Friday, July 15, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

Arts Journalism Competition

Earlier this week the National Endowment for the Arts and the Knight Foundation launched the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge. The pilot competition, for projects in eight cities (Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami, Flordia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Jose/Silicon Valley, California; St. Paul, Minnesota), is seeking new models to cover community arts and produce quality cultural criticism. The competition will accept until August 18 applications from individuals, nonprofits, and businesses. Up to $100,000 per project is available ($20,000 to develop an idea and up to $80,000 for second-round implementation). Go here for more information and application materials.

All Art Friday Spotlight

Today's spotlight is on London-based artist Cornelia Parker and her creation of Folkestone Mermaid for this year's Folkestone Triennial in the United Kingdom. Parker's bronze sculpture is based on a living person, a 38-year-old mother of two.

Cornelia Parker at Frith Street Gallery

Adrian Searle at the Folkestone Triennial (Video)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Britain's Tate Modern is presenting "Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons:" through September 14. Including sculpture and paintings by Virginia-born Twombly (1928 - 2011), the exhibition is spread over 12 rooms at the museum, each giving emphasis to Twombly's influences, growth, and development as one of the world's great artists. 

Cy Twombly, Quattro Stagioni: Autunno, 1993-95
© Cy Twombly

Sample audio from the audioguide for the show is here.

Podcast and Transcript: Patricia Smith, Tate conservator of modern and contemporary paintings, on Quattro Stagioni.

Tate Modern on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tacita Dean's Edwin Parker (2011), 16 mm film portrait

Gagosian Gallery Artist Page for Cy Twombly

New York Times Announcement of Twombly's Death, July 5, 2011

The Economist on Cy Twombly, "Hypnotic scribbles and abstract allusions", July 6, 2011

Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, New Mexico (south of Las Cruces), is showing through August 27 the visually stunning and complex quilts of textile artist Dan Olfe. Internationally exhibited, the California-based Olfe, who took up quilt-making in 1997, first creates his geometic and abstract designs on a computer and then directly prints them on cloth before quilting. He uses a Japanese sewing machine.

Image at Left: Dan Olfe, Free Fall #5, 2011, Digitally Printed and Machine-Quilted Textile, 57" x 45"; © Daniel B. Olfe

Exhibitions Catalog Xhibit (pdf)

Digital Art Quilts by Dan Olfe (Olfe's Website)

"Dan Olfe, Quiltmaker", San Diego Union, September 24, 2006

✭ In Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art offers through August 14 "Washington Color and Light", featuring work by artists associated with the Washington Color School and their contemporaries. Highlighting work from the 1950s through late 1970s, the exhibition includes monumental stripe paintings of Gene Davis, as well as paintings by Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, Kenneth Noland, Paul Reed, the much-loved Sam Gilliam, and Alma Thomas. Also on show: sculpture by Rockne Krebs, Ed McGowin, and Anne Truitt. 

Gene Davis, Junkie's Curtain, 1967, 
Acrylic on Canvas, 115-5/8" x 219-1/8"
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gift of the Artist
© Estate of Gene Davis, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Corcoran also is showing a digital projection (see image below) by Charles Sandison, an installation in which computer-generated color-coded words are used to express emotions, states of being, and patterns of human behavior.

Charles Sandison, Rage, Love, Hope, and Despair, 2003
Computer-Generated Digital Projections
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection
© Charles Sandison
Image: The Artist and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Corcoran Gallery of Art on FaceBookTwitter, and Flickr

✭ At The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia, you'll find "Drawing Analogies", featuring Victor Ekpuk's works on paper, inspired by Nsibidi, an ancient African system of writing using graphic signs and codes; Mindy Hirt's installation using a window frame for a drawing in space with string; Sarah Laing's compositions of ink and spray paint on Mylar; Beverly Ress's drawings; Fiona Ross's works in Sumi ink of Japanese rice paper; Renee van der Stelt's drawings in graphite on paper, based on cartographic diagrams of the globe and natural phenomena; and Alice Whealin's ink works on acetate. The show runs through August 28. An artist's reception will be held this coming Sunday, July 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Victor Ekpuk, Composition #.11, 2011
Pastel and Graphite on Paper, 50" x 50"
© Victor Ekpuk

✭ The Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia, continues through July 31 its curated military art exhibition "Arts & Stripes". The show includes artwork of members of the Combat Paper Project, which I wrote about here in 2009.


Hannah Stephenson said...

So much inspiration!!

(Love that projection work....)

Have a wonderful weekend, Maureen.

Louise Gallagher said...

the Cornelia Parker video is fabulous -- I seem to remember the last Tate video you shared was the one of the walk in silence -- which I keep trying to find ways to create from here in connection to homelessness...

Great All Art Friday!

Soul Dose said...

What an interesting post, I thoroughly enjoyed it

hideaheart said...

When I first saw Cornelia's bronze I was immediately reminded of the Little Mermaid, so she is quite successful in achieving one of her goals as far as I am concerned. I LOVE how Cornelia is so well 'grounded' to the earth and that she chose a mother with a body that is beautifully natural for a woman having borne two children has me on my feet cheering wholeheartedly!!!
I found your blog through She Writes.

jen revved said...

A cornucopia of information and beautiful work, as ever, Maureen. Thanks for your comments on feature yesterday-- and your help with it. I invite you to participate in Friday Poetry Fest, subject to name change-- at


Kathleen said...

Always enjoy All Art Friday. Shared the Knight journalism link with a friend in an art gallery. Thanks!

Annie Boreson said...

Amazing as always, Maureen. Incredible links and lots to explore. Thank you!

nance marie said...

i am going to look at victor ekpuk's site.

thanks for doing the art friday post.

Laura said...

I like how Cornelia Parker says that art keeps her on the verge of sanity. I get that. She likes that it's hard to describe the function of art. Luci Shaw touches on that in Breath for the Bones. It is breath for the bones--art.

so much beauty here, Maureen! Thank you for sharing.