All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ If you enjoy visiting museums' online sites, take a moment and peer into the virtual rooms of Parkett's small museum on contemporary art. You'll find there more than 200 artworks made for Parkett, which collaborates directly with artists around the world to publish books, monographs, and prints, objects, and installations. The roster of artists includes, among many others, Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, Matthew Barney, William Kentridge, and Gerhard Richter. Parkett's contemporary art library also can be browsed online.
✦ Artist books, out-of-print publications and editions, and writings by artists are the specialties of Primary Information.
✦ Oxford American magazine has an art section, "Eyes on the South", that's worth visiting regularly. The projects of the featured artists, such as photographer Scott Hubener's "The Space In-Between", documenting small towns bypassed by development (article and images), and photographer Tim Hursley's documentation of a broken silo (video), are often fascinating. (My thanks to Seth Haines for introducing OA to me.)
✦ A new monograph of work in clay and paint by Kathy Ruttenberg, Nature of the Beast (CHARTA Books, Milan) features in 160 pages (more than 130 in full color) a decade of allegorical and symbolic sculptures that have been described by art critic Donald Kuspit as "perhaps the most creative, certainly unusual, ceramic art being made today." Ruttenberg's other books include Confessions of a Tree (2011) and Wild Things (2009). The artist, born in Chicago and now a New York City resident, has exhibited in a long list of solo and group shows; most recently she appeared at Stux Gallery in the solo exhibition "Nature of the Beast" (video). See her watercolors and etchings, as well as her sculpture, including new work.
✦ Interdisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Alicia Eggert, who is especially interested in kinetic, electronic, and interactive creations, sculpted the word "now" from a piece of red yarn first soaked in water and then frozen into shape. Eggert, who lives in Portland, Maine, where she teaches sculpture and architecture at Bowdoin College, filmed the word as it "melted" in place.
The Length of Now from Alicia Eggert on Vimeo.
Also of Interest: "How soon is now?: Fellows Friday with Alicia Eggert", TED Blog, April 26, 2013
Other Alicia Eggert Videos at Vimeo
a place in the universe, Alicia Eggert's Blog
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ At Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York, you'll find tree wood, architect Toshihio Oki's installation, the recipient of the 2013 "Folly" award sponsored jointly by the outdoor museum and The Architectural League of New York. On view through the summer, the installation, designed to get us thinking about how we engage our concepts of our urban and natural environments, is an open wooden structure set within a grove of trees; peering up into the structure allows one to see a suspended ornate crystal chandelier.
Socrates Sculpture Park on FaceBook
✭ Washington, D.C.'s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is presenting through August 11 "Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books". The exhibition, drawn from the Gerhard Pulverer Collection of an estimated 2,200 volumes now in Freer Gallery of Art, showcases woodblock-printed illustrated books from the Edo period (1615-1868), at the time inexpensive items created for mass entertainment and a source of information about culture, literature, science, religion, and geography. Highlights include both rare private editions and bestsellers — prints from The Tales of Ise and Tale of Genji, Hokusai's portable Manga sketchbooks, and Utamaro's Shell book of poetry, among them — shown for the first time since the museum's 2007 purchase. The entire collection is being digitized, according to this article "The manga of old Edo", which includes images. An online catalogue is planned.
"Would You Like to Browse an Edo-Period Japanese Bookstore?", Around the Mall Blog, Smithsonian Institution, April 5, 2013
bento, Sackler-Free Blog
✭ In a reimagination of children's fancy-dress costumes in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the city's own Candy Coated (formerly, Candy Depew) has created "CandyCoated Wonderland", on view through November 17. Storybook selections, recreated in two- and three-dimensional prints and wall paintings, ceramic gems, silk-screened fabrics, and vinyl decals, encompass such well-known characters as "Little Bo Peep" and "Peter Pan". Including a mini quilted playhouse with patchwork, this is a fun show, especially for children. A slideshow and behind-the-scenes studio visit with the artist are on the exhibition page. Related events are covered at Candy Coated's blog.
✭ Forty new artworks, including 20 new "Soundsuits" by Nick Cave are on view at Denver Art Museum through September 22. For the ticket-required exhibition, "Nick Cave: Sojourn", the artist has constructed a passageway of thousands of buttons as well large sculptural objects of found objects, and also will be showing new short films. Go prepared for a multi-sensory experience. As is typical of Cave events, this one included on June 28 a collaborative live performance (auditions were held last February; see video of the dance-off).
✭ The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, continues its show of all things eggs. "Eggs-hibition: Unscrambling Their History", on view through October 20, covers, in text, specimen, object, and graphics, the evolution of eggs in food, pharmacology, design, and fairy tales and myths. Examples include carved, painted, bejeweled, and photographed artistic inspirations. Exhibition images online encompass jewelry, an egg clock, and Faberge, marbled, and lace eggs. Here's a video preview of the show:
Bruce Museum on FaceBook