All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✭ The artist Charles Jencks is creating what is destined to become "the world's largest human form sculpted in the landscape", Northumberlandia, in the United Kingdom. The public artwork, when completed in 2013, will be 34 meters (approximately 111.548 feet) high, 400 meters (approximately one-half mile) long, and use 1.5 million tons of soil and clay extracted from the Shotton Surface Mine in Northumberland. Aerial photos of the piece, which locals called "Goddess of the North", may be seen here; additional photos may be viewed on Jencks's site.
Jonathan Gilbert, "Coming to the UK — a half-mile long woman's body", Reuters, June 16, 2011
✭ Catharine Nicholson, who died this past April, was an award-winning botanical artist whose eye was as unconventional as it was expert. If you have never seen any of her exquisite pen-and-ink work, begin here and note the extraordinary layering and attention to detail. Some of the images bear the words "Interrupted by cancer"; one series she labeled "Hope". Sadly, the works she planned through 2014 are not to be.
Guardian Obituary, June 2011
✭ A short film about the legendary photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) has become available on YouTube. The first of four parts is below. Made in 1967, the documentary includes reflections by her daughter Doon Arbus and others and features images of her work described in Arbus's own words.
Parts 2, 3, and 4 (The segments run a total of 38.97 minutes.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Diane Arbus Revelations"
The Photography of Diane Arbus: Selected Work
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ At The Grolier Club in New York City, "The Best of Both Worlds: Finely Printed Livres d'Artiste 1910-2010" continues through July 31. A free exhibition. "The Best of Both Worlds" features stunning examples of book arts, including historic titles presenting graphics of Picasso, Matisse, and Jasper Johns; writings of Mallarme and O'Hara, and limited editions from such distinguished presses as Arion Press in San Francisco. All facets of collaborative bookmaking are revealed. A catalogue accompanies the show.
✭ San Francisco-based Book Club of California hosts through September 2 the 39th annual exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders.
✭ In Charlotte, North Carolina, Green Rice Gallery presents "The Sleep Walkers", a solo exhibition of new work by Martique Lorray, who makes story "the vital element of [her] art." Born in Miami of Jamaican parents, Lorray creates otherworldly, eerie, and visually arresting oil paintings. Her show runs through August 28. More on "The Sleep Walkers" here.
✭ In New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum is exhibiting "Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings" through September 4. The show is described as "Dine's meditation on the antique world" of Greek and Roman sculpture. It takes its name from a series of 40 drawings made by Dine, a painter, sculptor, poet, and draftsman, after visiting the Glyptothek museum in Munich, Germany, in 1984. In addition to the drawings, the exhibit includes a limited-edition book of prints, Glyptotek (1988) based on the drawings and including a translation of a poem by Sappho, and related work, all of which Dine has promised as a gift to the Morgan.
Jim Dine, Glyptotek Drawings (detail), 1987-88
Charcoal and Lithographic Crayon on Plastic Sheet
Promised Gift of Artist to The Morgan Library & Museum
Image Credit: PaceWIldenstein
© 2011 Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society, New York
Online Exhibition of The Glyptotek Drawings (The online feature includes excellent informative text about Dine's materials and methods used in making the marvelous drawings. A single page of thumbnails of all the drawings is here.)
Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings (2011) is available through the museum's shop.
Jim Dine: A Self-Portrait on the Walls, a 1995 documentary by Nancy Dine recording eight days with Dine as he produces and reflects on his exhibition of large, impermanent charcoal drawings on the walls of the Ludwigsburg Kunstverein in Germany.
Jim Dine: Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets), J. Paul Getty Museum: A 10-minute video is posted here showing Dine at work on his installation for the museum. The video also is available on YouTube and ArtBabble.
National Gallery of Art Drawings of Jim Dine (2004 Exhibition)
"Jim Dine Theme and Variation: A Half Century of Printmaking" at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan: This exhibit, continuing through August 28, includes some 150 prints and printmaking tools.
Save the Date!
The superb artist and art professor Rebecca Kamen (I've featured her work in this space) will present her talk "Making the Invisible Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science" on September 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you're in the area, you won't won't to miss this event in which Kamen will discuss the concept of Scientist as Artist and Artist as Scientist as it relates to her own work and how the fields of art and science continue to inform and inspire each other.
Kamen's work currently may be seen at the Brink Gallery, Missoula, Montana, through July 20.