All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ What could be better than wine and art in France? I recently learned that Chateau La Coste in Provence has designed a marvelous landscape of installations by such internationally renowned artists as Louise Bourgeois, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra, and Sean Scully. Go here to view some of the works on display. A map is available online showing the locations of the artworks, an art walk, and the vineyards.
✦ The City of Philadelphia is Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and its collaborators have launched CultureBlocks, a free Web-based mapping tool intended to be used to research, plan, explore, and invest in the city's creative and cultural assets. The public is invited to use the tool to find out about their neighborhoods' cultural assets. See the FAQs for more detailed information or check this one-page information sheet. Gary Steuer, chief cultural officer for Philadelphia, posted "Creative Asset Data Mapping - CultureBlocks Launches!" yesterday. I'd love to see this tool created for each of our cities.
"Mayor Nutter Launches CultureBlocks", City of Philadelphia's News & Alerts, April 30, 2013
✦ London's British Library has full digitized Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook ("The CodexArundel"). Browse it for no other reason than that it's beautiful. The more than 500 images will enchant. Go here to view a selection of sketches and other virtual books using the library's Turning the Pages system.
✦ Kudos to the national arts-empowerment and advocacy organization Fractured Atlas for adding to its Website a new member section, Health Care Resources. The resources went live in mid-February.
✦ Founded by Southern Methodist University and Cultural Data Project, the National Center for Arts Research in Dallas, Texas, seeks to become "the nation's leading source of expertise" on arts management and patronage. This press release describes the collaboration between SMU's Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business and the CDP.
✦ The wonderful video below from Tristan Stoch of Portland, Oregon, profiles innovator Mike Friton of Friton Design LLC, a footwear prototype enterprise; formerly a Nike "shoe-builder", Friton also is a weaver and paper sculptor. In the video Friton shows us the creative intelligence and sensibility he brings to his work. Friton is interviewed for another profile here. My thanks to Ann Martin at All Things Paper, where I first saw the short.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ The "41st Annual International Glass Invitational & eXpose" is up until May 25 at Habatat Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan. The invitational includes work by more than 90 artists from 18 countries, with each artist exhibiting two sculptures; "eXpose" is a display of work by more than 25 artists exhibiting at Habatat for the first time. Two of our finest local artists, Sean Hennessey and Tim Tate, collaborated on glass pieces on display. Sean also is exhibiting through May 25 at Duncan McClellan Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, Congratulations to Sean and Tim! And make a point to learn about their work; it's highly collectible.
Sean Hennessey on FaceBook
Tim Tate at Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
✭ In Arizona, Tucson Museum of Art is presenting through June 16 "Feminina: Images of the Feminine from Latin America". Including both two- and three-dimensional works from the museum's permanent collection, the exhibition ranges from pre-Columbian through contemporary representations of the feminine, both sacred and profane. Carlotta Espinoza's We the People is among the contemporary artworks on view.
On view at the museum through July 7 are marvelous photographs, digital scans, paintings, and resin works depicting desert grasslands and the birds, moths, and bees that inhabit them. The exhibition is part of Desert Initiative: Desert I, a multi-state collaboration in the Southwest presenting interdisciplinary investigations of the desert. A complete list of participating artists, among them Matilda Essig, Deborah Springstead Ford, and Ben Johnson, is here.
Desert Initiative on FaceBook
✭ June 14 marks the opening of "30 Americans" at Milwaukee Art Museum. Organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, the exhibition, featuring works by some of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades, addresses the issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture and the influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. Among the artists in the show, which will run through September 8, are Leonardo Drew, Nick Cave, iona rozeal brown, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.
Note: This exhibition appeared at Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. You will find here a dedicated Website that also offers images and videos, brief profiles of each artist, and other information.
MAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
African American Art Alliance at MAM
✭ The development in Chicago of cultural life in the first half of the 20th Century is the theme of "They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910-1950" at The Art Institute of Chicago. Continuing through June 2, the exhibition brings together more than 80 works by primarily southern- and foreign-born artists, including Archibald J. Motley Jr., Walter W. Ellison (also go here), and Todros Geller; paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts from private collectors, the institute's permanent collection, and local cultural institutions are featured with an eye toward examining the issues of ethnic, racial, and cultural identity and addressing the social causes of migration and immigration and common themes of exile and assimilation. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the show.
Archibald J. Motley Jr., Nightlife, 1943
Oil on Canvas
Restricted Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field, Jack and Sandra Guthman,
Ben W. Heineman, Ruth Horwich, Lewis and Susan Manilow,
Beatrice C. Mayer, Charles A. Meyer, John D. Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Smith Jr;
James W. Alsdorf Memorial Fund; Goodman Endowment
Of Related Interest: Modernism in the New City, Chicago Artists, 1920-1950
✭ A collection of a type of uniquely African-American pottery created with kaolin, a locally sourced clay, in the second half of the 19th Century (1850-1880) has just gone on view at Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia. (The museum is located on the campus of the University of Georgia at Athens.) "Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th Century South Carolina", organized by Chipstone Foundation, examines the possible uses, symbolic value, and cultural meanings of the stoneware vessels created in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. There were many potteries in Edgefield (now Aiken) during the mid-19th Century, operated primarily with slave labor. Nearly two dozen pieces borrowed from leading institutions and private collectors are on view through July 7.
Here's a fascinating PBS video about a striking face jug found buried on the outskirts of Philadelphia and discovered to be from the Edgefield region: