All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Following the 2010 BP oil spill, Peter Hoffman began creating images that make water and fossil fuels themselves "a variable in the visual representation". His series Fox River Derivatives, which "questions our relationship with our natural resources", is beautiful and forever disquieting.
"Peter Hoffman Photos Show What Happens When You Set an Oily Negative on Fire", HuffPost Arts & Culture, May 12, 2013
✦ Are you an app fan who also enjoys Keith Haring's art? Check out "Art Intelligence: Keith Haring", available through iTunes.
✦ Curators and designers are not the only collaborators in the artistic projects cooked up by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr of Bompas & Parr. The latter employ architects, scientists, a team of cooks, and numerous other technicians and "cultural practitioners" to realize their extraordinary installations and products. The artists' Jelly Service, featuring bespoke jellies, is a standout; Bompas and Parr have even published a book on the art of making jellies and created an array of jelly molds, some amazingly complex (commissions have been done for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Kraft Foods, among others). A single glance at the Meat Jewelry line tells you that this pair doesn't recognize the word "strange" and can make anything fair game. Take some time to explore their projects, which range from fabrication of textured bowls for a "Heinz Beanz Flavour Experience" that is packaged as a kit complete with a musical spoon, to "Fruit Weather", described as "a fruit-based weather system for your tongue", to a "Food Magic Kit" to "Scratch and Sniff Cinema". This year, Bompas and Paar lent their services to Kew Gardens, where visitors have an opportunity to enjoy a "Tutti Fruitti Boating Experience" amid "a figurative fruit salad"; see "Incredibles: A Voyage Through Surprising Edible Plants", on view until September for more information. Inventive, fun, bizarre, and provocative!
✦ Carol Bove's Caterpillar is on view through May 2014 at the High Line at the Rail Yards, New York City. The commissioned installation along 300 yards of terrain comprises seven site-specific abstract sculptures. Reservations to participate in art walks to view Bove's work are open for late summer and this fall. Read "Carol Bove Colonizes the High Line" (Art in America, May 22, 2013) and view the accompanying slideshow.
✦ Today's PBS video looks at "10 Buildings That Changed America":
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ More than 75 works, including paintings and prints, by the late R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007) are being exhibited through September 8 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. All of the works are in the gallery's own collection and some are being shown for the first time. Several images from "R.B. Kitaj: Don't Listen to the Fools" can be accessed here.
Selection of Images of Kitaj's Work at Marlborough Gallery: The Estate of R.B. Kitaj
✭ The Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, is presenting Gigi Scaria's City Unclaimed through December 8. The site-specific mural by the Indian artist is Scaria's first for a museum in the United States. A collage of layered images of Delhi, it underscores the extreme contrasts of economic and social class present in the city today. In the video below, Scaria talks about his cityscape, how he created it, and what it means:
A selection of photographs, sculpture, paintings, writings, and videos are available on Scaria's Website.
The Smart Museum on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ Continuing until October 6 at Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, is "Rob Wynne: I Remember Ceramic Castles, Mermaids & Japanese Bridges". For this site-specific installation, Wynne's second for the museum, the artist fashions from glittering mirrored glass a natural world of birds, sea, air, flora, and insects, which he has integrated with glass-beaded drawings on fabric and hand-printed wallpaper, to give voice to "silence that wants to speak".
✭ A site-specific installation by Monika Grzymala, comprising thousands of sheets of handmade paper, is on view at The Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, through November 3. Some of the sheets, which are connected with bookbinding yarn, are printed with images of authograph manuscripts from the museum's collections. Part of the Morgan's Summer Sculpture Series, the installation, titled Volumen, hangs in the 50-foot-high Gilbert Court. Definitely worth seeing if you're visiting the Big Apple!
Monika Grzymala's Drawing of a Room, a 3D installation at Galerie Crone (Additional images are at Yellowtrace.)
Monika Grzymala Artwork on FaceBook
Notable Exhibitions Abroad
✭ If you're traveling to the United Kingdom this summer or fall, make a point of heading to Oxford to see the Bodleian Libraries' "Magical Books — From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth", on view through October 27. Drawing on work by the "Oxford School" (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, Philip Pullman), the exhibition features original artwork from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, manuscripts of novels and poems, and books of myths, legends, and magic that inspired the writers. A highlight is the display of "The Fall of Arthur", the manuscript of a Tolkein poem not previously known and being shown for the first time.
Accompanying the exhibition is Caryolyne Larrington's and Diane Purkiss's illustrated book Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children's Books.