton (son of the renowned Harvey Littleton, "Father of Studio Glass") and Kate Vogel, visit their Website. See their New Work page as well as Winged Wave. The couple recently appeared at SOFA Chicago 2015.

See more of Jon Littleton's and Kate Vogel's work at Maurine Littleton Gallery, in Washington, D.C.

✦ Montana's Kate Hunt weaves with newspaper, creates flags from books, and uses baling twine, piano wire, wax, steel, fiberglass, gold leaf, plaster, boat building epoxy, and other materials to create one-of-a-kind objects and installations. View her portfolio online. Also see her work at Diehl Gallery.

✦ Scanning the SOFA Chicago 2015 site, my eye caught the work of Susan Collett of Toronto. Collett's pieces include clay sculpture and prints. See her portfolio on her Website. Terrific work!

See her pdf catalogue (image below).

Catalogue Cover Art

✦ Gwynn Murrill was the first artist invited to show on Avenue of The Stars in Los Angeles. In the video below, Murrill talks about the individual sculptures in the installation. Read about the exhibition and the public arts program at the Century City Chamber of Commerce Website. An interview is available on YouTube.

Sculptures by Murrill are on view through July 2016 at Anderson Sculpture Garden, Iowa State University.

Gwynn Murrill Studio (Website)

Gwynn Murrill at LA Louver 

Exhibitions Here and There (College/University Gallery/Museum Edition)

✭ Ripin Print Gallery in Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, draws from the private collection of Lee Marks and John C. DePrez Jr. for many of the photographs on view in "Hidden Mother". The exhibition examines in particular the 19th Century practice of using pedestals, braces, and other devices to stabilize the bodies of those sitting during long exposures. Examples of the use of the so-called "hidden mother" while photographing children include tintypescartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, and other media. The show concludes December 23.

Allen Memorial Art Museum on FaceBook, Tumblr, and Vimeo

✭ Continuing through December 5 is "Etty Yaniv: Urban Sediments", in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery, part of Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana. The exhibition of abstract "landscapes" includes large reliefs and a three-dimensional floating installation created from torn paper and plastic pieces, scraps of drawings, photo fragments, and other materials. Images of Yaniv's Urban Sediments installations may be viewed at her Website.

✭ An exhibition of the sketchbooks of Reynold H. Weidenaar (1915-1985) that focuses on drawings produced in the mid-1970s continues through January 17, 2016, at Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibition runs concurrently with "Reynold Weidenaar: A Retrospective", comprising selections of prints, watercolors, and oil paintings, at Grand Rapids Art Museum, and "The Creative Process: Drawings, Prints, Plates, and Watercolors by Reynold Weidenaar" at Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, in Grand Rapids.

✭ In  the Nichols Gallery, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, California, is "Liat Yossifor: Time Turning Paint", an examination of abstraction as a political form and of the medium and genre's relationship to 21st Century artistic practice. The solo exhibition concludes December 11. View a current selection of Yossifor's work at her Website.

✭ Skidmore College's Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York, is presenting an exhibition of new works by art faculty members John Galt (iron and bronze sculptures), Doretta Miller (Garden Stories paintings in oils), Lauren Sandler (ceramics), and Peter Stake (abstract paintings). The show runs through December 13. Read excerpts from the artists' statements and view images of works in "2015 Selected Art Faculty Exhibition".

Schick Art Gallery on FaceBook

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On This Thanksgiving Day

. . . in giving thanks we give ourselves.
~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

On this Thanksgiving Day, I give deep thanks for my son; my sisters, nieces and nephews, and other family members; my parish; and my friends all over the world (you know who you are!). Your unwavering support, wisdom, and love have helped me through profound crisis and given me such reason to be grateful for your presence in my life. ~ Maureen

Two poems for Thanksgiving:

"Called to Thanksgiving (for my brother)"


And especially for Walt Pascoe, Holly Friesen, David Sandum, Ned L.: my prose piece "Uncommon Community".

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Art for Advent

Tempera on Panel, 150 cm x 156 cm
Uffizi, Florence, Italy

The series Art for Advent begins Sunday, November 29. Offering a look at the meaning of Christmas through paintings, the series of five-minute videos is written and narrated by art historian James Romaine, Ph.D. Featured are paintings of the Annunciation by Fra Angelico (November 29), Fra Filippo Lippi (December 6), Sandro Botticelli (December 13), and Leonardo da Vinci (December 20).

Here's a preview:

My thanks to ArtWay for the link to Seeing Art History.

Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art

Christians in the Visual Arts

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

flamenco clouds — a found poem

flamenco clouds — a found poem

a day at home awaiting
the keys     I open
a full suitcase

worn yellow like autumn
in rain     like colors
in a creek that returns

empty in the hours
of spring   frogs at their business

in the poem
that leaves a poem
in the garden bed

a single maple leaf
calls during flight—
an opera     we spin

in through the door
of this house
a photograph messages

through frames
like morse code
across an olden moon—

an unlocked window into
the future    on the diagonal
where we will meet

the hunter    somewhere
silent       aiming
cutting down

the glass on the motorway
like flamenco clouds


This is a found poem that uses words from a recent "Top 10 Poetic Tweets" at Tweet Speak Poetry.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Muse Listens to Poetry's 'New Sounds'

Have you heard about "New Sounds", the WNYC program hosted by John Schaefer?

A nightly hour of music that may be accessed online, "New Sounds" offers listeners beyond-the-ordinary programs: storytelling-music by composers such as Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Phillip Bimstein, and the Talking Heads; traditional and electroacoustic music from Poland; a collaboration between Tibetan devotional singer Yungchen Lhamo and Russian pianist and composer Anton Batagov; live concerts, including a 13-guitar performance; and music for heart and breath. 

Recently, "New Sounds" re-posted a 56-minute program titled "Latin American Poetry Settings" — contemporary musical settings of poems by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Elias Letelier, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. These are beautiful settings.

The recording artists include Tim Brady, Eric Whitacre, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and John Adams. At the program link above you'll find information about the selected pieces and links to their sources.

Listen to the program:

A second, companion program, "Poetry Set to Music, II", embedded below, features settings of text by Mahmoud Darwish, Ashik Dertli, Derek Jarman, Pablo Neruda, Kul Nesimi, Rumi, and Saadi. The recording artists are Philip Glass, Sussan Deyhim, Marcel Khalife and Mahmoud Darwish, Donna McKevitt, Maria Neckam, Niyaz, and Robert Spano. These, too, are wonderful.

New Sounds on FaceBook and Twitter

Tim Brady's Atacama: Symphony No. 3

Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst

Donna McKevitt's Song Cycle of Derek Jarman Poetry and Prose

Donna McKevitt's Settings of Five Neruda Poems

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thought for the Day

[. . .] grief humbles, / grief softens, / it makes one more / kind.
It must. / It must. / It must.
~ Patty Paine

Quoted from Patty Paine's "Derecho, 2013" in Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing, 2015)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Short

Film Poster

Today's short is the trailer for journalist and filmmaker Khazar Fatemi's Where My Heart Beats (7thart Releasing). The film relates Fatemi's story about returning, after 20 years away, to her childhood home, Afghanistan. Fatemi, who was born in Kurdish Iran, raised in Afghanistan, and currently lies in Sweden, directed the 60-minute documentary, which is to be translated into four languages. The film had its North American premiere in October at La Femme International Film Festival.

My Heart Beats on FaceBook

Khazar Fatemi on FaceBook

Quasar Productions (Swedish)

Friday, November 20, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) has created a new program, "The Emerging Curators Program", specifically for emerging curators in the fields of jewelry and metalwork. The program provides grants of up to $2,500 to assist recipients in presenting a jewelry or metalwork exhibition, which must open before December 31, 2017. The application deadline is December 31, 2015; applicants will be notified by January 2, 2016. Details are found at the link above.

✦ Cut paper artist Annie Vought was shortlisted for the 2015 American Craft Council's Emerging Voices Awards (the winner was metalsmith Jaydan Moore). Browse her stellar portfolio. A catalogue featuring Moore and Vought, as well as scholar T'ai Smith and artists Ashley Buchanan, Thaddeus Erdahl, and Matt Hutton, is available.

✦ Yesterday, I featured painter Sophie Ploeg in my Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life. Don't miss it. Her work is gorgeous!

✦ Emily Lynch Victory claims to be "obsessed with mathematics, pattern, and symmetry". The resident of Independence, Minnesota, was featured this past summer in "Artist Day Jobs: Emily Lynch Victory - Painter, Math Trainer" at Minnesota Original. View selections of the award-winning artist's work at Mn Artists and at the blog WholeheARTedCreativity.

Emily Lynch Artwork on FaceBook

✦ Beacon, New York, artist Alison Moritsugu has created a series of log paintings that pays homage to the landscapes of Hudson River School painters while also upending them. Currently, Moritsugu is at Littlejohn Contemporary, New York City, in the solo exhibition "Alison Moritsugu: inconsequence / in consequence".

✦ For glass collectors who might not yet have everything: Dale Chihuly's Raven Black Baskets, a series of handblown and artist-signed pieces inspired by Native American fiber baskets.

✦ I thank my friend, the painter Randall David Tipton, for this next video, which was my introduction to painter Richard Cartwright. What marvelous work, especially the pastels!

View a selection of work from the exhibitions "Richard Cartwright at Glyndebourne 2015" (May 12 - August 29), "Richard Cartwright: Gently by the Hand" (February 5 - March 7, 2015), and "Richard Cartwright - Where the Lovers Used to Meet" (February 8 - March 2, 2013).

Cartwright is represented by Adam Gallery (Bath) and John Martin Gallery (London).

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Rutgers University's Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey, is presenting "George Segal" through December 31. (The show has been on view since September 2011.) Segal (1924-2000), who made his mark as a sculptor, also made paintings, drawings, and prints. In the exhibition, which features the many media and subjects the artist pursued, viewers will be able to see the early expressionist figurative painting Old Testament Moon (1958-59), the painted plaster and wood Girl Behind Chair and Bedpost (1975), Bus Shelter (1996), and Segal's seven-part wall relief, Pregnancy Series (1978), comprising serial sculptural imagery of development of the female body during pregnancy. The George and Helen Segal Foundation lent the paintings and sculptures for the show.

Read a feature about the Pregnancy Series at ArtDaily

The Zimmerli installed this spring the recently conserved sculpture, Walking Man (1988). Read "Zimmerli Art Museum Displays George Segal 'Walking Man' Exhibit at Rutgers University".

Zimmerli Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ At the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, work by Linda Threadgill is on view through December 6 in "Master Metalsmith: Linda Threadgill, Cultivating Ornament". Threadgill's work encompasses sculpture, vessels, and jewelry. Read a detailed review of the show at The Commercial Appeal.

Metal Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is presenting the work of Canadian multimedia and performance artist Charmaine Wheatley in "Charmaine Wheatley: Souvenirs". On view through July 11, 2016, the exhibition includes 25 drawings and objects, many of which were produced subsequent to Wheatley's museum residency in 2012. As part of the show, Wheatley created a special limited-edition work in the form of a small tin box filled with reproductions of watercolor drawings and notes; it is available for purchase. A selection of images is available at the exhibition link above.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ In the Beard Gallery at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, viewers will find "Tiger in the Living Room: Work by Shelley Reed". The exhibition features recent work, including Reed's 47-foot-long oil on canvas In Dubious Battle (2013), and some older work that provides context for understanding the artist's process and imagery. Her work, which is dramatic and meticulous, is in numerous public and private collections. The painter draws her inspiration from 17th Century and 18th Century European paintings and prints. Watch a video preview of the show, which concludes December 16. Reed is represented by Danese/Corey Gallery in New York City.

View Reed's paintings at her Website.

Arts at Wheaton on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Colorado's Denver Art Museum is presenting the work of father and son artists Andrew (1917-2009) and Jamie Wyeth in "Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio". Providing a look at both Wyeths' work methods and processes, the ticketed exhibition, continuing through February 7, 2016, showcases more than 100 works in pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil, and mixed media. 

At its conclusion, the retrospective will travel to Spain, where it will be on view next year, from March 1 to June 19, at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. View images.

An exhibition catalogue (Yale University Press/Denver Art Museum, November 17, 2015) with 286 color illustrations is available.

Catalogue Cover Art
Andrew Wyeth, Faraway, 1952
Drybrush on Paper, 13" x 20"
Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection

Denver Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Sophie Ploeg, Elizabeth's Dress
Oil on linen, 24 cm x 30 cm


I'm delighted today to showcase in my new Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life a selection of paintings by Dutch artist Sophie Ploeg, the 2013 recipient of the prestigious BP Travel Award.

Based in the United Kingdom, where she works full-time as an artist, Sophie draws deep inspiration from 17th Century Dutch art and English Jacobean portraiture. She is, as she told Art Collector magazine, which featured her in its November 2015 issue, "unapologetically feminine" in both her choice of subject matter and her interests in feminist issues and the portrayal of women in art.

Included in today's Artist Watch post are eight of Sophie's beautifully realized paintings, her Artist Statement, and a brief biography that spotlights several of her awards and recent exhibitions. Also provided are links to Sophie's Website and FaceBook and Twitter pages, as well as a link to Haynes Gallery, which represents Sophie in the United States. Earlier this year, Sophie participated in her third Women Painting Women exhibition organized by Haynes Gallery; her painting The Guest (see Artist Watch column) was on view.

Currently, Sophie's work may be seen through November 29 at the "Annual Open Exhibition" of Royal West of England Academy. From December 2-13, her painting Three Pearls (included in the Artist Watch post) is on display in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters' "Annual Exhibition 2015". Next spring, her work will be exhibited at Catto Gallery, Hampstead, London.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wendell Berry Reads 'The Peace of Wild Things'

Listen as poet Wendell Berry reads "The Peace of Wild Things" (in Collected Poems 1957-1982, Counterpoint Press, 1985):

Wendell Berry "The Peace of Wild Things" from Schumann Media Center, Inc. on Vimeo.

The poem is an excerpt from Berry's 2013 conversation with journalist Bill Moyers.