All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Videos of the work of time-lapse photographers are spotlighted at Primelapse. The videos may be viewed by location (including space), techniques, and theme. The curated site includes a tutorial. (My thanks to Peta Pixel for the link.)
✦ San Francisco-based sculptor and installation artist Alexis Arnold gives glittering new shapes to Fyodor Dostoevsky's great Russian novel Crime and Punishment, J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye, and Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as part of her fascinating Crystallized Book Series. The artist also turns discarded magazines, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and telephone books into "visual displays of time, memory, and history." Arnold grows Borax and Epsom salt crystals not only on repurposed books and periodicals but also on crab shells, bones, baking pans, used bicycle parts, and a wide assortment of other everyday things. She uses forced oxidation, sun-bleaching, and other techniques to further transform the aesthetics of the objects. While rendering her books unreadable in the traditional sense, she opens them to ever-new interpretations by art-focused viewers.
Vivian Hua, "Alexis Arnold Artist Interview: Crystalizing the Present", Redefine Magazine, July 18, 2012
✦ If they build it, will artists, curators, critics, or the public have the last word? Art Rules, launched by Britain's Institute of Contemporary Arts this past August, is the latest platform aimed at promoting conversations about art, though it limits comments to a maximum of 100 characters or their alternative: an "agree" or "disagree" option.
Charlotte Higgins's article in the Guardian, "Art Rules Aims to Supplant Twitter as Platform for Online Art Debate", offers background on the concept and design of the platform.
✦ Sales of t-shirts, prints and posters, stationery, and notebooks and notecards by dozens of artists involved in the collaborative project Help Ink benefit such charities as Children's Hunger Fund, Plant with Purpose, Thirst Relief International, Books for Africa, and MedWish.
Help Ink on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo
✦ Museums, libraries, and other institutions are collaborators in the Chicago Collections Consortium project, which has received a planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assemble, connect, digitize, preserve, and make available to the public archives related to the culture and history of Chicago, Illinois. The CCC currently is developing an online portal that will provide single-point access to the collections of CCC member institutions. Founding members include the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, and eight colleges and universities. (My thanks to the Smithsonian's The Bigger Picture blog for the link.)
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, continues through November 3 "Reversible Reactions: Art Meets Science @ The MIT Glass Lab". The exhibition provides a cross-disciplinary look work in glass and other projects. Among the highlights: an interactive computer station using "Virtual Glass" software developed at MIT that museum visitors may use to design their own glass cane patterns.
✭ Award-winning installation artist and sculptor Amy Stacey Curtis is showing 9 walks, her video projections exploring movement in time and space, at Maine's Portland Museum of Art. Six of the works are new; all nine are based on Curtis's walks near her home in rural Maine. The projections, which may be viewed through January 5, 2014, are installed throughout the museum in well-trafficked areas.
PMA on FaceBook and Twitter
PMA on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is presenting "Sirens of the Southwest" through November 10. Drawing on the museum's own as well as private collections, the exhibition features paintings, photographs, and prints by some of the women who helped foster a lively regional art movement in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the early 20th Century, among them such contemporaries of Georgia O'Keeffe as Gina Knee, Ila McAfee, Margaret Lefranc, Rebecca Salsbury James, and arts patron Mabel Dodge Luhan.
✭ Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art continues "Morris Louis Unveiled", featuring more than two dozen paintings and rarely seen drawings of the Baltimore-born and -raised Louis (1912-1962), who is credited as the originator of the Washington Color School. Among the highlights are Louis's Silver III (1953), Untitled 5-76 (1956), and the Dalet Beth (1958), one of Louis's Veil paintings; all three are among works given to BMA by Louis's widow (see "Baltimore Museum of Art Receives Major Gift of Works by Morris Louis"). Related works on paper by Klee, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, and Pollock also are on view. The free exhibition runs through February 9, 2014.
✭ "Weaving the Myth of Psyche", comprising five rare tapestries depicting the allegory of Psyche, continues through February 16, 2014, at The Wadsworth Atheneum. The tapestries, made of wool, silk, and gilded silver, were created in Paris around 1660. The designs were based on 15th Century engravings.
Story of Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius French, Paris, c 1660
Wool, Silk, and Gilded Silver Threads
Gift of Mrs. N. Clarkson Earl, 1956.411