All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Fans of Romare Bearden, take note: A new iPad app, "Black Odyssey Remixes", created for the Smithsonian's SITES traveling exhibition, lets you appropriate elements of Bearden's collages to create your own digital artworks. See a demo of the app here.
✦ Jonathan Fuller salvages sea glass scattered along the Cornish coastline for beautifully hand-made wall sculptures that betray the artist's sensitivities to line and form. (My thanks to Hannah Stephenson at The Storialist for the link to Fuller's work.)
✦ Be sure to check the online exhibitions section of the New York Public Library Website. There is always something there that will catch the eye and inspire a click.
✦ While the combination of art and dance is nothing new, the Art Series launched earlier this year at New York City Ballet offers a first for the company: its own artists-in-residence who will be creating site-specific works during the season. NYCB's choice for Art Series 2013 is FAILE, an art collaborative from Redhook in Brooklyn, profiled in this ArtInfo video (photos are available at FAILE's Website):
Also see this video on the NYCB Website.
✦ John Cage was a Mountain Lake Workshop artist-in-residence in 1983. The video below features some of the watercolors, drawings, and prints Cage made there. (The video originally was shown in conjunction with the recent exhibition "John Cage: The Sight of Silence" at the National Academy Museum in New York City. Information about Ray Kass's The Sight of Silence: John Cage's Complete Watercolors (University of Virginia Press, 2011) is available here.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts, has extended through May 26 an exhibition of recently acquired Kara Walker prints: "Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)". The suite is based on wood engravings originally published by Harper's in 1866; Walker has enlarged the illustrations through lithography and, using them as backgrounds, overlaid her trademark silhouettes, executed in silk screen, thereby upending our understanding, perception, and acceptance of history as traditionally written. Walker printed the stunning 15-image suite at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies in New York. A catalogue containing the images with the original Harper's engravings is available. See images of the prints here.
MHC Art Museum on FaceBook
✭ Continuing until May 5 at New York City's International Center of Photography: "Roman Vishniac Rediscovered", comprising Vishniac's social documentary work from the early 1920s through the 1950s. This dedicated Website lets you browse the exhibition online. The images have been grouped into 14 discrete sections that showcase Vishniac's remarkable pre- and post-World War II photography.
Robin Cembalest, "Taking Roman Vishniac Out of the Ghetto", ARTNews, January 3, 2013
✭ In Salt Lake City, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is presenting "Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West", through August 11. Drawn largely from the Diane and Sam Stewart Collection and focused on the Pueblo people of Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, the exhibition features more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.
UMFA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ On May 18, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, opens "Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead". The show, drawn from the museum's own large historical glass bead collection, is organized thematically to explain the use of glass beads as ornament, trade object, and symbol of power and wealth. The exhibition, which also examines the process of glass bead production, will continue through January 5, 2014.
Notable Exhibits Abroad
Earlier this year, Britain's National Portrait Gallery, in London, unveiled two never-before-seen sketches, one cubist and one figurative, of poet T.S. Eliot. The exhibition, "Patrick Heron: Studies for a Portrait of TS Eliot", continues through September 22.
Felicity Capon, "Unseen TS Eliot Sketches Displayed for the First Time", The Telegraph, January 31, 2013