All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Tate Modern has created an iPad app for its "Unilever Series". Included as features are artist interviews, curator essays, videos, and more than 250 photographs of artworks, reference materials, and the installations themselves, including Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds. Currently on show (until October 28) in Turbine Hall is a Tino Sehgal commission.
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✦ In this amusing 5:55-minute video, Tom Waits introduces conceptualist John Baldessari about whom Yale Press has issued the first volume of John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne (1956-1974) with 500 color illustrations. Three other volumes are planned.
✦ If you plan to be in Paris this fall, be sure to take advantage of the opening, on September 22, of a new wing at the Louvre dedicated to Islamic art. The museum calls the design and installation of the galleries its "single largest expansion project since I.M. Pei created the now-famous Pyramid twenty years ago." Press Release (pdf; 20 pages)
✦ This video shows Sandra Cinto at work at The Phillips Collection, where she installed a wonderful new work, One Day, After the Rain, in the museum's Tryst cafe. (My thanks to the museum's Experiment Station blog for the video.) The installation, the most recent in the Intersections series, remains on view through December 30, 2013.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Center has mounted the exhibition "Banned and Recovered: Artists' Intervention Exhibition", on view through October 6. The show seeks to examine, through original book art, mixed media, paintings, photography, and multi-media, the history of banning and challenges to America's First Amendment rights, especially since 9/11.
✭ Seventy-four representational paintings by Amanda Snyder (1894-1980), who enjoyed more than 30 solo exhibitions during her life-time, are on view through October 7 at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.
✭ In "Elegance and Refinement", 28 lush and lavish still lifes by Dutch painter Willem van Aelst (1627-1683) are being shown through October 14 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The first comprehensive publication on van Aelst's work accompanies the exhibition, which is described as the first devoted solely to the artist.
Willem van Aelst
Still Life with Fruit, Nuts, Butterflies, and Other Insects on a Ledge
Oil on Canvas, c. 1677
Collection of Candy and Greg Fazakerley
© National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Still Life with Dead Game, Oil on Canvas, 1661, in NGA Collection
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✭ The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting through October 28 recent acquisitions of contemporary Japanese art, including ceramics dating from the 1960s and prints. Artists whose works are featured in the show include printmaker Yoshida Ayomi (five of Ayomi's beautiful woodblock prints have entered the Institute's collections) and ceramist Kohara Yasuhiro.