Friday, July 19, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The Museum of Modern Art has launched post, featuring text (essays, interviews, information about lectures, seminars, and group discussions, information about practices, resources), images, and videos about modern and contemporary art. Content is available by theme; some curated materials are shared by post's partners or drawn from MoMAs collection and archives.

✦ Art and science mix comfortably in the not-to-be-missed sculpture, installations, and works on paper of Brooklyn's Melissa S. Armstrong. The artist makes inventive use of sugar crystals, rock candy, wax, wool fleece, hand-knit cotton and lace, and food coloring and other materials to create eye-catching forms and unusual textures. The video below features Armstrong's fragile, evanescent Paper Jungle from her "Sitings" exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art in 2007. (My thanks to Hannah Stephenson for introducing me to Armstrong's work.)

✦ You'll find beautiful examples of printmaking at its finest on the Washington Printmakers Gallery page for Matina Marki Tillman, who showed work in May and June in the New York Society of Etchers 3rd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints in New York City.

✦ I have long-admired the prints and drawings of Lesley Dill, who also is a sculptor, photographer, and performance artist who makes extraordinary use of her media, especially text. If you are unfamiliar with Dill's artwork, take some time to explore her Website. Be sure to watch her opera Divide Light (2008), based on Emily Dickinson's poetry (images). Your discoveries will be rewarding, I promise. 

✦ Check out Paperblog for "media experiments that print can't handle." The words "creative risk" are part of its mission statement.

✦ The video below spotlights the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition "Picasso and Chicago", which concluded in May. (My thanks to PBS NewsHour and Chicago Tonight for the link.)

Official Pablo Picasso Website

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Sculptor and urban planner Theaster Gates's installation 13th Ballad is on view through October 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The work is an extension of Gates's 12 Ballads for Huguenot House (video) exhibited in 2012 at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany; Gates salvaged many of the materials he used from a home, Black Cinema House, remodeled in Chicago. The new work uses not only art objects and materials from historic Huguenot House but also repurposed pews; the pews had been removed from Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago to create space for Muslim students to pray. For more on the installation, see the exhibition page. Collaborative performances related to the artist's installation are scheduled for August 11 (Migration Stories) and September 2 (Church in Five Acts). The monograph 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, published by dOCUMENTA (13) and the museum, is available.

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✭ Thirty abstract and realistic works by Jennifer Bartlett (b. 1941) are on view at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through October 13. The 40-year survey, "Jennifer Barlett: History of the Universe — Works 1970-2011" include landscapes, seascapes, oils, and Bartlett's more recent "language-based" artworks with short stories and dialogues. Selections from Bartlett's series "House Paintings", "In the Garden", "Air: 24 Hours", "Earth Paintings", and "Word Paintings" are included in the exhibition. An illustrated catalogue published by Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, the show's organizer, is available. The exhibition will open at the Parrish on April 27, 2014 (exhibition page).

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✭ An immersive sound experience "Higher Resonance" by Brooklyn-based Jennie C. Jones awaits visitors this summer and fall to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. In addition to the soundscape, which combines snatches of recordings by African American classical composers and performance artists such as Alice Coltrane and Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Hirshhorn is presenting a selection of Jones's prints, paintings, and sculptures, all on view through October 27. Jones is the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem.

National Endowment for the Arts Podcast with Jennie C. Jones

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Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, continues through August 4 "Paul Sietsema". Included in the Los Angeles artist's major exhibition at the Wexner are five non-narrative films shot in 16mm, including the premiere of Sietsema's most recent, At the Hour of Tea (2013), and drawings, paintings, and other works on paper. The show, accompanied by a catalogue Paul Sietsema, will travel to Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (exhibition page), where will it run from September 7 until January 5, 2014. In 2012, Kunsthalle Basel presented the first in-depth exhibition in Europe of Sietsema's recent work.

This video shows some of Sietsema's work from a 2011 Matthew Marks Gallery exhibition in New York City:

Press Release for "Paul Sietsema" Exhibition at the Wexner

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✭ Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opens August 27 the important exhibition "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World". Scheduled to run through January 12, 2014, the exhibition of 100 images features work by 12 marvelous and pioneering photographers: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. The images will be displayed in three sections: "Deconstructing Orientalism", "Constructing Identities", and "New Documentary".

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