All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Gorgeous hand-marbled papers can be found at Jemma Lewis Marbling and Design. The papers are available to artists, craft workers, designers (interior, fashion, furniture), publishers and bookbinders, and retailers. Bespoke and historic restoration services also are offered. (My thanks to Fine Books & Collections for the link.) Just look at Lewis's 'Marbled Meadow'!
✦ Architect Arthur Pugliese turns construction worksites into art ateliers where environmental waste becomes sculptures and paintings. View his interesting TED Talk. (The talk also is on YouTube.) Also of interest: Roberto Lautert's talk about creating art on the iPhone using the "Finger Draw" app.
✦ Representatives from Google, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and Art21 joined digital artist Jorge Colombo at Rubin Museum for this panel discussion on the influence of technology on art, artists, and museums.
✦ An updated trade edition (in English, French, or German) of Studio Olafur Eliasson, about the Berlin interdisciplinary laboratory led by the Danish-Icelandic artist is available from Taschen.
✦ Today's video features Antony Gormley discussing his exhibition "Antony Gormley: Drawing Space" at The Phillips Collection, on view through September 9. I've had the privilege of seeing the show and recommend it. (My thanks to the museum's blog Experiment Station for the link.)
Additional videos showcasing Gormley's work are found here.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ One of my favorite New York City museums, Rubin Museum of Art, is showing through October 16 "Approaching Abstraction: Modernist Art from India". The show, the second in a series, presents both paintings and experimental films by the late M.F. Husain, the late Tyeb Mehta, and Akbar Padamsee.
✭ At New Museum, in New York City's Bowery, a selection of artists' holograms from 1969 to 2008 are being shown through September 30 in conjunction with the museum-wide exhibition "Ghosts in the Machine". Artists whose holographic work is included are Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Ed Ruscha, and James Turrell.
✭ Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, continues through September 23 "Close Relations and A Few Black Sheep: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection" (images available at the link). The artworks are organized in several groups: "The Space of Architecture", including work by Sol LeWitt and Robert Smithson; "Going Organic", presenting the museum's newly acquired sculptures by the extraordinary Ursula von Rydinsgvard and Roxy Paine (her Graft is in the Sculpture Garden of our National Gallery of Art); and "No More Heavy Metal", including work by Tara Donovan.
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Save the Date
In November, Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art plans to reopen its renovated Contemporary Art Wing. Artworks from the BMA's collection will be presented thematically along with new acquisitions. In conjunction with the inauguration of the transformed wing, BMA will present in a new space for international, regional, and local artists an exhibition of large-scale color photographs by South Africa's Zwelethu Mthethwa. In a black box space, the museum will place on view video and digital artworks (to include A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear) by Allora & Calzadilla and, in a third gallery, a selection from its collection of prints, drawings, and photographs. (More information about the wing and upcoming exhibitions is available in this press release and this feature article.)
Notable Exhibits Abroad
✭ The British Museum continues through November 25 "Shakespeare: Staging the World", which showcases, among more than 190 objects, including coins, armor, textiles, and prints, paintings, and sculpture, the "Robben Island Bible", the copy of the complete works of Shakespeare read by South Africa's Nelson Mandela and other Robben Island prisoners. The exhibition, a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, includes audio and visual performances by such well-known actors as Sir Ian McKellen. Tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online.
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