All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Master printmaker Zarina Hashmi explores through intaglio, woodblocks, lithography, and silkscreens the recurring themes of home, journeying, displacement, borders, and memory. The retrospective exhibition "Zarina: Paper Like Skin" was on view at the Guggenheim earlier this year. A video with the artist is on the site of the Hammer Museum, where the exhibition appeared last year. It is well worth watching.
✦ Photographer Madame Yevonde (1893-1975) reimagined society ladies of the 1920s as goddesses in her series Goddesses. In this British Council video, the curator of Yevonde's archive, Lawrence Hole, discusses the series. Yevonde's work is in the collection of London's National Portrait Gallery.
✦ A new permanent exhibition, "Records of Rights", opens this November at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. For more about the exhibition to open in the new David M. Rubentstein Gallery, see "Expansion at the National Archives Means More Focus on Human Rights".
✦ Commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for Bay Area Now 4, the five-minute Winter in America by Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi uses stop-motion technique and G.I. Joe action figures to tell the true story of the murder of Songha Thomas Willis in 2000 in Philadelphia. The film explores issues of stereotypes, gender, race and class, consumerism, and the culture of violence in America. The animation does not blunt the shock of the killing.
Hank Willis Thomas at Jack Shainman Gallery
✦ Below is an excerpt of the animated The End of Eating Everything, commissioned by Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from Wangechi Mutu, who collaborated with recording artist Santigold. The film was part of the Nasher's exhibition "Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey", the first survey in the United States of the multidisciplinary artist's work, including drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, and video. The exhibition concluded last month and will travel to Brooklyn Museum of Art in September, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, in April 2014, and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in September 2014. A catalogue is available.
Video interview with Mutu
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Mexican modernism is the subject of "Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano", continuing through June 1, 2014, at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin. Featuring paintings, prints, and photographs, the show includes work by Jose Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Leopoldo Mendez, and Rufino Tamayo, among other artists.
Leopoldo Mendez, El rebozo de soledad, 1952
Woodcut, 19-5/8" x 22-3/8"
Collection of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Bequest of Rudolph and Louise Langer
Deborah Caplow, Leopoldo Mendez: Revolutionary Art and the Mexican Print (University of Texas Press, 2007)
✭ Arizona's Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art continues through September 1 "David Maisel/Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime". Included in the exhibition of large-scale aerial photographs, which address environmental, land-use, and sustainability issues in the American West, are 28 pigment prints from four series created between 1989 and 2007: The Lake Project (see the video), The Mining Project and American Mine, Terminal Mirage, and Oblivion. Maisel's landscapes underscore the destructive physical and environmental effects of urban sprawl, open-pit mining, and water diversion projects. The photographs are strikingly haunting.
✭ A show of contemporary prints by Texans continues at El Paso Art Museum through September 15. The work, including woodcuts, etchings, acquatints, lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs, and monoprints, is drawn from the museum's own collection. Among the artists whose work is on view are David Bates, Luis Jimenez, Donald Judd, and James Surls.
David Bates, Full Moon, 1992
Mixed Media and Woodcut
45-1/4" x 38-1/4"
Purchase with Anonymous Donor Funds
Collection of El Paso Art Museum
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✭ Five commissioned works by international artists Arocha/Schraenen, Jill Downen, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Virginia Overton, and Dominique Petitgand go on view September 6 in "Place is the Space" at St. Louis's Contemporary Art Museum. The commissions are site-specific, designed to address the concepts of boundary, transparency, surface, intersection, scale, and the public as realized in CAM's own building, which was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture and is now 10 years old.
✭ Recent work by New York-based Iraqi artist Ahmed Alsoudani will go on view September 7 at Maine's Portland Museum of Art. The exhibition, "Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted", which will continue through December 8, will include paintings and drawings on universal aspects of war and human suffering and survival. Born in Baghdad, Alsoudani was educated at Maine College of Art and Yale School of Art.
Interview with Ahmed Alsoudani at Hyperallergic (2012)
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