All Art Friday
Art's New Virtual Storefronts
Two new ventures have joined VIP Art Fair online: Artsy, debuting in June; and Paddle 8, which went live May 18 and describes itself as "a new destination for examining, understanding, and acquiring unique artworks." See ArtInfo's article "Paddle 8, the Latest Online Arts Sales Venture, Bets on Virtual Exhibitions" for an in-depth look at Paddle 8.
Exhibitions Here and There
★ Brooklyn artist William Lamson has installed and "reanimated" a communications tower at Indianapolis Museum of Art. His commission from the museum, "Divining Meterology", on view through August 28, makes an instrument of the tower relocated from Missouri and reengineered to accommodate its glass-paneled space. Lamson installed within the tower speakers and resonators that receive a weather radio signal from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and make it possible to "play" the tower by moving a magnetic (electric guitar) pickup device across the structure. Further explanation of how the installation works, fabrication and installation photos, and a video that allows you to hear the created sounds are here. The sound can seem other-worldly.
★ In partnership with Deere & Company, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, is showcasing through June 12 significant work from the John Deere Art Collection. The North American section, one of the four geographic regions into which the collection has been divided, includes farm scenes by Deere illustrator Walter Haskell Hinton, paintings by folk artist Streeter Blair, and modernist works by Alexander Calder. For Central and Eastern Europe, Toulouse-Lautrec's La Chaine Simpson is a stand-out. In the Latin American section are major works by Rufino Tamayo and Alejandro Obregon. The Asia group offers prints and paintings by Sadao Watanabe.
The works in the exhibit, shown for the first time outside Deere & Co. headquarters, span the years from 1896 to the late 1970s.
Streeter Blair, Texas
The John Deere Art Collection, Deere & Company
Michelle Garrison, "Working the Land: The John Deere Art Collection", River Cities' Reader, January 26, 2011 (This article includes images from the collection.)
FAM on FaceBook and Twitter
★ In Salt Lake City, Utah Museum of Fine Arts is presenting through July 3 "The Smithson Effect", an exhibition of work by 23 leading contemporary artists influenced by Robert Smithson (1938-1973), who is most famous for the extraordinary Spiral Jetty (1970) in the Great Salt Lake.
A Robert Smith Resource Page is here. Included here are six videos in which the Spiral Jetty is discussed. Also see the resource "Robert Smithson: Spiral Jetty" on the Dia Art Foundation site, and this article, "One on One: Jill Dawsey on Vik Muniz's Spiral Jetty After Robert Smithson".
Peter Coffin, Untitled (Rainbow), 2005
30 Inkjet Prints and T-Pins
© Peter Coffin
A complete list of featured artists, who include Peter Coffin, Tacita Dean, Alexis Rockman, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, is here.
UMFA on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr
★ More than 100 shoebox-size sculptures by artists from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China are showcased until July 10 at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art's 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition. The show was organized by the University of Hawaii Art Gallery.
LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, on FaceBook
★ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, is showing "Hope Gangloff: Love Letters" until June 5. This first solo museum exhibition by Gangloff includes recent large-scale paintings and a survey of past work.
This production video offers a very brief introduction to Gangloff: