All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Video artist Bill Viola is the recipient of the prestigious Japan Art Association's Praemium Imperiale award for painting (the ceremony for this lifetime achievement award is this October). Currently, Viola is working on two altarpieces, or "video chapels", on the themes of Mary and the martyrs, commissioned by London's St. Paul's Cathedral and expected to be completed in 2012. The permanent work will comprise two 65-inch multi-screen video installations, with the screens mounted on hinged panels that can be closed during services.
Interviews with Bill Viola
June 2010 Post on Bill Viola
✦ Some 80 artists, designers, writers, musicians, performers, and other creatives in the United Kingdom have created a network known as InterfaceArtsGraduates. The collaborative group (its members are just a few years out of college) meets monthly to "pray and think through a biblical worldview for the arts and creative culture." The network's events include seminars and discussions on such topics as art and relationships and the intersection of art, faith, and professional practice.
✦ Recently, I stumbled upon the documentary Emile Norman: By His Own Design and, curious, took a moment to look up his work. Norman (1918-2009), a successful commercial artist in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s, was largely self-taught and deeply inspired by nature, crafting imaginative and intricate wood inlay panels and sculptures of animals using glass and composites, such as plastics and epoxy resin. He also worked in stone, bronze, and marble, as well as oils, and incorporated in his work leaves, shells, rocks, and other natural materials. His largest work, which he described as a "difficult commission", was for the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco (see video immediately below); he created a full-color model before beginning the work, each finished panel measuring 8'x6' and weighing approxiately 150 pounds. He was meticulous about its design and execution.
Calling his work "my reason for being here", Norman, who built by hand with his partner Brooks Clement an extraordinary home in California that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Santa Lucia Mountains, had a gallery in Carmel. Many of his techniques and artworks were captured in still photos and on film. He was a marvelous artist.
See also: A Visit to Emile's, Working with Nature, Creation of a Mural (a commission for Bank of California [Union Bank] depicting San Francisco's history in wood inlay; this video is archival footage of the artist at work on the mural), A Closer Look (360-degree views of some of Norman's beautiful sculptures), and Inventing a Technique (he demonstrates his use of the "lost wax" technique and of epoxy, which he mixed with sawdust). Each of the videos is well worth your viewing time.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In Maine, Portland Museum of Art is showing through October 10 "John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury", an exhibition of 54 works, including watercolors, sketches, and oil paintings from 1933 to 1953.
John Marin, Island (Ship's Stern), 1934
Watercolor on Paper
Private Collection, Courtesy Meredith Ward Fine Art, New York
© Estate of John Marin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
John Marin Collection at Colby College Museum of Art
✭ Native American weavings and jewelry from Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art are on show through October 30 at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia. The exhibition features a selection of 40 weavings and approximately 45 jewelry pieces drawn from the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection, numbering more than 700 textiles and more than 2,400 jewelry items of Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni origin. The weavings and jewelry are both historic and contemporary.
✭ Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum is presenting "Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-1912", through August 21. An international loan, the exhibition of 16 paintings and 20 etchings and drypoints focuses exclusively on two highly productive years in the artists' careers. A catalogue accompanies the show. In addition, an iPad app, iCubist, has been created for the show, which will travel to Santa Barbara Museum of Art in September.
✭ In Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art has mounted "Ori Gersht: Lost in Time", on view through September 4. The first solo museum exhibition of the Israeli-born artist's work in the western United States, and accompanied by his first museum catalogue published here, the show brings together Gersht's trilogy of films (Pomegranate, Big Bang II, and Falling Bird) and related work based on European still lifes of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, in addition to two new series based on Japanese history.
Ori Gersht at CRG Gallery For his show "Falling Petals" at CRG, Gersht produced Come and Go (2011), a c-print benefiting the Japan Earthquake and Relief Fund of the Japan Society. Available in a signed limited edition of 100, the print may be purchased through the gallery.)
Ori Gersht, Come and Go, 2011
C-type, 9-3/8" x 11-5/8"
© Ori Gersht
Image: CRG Gallery
SBMA on FaceBook and Twitter
Ori Gersht's "Pomegranate" on YouTube
"Meet the Artist: Ori Gersht", Smithsonian Magazine, February 25, 2009
✭ Work by Milwaukee's "first couple of painting", Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988) and Schomer Lichtner (1905-2006) is on view until August 7 at Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art. See the slideshow here. Grotenrath is known for her still lifes; Lichtner, for his ballarinas and whimsical Wisconsin cows. Both artists were muralists involved in Federal Works Progress Administration art programs during the 1930s and 1940s.
Images of Grotenrath's Work at Museum of Wisconsin Art
Images of Grotenrath's and Lichtner's Work at Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee
Images of Lichtner's Work at Delind Gallery, Milwaukee
Images of Lichtner's Work at Museum of Wisconsin Art