All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ The Women series of woodcuts by Virginia-based printmaker and sculptor Margaret Adams Parker is superb. See her other impressive portfolios under Woodcuts and Etchings on her Website. Collectors, take note: Parker's work is very affordable.
✦ Washington, D.C.-based artist Fawna Xiao's series of wonderful screenprints take their inspiration from landforms. Let them inspire you, too!
Fawna Xizo on Twitter
Fawna Xiao Blog
✦ Dot Dash 3 (Morse code for "art") is among recent entrants in the online-only gallery space. The site's mission statement indicates that the goal "is to use technology to make thought-provoing art accessible to all." Dot Dash 3 provides a platform that enables curators and artists to offer their own bespoke exhibitions; it also offers an art advisory service. (A sidenote: I learned here that Samuel Morse was a painter. Read "Samuel Morse's Other Masterpiece" in Smithsonian magazine. Also see Samuel F.B. Morse: Gallery of the Louvre.)
✦ Artworks by Alexandre Paiva of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are embroideries on photo paper. The paper's texture adds to the unusual effect achieved by stitching.
✦ As Swedish-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez demonstrates, building furniture doesn't always require hammering in nails or using screws to keep the components together. Alvarez invented a thread-wrapping machine to do the construction for him. See images of some of Alvarez's thread-wrapped tables and chairs.
✦ Installation artist Basia Irland's sculptures Books of Ice is the subject of today's video feature. My thanks to Hannah Stephenson ("The Storialist") from whom I first learned of Irland's work. Read Kathleen Dean Moore's wonderful article "Books of Ice" at Orion magazine (the video also is there). Be sure to visit Irland's Website; her other eco and water projects are wonderful, too.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Continuing until August 4 at Ohio's Columbus Museum of Art is "Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets". The show features more than 140 puppets and their related set designs, masks, and costumes from the 1850s to today. Touch-screen monitors have been set up to allow visitors to watch productions and puppet-makers at work. The exhibition is curated by Nina Malikova from the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague.
Masha Volynsky, "Czech Puppets Make an Entrance in Ohio, with No Strings Attached", Radio Prague (Text and Audio of Interview with Co-Curator Carole Genshaft)
Czech Puppets Behind the Scenes (Images)
✭ An exhibition of the work of Shirin Neshat (b. 1957) continues through July 7 at Detroit Institute of Arts. A mid-career retrospective of the New York City-based Iranian American artist, "Shirin Neshat" features video installations and photographic series; together these represent two decades of work by Neshat, who explores issues of identity, gender, and politics in Iran and other conservative Muslim cultures; her other principal themes are empowerment, loss, sacrifice, and the desire for expression. Among the video installations on view are Turbulent (1998), Rapture (19999), Fervor (2000), Tooba (2002), and Women Without Men (2011). The photographic series are Women of Allah (1993-1997) and The Book of Kings (2012). An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. If you're in the area, don't miss this show. Neshat's work is provocative, visually beautiful, and often quite moving.
Shirin Neshat: Art in Exile, TEDTalk, 2010
Arthur C. Danto Interview with Shirin Neshat at BOMB Magazine
Shadi Sheybani on Women of Allah: A Conversation with Shirin Neshat
Let Yourself Go, DIA Blog
✭ In Philadelphia, the Institute of Contemporary Art is presenting through July 28 "White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart", which examines how clothing, adornment, and self-presentation allow us to "multiply and complete our personalities". Among the more than two dozen artists included in the show are Lynda Benglis, Zoe Leonard, Wardell Milan, and Hilton Als. The artworks are in various media. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, NonPlus, 2012
Collage, Drawing, Mixed Materials on Pastel Paper
© Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Courtesy of Artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
Miranda, The ICA Blog
✭ The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, continues "Domestic, Wild, Divine: Artists Look at Animals". Drawn from the museum's entire collection, the artworks, including paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, represent the many fascinating roles of animals in human life and animals' importance in human myths, cultural rituals, and religious traditions. The show runs through August 4.
VMFA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ June 29 marks the opening of "Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art" at Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition, which will be on view through September 30, will showcase some 80 masterworks (paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs) by a wide range of artists, including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Lilly Martin Spencer, and Abbott Handerson Thayer. The show was organized by Newark Museum.