All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Sculptor Aimee Baldwin's Vegan Taxidermy — comprising shorebirds, passerines, owls and raptors, corvids, extinct birds, and plants, all made of high-quality crepe paper and a variety of salvaged materials — will delight. Baldwin explains her construction techniques here. (My thanks to DesignSponge for the link.)
Vegan Taxidermy on FaceBook
✦ Looking for resources on print collecting, printmaking, print publications, or print suppliers? The Washington Printmakers Gallery offers a virtual page of resources to explore.
✦ Students in grades kindergarten through 12 are invited to submit original art to the Oregon History Rocks Billboard Art Competition. Winning designs (one from each grade will be selected) will be displayed on billboards in and around Portland, and winners will be invited to a special unveiling on Oregon's Statehood Day, February 14, 2013. The deadline for entries is January 18, 2013. Complete details are at the link.
✦ In his global project "The Wrinkles of the City", the French artist known as JR seeks to put human and architectural "wrinkles" on display by linking the memory of the elderly with urban architecture bearing "the scars" of history, economic development, and socio-cultural changes. The video below shows his efforts in Shanghai in 2010. He has worked in Cartagena, Spain, and Los Angeles as well. See other videos of JR's interesting conceptual projects here. His "InsideOut" project, an international participatory art project, won the 2011 Ted Prize; his wonderful "Women Are Heroes" film was presented in 2010 at Cannes, where it competed for the Camera d'Or.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In Washington, D.C., the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at The George Washington University is presenting through December 14 "Jules Olitski On an Intimate Scale". This is the third time the gallery has exhibited work by Olitski (1922-2007). This retrospective complements "Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski", showing at Katzen Arts Center at American University through December 16. A selection of images from the latter exhibition, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, can be seen at the link.
Jules Olitski on ArtNet
✭ Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, the New York Public Library is presenting through January 27, 2013, "Charles Dickens: The Key to Character", an exhibition focused on the colorful cast of characters in Dickens's novels and lesser-known works and how they have influenced artists and readers. Included are works of nearly 30 illustrators, original sheet music, a memoranda book listing possible character names, recordings, an 1867 pocket diary containing the code Dickens used to communicate with Ellen Ternan, his mistress, and a couture gown inspired by "Miss Havisham" in Great Expectations. A list of free related lectures is here.
✭ Oregon's Portland Museum of Art is exhibiting through December 16 "Anna Fidler", a series of large, detailed photographic portraits of early Oregonians that have been embellished with colored pencil and iridescent inks. The artist's meticulous use of the cross-contour line gives the fascinating portraits a topographical feeling. Fidler sourced her images from the Oregon Historical Society.
✭ Works by Ingrid Calame, Nathan Carter, Tiffany Chung, Joyce Kozloff, Lordy Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and Heidi Whitman are featured in "The Map as Art" at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
The group exhibition, which runs through April 21, 2013, is inspired by the book The Map as Art (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).
✭ At The Bascom, in Highlands, North Carolina, you'll find one-of-a-kind and other fine craft pieces in "American Craft Today", a juried exhibition featuring the work of 50 artists. Selections include baskets, ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood objects. The exhibition runs through December 29.
In addition to exhibitions, The Bascom offers studio art instruction, provides access to a Sculpture & Nature Trail, and is the setting for wine and food and garden festivals and other cultural experiences throughout the year.