Friday, April 5, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Don't miss Elsa Mora's marvelous cut-paper sculptures at Art is a Way. Especially noteworthy there are Mora's The Secret Hand, El Corazon (Heart)Frida Kahlo Necklace, and Don't Be Afraid.

Elsa Mora on FaceBook

✦ Award-winning Italian sculptor Fabio Viale creates from marble "narrative forms" inspired by everyday objects. What he fabricates — a large crumbled paper bag, life-size interlocking tires, a boat that sails despite its weight — is astonishing. Viale had a solo show, "Fabio Viale: Stargate", at New York City's Sperone Westwater in January and February and, as part of its coverage, ArtInfo conducted an interview with the artist during which he talks about his artistic vision and process and the physical challenges of working in stone; you'll find the video included with the article "Fabio Viale's Radically Modern Marbles at Sperone Westwater". Viale maintains a studio in Torino.

A catalogue from the show is available.

✦ These beautiful colored line drawings are taken from Mario Kolaric's own journal. Kolaric, who lives and works in Belgrade, began making his minimalist drawings as a simple exercise that has now become a daily practice, he says in this interview. The fluidity he achieves with his pens seems to make the lines stand out from the paper, as if in 3-D.  (My thanks to DesignSponge for spotlighting the Kolaric project.)

✦ At Shakespeare! A Tumblr for the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered, discover the great bard's tragedies, comedies, and histories in colorful interactive visualizations. For example, the illustrations for Hamlet and Macbeth show just how each character came to his or her bloody end.

✦ A recent acquisition by the Brooklyn Museum includes work from the arts collective AfriCOBRA, which was established in Chicago in 1968 to celebrate art that "spoke directly to the needs, aspirations, and experiences of black America." The brief video below introduces the aims of and some of the artists who belonged to the influential collective.

AfriCOBRA on Tumblr

AfriCOBRA The Wall of Respect (Video)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ "State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970" continues through May 19 at SITE Santa Fe. The exhibition, featuring some 150 works by 60 artists, focuses on the development of conceptual, video, performance, and installation art among California artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

SITE Santa Fe on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Cutting-edge conceptual and technical trends in woodworking are examined in "Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design" at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Running through July 7, the exhibition, part of the museum's Materials and Process series, features dozens of installations, sculptures, furniture, and objects by more than 50 artists and designers, including Ursula von Rydinsvard, Martin Puryear, Sarah Oppenheimer, Gary Carsley, Maarten Baas, and Wendell Castle. All the work in the show has been created since 2000 and is grouped loosely around themes of mimicry, assemblage, virtuosity, and purposeful whimsy. A 160-page catalogue that includes essays on the exhibition's conceptual framework, cultural preoccupations with wood, and how history, environmental issues, and politics have influenced use of wood is available. The exhibition originated at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On May 8 at the New York Public Library, participating sculptors Ursula von Rydingsvard, Willie Cole, and Sarah Oppenheimer as well as designer Sebastian Errazuriz will be discussing the exhibition with moderator and exhibition curator Lowery Stokes Sims

MADMuseum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ In Poughkeepsie, New York, Vassar College's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center continues through June 30 the survey "The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation". Among the 40 artists whose work is represented are Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Chuck Close, Robert Mapplethorpe, and William Wegman, as well as Byran Graf, Catherine Opie, and Dash Snow

FLLAC on FaceBook, YouTube, and Vimeo 

✭ Work by local photographers Nels Akerlund (portraits of local residents), Brian Hampton (wildlife images and video), and Bradley Nordlof (images of natural landscapes) will be featured in "Exposed" at Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois. The exhibition opens April 26 and continues through August 11.

The current retrospective exhibition of Chicago native Michele Feder-Nadoff, whose body of work includes painting, lost-wax casting, embroidery, sculpture, and drawing, concludes April 14. 

RAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and Pinterest

✭ In Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Museum of Art is showing 37 paintings, watercolors, and works on paper by Mark Rothko; most of the work is drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. "Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950"continues through May 26.

Mark Rothko at National Gallery of Art

CMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

1 comment:

nance said...

elsa has a wonderful web much going on there.