All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ You'll want to visit illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's Website more than once. Her portfolio is full of wonderful visuals. Recently, MacNaughton collaborated with Maria Popova of the marvelous Brainpickings to spotlight Susan Sontag's reflections on art.
✦ Hope, desire, and yearning for freedom are expressed in Iranian artist Hojat Amani's series of angels (inkjet prints on canvas). Read an interview with the artist here.
✦ Commissioned by Houston's Menil Collection for its "Progress of Love" exhibit, British-Nigerian filmmaker and video artist Zina Saro-Wiwa conceived, produced, and directed Eaten by the Heart, which seeks to answer the question, 'How do Africans kiss?" The fascinating result:
Siji Jabbar, "African Art of Kissing", Guardian Africa Network, The Guardian, December 3, 2012
Zina Saro-Wiwa on FaceBook
✦ Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals | Zodiac Heads is on view at Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., through February 24. Ai talks about his work in the video below. Also on view is "Ai Weiwei: According to What?", also running through February 24.
Hirshhorn Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ "Collected Stories: Books by Laurie Anderson" continues through February 3 at the University of Washington's Henry Art Gallery's Test Site. The exhibition includes some 40 years of early to recent work, some rare, highlighting performance artist and musician Anderson's interests in storytelling, drawing, and technology. Anderson worked with the curators in making the selections, which range in format from handmade and traditionally bound works on paper to audio and electronic. See images at the link.
Henry Art Gallery Blog Hankblog
✭ Running through March 3 at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, is "Bill Viola: Liber Insularum", primarily comprising works since Viola's 1997 retrospective at Whitney Museum. Among the works on view are Reflecting Pool, Surrender, The Quintet of the Astonished, Unspoken, Observance, Catherine's Room, Four Hands, Three Women, Ancestors, The Raft, and Ascension. If you're in the city during the exhibition, make time to visit. I've seen a number of exhibitions of Viola's work; he is not to be missed.
Daniel Kunitz, "'Perfection is the Flatline': Bill Viola Discusses His Show at MoCA North Miami", ArtInfo, December 4, 2012
See my post "Video Artist Bill Viola at SLAM".
Bill Viola at James Cohan Gallery
✭ Art restorer Mark Leonard, currently chief conservator at Dallas Museum of Art, has produced 11 paintings that respond to John Constable's cloud studies. Installed at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, "Reflections on Constable's Cloud Studies" continues through March 10.
Daniel Grant, "Conservator Restored", Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2012
✭ In West Palm Beach, Florida, Norton Museum of Art is showing "Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Landscape and Trees" as part of its program RAW - Recognition of Art by Women. The exhibition, continuing through March 3, includes paintings, drawings, and prints.
Sylvia Plimack Mangold, The Maple Tree (Summer), 2011
Oil on Linen, 20" x 36"
Photo Credit: Joerg Lohse Courtesy Alexander & Bonin, New York
John Yau, "Why There Are Great Artists", Hyperallergic, March 31, 2012
Norton Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ The exhibition "Enoc Perez: Utopia" is on view through February 10 at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Included are Perez's compelling paintings of the Marina Towers in Chicago (from 2011-2012) and a commissioned painting, a huge diptych of D.C.'s Watergate (image here). Of architecture, his subject matter (he also paints still lifes and nudes), Perez, who was born in Puerto Rico and makes his home in New York City, has said, ". . . I see buildings as metaphors. . . To paint architecture is to paint ideas. It is to paint an abstract reflection of current society." (See: Lindsey M. Roberts, "'Utopia': In Enoc Perez's Paintings of Buildings, One Can See the Utopian Vision of the Architects", Architect, November 26, 2012.)
Enoc Perez, Marina Towers, Chicago, January 2012
Oil on Canvas, 110" x 90"
Courtesy of Artist and Acquavella Galleries, New York
© Enoc Perez
"Artist to Know: Enoc Perez", Robb Report, November 28, 2012
ArtNews Review of Enoc Perez at Faggionato Fine Arts, London, 2012
Alexander Wolf, "The Rule Breaker: Enoc Perez Picks Up a Paintbrush", Studio Visit, Modern Painters/ArtInfo, Summer 2010