All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Brooklyn- and Dallas-based painter Michelle Mackey has produced a number of striking series, including, most recently, Star Service (bonnie and clyde); The Berlin Stories and Inscape, both from 2007; and The Layers Series and Residual States, both from 2003. She is as apt to find her inspiration, she says in her Artist Statement, in "the surface mix of cracked mortar, shiny metal, peeling paint, and rusty scaffolds" as in "conversations, books, music, patterns, and other sources for ideas on color, form, and composition." See her Painting Process Video. Mackey most recently was in a group show, "Fresh Tracks: an abstract dialog", at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas.
✦ I dare you not to say "Wow!" after you watch Shinichi Maruyama's water sculpture movie. Be sure to look at each of the series on his site, including the Water Sculpture images and the marvelous Kusho. His Artist Statement offers some of his reflections on those series. Maruyama is part of the "Turbulences II" exhibition at Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, through September 1. He was also in "Marcel Duchamp: Nude Descending a Staircase — A Homage" at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, earlier this spring.
✦ Enjoy this digital exhibition "1913 Armory Show: The Story in Primary Sources", created by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art to mark the centennial of the International Exhibition of Modern Art ("Armory Show"). (My thanks to Indianapolis Museum of Art blog for the link.)
✦ Earlier this year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York launched post: Notes on Modern & Contemporary Art Around the Globe. It is intended to be an online journal, archive, exhibition space, and open forum for exploring modernism in all its aspects: established and experimental, historical and emerging, local and global, scholarly and artistic. You'll find essays, interviews, practices, workshop listings, and continually augmented image and video content. Some content is organized thematically.
Also of note is the new MoMA site Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints and Books. Documentation is being added incrementally by theme. Eventually, the site is to offer 3,500 images.
✦ Today's short video features Nancy Dwyer, figurative painter and sculptor, whose work was installed earlier this year at Fisher Landau Center for the Arts, Long Island City, New York ("Nancy Dwyer: Painting & Sculpture, 1982-2012"). Dwyer, who is an associate professor of sculpture at the University of Vermont (brief profile here), calls her word sculptures her "expressions. They're very short poems."
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art has mounted an exhibition of images by modernist British photographer Bill Brandt (1904-1983). The show, "Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light", on view through August 12, presents for the first time Brandt's beautiful photographs of moonlit London during the Blackout and improvised shelters during the Blitz. Sarah Hermanson Meister's illustrated catalogue Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light (MoMA, March 2103), accompanying the exhibition, presents the photographer's entire oeuvre in the context of 20th Century photography; it includes an illustrated glossary of Brandt's retouching techniques and an appendix of his photo-stories published in World War II.
Bill Brandt Archive (You'll find a four-part video interview with Brandt on the site.)
✭ Last week, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, opened "Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey". Comprising approximately 50 collages and watercolors, the exhibition is Bearden's reinterpretation of Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey". On view through August 11, the exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. See it if possible. It's marvelous!
"Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey" Exhibition Website (You'll find images, an audio tour, a video tour, and educational resources at the link.)
Studio 360 Podcast: "Romare Bearden: An Artist in Winter"
The Carter also is exhibiting a series of lithographs created by Ed Ruscha at Tamarind Lithography Workshop (now, Tamarind Institute) in 1969. "Ed Rusha: Made in California" continues through July 21.
✭ The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design is featuring through June 30 artists Angela Bulloch (Copper 2, 2011), Haroon Mirza (Pansonic2, 2011), and Anthony McCall (Miniature in Black and White, a slide projection installation, 1972) in "Double-and-Add". The artists use time-based media (programmed light, sound, and slide projection) to "investigate the sensory transmission of information" through electricity, RGB-light (Red/Green/Blue color-changing strips/bars), algorithms, and other immaterial systems. The exhibition title is a play on a mathematical term used in binary coding.
✭ Washington, D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery continues through August 18 "Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge", showcasing superb work by Mequitta Ahuja, Mary Borgman, Adam Chapman, Ben Durham, Till Freiwald, and Rob Matthews. If you can't get to D.C. to visit the show, see the "Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge" Website, which includes an introduction to the exhibition and separate pages, with images, for each of the featured artists. The show will travel to Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, in October.
Mequitta Ahuja, Dream Sequence: Winged I (Detail), 2011
Enamel, Acrylic, Glitter on Stamped, Collaged Vellum
Image Courtesy of Artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
✭ John Mulvany curated for Tamarind Institute "Good in the Kitchen", an exhibition that explores gender and scenes of domesticity. The exhibition included lithographs created at Tamarind over the last 30 years; interestingly, more than half the images were by men. Among the artists represented: Mark Licari, Donald Sultan, Marie Watt, Hung Liu, and Alison Saar. The exhibition closed March 13 but the online component may be viewed here (pdf).