All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ The cast glass sculpture of German-born Sibylle Peretti is exquisite. Her beautiful two-dimensional mixed-media work, which often features children's images, is deeply evocative, sometimes disturbing, and narratively rich. In her Artist Statement, Peretti says she uses images of children "to open our eyes to a mysterious sensibility we may have lost. My children-protagonists are immaculate in their innocence, transmitting a savage view of our own isolation." Peretti was a 2012 USA Friends Fellow and the recipient of grants from Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation.
✦ I recently was introduced to the internationally award-winning sculpture of Parvaneh Roudgar, who currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As you will see when you visit her Website, Roudgar, who was born in Iran and grew up in Italy, creates elegant, technically masterful abstract and figurative sculptures in bronze, patinated or glazed terra cotta, fiberglass, and stainless steel that manage to convey a remarkable range of emotion. The works are at once visceral and poetic. (I particularly like her haunting Middle East Woman 1, part of a series available at artclvb.) Don't miss her large and graceful outdoor pieces.
Parvaneh Roudgar on FaceBook
✦ This online Color Mixing Guide might help you expand your range of colors. Download the color poster for your studio. (My thanks to painter Susan Cornelis for the links.)
✦ The papers of Ben Shahn, scanned in their entirety and including family records, correspondence, project files, photographs, artwork, and a range of printed materials, dating from 1879 to 1990, have been digitized and made available at Archives of American Art. The collection contains more than 41,000 images.
✦ Charles Clary, who exhibited last month with Ryan Cobourn at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York City, layers precisely hand-cut, brightly colored paper to create his unusual and playful sculptural forms that he describes as "intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves". A native of Tennessee (he currently lives in Murfreesboro), Clary shows his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has been featured in numerous publications, including This Is Colossal and Wired magazine.
Charles Clary at Nancy Margolis Gallery
✦ This video with fascinating Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was filmed by ArtInfo during Kusama's attendance at a 2013 exhibition, "I Who Have Arrived in Heaven", at David Zwirner in New York City. The show, which was on view from November 8 to December 21, required three gallery sites and showcased 27 large paintings by Kusama, who joined Zwirner gallery in early 2013.
Yayoi Kusama Website
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Currently up at Dallas Museum of Art: "Robert Smithson in Texas", a look at five projects Smithson proposed for Texas. The show, on view through April 27, includes photographs, little-known drawings, and sculpture related to the projects.
✭ In Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is presenting 14 photographic and text-based works by Sophie Calle. The exhibition, "Sophie Calle: Last Seen", running through March 3, includes work created in 2012 and, for the first time at the Gardner, a Gardner-inspired work, What Do You See? (Vermeer, The Concert). The painting that inspired Calle was one of 13 works stolen from the museum in 1990.
✭ Miami's Perez Art Museum (formerly, Miami Art Museum) is showing through February 23 a selection of works by Cuban painter Amelia Pelaez (1896-1968). The exhibition's socio-historical approach presents Pelaez's work in the context of Havana's cultural and urban environments during the first half of the 20th Century. Part of the primera vanguardia, the first group of Cuban artists who traveled to Europe before WW II and returned to introduce Cubism, Surrealism, and other styles of the time, Pelaez is considered among the most important of Cuba's Modern painters.
✭ In "The Shadows Took Shape", a title drawn from a Sun Ra poem, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, takes an interdisciplinary approach to its exploration of how Afrofuturism has influenced contemporary artists. The exhibition features more than 60 artworks, among them 10 new commissions, including photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, and multimedia. A 160-page illustrated catalogue (image below) accompanies the show.
Exhibition Catalogue Cover
The Shadows Took Shape on Tumblr (An explanation is provided here of Afrofuturism.)
✭ "Mind, Heart and Hand", a juried exhibition of work by members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild, is on view at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through February 2. The metal work ranges from sculptural jewelry to large constructions.