Friday, February 3, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ I recently was introduced to the work of photorealist/hyperrealist Ian Hornak (1944-2002) for whom  retrospective exhibitions are planned this year at Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, California, and The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C., according to the Ian Hornak Foundation. The foundation is compiling a catalogue raisonne and assisting numerous museums, including the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, in acquiring Hornak's work for their permanent collections. Hornak's output numbered some 2,000 paintings and 4,500 drawings; many of those shown on the foundation's Website are in private, corporate, and public collections worldwide. The latter include Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, which now own's Marcia Sewing VariationTake some time to browse the images here, featuring landscapes, lush botanicals and still lifes, monochromatic figurative and erotic series, and other series of paintings and drawings by year. I think you'll be impressed, as I was, by what this artist left behind at his death. 

Ian Hornak Foundation on FaceBook

Art at The Board ("Acquisitions: 2009-2011", continuing through April 13, includes artworks by Hornak.)

✦ Once you see it you are apt not to forget Gregory Euclide's relief work, composed of the common (acrylic, pencil, photo transfer) and the unusual (lichen, salt, sumac, moss, pine cones, baby's breath, sponge) in evocative set pieces. The detail, composition, and narrative quality of the reliefs are exceptional. Be sure to take a look at his installations, too. (My thanks to Paul Schmelzer at Eyeteeth for the intro to Euclide.)

Gregory Euclide on FaceBook, Flickr, and Twitter

Gregory Euclide Blog

✦ The National Library of France offers a wonderful virtual exhibition, in English or French, about the color red. 

✦ This video by filmmaker and video artist Karen Rodriguez, produced in 2009 for the Corning Museum of Glass, introduces Artist-in-Residence Mielle Riggie. Riggie's cast-glass sculpture takes its inspiration from nature. Last winter Riggie enjoyed a solo exhibition, "Homecoming", at Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, Washington. 

Selected Images of Work of Mielle Riggie at Winston Wachter Fine Art (There are some beautiful examples at the link of kiln-cast glass, with Riggie's dress forms (see image below) especially appealing.)

Mielle Riggie, Dreamer, 2010
Kiln-Cast Glass
16" x 9" x11"
© Mielle Riggie
Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ At Zenith Gallery's Chevy Chase Pavilion location, in  Washington, D.C., "Year's End/New Beginnings" continues through February 25. This fun mixed media show is a salute to the ingenious, the clever, the whimsical. Featured works include Eric Ehleberger's neon jellyfish, Stephen Hansen's Pack-o-Pups and High Maintenance, and eye-popping architectural illusions by Ken Wyner. Adding to the eclectic mix are Fabiano Amin, Justin Beller, Brooke Fierce Bronner, Jay Burch, Peter Kephart, Joan Klonkel, Michael Madzo, Chris Malone, Karen Starika, Bradley Stevens, and Cassie Taggart. (You'll find the artists' biographies and exhibition images behind the links.)

✭ The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., opens tomorrow "Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell". Running through May 6, the exhibition features images of landscapes, portraits of soliders and officers, and the destruction following battles. Noteworthy are the photographs of African American regiments.

Corcoran Gallery of Art on FaceBookTwitter, Flickr, and Vimeo

✭ American University's Museum at the Katzen Arts Center just opened "Gabarron's Root", an exhibition of the contemporary sculptures and paintings of Cristobal Gabarron (b. 1945). This first show of Gabarron's evocative, large-scale artworks in the Washington, D.C., area remains on view until April 15. This is a not-to-be-missed show for locals.

Cristobal Gabarron, Veritas XX, 2001
© Cristobal Gabarron
Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Cristobal Gabarron Website

The Gabarron Foundation, New York City

The Gabarron Foundation on FaceBook and Twitter

Go here and scroll to bottom to see Las Torres de la Alhambra de Gabarron, a catalogue of the artist's Alhambra works via Issuu. Also see "Los Torres de la Alhambra by Cristobal Gabarron: Positivism in 21st Century Spain" and note the links at the bottom of the post. 

Another publication available via Issuu is The Artist: Cristobal Gabarron.

Images of Gabarron's Artworks at Valencian Institute of Modern Art

A Spanish edition of Towards a Poetry of Humanism Cristobal Gabarron (Universidad de Murcia, 2008) is available through Amazon.

✭ The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida, is presenting through July 27 "American Exuberance", a show of 190 artworks (40 made in 2011) by 64 artists, including John Baldessari, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, and Christopher Wool. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which occupies all 28 galleries in the 45,000-square-foot museum. 

Some exhibition highlights are offered in this video from Vernissage  TV.

Rubell Family Collection on FaceBook

✭ In San Francisco, the Legion of Honor Museum continues through February 12 "Favorite Things: An Exhibition of Artist Books in Memory of David Logan, 1918-2011". The exhibition includes the first artist book, Miro's A toute epreuve (1958), acquired by Logan and his wife Reva, who gave their collection to the museum.

Joan Miro, Page from A toute epreuve (Proof Against All), by Paul Eluard
Geneva: Gerald Cramer, 1958
Color Woodcuts
FAMSF, Museum Purchase
Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books
Reva and David Logan Fund et al.
Artwork © 2011 Successio Miro/Artists Rights Society, NY/ADAGP, Paris

Also noteworthy: "Bernini's Medusa", on view through February 19; and "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1960-1900", February 18 - June 17. The latter, a major exhibition on the British Aesthetic Movement, features work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, and William Morris, among others. A catalogue accompanies the show.

Legion of Honor on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Legion of Honor Blog

Notable Exhibitions Abroad

✭ In Paris, the National Library of France is displaying through February 19 the original manuscript of Casanova's memoir, Histoire de ma vie. Acquired by the library in 2010, the memoir, being shown for the first time in "Casanova - The Passion for Freedom", comprises some 4,000 pages. In addition to the manuscript, the exhibition includes prints, paintings, sculptures, films, music recordings, and other objects—some 250 in all. Go here to access a wonderful selection of images and various educational materials about the memoir and the exhibition. (The exhibition Website is in French.)

An 8:40-minute French-language video about the exhibition is here.

(My thanks to Fine Books & Collections blog for the heads-up and the article "Casanova Exhibition at the National Library of France".)

National Library of France on FaceBook and YouTube


Hannah Stephenson said...

Oh my...those glass pieces are really getting to me.

S. Etole said...

It's quite something what people can do.

Louise Gallagher said...

Yeah -- I got pulled in by the glass pieces too. That one delicate leaf in the video is heart-breakingly lovely. There is such fragility and strength to her work.