Friday, June 24, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✭ The Vimeo channel of the New York Foundation for the Arts offers at least five dozen videos featuring artist interviews (Andres Serrano, Kate Gilmore), recorded panel discussions, process demonstrations, and other information for professional development and success (e.g., grant-writing esssentials, funding sources). NYFA's Website should not be overlooked for its Business of Art articles.

✭ Photographer, historian, and landscape architect Don Freeman has published Artists' Handmade Houses (Abrams) featuring images of 13 homes hand-crafted by American artists, including George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Paolo Soleri, and Russel Wright. Text is by landscape architect and New York City planner Michael Owen Gotkin.

Don Freeman Film - Book - Artists' Handmade Houses (You'll find 28 wonderful still-photos here.)

This superb trailer was produced for the book. Take eight minutes to view it, and be awed. Talk about inspiration!

✭ Seeing Maira Kalman's wonderful work in person is ideal but we're not all so lucky. Or maybe you've already seen her work on exhibit and now that you're back home need another fix of And the Pursuit of Happiness, yes, just one more time. Whichever category you're in, you might find to your liking these 12 months of Fridays of Maira Kalman online at The New York Times.

Kalman's current show "Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)" continues at The Jewish Museum in New York City through July 31. The exhibition includes a catalogue

Here's WNET's brief interview with Kalman broadcast earlier this month and images of some of the distinctly Kalman work you'll see in the show:

Watch the full episode. See more SundayArts.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Photographs, drawings, collages, and encaustics created by Diane Bowie Zaitlin are on exhibit through September 4 at Saco Museum, Saco, Maine. The work in the show, "Point of Departure", reflects Zaitlin's inspirations and influences during her June 2010 residency at Great Spruce Head Island Artweek, Penobscot Bay.

✭ Superb oil painter Tracey Clarke shows "Birds" at her opening June 26 at the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Center for the Creative Arts. On view through July 30, with an opening reception scheduled for July 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the exhibition reveals not only Clarke's excellence in technique and use of color but her deep love of animals.

Image Above at Left: Tracey Clarke, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Oil on Panel, 5"x7", © Tracey Clarke

Tracey Clarke on FaceBook and Twitter

Tracey Clarke's Oil Painting Blog

Tracey Clarke on Etsy

An earlier post about Tracey is here

✭ Chicago's McCormick Gallery is showing through August 13 "Saltillo Sarape: A Survey 1850-1920". A book on this northern Mexican textile tradition in weaving, by gallery owner Thomas McCormick and Mark Winter, accompanies the show; it features more than 100 color illustrations.

Textiles of the North American Southwest (This Smithsonian site provides a description and information on the makers, design, production, and use of Saltillo-style textiles.)

✭ You will find a mix of fascinating art, science, and technology in New York City, where the American Museum of Natural History is presenting through August 15 "Introducing Brain: The Inside Story", an exhibition that "combines Museum research focus on evolutionary history and the diversity of life with the recent explosion in technology  that is giving scientists a deeper understanding of brain chemistry and function." The exhibition includes Spanish artist Daniel Canogar's immersive installation, Synaptic Passage, a walk-through "tunnel" of neurons; Devorah Sperber's After the Mona Lisa 8 (2010), which uses  1,482 large spools of threads and models, through a viewing sphere, how the brain translates visual information; a 6-foot-tall human figure used to highlight sense of touch; a multi-media video showing the functional areas of the brain that light up when a student auditions for Julliard; a "neuron gesture table" illustrating how brain cells connect and communicate; a deep-brain stimulation implant; and a "brain lounge" where visitors can view scans of a New York Knicks shooting guard. An array of exhibition-related slideshows and videos may be viewed here.

Below is a video of Canogar's Synaptic Passage:

✭ On view through July 4 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is "Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century". The special exhibition features 30 oil paintings and 30 works on paper in which the Romantic motif of the open window is present. Included are works by C.D. Friedrich, Adolph Menzel, C.W. Eckersberg, and Leon Cogniet. Loans comes from museums in Europe and the United States. An exhibition catalogue of the same title accompanies the show.

Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at the Window, 1822
Alte Nationalgalerie

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1 comment:

Louise Gallagher said...

You're right. That video is entrancing! Russell Wright's home is amazing -- but then, they all are! And the music is beautiful.

I love how the exhibits have multi-media 'sidebars'.