Friday, April 18, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

Yale University Press has issued Miro: The Experience of Seeing — Late Works, 1963-1981, comprising color illustrations of almost 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, in addition to essays by Carmen Fernandez Aparicio, chief curator of sculpture at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid; Charles Palermo, a professor of art and art history at the College of William and Mary in Virginia; and Pere Portabella, a Spanish film director, producer, and politician. The publication accompanies the exhibition of the same name, which is currently at Seattle Art Museum and is scheduled to travel to The Nasher Museum of Art and Denver Art Museum.

✦ Public spaces will be transformed into free, open-air galleries of American masterworks, beginning August 4, thanks to the National Gallery of Art and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. To help NGA and OAAA select the 50 masterpieces that will appear on as many as 50,000 displays around the country, visit Art Everywhere and cast your vote.

✦ Thanks to The Phillips Collection, you can now design your own exhibition of American art using uCreate and paintings and sculpture from the museum's "Made in the USA" exhibition, on view through August 31. Read "Be the Curator with uCurate" at The Experiment Station blog. The virtual gallery tool works for Windows- and Apple-based computers. Beta testers are wanted to test the mobile version.

✦ I was unfamiliar with the work of French coal miner-turned painter Augustin Lesage (1876-1954) until the post "Augustin Lesage's Art" appeared at Art is a Way. The embellishment of Lesage's huge canvases is extraordinary. Considered an "outsider artist", Lesage made more than 200 paintings populated with mythical figures and symbols and repetitive patterns. Watch a video about him (in French); his backstory is fascinating.

Britta Berg's fiber art is terrific. Her moss brushes look like skirts and dresses, depending on how they're oriented for view. See her work on Flickr and in her Etsy shop. In addition to decorative objects for the home, the Swedish artist also makes textile brooches, necklaces, and scarves and shawls.

✦ Valeria Nascimento (another wonderful find by my friend Hannah Stephenson) creates exquisite ceramics. I'm particularly taken with her porcelain Bamboo Installation, Pods, and Pods Triptych, all of which may be seen at Woolff Gallery and on Nascimento's Website.

Eric Standley, an artist who teaches at the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, and has achieved international renown, creates some of the most intricate, multi-layered cut-paper sculptures I've ever seen. His most recent exhibition, "CUT: Window to Eternity", was at Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; a 106-page catalogue is available. His work Either/Or Newmarch is part of the group show "new waves 2014" on display through April 27 at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Watch the video "Virginia Tech: Eric Standley" on Vimeo.

Jane Kenoyer, "Eric Standley's Intricate Laser-Cut Stained Glass Paper Windows", Hi-Fructose, January 14, 2013

Exhibitions Here and There

Smith College Museum of Art, in Northampton, Massachusetts, is presenting "The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn". (Spirn is a professor of landscape architecture and planning at MIT, a photographer, a landscape architect, and the author of a number of books, including Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange's Photographs and Reports from the Field.) An introduction to the Smith College exhibition, which continues through August 31; image highlights, and an exhibition brochure (pdf) are provided online via the exhibition link above.

The Eye Is a Door Website (Watch the video there and read an excerpt from The Eye Is a Door.)

Smith College Museum of Art on FaceBook and YouTube

Teresa Hubbard's and Alexander Birchler's Sound Speed Marker continues through July 31 at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas. The exhibition comprises the artists' video installations Grand Paris Texas (2009), Movie Mountain (Melies) (2011), and Giant (2014), as well as related photographs. A catalogue is scheduled to be published at the end of this year. The exhibition will travel to Irish Museum of Modern Art (December 2014) and Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston (May 2015).

Ballroom Marfa on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

Ballroom Marfa Blog

✭ Japanese folding screens (byobu) from the mid-16th Century to early 21st Century are on view in "Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens", continuing through July 6 at Yale University Art Gallery. Showcasing screens from the gallery's own collection, as well screens on loan from private collections, the exhibition comprises three successive installations, each of which is focused on a diferent aspect of Japanese screen tradition. The first installation, "Tales and Poems in Byobu", concluded March 23 (see exhibition checklist). The other two are "Brush and Ink in Byobu", running through May 11 (see exhibition checklist), and "Nature and Celebration in Byobu" (see exhibition checklist), concluding July 6. Additional details are found at the exhibition link above. Also see Selected Exhibition Images.

Two-Panel Wooden Folding Screen, ca. 1860 (Edo Period)
Ceramic, Metal, Mother of Pearl, Gold Flakes, Ink
Color and Gold Paint on Wood
34-1/4" x 44-1/2"
Collection of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Photo Credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Public Domain

Yale University Art Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ New York City's Poets House opens "A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman" on April 22. The exhibition, on view through September 20, is described as "the first major retrospective of [the late] George Schneeman's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, spanning 40 years of his work and including many portraits of his poet friends." 

A panel discussion and poetry reading with Bill Berkson, Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Ron Padgett, Harris Schiff, Peter Schjeldah, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh is scheduled for April 26, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ron Padgett, Painter Among Poets: The Collaborative Art of George Schneeman (Granary Books, 2004) (See both limited-edition and trade edition. Also see the titles of collaborative publications with Anne Waldman, Ted Berrigan, and Ron Padgett.) 

George Schneeman Website (See Collaborations.)

Margalit Fox, "George Schneeman, 74, Poet-Artist, Dies", The New York Times, January 30, 2009

George Schneeman at The Brooklyn Rail (2006)

Poets House on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

Notable Exhibitions Abroad

✭ In Paris, the Grand Palais is host to the exhibition "Bill Viola", which presents a wide range of the celebrated video artist's works, including "moving paintings" and monumental installations. The show, which runs through July 21, covers the period 1977 to the present. It was organized in collaboration with Bill Viola Studio.

Here's a "teaser":

Grand Palais on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ London's Tate Britain is taking a look at the uses of ruins in art from the 17th Century to today in "Ruin Lust", continuing through May 18. The exhibition includes more than 100 works by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, John Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Rachel Whiteread, Tacita Dean, Keith Arnatt, John Latham, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, and others. A catalogue accompanies the show.

Here's a 7:17-minute preview:

Tate on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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