All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ My friend Ann Martin at All Things Paper continues to discover paper artists of uncommon talent. One of her latest finds is paper sculptor Sher Christopher, who lives and works in the United Kingdom. Take a minute to view the image gallery and then read at Ann's site the artist's moving description of Sorrow.
✦ Science and art come together wonderfully in SciArt, which celebrates the creation of art based on scientific breakthroughs. The work results from the collaborative pairings of illustrators, graphic designers, and sculptors with high school students participating in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
✦ If, like I, you have seen up close the work of El Anatsui, you know how he transforms the detritus of daily life. Curator, African art expert, and filmmaker Susan Vogel has made a documentary about the artist, fold crumple crush: the art of el anatsui, the trailer for which gives us only the briefest peek at the artworks (and leaves you wanting more). An additional eight shorts produced for museums and classrooms address El Anatsui's materials, aesthetic, studio process, and artistic theories.
El Anatsui at National Museum of African Art
El Anatsui at Jack Shainman Gallery
✦ Frans Lanting is one of those nature photographers whose work leaves you open-mouthed. Just look at the image of his Water Lilies, for example, or the marvelous photographs in his book Life: A Journey Through Time (Taschen). In this short video, Lanting explains how he photographed the eerily beautiful thorn trees of Namibia (what a magnificent book cover this image would make):
Lanting's Website offers many reasons to spend time with his work.
Frans Lanting on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Referencing information, including building plans, from the archives of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Cheryl Goldsleger has created "The NAS Project". The inspired exhibition is ongoing. Be sure to browse the wonderful series of labyrinths and interiors on Goldsleger's Website.
✭ Charlotte Dumas, known for her extraordinary animal portraiture, is enjoying her first solo museum exhibition in the United States at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. In addition to earlier work in which Dumas depicts racehorses ("Palermo 7", 2006), stray dogs ("Heart Shaped Hole", 2008), and grey wolves ("Reverie", 2006), the exhibition features her "Anima", a commissioned series of remarkable portraits of Arlington National Cemetery's burial horses, part of the Old Guard (3rd Infantry Regiment) charged with carrying soldiers to their graves. Over two years, Dumas photographed the horses in their stables and at work. The moving exhibition is on view through October 28.
Charlotte Dumas, Babe, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington,Virginia, 2012
Chromogenic (Color Coupler) Pint
© Charlotte Dumas
See more of Dumas's marvelous work here.
Dumas is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York City and Galerie Paul Andriesse in Amsterdam.
✭ Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt's Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, commissioned in 1981 by Fairmount Park Art Association (currently, Association for Public Art), has now been realized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and is on view through Summer 2014, at Reilly Memorial in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Lewitt included in his proposal for the landscape design not only the plantings but also their height, distance apart, and other details.
A time-lapse video of the installation and slideshow are here.
✭ In Poughkeepsie, New York, The Frances Lehman Leob Art Center at Vassar College is showing through August 26 "Nature in America: Taming the Landscape". Drawn mostly from the FLLAC's collection, the exhibition showcases 44 paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints by artists including Thomas Cole, George Inness, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Ansel Adams, and Edward Steichen.
FLLAC Blog Off the Wall
✦ Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York, is presenting through September 9 "Opportunity and Impact: Works by Emigre Artists". Featured works are by artists from Cuba and South America that span the period from the early 20th Century to the present.
Hofstra University Museum on FaceBook