Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Short

Today's short is the trailer for the 16-minute documentary Cast in India, from producer-director Natasha Raheja of Brooklyn, New York. The film, which was part of the DOC NYC Film Festival in November, looks at the lives of workers in Howrah, India, who forge the manhole covers found on New York City streets.

The film is in Bengali and Hindi, with English subtitles.

The trailer also is on Vimeo.

Cast in India on FaceBook and Twitter

Friday, December 19, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Neuroscientist Greg Dunn is also a painter, and his work reflects his passions for both science and art. In the video below, Dunn explains how he makes microetchings (hand-made lithographs in which light is manipulated microscopically to control reflectivity on metallic surfaces). He developed microetching techniques with his colleague Dr. Brian Edwards. Don't miss Dunn's gold leaf works and scrolls. Dunn's prints (giclees) are beautiful, too.

✦ Free blown and worked glass by Alexander Fekete assumes exquisite proportions. Also see his work herehere, and here. Fekete recently exhibited at SOFAexpo in Chicago.

✦ Japanese glass blower Hiroshi Yamano uses traditional motifs in new ways, employing silver leaf engraving and copper electroplating to gorgeous sculptural effect. Examples of his work include Zen Gardens in Glass, Fish on the Stone, and East to West Miniatures. Also see Yamano's page at Art Glass.

✦ Drawing inspiration from nature, Laura Kramer creates beautiful one-of-a-kind decorative objects made from dried wasp combs and handmade glass.

✦ Today's video features an unusual and marvelous ongoing project by Willie Baronet, of Dallas, Texas, who purchases cardboard signs from people experiencing homelessness and turns them into art. Read about how the project began. (My thanks to Holly Friesen for a link to a HooplaHa video about Baronet.)

Baronet, designated of the "100 Dallas Creatives", is a professor and life/business coach. His art project has received much well-deserved praise. 

Baronet's blog is We are all homeless.

We are all homeless on FaceBook

"Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead to Art, Understanding", NPR, July 27, 2014

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ A participatory exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, features the conceptual "Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972-2014)" of Mary Beth Edelson. Several of the boxes encompass texts on themes such as gender, sexuality, myths, goddesses, and spirituality; others have paper tablets on which questions have been stamped to prompt viewers' hand-written responses. Of four boxes with paper tablets, one, Family Immigration Stories, is a new work created for the exhibition and eliciting viewers' contributions. The artist performs the role of archivist, curator, and caretaker of the boxes. A fuller explanation of the use of the boxes as time capsules of cultural perspectives is at the exhibition link above and in this pamphlet. The exhibition continue through April 5, 2015.

Mary Beth Edelsen Website: Story Gathering Boxes

The Aldrich on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Florida's Boca Raton Museum of Art is presenting realist and expressionist work by Theresa Bernstein (1890-2002), an American who exhibited in every decade of the 20th Century. Her paintings encompassing such subjects as women's suffrage, immigrants, World War I, racial discrimination, and unemployment and portraits of Albert Einstein, Martha Graham, and others, are featured with interviews and related memorabilia. The show, which began at the James Gallery in the Graduate Center, City University of New York,  is on view through January 11, 2015. 

Theresa Bernstein, Polish Church: Easter Morning, 1916
Oil on Canvas, 40 " x 50 "
Martin and Edith Stein Collection

Boca Raton Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Embroidered tapestries by Liz Whitney Quisgard can be seen in "VIVID" through January 18, 2015, at Arkansas's Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. Quisgard, of New York City and a painter for more than six decades, describes her extremely detailed and structured designs as "pseudo-pointillism". The beautiful works in the show are inspired by Moorish architecture, Navajo textiles, Byzantine mosaics, and the Baroque.

FSRAM on FaceBook and Tumblr

✭ Thirty original paintings by Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson, 1860-1961) are on view at Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama through March 1, 2015. Presenting works on loan from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, and other art institutions in the United States, the exhibition is co-curated by Galerie St. Etienne, New York City, which represents the Grandma Moses Estate.

On February 22, 2015, Galerie St. Etienne's co-director Jane Kallir will give a lecture, "Grandma Moses: Her Art and Life", beginning at 1:00 p.m. Kallir is an expert on Grandma Moses's works.

HSVMuseum on Facebook and Twitter

✭ Ongoing at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana, is "Jean Price: Three Thousand and Counting", a commemoration to American soldiers who fought and died in the Iraq War. Local artist Jean L. Price created the memorial installation to honor each soldier who lost his or her life in Iraq. The mixed-media memorial, comprising for each Armed Services member killed a dog tag made from aluminum tooling foil and providing name, rank, and age, was rededicated in 2007. Montana soldiers are represented with copper and brass dog tags. Read the online brochure, which includes images.

PGS Museum on FaceBook

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Clare O'Neill, Tawny, 2013
Mixed Media (Photography, Beeswax, Pigments)
30" x 30"
© Clare O'Neill

Today, I can be found at Escape Into Life arts magazine, where I've posted my latest Artist Watch feature on encaustic photographer Clare O'Neill.

Minnesota-based, Clare O'Neill comes to photography by way of a small business she started that offered custom tours of Ireland; while creating the promotional materials for her business, she discovered she had a natural eye and considerable talent for photography. Her strong sense of creative possibility led her to experiment with printing on tissue paper and layering molten beeswax and pigments. The unique, transformative results, as the Artist Watch feature shows, are playful, fluid, and three-dimensional in effect.

All the mixed-media images at EIL, including the image above, were taken underwater and are from O'Neill's ongoing and aptly named series Below the Surface. (Additional examples of her work, which are available as originals and fine art prints, may be seen at her Website.) An Artist Statement and brief biography complement the feature.

O'Neill offers one-on-one mentorships and teaches the art of photo encaustics. Consult her teaching Website for details; her new five-week online course begins January 12, 2015.

Clare O'Neill on FaceBook

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Wonder: Pop-up Paper Sculptures

Peter Dahmen of Germany engineers paper. Watch this award-winning wonder as he sculpts paper into remarkable pop-up creations. 

Peter Dahmen Website

Peter Dahmen on FaceBook and YouTube

(My thanks to This Is Colossal for the link.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Appearances (Poem)


Surface conditions
can be deceptive.
It takes light to see
where the cleanest breaks
need mending.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas

This is an ekphrastic poem in response to a photo poetry prompt from Darlene Countrygirl.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Muse: #readwomen2014 (2)

Monday Muse promised an occasional update of her reading of writing by women, because this has been the "Year of Reading Women" for which the hashtag #readwomen2014 was created.

Today's post highlights my ongoing recommendations of collections of poetry or poetry-related resources; memoir, autobiography, and biography; and fiction and nonfiction that I have read this year.  I have read all of the titles, some of which contain gorgeous writing, since my initial post in March.

Poetry and Poetry-Related Books

Amal al-Jubouri ~ Hagar before the Occupation, Hagar after the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011) 

Kelli Russell Agodon ~ Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014)

L.L. Barkat ~ Love, Etc. (T.S. Poetry Press, 2014) (Read my review.)

Ellen Bass ~ Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)

Amy Billone ~ The Light Changes (Hope Street Press, 2013)

Teresa Carson ~ Elegy for the Floater (CavanKerry Press, 2008)

Teresa Carson ~ My Crooked House (CavanKerry Press, 2014)

Barbara Crooker ~ Gold (The Poeima Poetry Series, Cascade Books, 2013)

Patricia Fargnoli ~ Winter (Hobblebush Books, 2013)

Eliza Griswold (Translator) ~ I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan (Farrar, Sraus & Giroux, April 2014)

Patricia Fargnoli ~ Winter (Hobblebush Books, 2013)

Drew Myron ~ Thin Skin (Push Pull Books, 2013)

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell ~ Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell (Ave Maria Press, September 2014) (Read my review.)

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell ~ Waking My Mother (Word Poetry, 2013)

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell ~ Saint Sinatra and Other Poems (Word Press, 2011)

Dawn Potter (Editor) ~ A Poet's Sourcebook: Writings about Poetry, from the Ancient World to the Present (Autumn House Press, 2013)

Dawn Potter ~ Same Old Story (CavanKerry Press, 2014)

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet ~ Tulips, Water, Ash (Northeastern University Press, 2009)

T.S. Poetry Press ~ The Mischief Cafe: Poetry at Home with Toast (Buttered!) & Tea (2014) (Read my review.)

Leslie Ullman ~ Progress on the Subject of Immensity (University of New Mexico Press, 2013)

Jillian Weise ~ The Book of Goodbyes (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2013) (This collection was awarded the 2013 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.)

Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir

Lynn Darling ~ Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding (HarperCollins, 2014)

Sonali Deraniyagala ~ Wave (Vintage Books/Random House, 2013)

Alexandra Fuller ~ Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Random House, 2003)

Penelope Lively ~ Dancing Fish and Amonites: A Memoir (Viking, 2013)

Marge Piercy ~ Sleeping with Cats (Harper Perennial, 2002)


Anna Badkhen ~ The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village (Penguin/Riverhead Books, 2013)

Evelyn Bence ~ Room at My Table: Preparing Heart & Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014) (Read my review.)

Laura J. Boggess ~ Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World (Leafwood Publishers, 2014) (Read my review.)

Charity Singleton Craig and Anne Kroeker ~ On Being a Writer (Masters in Fine Living Series, T.S. Poetry Press, 2014) 

Leslie Jamison ~ The Empathy Exams: Essays (Graywolf Press, 2014)

Denise Kiernan ~ The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (Touchstone, 2013)

Anne Lamott ~ Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace (New and Selected Essays) (Riverhead Books, 2014)

Sarah Lewis ~ The Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2014) (Read my review.)

Barbara Brown Taylor ~ Learning to Walk in the Dark (HarperOne, 2014)


Kelly Cherry ~ A Kind of Dream (Stories) (Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) (Read my review.)

Donna Tartt ~ The Goldfinch (Little, Brown & Co., 2013)

My First Monday Muse #readwomen2014 Post, March 3, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thought for the Day

 If the heart persists
in waiting, does it begin to lessen?
~ Jack Gilbert

Quoted from "The Answer" in Jack Gilbert Collected Poems (Knopf, 2014) (This is a marvelous gathering of the late poet's work. "The Answer" was published originally in Gilbert's 2009 collection, The Dance Most of All.)

Jack Gilbert (1925-2012) Profiles at Academy of American Poets and The Poetry Foundation

Sarah Fay, "Jack Gilbert, The Art of Poetry No. 91" (Interview), The Paris Review, Fall/Winter 2005

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Short

Today's short is the beautiful "Meditation" from the opera Thais by Jules Massenet. It is performed by violinist Joshua Bell, who, in mid-November, performed with the New York Philharmonic.

For comparison, listen to Itzhak Perlman's performance of the same piece in 2012.

Friday, December 12, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ This Christmas you might want to consider Art History Paper Dolls (Chronicle Books, August 2014) for all the emerging artists or art students on your gift lists. Created by illustrator Kyle Hilton, the stocking stuffer features stand-up art world masters: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marcel Duchamp Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, M.C. Escher—and, in a bow to women, Georgia O'Keeffe. There also are more than 100 "props" for an interactive experience. Some examples: Toulouse-Lautrec appears with his own Parisian nightlife, Dali with a surreal lobster telephone, van Gogh with an impressionistic bouquet of sunflowers and that famous severed ear. The challenge will be to keep the play art-historically accurate, or not!

Kyle Hilton at the iSpot and on Tumblr (Blog)

✦ Sculptor and installation artist Novie Trump, who formerly was executive director of Lee Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia, and founder and director of Flux Studios in Maryland, where I first saw her work, can now be found in Jerome, Arizona. Flux Studios itself has moved with Trump to a new home in Jerome, where it features contemporary fine art and craft and participates in the First Saturday Art Walk. Our area misses both. Trump is a terrific artist.

Novi Trump Blog

✦ Ontario-born Ellen Jewett, who also is a professional animal trainer, creates otherworldly mixed-media sculptures that encompass an assortment of creatures and beasts of burden. They're astonishing narratives individually and collectively. Jewett's work can be found at her Etsy Shop.

✦  For a project titled The Exceptional and the Everyday: 144 Hours in Kiev, computer science professor Dr. Lev Manovich of City University of New York worked with a research scientist, a doctoral student of art history, a Web developer, and several advisors to analyze use of Instagram during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution (February 17-22). Encompassing 13,208 Instagram images shared by more than 6,000 people in central Kiev, the effort produced a series of visualizations, including a single visualization with all 13,000+ images, an analysis of pattern interpretations, an essay reviewing popular visual themes in the images of the revolution, a timeline of "top tags", a review of use of multiple languages, an essay about social media's use as political speech, and other data. (My thanks to Walker Art Center blog for the link.)

✦ In the video below, from PBS NewsHour Art Beat, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, chief curator of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, discusses the enduring popularity of sculptor Alexander Calder:

The museum's exhibition "Calder and Abstraction: From Avant Garde to Iconic", continues through January 4, 2015. A quick exhibition overview is provided view this video.

PEM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Exhibitions Here and There

Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum is showing through August 30, 2015, "The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster". Among highlights are a centennial celebration of the work of Rev. Howard Finster, the late Ingo Swann's huge and out-of-this-world paintings, Terrence Howard's sculptures, and cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell, plus peeks into the spiritual life of Jimi Hendrix. An incredible show!

AVAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Paintings from the 15th to 19th centuries, including Botticelli's The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (exhibited for the first time in the United States) and John Singer Sargent's Lady Agnew of Lachnaw, are featured in "Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery", on view through February 1, 2015, at The Frick Collection, New York City. Lectures and other related programs are scheduled throughout the exhibition's run. A catalogue with 53 color illustrations accompanies the show.

Catalogue Cover

Here's a video introduction to the exhibition:

The 10 works at the Frick will travel with an additional 45 in 2015 to de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (March 7 - May 31, 2015) and Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth (June 28 - September 20, 2015). (The larger exhibition is titled "Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland".) 

The Frick Collection on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Also in New York City, The Metropolitan Museum's "Kimono: A Modern History", on view through January 19, 2015. The exhibition showcases gorgeous examples of kimono from as early as the Edo period (1615-1868). More than 50 Japanese garments are on display, including not only those custom-made for the wealthy but pieces made for the public. Three contemporary kimono created by designers whom the Japanese government has designated as "Living National Treasures" are featured. A 140-illustration catalogue on the design, function, and meaning of kimono accompany the exhibition (see images at the exhibition link). Tonight the Met Museum is presenting a gallery event, "Get Wrapped Up: Poetry and the Art of the Kimono" beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Catalogue Cover

Met Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

Met Blogs

✭ The National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., continues "The Architectural Image, 1920-1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection" through May 3, 2015. Featured are 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings by artists such as Howard Cook (1901-1980), Mark Freeman (1908-2003), Gene Kloss (1903-1996), Louis Lozowick (1892-1973), Charles Turzak (1899-1986), and Grant Wood (1892-1942).

NBM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Notable Exhibition Abroad

✭ London's Dulwich Picture Gallery has mounted an exhibition of work by "Canada's van Gogh", Emily Carr. Titled "From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia", the exhibition, continuing through March 8, 2015, is the first in the United Kingdom dedicated to Carr. In addition to a display of Carr's forest scenes and of her sky paintings, beach scenes, and landscapes, the show offers a look at Carr's small watercolors, drawings, sketchbooks, and writings, and includes archival photography.

Here's a brief video introduction:

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition (image below).

Visit the Emily Carr Website at Vancouver Gallery. You'll find there images of a selection of Carr's works, a biography, and various educational resources. Additional information is found on the Vancouver Gallery page and the National Gallery of Canada page for Carr. Also see the Art History Archive.

The Guardian offers a selection of Carr's paintings ("Emily Carr at Dulwich Picture Gallery - In Pictures") and an exhibition review.

Dulwich Picture Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday's Three on Art

Today's Thursday's Three offers a trio of recently published art books you might want to add to your bookshelves or give as gifts.

✭ Published by Harvard University Press, The Image of the Black in Western Art is a series of redesigned and new large-format, color editions issued with the collaboration of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at the Hutchins Center at Harvard. The original five volumes were produced 50 years ago as part of a research project and photo archive supported by art patron Dominque de Menil. Five more volumes have been added. The volume in the image below, edited by art historian David Bindman of University College London and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was issued in October 2014; it is the final volume. Details and ordering information for all the volumes, which include scholarly essays, are found in the Volumes section of a Website dedicated to the series. This is an extraordinary and important compilation.

Below is a video in which Gates explains the project's history.

The Menil Collection

✭ Writer and journalist Victoria Finlay's The Brilliant History of Color in Art (J. Paul Getty Museum, November 1 2014) tours the world and time-travels as it seeks to uncover the origins and science of color. In addition to a trove of facts and anecdotes, the book features some 166 full-color illustrations of major artworks. Its tone is conversational and its narrative fascinating. Finlay's also the author of Color: A Natural History of the Palette (Random House, 2003) and Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox (Sceptre, 2003), as well as Jewels: A Secret History (Random House, 2007). These and her other books are described at her Website.

Read Finlay's interesting post for the museum's blog, The Getty Iris, "My Lifelong Quest for Color".

J. Paul Getty Museum Page for The Brilliant History of Color in Art

Victoria Finlay on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Images of 178 vintage prints from the 1920s through 1940s are showcased in Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography: The David Raymond Collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art (Yale University Press, October 28, 2014). The collection is a recent acquisition of the Cleveland Museum. This book includes work by artists from 14 countries; among the most well-known artists featured are Brassai, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Dora Maar, and Man Ray. Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner contribute scholarly essays encompassing the history, techniques, and symbolism of the photographs.

The book accompanies an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art that continues through January 11, 2015. Read the museum's blog post, "Forbidden Games: Take a Peek with the Eye in Its Wild State", about the exhibition and the collection.

Cleveland Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube