All Art Friday
Ivorypress Artbooks and Exhibitions
Whether you collect or just enjoy looking at fine art books, take a moment to browse the steller offerings at Madrid-based Ivorypress Books. In addition to signed and limited-edition books on art, architecture and design, and photography, the press features its own publications, as well as digital versions of select publications.
The exhibitions space, Ivorypress Art + Books Space II, is presenting through March 26 "Anselm Kiefer. Die Argonauten", a collection of 27 original works of pencil drawings on photographs comprising the unique Die Argonauten, Kiefer's reinterpretation of the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts. The book is the third in the Ivorypress LiberArs Series, each volume of which is described as an "artist's book in pocket format".
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Next Thursday, Milwaukee Art Museum opens "The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft". The show presents the work of Washington's own Tim Tate, a renowned mixed media sculptor, and 15 other American artists whose work combines traditional craft materials and digital technologies. Among the pieces on view are an 11-foot portrait of Madam CJ Walker made of combs and Donald Fortescue and Lawrence LaBianca's 2008 Sounding, a cabriole-legged table equipped with a hydrophone that the artists immersed in the ocean for two months to record ambient sound.
✭ In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is showing through June 5 "Gauguin: Maker of Myth". Organized by Tate Modern/London and the first major Gauguin show in the United States since the NGA's retrospective "The Art of Paul Gauguin" (1988-1989), the thematically arranged exhibition includes self-portraits, genre pictures, still lifes, and landscapes from throughout the artist's career, not only oil paintings but also pastels, prints, drawings, sculpture, and decorated functional objects. Gallery talks, lectures, teacher workshops, and other exhibition-related activities, including showings of an exhibition film narrated by Willem Dafoe, are ongoing. A catalogue of the same name accompanies the show.
Image Above to Left: Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait, 1889, Oil on Wood, 31-3/16"x20-3/16" overall; Chester Dale Collection, National Gallery of Art (Go here for information about this image.)
Color Exhibition Brochure (12-page pdf)
Athenaeum is showing through April 10 "Ruth Trevarrow / Bare Bones". Trevarrow is a painter and printmaker who has been exhibiting in the Washington, D.C., area for more than two decades. Her exhibit at the Athenaeum, inspired by Trevarrow's studies of marine mammal bones at the Osteo Prep Lab of the Smithsonian Institution, is described as "a collection of powerful shapes and lines distilled from skeletal remains." The artist calls the shapes "the trace left behind, the stark remainder and reminder of our dwindling natural world".
Image Above to Right: Ruth Trevarrow, Deer Skull with Bullet Hole, 2010, 7" x 5", Ink on Hard Board.
A talk between the artist and Smithsonian Institution scientists is planned at the gallery for March 20, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Trevarrow is Registrar of Traveling Exhibits at the Smithsonian.
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ Jill Newhouse Gallery in New York City is showing through April 1 "Auguste Rodin: Intimate Works", an exhibition of sculpture, lifetime casts, drawings, watercolors, photographs, and letters. Check the gallery's Website for an illustrated digital catalogue containing contributions from Rodin scholars.)
✭ At Chicago's Perimeter Gallery, paintings and works on paper by Keiko Hara will be on view from March 18 until April 16. I had the privilege of meeting and attending a lecture by Hara at American University, where her "Topophilia Imbuing" exhibition was on view at The Katzen Arts Center in 2007. (Also see "Imbuing in Monet" and "Seasons".) She's an extraordinarily accomplished painter and printmaker, visually arresting and always evolving. If you're in the area, her show is not to be missed.
Images of Keiko Hara Work at Perimeter
Images of Keiko Hara Work at Perimeter
✭ Save the Date: The inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) opens April 7 and continues through May 1. In addition to more than 30 specially commissioned artworks, PIFA will bring together more than 100 regional arts and cultural partner organizations providing 25 days of performances (including music and dance), exhibits, and film and other events. Highlights: a homage to late philanthropist Lenore Annenberg whose $10 million grant made PIFA a reality, a troupe of circus artists from Lyon, France, a symposium on Parisian art from 1910 to 1920, and the exhibition "Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will include more than 70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.
Marc Chagall, Paris Through the Window, 1913
Oil on Canvas, 53-1/2" x 55-3/4"
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection
© Artists Rights Society, New York/ADAGP, Paris
'Life as Art' Contest Winners
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Post-it® recently sponsored an art contest requiring that each submission be created from Post-it® products. The grand prize winner received a $10,000 "creative retreat", while the first prize winner was awarded a cash prize of $1,500 and a product package. All of the winners' imaginative artworks may be viewed here.