All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Sarah Lewis, a curator, art historian, and member of the faculty of Yale University's School of Art, has just published her debut book The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster). It is described as a "story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative process are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure." I've ordered a copy and look forward to sharing some of its insights.
✦ In January and February at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in New York City, the writer and collage artist Janet Malcolm, author, most recently, of Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers, showed a series of artworks titled "The Emily Dickinson Series". See the online exhibition here.
✦ If you're the type who likes to cook and draw, you'll enjoy They Draw & Cook. Thought up by a brother-and-sister design-and-illustration team, They Draw & Cook features "the biggest and best collection" of recipes illustrated by artists from around the world. The site allows you to find thousands of recipes by meal type, ingredients, and even illustration styles. It's a lot of fun and useful, too. For submission of artwork, see the guidelines at Submit a Recipe. (My thanks to artist Allison Long Hardy for the link.)
✦ FIELD, which creates artworks for digital platforms, has released an interactive app, Energy Flow, described as a "non-linear film experience". Produced by The Creators Project, the app has an algorithmic system that remixes 10 films into new narratives each time Energy Flow is played. See the trailer (also on YouTube) and then try it yourself.
Energy Flow at The Creators Project
✦ Today's video is the trailer for Tim's Vermeer, a Penn & Teller film about a Texas inventor who tries to figure out how Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) painted so photo-realistically. You'll have to watch the film, which premiered in Los Angeles and New York on January 31 and was released to theatres in February, to find out if and how the mystery is solved. The soundtrack's available on iTunes.
Tim's Vermeer on FaceBook
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Open Society Foundations' annual documentary photography exhibition "Moving Walls 21" is up until October 3 and is not to be missed if you are in New York City. Included is work by Shannon Jensen, Diana Markosian, Mark Leong, Nikos Pilos, and Joao Pina. Particularly moving is Jensen's "A Long Walk", which documents through photographs of worn-out shoes the extraordinary journeys of civilians fleeing to South Sudan refugee camps.
✭ In Cambridge, Massachusetts, work by painter Sonia Almeida is on view at MIT's List Visual Arts Center through April 6. The artist's book Sonia Almeida, with an essay by the exhibition's curator, accompanies "Forward/Play/Pause".
Sonia Almeida, Silver Screen, 2013
The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art,
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
Also on view through April 6 are the quadraphonic sound installation Hourly directional sound recording, Mata Atlantica, Brazil (2012), by Helen Mirra and Ernst Karel; and "Hans Op de Beeck: Staging Silence".
✭ Baltimore's Walters Art Museum opened "Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics" February 23. Running through May 11, the exhibition, tracing the history of Japan's major schools of ikebana, features a variety of contemporary ceramic vessels drawn primarily from the Betsy and Robert Feinberg Collection, which includes work by some of Japan's greatest ceramic artists. See images. A "walk-in tour" of the exhibition, a ceramics workshop, and a demonstration of the art of flower arranging are upcoming; see related events for dates and information.
✭ The Anchorage Museum in Alaska is presenting "Proximity", a solo exhibition of work by Margo Klass, a ceramist, bookmaker, and art historian from Fairbanks. The show includes approximately 40 pieces, including examples of Klass's "architectural books" that look like altarpieces, temples, and reliquaries and comprise a mix of found, natural, and fabricated objects. The constructions reference Klass's observations of Arctic landscape as well as flora and fauna. The show continues through April 20. Klass's Website features a number of her wonderful sculptural box constructions. See her collaboration with fiction writer and essayist Frank Soos, Double Moon: Constructions & Conversations (Boreal Books).
Notable Exhibits Abroad
✭ Tate Britain has mounted a show of the work of Richard Deacon, a marvelous sculptor and winner in 1987 of the Turner Prize, as well as numerous other prestigious awards. On view through April 27, the solo exhibition spans 40 years of Deacon's career, highlighting both his materials (wood, steel, ceramics, plastics) and his artistic methods. Included among 34 pieces on display are works from his series Art for Other People (1982—); early drawings from the suite It's Orpheus When There's Singing (1978), and Fold (2012). A book on the artist accompanies the show.
Here's a talk with Deacon during his 2012 exhibition at Lisson Gallery:
"Sculptor Richard Deacon: Why One Pair of Hands Is Never Enough", The Guardian, January 31, 2014
Interviews with Richard Deacon at The Telegraph, January 18, 2014; and at The Talks, January 21, 2014