Friday, November 29, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The wax and polyester resin sculptures of Rebecca Stevenson are as beautiful as they are grotesque, simultaneously repelling and drawing the viewer closer.

✦ A private foundation, The Art of Stewardship aims to bring together artists and educational organizations to improve our awareness of Earth's fragile ecosystems. Established by contemporary painter Greg Mort, The Art of Stewardship helps arts communities organize and facilitate forums and exhibitions that promote the important work of environmental stewardship. It also recognizes individual artists, environmental organizations, and educational institutions that support the foundation's mission.

The Art of Stewardship on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Shay Aaron has a special talent for art in miniature. His Flickr stream showcases his tiny delectables, including chocolate pralines, chocolate-dipped butter cookies, and Black Forest cake. You'll want to sample his watermelon and grilled eggplant boats and ask for seconds on apple pie, if you don't fill up first on his artisanal breads.

Shay Aaron on Etsy

✦ The New York Public Library and Bodleian Library at Oxford University have collaborated on the online exhibition "Shelley's Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet" that includes rarely shown manuscripts (including selections from Frankenstein), paintings, and relics, and also highlights stories about the literary family.

✦ The online Art Is About features interviews with contemporary artists, gallery owners, curators, collectors, and educators, in addition to offering an arts directory, articles, exhibition information, and news of cultural events in South Florida. 

Art Is About on FaceBook 

✦ Need a pick-me-up? The wonderful multimedia artist Elsa Mora, subject of a feature article in the October/November issue of American Craft, is the inspiration behind Art Is A Way, a beautifully curated site (Mora's blog is there, too). Mora's work can be seen at Couturier Gallery (see images) in Los Angeles, where she's in a group show continuing through January 4.

Elsa Mora on FaceBookTwitter, and Pinterest

✦ Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin, is renamed Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass.

Bergstrom-Mahler on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ British artist, illustrator, and political cartoonist Ralph Steadman is the subject of For No Good Reason, a documentary by Charlie Paul that was screened at Toronto International Film Festival (film page) in September. In this video clip, Steadman talks about his art and creative process. London's Cartoon Museum gave Steadman a retrospective exhibition earlier this year.

Here's Steadman's tribute to Hunter S.Thompson:

Ralph Steadman Profile at British Cartoon Archive

Ralph Steadman Art Collection

Ralph Steadman Art Collection on FaceBook and Twitter

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ There's not much time left left to see "Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's 'Selves'" at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. Concluding December 7 before traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston in March, the exhibition includes videos, photographs, drawings, and installations related to the personae ("selves") Antin created between 1972 and 1991— deposed king, exiled film director, ballerinas, nurses — to explore ideas about history, identity, and feminism. A 128-page catalogue is available.

Wallach Art Gallery on FaceBook

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, is presenting "The Shape of Things: Warren MacKenzie Ceramics". The exhibition, continuing through February 23, 2014, showcases objects from the Susanna and George Grossman Collection that have been donated to the museum. MacKenzie's traditional wheel-thrown stoneware is not to be missed. Earlier this year the Museum of Craft and Folk Art honored MacKenzie in its exhibition "Warren MacKenzie" Legacy of an American Potter".

This Minnesota Original video with Warren MacKenzie was broadcast in 2010:

Warren MacKenzie at Lacoste Gallery

CAM on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The Abstract Expressionist works of Amy Sillman remain on view through January 5, 2014, at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The traveling exhibition, "Amy Sillman: one lump or two", is the first museum survey of the artist's paintings, drawings, 'zines, and recent creative inspirations involving animated film. More than 90 works from the last 25 years are presented. An illustrated catalogue (see image at right) accompanies the show, which moves to Colorado's Aspen Art Museum in February and the Center for Curatorial Studies/Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York, in June.

On Wednesday, December 4, New York Public Library hosts "One Lump or Two - Amy Sillman, Helen Molesworth - An Artist Dialogue" from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free.

"Blues for Smoke", a group show at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, includes a painting and an animation by Sillman. That show is up through December 29. 

The video below, "Pinky's Rule" (2011), pairs Sillman's drawings with text by poet Charles Bernstein. It was made on an iPhone.

Amy Sillman Interview at BOMB Magazine (Sillman discusses her ICA show.)

ICA/Boston on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ "You and I, Horizontal (II)", the first solo museum presentation in the Midwest by Anthony McCall, a "solid light" installation artist, continues through December 29 at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. As described in exhibition notes, McCall's digital animation "presents a slowly shifting beam of 'solid light' whose physical properties become outlined within the haze-filled space of the gallery."

Anthony McCall at Sean Kelly Gallery

CAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Interpretations of time — in paintings, photography, video, sculpture, performance, and objects of design — are the subject of "Time" at Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida. Among the artists represented are Hernan Bas, Manny Prieres, and Lorraine O'Grady (project Website). The exhibition continues through February 23, 2014.

Bass Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

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