All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlight
Ugandan Fred Mutebi is a master woodcut printmaker who has achieved worldwide recognition. In this two-part documentary, he demonstrates his method and talks about the people and places on which he draws for inspiration.
Part 1(11:47 minutes)
Part 2 (9:43 minutes)
Mutebi is executive director of the Let Art Talk organization that uses art as an educational tool to empower people and their communities at the grassroots level.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Tomorrow, June 11, Milwaukee Art Museum launches its ambitious "China: 3,000 Years of Chinese Art & Culture". Running through September 11, the celebration comprises a feature exhibition, "The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City", with more than 90 objects from the Forbidden City's Qianlong Garden, including murals, paintings, furniture, jades, garden ornaments, and cloisonne, available for public viewing for the first time, and four special exhibitions: "Warriors, Beasts, and Spirits: Early Chinese Art from the James Conley Collection", which presents ancient Chinese tomb artifacts, such as carvings, ceramic sculptures, and architectural fragments, from the Han, Tang, and Ming periods; "Emerald Mountains: Modern Chinese Ink Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection" (through August 28), a look at how mid-20th Century artists adapted ancient techniques of ink painting; "On Site: Zhan Wang", a fascinating contemporary artist (I last saw his work at Asia Society in New York City) whose Scholar Rock series of sculptures draws inspiration from the Chinese tradition of selecting rocks for contemplation; and "Way of the Dragon: The Chinoiserie Style, 1710-1830", which addresses how the particular Chinese style of ornamentation influenced decorative styles in England and America in the 18th Century (this exhibition opens June 30 and continues through November 6).
Image Above Left: Yu Chengyao (Yongchun, Fujian Province, 1898-1993), Breeze at Yellowstone, 1988; Ink and Color on Paper; Chu-tsing Li and Family Collection. Photo by Ken Howie.
A catalogue, The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, accompanies the feature exhibition. Details are here.
Zhan Wang Profile in ArtZine
✭ Thirty photographs by Colleen Burke are on show at Teaism on Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. In "The Aesthetic of Abundance: the beauty and bounty of Washington", Burke captures the in-plain-sight beauty of our capital city — around the Tidal Basin, along the C&O Canal, at Dupont Circle farmers' market. Also included are images from New York's Central Park, Turning Point Trail, and Union Square farmers' market and Burke's pick-up truck abstractions inspired by the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. The show runs through July. Additional information is here.
Burke's photographic series "Abstractions: Abandoned Pick-Ups" hangs at the U.S. State Department.
✭ In Charlottesville, Virginia, the Gallery at Blenheim Vineyards is showing through July 1 work by the marvelous painter Kazaan Viveiros. (See image below.) The artist's work also is included in a summer group show, continuing through September 2, at Page Bond Gallery, in Richmond. If you're in Alexandria in July or August, stop by Torpedo Factory Art Center, where Viveiros is a visiting artist-in-residence in Studio 301.
Kazaan Viveiros, Weightless, 2010
Acrylic on Panel (Diptych)
36" x 48"
© Kazaan Viveiros
✭ Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, California, features books and art from Foolscap Press, Moving Parts Press, Ninja Press, Turkey Press, and Peter Koch, Printers. The exhibition, "The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses", showcases 50 years of unique and stunning book arts. It runs through August 28.
A companion exhibit, "Illustrated Title Pages: 1500-1900", on view through October 16, examines via title pages the development of layouts, print-making techniques, and typography.
CAC Conservation Blog Cross-Sections
✭ In Ohio, Zanesville Museum of Art is presenting through July 14 "Superlatives: Contemporary Ohio Quilts". The show features seven acclaimed Ohio fiber artists: Deborah Melton Anderson, Sue Cavanaugh, Sandra Palmer Ciolino (see her retrospective on video), Rebecca Cross, Nancy Crow, Linda French, and June O'Neil. Six quilts by each artist are on view, providing the opportunity to see how each textile artist employs her skills in design, concept, use of materials and processes, and inspiration.
Nancy Crow, Constructions #82: Breaking Control!, 2006
100% Cottons Hand-Dyed, Cut Improvisationally and Machine-Pieced by Crow
Hand-Quilted by Maria Hattabaugh, With Pattern Denoted by Nancy Crow
© Nancy Crow
Photo by J. Kevin Fitzsimons
Zanesville Museum of Art on FaceBook