All Art Friday
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ At the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Gallery 31, Washington, D.C., "Body/Image", with work by Anne Austin Pearce, Gray Lyons, April Behnke, and Talia Greene, continues until August 29. Each artist offers her emotional and psychological responses to the human body—how it moves, how it functions, and how it gives pleasure.
Image pictured at left: Anne Austin Pearce, Scab Picker, 22" x 30", 2010, acrylic, ink, and pencil on paper
The Corcoran's wonderful exhibition "Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration" remains on view until September 12. If you're in the area, try not to miss it.
✭ Work by the marvelous master glass artist Lino Tagliapietra is on view through September 17 at Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, Colorado. The exhibition, "La Liberta di Essere", takes as its concept "freedom to create with great feelings and enjoyment". This beautiful 20-page electronic exhibition catalogue reveals Tagliapietra's extraordinary craft and exuberant creation. (I last saw Tagliapietra's work at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. An online exhibition is here.)
✭ Beginning August 27, Elizabeth Keithline exhibits in "Smarter/Faster/Higher" at the Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri. The show, which continues until January 19, 2011, and will travel to the Danforth Museum next April, presents Keithline's site-specific installation of full-scale woven wire human figures (see image at right; click to enlarge), which will be constructed to "slowly begin to walk, then run, then stretch to ascend the opposite wall" of the gallery space. Arrayed in poses varying from prone to climbing, Keithline's 26 figures will be hung from the gallery ceiling, suspended from wall brads on, or secured to floor pedestals. Viewers will be able to walk among the sculptures.
✭ Visitors to Pomona, California's American Museum of Ceramic Art will enjoy "Ah Leon: Memories of Elementary School and the Spirit of YiXing Tea Ware", on view through September 25. The exhibition features 100 YiXing teapots, 18th Century to contemporary, juxtaposed against traditional tea ware work by Montana ceramic artist Richard Notkin, who is known for creating YiXing-inspired ceramics that serve as social and political commentary. In addition to pots that resemble gourds, eggplant, bamboo, and mythic creatures, the show includes Ah Leon's life-size replica of a Chinese classroom, made entirely of clay.
Image pictured at left: Richard Notkin, Cube Skull Teapot (Variation #23), YiXing Series, 2000
✭ The National Quilt Museum, in Paducah, Kentucky, is presenting "Vibrations: Color Resonance in Antique Quilts 1860 - 1940" through August 31. The quilts on display, from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection curated by Gerald E. Roy, feature a stunningly colorful array of traditional vernacular quilts.
Center Medallion Tied Comforter, c 1890, Wool & Cotton
On Loan, Courtesy Pilgrim/Roy Collection
To learn about Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy and a NQM traveling exhibit of Pilgrim/Roy quilts, go here.