All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ A former industrial designer, Mary Brodbeck specializes in moku hanga, woodblock prints using traditional Japanese methods and materials. See a slideshow of her work here.
✦ Brooklyn painter Cecile Chong uses mixed media (e.g., skateboards) in her Asian-inspired encaustics.
✦ James Welling has reimagined Andrew Wyeth in a series of archival inkjet prints, shown earlier this year at The Wadsworth Atheneum. Explore his substantial photographic work here and here. David Zwirner recently exhibited a selection of Welling's gelatin silver prints from Frolic Architecture, a collaborative project with poet Susan Howe. I particularly like Welling's Torsos and his documentary work.
"James Welling: Wyeth" at The Wadsworth Antheneum
Welling Interview at The Wadsworth
"Welling on Wyeth" at Art in America
✦ Thanks to private donations and a partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, are the beneficiaries, along with patients, of an art collection valued at $1.8 million. Representing 50 artists, 31 of whom were educated, born in, or have lived in Michigan, the collection comprises 241 artworks. Mott patients also are the recipients of the Art Cart service of the U-M Health System's Gifts of Art program.
✦ British potter Lisa Hammond, whose gorgeous ceramics are the subject of an online exhibition at Goldmark Gallery, talks about her fascination with Asian pottery and her use of the Japanese shino glaze.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ For the third installment of its biennial Women to Watch series, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is presenting "High Fiber". Focused on artists from states and countries where NMWA has outreach committees, the exhibition features Ligia Bouton, Debra Folz, Louise Halsey, Tracy Krumm, Beili Liu, Rachael Matthews, and Laure Tixier (see her plaid houses; other images here). Themes of nature, history, and making are realized in stitchery, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and fiber-like materials. Included are textiles, sculptures, and installations. The show is on view through January 6, 2013.
NMWA Broad Strokes Blog
✭ Watercolors, photographs, music recordings, and video are included in "John Cage: The Sight of Silence", on view until January 11 at National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York City. Most of the 60 works Cage created in the 1980s and 1990 during residencies at Mountain Lake Workshop in Virginia. Go here for remaining "Chance Encounters" readings, art talks, and dance and musical performances related to Cage and the exhibition.
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✭ Haitian visual artists' arresting responses to political coups, the devastation of earthquakes and hurricanes, epidemics, and general tumult and instability nationwide are the subject of "In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art" at Fowler Museum at UCLA. The exhibition, on view through January 20, presents some 70 mixed media works, including metal sculpture, beaded and sequined textiles, paintings, prints, and site-specific installations. (Installation views are available at the link.) Accompanying the show is a 196-page catalogue with 182 illustrations and essays by Edwidge Danticat, Leah Gordon, Claudine Michel, and others.
Selection of Exhibition Images (pdf)
✭ An exhibition of the work of graphic designer Paula Scher and internationally renowned illustrator Seymour Chwast opens December 2 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Running through April 14, "Double Portrait" brings the couple's work together for the first time; the artists collaborated both on the selection and installation of more than 150 graphics that appear in numerous formats, from magazine and record album covers, posters, and typefaces, to trademarks and videos. Included is Chwast's anti-war posters End Bad Breath (1967), now in the museum's collection (see image), and War is Good Business: Invest Your Son (1967), and Scher's posters for New York's Public Theatre, including Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (1995).
In 1985, Chwast was awarded an AIGA Medal (profile here) from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He is a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. His work is found in many museum collections. Scher also is a painter and art educator in design, and a partner at Pentagram. Her extraordinary MAPS series, featuring both paintings and screenprints, appeared this past winter at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York. She also is an AIGA Medalist (2001) and a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. Her work, like Chwast's, is exhibited around the world and widely collected.