Friday, February 8, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ New on the art scene in New York City: Museum of Mathematics, dubbed MoMath. The new museum, which opened this past December in Madison Square Park, features a design studio called Mathenaeum, where visitors can create their own geometric figures that will be printed in 3D.

MoMath on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Goodman Gallery, Capetown, South Africa, presented a series of new work by William Kentridge, "No, It Is", that concluded last week. The solo show included some wonderful drawings, linocuts, silkscreens, one-run hand-printed lithographs-collages, and sculptures made specifically for the exhibition. See the work here.

Goodman Gallery on Twitter

✦ If you haven't already, take a look at the new and improved Art Babble.

✦ I can't recall ever seeing woodcuts as beautiful as those by Katsutoshi Yuasa. I'm especially drawn to the concept behind the stunning work. Read this Art:21 post about Yuasa's recent inaugural solo exhibition in the United States.

✦ Those interested in encaustics will find of interest Gregory Wright's collection of paintings in encaustic and his series Microcosm/Macrocosm and Forces. Wright, who has a studio in Lowell, Massachusetts, and has exhibited in Boston and nationally, conducts workshops in his techniques. This summer, as a visiting artist at R&F Handmade Paints, he will be presenting a workshop on use of encaustic and mixed media to create surface patterning and visual depth.

✦ The video below offers an interesting peek into the studio practice and process of artist T.R. Ericsson (b. 1972)  as he creates work in powdered graphite, a form of crystallized carbon that is both naturally occurring and synthetically produced (it's powder, liquid, machined, carved, pencil). Ericsson likens its use to "processing a photograph in a darkroom, where the light and dark values can be manipulated by the exposure time". What Ericsson achieves with the medium is stunning. (See Exhibitions below.)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Molded hand-made paper images by abstractionist Ellsworth Kelly are on view through May 19 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The exhibition, "Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images", features nearly two dozen prints from NGA's collection. 

Ellsworth Kelly
Colored Paper Image XII (Blue Curve with Brown and Gray), 1976
Colored and Pressed Paper Pulp
Sheet (Irregular): 46-5/8" x 32-5/8"
Axsom 1987, No. 152*
Gift of Professional Art Group I
National Gallery of Art 1980.72.10
© Ellsworth Kelly 

* Richard H. Axsom, The Prints of Ellsworth Kelly: A Catalogue Raisonne 1949-1985, New York: Hudson Hills Press (and American Federation of Arts), 1987. The catalogue, in both hardback and the paperback version printed in 2000, is available through resellers.

Karen Wright, "The Artist's Studio: Ellsworth Kelly", Vanity Fair, August 2012

NGA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Fifteen emerging and established artists, including T.R. Ericsson (see video above), Carl Andre, Judith Braun (see video below), Adam McEwen, Roland Flexner (selection of graphite drawings here), and Molly Springfield (her installation Translation, of the first chapter of Proust's In Search of Lost Time, is entirely in the form of drawings), are featured in "Graphite" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. On view through April 7, the show is the first to explore the innovative use of graphite for other than drawing. Included in the exhibition are contemporary sculpture, drawing, and installations. A scholarly digital catalogue presenting multimedia material, a large number of images, and video documentation of installations created on-site is available. (Those with table devices may purchase the catalogue for $4.99. Text is available at no cost on the museum Website.)

Here's a video of Judith Braun creating Diamond Dust, a 50-foot wall drawing, at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, in 2012.

✭ Opening tomorrow at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., is "Shooting Stars: Publicity Stills from Early Hollywood and Portraits by Andy Warhol". The exhibition, running through April 21, aims to illustrate how photographers have "contributed to our understanding of celebrity and fame". Images of silent-movie stars, including Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, and Lon Chaney, by anonymous studio photographers are contrasted with Warhol's commissioned portraits of politicians, socialites, athletes, and other so-called luminaries of the time.

Corcoran Gallery on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo 

✭ In December the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., opened what will be a nearly-eight-months-long exhibition devoted to the late Korean-born multimedia artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006). The thematically organized show, "Nam June Paik: Global Visionary", which runs through August 11, takes an in-depth look at Paik's creative concepts and method; included are 67 artworks from private and public collections here and abroad, as well as more than 140 items from the museum's own archives, among them Electronic Superhighway: Continential U.S., Alaska, Hawaii (1995), a 51-channel video installation, and Megatron/Matrix (1995), an eight-channel video installation. (This is a major show of a highly influential artist. At the exhibition link above you'll find additional links to a slideshow, articles, archive highlights, installation views, videos, and other artist-related resources.)

No comments: