All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Only in Italy might museum curating be so tasty. In the town of Anzola dell'Emilia, near Bologna, you'll find Carpigiani Gelato Museum, where historical curator Luciana Polliotti presides over all things gelato. Open Tuesday through Saturday (reservations are required), the 1,000-square-foot museum was built by gelato machine maker Carpigiani Group (check out its Gelato University). More than 20 original gelato machines are on exhibit. The museum boasts a collection of 10,000 historical images and documents, among them the first-written recipe for sugar syrup, in addtion to tools of the trade and accessories, and offers multimedia presentations as well.
Gelato Museum Carpigiani on FaceBook and Flickr
"Italy Opens World's First Gelato Culture Museum"
✦ Use this ArtCyclopedia to learn about artists by name, nationality, medium, subject, art movement, popularity, or other characteristics. More than 9,000 artists are listed.
✦ The UK-based Culture Street - Artreet features artist profiles, reviews, art resources, and more.
✦ Here's a Saylor Foundation course in modern art that you can take for free. It was developed in a partnership with The Art Story.
✦ The time-lapse video below shows the creation of Belgian design firm Gijs van Vaerenbergh's Reading Between the Lines, created from stacked layers of laser-cut Cor-Ten steel. The sculpture, which perhaps gives new meaning to the phrase "open to interpretation", is 33 feet high. Read about the making of the see-through church and view additional images in the slideshow here. Other photos are here.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ More than 50 artists and writers explore the possibilities of language in "Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art", on view through February 3 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado. Included are paintings, sculpture, installation, video, and works on paper from the 1960s to today. Some artists represented in the exhibition are Carl Andre, Glenn Ligon, Sol LeWitt, and Andy Warhol; among the writers are Erica Baum. The show travels to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, in June 2013.
✭ The Pittsburgh Filmmakers Center for the Arts is presenting photographs from the "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project" through January 6. The important exhibition features more than 50 images that seek to to tell the personal stories of Pennsylvanians affected by the Marcellus Shale gas industry and the environmental, social, and economic effects of fracking. The documentary photographers who participated in the project, spotlighted here, are Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, and Martha Rial.
Nina Berman's "Fractured: The Shale Play"
✭ Continuing through January 20 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, is "Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans". This is the first career retrospective of the landscape photographer, a native of Kansas City (b. 1944); it includes 100 color and black-and-white images dating from 1971 to the present. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The artist's Website has many wonderful images from more than a dozen projects, including commissions. I particularly like her prairie images of ground and sky, her photographs of climate change in Greenland, her images of industrial artifacts, and her arrangements of prairie specimens.
✭ Approximately 200 artworks by 90 artists from 16 countries comprise "Drawing Surrealism", on view through January 6 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Federico Castellon, Her Eyes Trembled, 1939
Pen and Ink, 15-3/4" x 11-5/8"
Gift 2006/2007 Drawings Group, M.2006.202
© Federico Castellon Estate.
Digital Image © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA
Notable Exhibitions Abroad
✭ Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom, is presenting through January 6 "Kafou: Haiti, Art, and Vodou", a major exhibition of Haitian art dating from the 1940s to today. Nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, and sequin flags by 35 artists are on view. A catalogue accompanies the show.
Nottingham Contemporary Blog