All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ The American edition of Sylvia Plath: Drawings (Faber & Faber, November 2013), edited and with an introduction by Plath's and Ted Hughes's daughter Frieda Hughes, was published last week. In addition to Plath's pen-and-ink drawings, the book, available in print and e-versions, includes letters and diary entries. The illustrations were published originally in the catalogue for a 2011 exhibition at London's Mayor Gallery. The show was the first to offer the public a look at Plath's artwork.
✦ William Faulkner, too, liked to draw. Earlier this year Open Culture posted some of the writer's Jazz Age-inspired illustrations. More may be seen here.
✦ Award-winning photographer Aaron Huey's new project is Honor the Treaties, a national organization "dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy." The organization has an ongoing call for Native artists to submit applications for grants or to participate in art collaborations.
Aaron Huey's Pine Ridge Photographic Essay for National Geographic
Honor the Treaties on FaceBook and Twitter
✦ This month at Escape Into Life my Artist Watch feature, scheduled for November 21, will showcase the beautiful watercolors of Sophia Khan. Her work is not to be missed!
✦ The exhibition "Women Painting Women: (R)evolution" concluded October 18 at Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia. The show (each year, an artist from the Women Painting Women group invites a new artist to exhibit with her) featured new figurative work by dozens of marvelous painters. Deep Matter Publishing issued the catalogue. The video below presents one work by 32 of the artists. Take a look at the artists' individual Websites or blogs, or the pages of the galleries that represent them; you will be well-rewarded.
Women Painting Women Blog
Principle Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Showing through January 5, 2014, at Asia Society, New York City, is "Iran Modern". This is the first major museum exhibition of modern art created in the 30 years before the 1979 Revolution. Organized thematically, the exhibition features more than 100 works — painting, photography, sculpture, design — by 26 artists, including Mansour Ghandriz, Faramarz Pilaram, and Massoud Arabshahi (Saqqakhaneh), Houshang Pezeshknia, Ahmad Aali, Nicky Nodjoumi, Nahid Hagigat, Ardeshir Mohassess, Siah Armajani (Politics & Iranian Modern Artists), Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Mohammad Ehsai, Reza Mafi (Calligraphy & Modernism), Behjat Sadr, Mohsen Vaziri-Moqaddam, Manoucher Yektai, Sohrab Sepehri, Abolghassem Saidi (Abstraction & Modernism). Background on the history, politics, and culture of the period is collected in an archive room. Check the program schedule for related exhibition events, including a film series and musical performances. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the show (see image above right).
Here's a quick introduction:
Still Photos from "Iran Modern"
✭ Ninety paintings, works on paper, and photographs by New York City-based Christopher Wool have gone on view at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. All the works in the comprehensive retrospective exhibition "Christopher Wool" have been made since the mid-1980s. A catalogue including an essay by artist Richard Prince is available. Visit through January 22, 2014.
✭ The Art Institute of Chicago has mounted an exhibition of the photographs of the late Shomei Tomatsu (1930-2012), the first museum to do so since Tomatsu's death. "Shomei Tomatsu: Island Life" is on view through January 5, 2014.
Shomei Tomatsu at Michael Hoppen Gallery
ARTicle, Art Institute of Chicago Blog
✭ "Anne Truitt at the Academy Art Museum" opens tomorrow at the Easton, Maryland, museum and runs through January 26. The Baltimore-born artist (1921-2004) spent her childhood in Easton. Included in the exhibition are the paintings Summer '88 No. 25, Hesperides (1989), the drawing Summer '96 No. 26, and a sculpture, Moon Lily (1984)
Ann Truitt, Hesperides, 1989,
Acrylic on Canvas,
Gift of Anne Dean Truitt
in Memory of Helena Tilgman Johnston Holmes
Anne Truit at Matthew Marks Gallery
Also showing is "Eva Lundsager: Elsewhere" and "Chul Hyun Ahn: Perceiving Infinity". These, combined with the minimalist Ann Truitt works, make a visit to the Eastern Shore well worth your time.
Academy Art Museum on FaceBook
✭ In Washington, D.C., Smithsonian American Art Museum is presenting "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art", which showcases 92 works by 72 leading modern and contemporary artists. See a slide show of 31 images from the exhibition, which continues through March 2, 2014. Upcoming public programs include a series of jazz concerts, beginning November 21. A catalogue of the exhibition, which will travel to the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, among other venues, is forthcoming.
Eye Level, Museum Blog (A number of posts highlight artworks in the exhibition.)