All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ The intricately carved 3D book art of Kerry Miller is among the most beautiful I've seen. When you view Miller's exquisite portfolio, you'll enter the world of the artist's imagination. Miller most recently exhibited her creations at SCOPE New York. She is represented by Lawrence Cantor Fine Art, Los Angeles.
Kerry Miller Blog
✦ Looking for information on principles of fair use? See "Intellectual Property and the Arts" on the College Art Association's Website. With funding from the Mellon and Kress foundations, the CCA is creating a "Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in the Creation and Curation of Artworks and Scholarly Publishing in the Visual Arts". A report on the issues has been completed.
✦ Crystal, precious stones, mirrors, and metals are just a few of the materials Suzan Drummen uses to craft richly embellished installations that challenge our notions of beauty and visual perception. The conceptual artist, who most recently exhibited at The Hague, is in numerous public collections abroad and has fulfilled many commissions. (My thanks to Hannah Stephenson for introducing me to Drummen's work.)
✦ In "My favourite work" series, available via The Guardian, curators and gallery directors introduced via video and explained their favorite works at the Adelaide Biennial 2014 (March 1 - May 11, 2014). One of the most interesting presentations was of Julia deVille's Phantasmagoria. The fascinating and thought-provoking artist is a taxidermist who incorporates "ethically sourced" animals in her work, as well as a jeweler.
✦ Digital artist, designer, and programmer Daniel Brown of London has created an unusually eye-catching series, "On Growth and Form", comprising custom flowers that can be output to different media. Visit Brown's Website and then scroll the page to see examples of his beautiful flowers. Also check in at Brown's archive of interactive and generative projects Play-Create. Several large images of Brown's flowers also are featured at Art is a Way.
Daniel Brown on Twitter
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby are the subject of "Paintings by Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby" at Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia. Bartlett and Eby, who are married, live a portion of the year in Georgia and have studios in Maine and Georgia. Bartlett is a realist, while Eby works in encaustic. Their work is on view through June 1.
Here's a video with Bartlett:
Also see the video "Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire" at Vimeo. Eby also is the subject of Marquand Books' Betsy Eby. Read Liz Arnold's interview "Painting with Fire: A Visit with Betsy Eby" at The Paris Review Daily.
✭ St. Louis Art Museum is host to "Anything but Civil: Kara Walker's Vision of the Old South". Continuing through August 10, the exhibition focuses on Walker's 15-piece portfolio of 2005 in which the artist printed her cut-out silhouettes over enlarged reproductions from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War. Walker, whose work I've seen, is provocative, thought-provoking, and unsparing in her depiction of the truth of slavery in the American South.
✭ Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, continues through May 18 its exhibition "The Slave Series: Quilts by Gwendolyn A. Magee". An award-winning artist (among other honors, she was a 2007 USA Ford Fellow), Magee (1943-2011) was a masterful quilter who used applique, embroidery, jewelry and other embellishments, and layered fabrics to tells the brutal practice and history of slavery. Out of ugliness was profound beauty created. The quilts in the show all come from the permanent collection of the museum, which in 2004 published Journey of the Spirit: The Art of Gwendolyn A. Magee. View Magee's portfolio of narrative, abstract, figurative, and pieced quilts and read her answers to questions about quilting in the FAQ section of the Magee Website.
Mississippi Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ Northern Illinois Art Museum, in DeKalb, continues through May 23 its group exhibition "Hoarding, Amassing, and Excess", described as an exploration of "psychological, sociological, and artistic impulses for accumulation, horror vacui, berserk collection, and excessive mark making." In addition, the Art 656 Museum Studies project is presenting through May 23 "Looting, Hoarding, Collecting. . .", on both the historic and contemporary issues of looting and repatriating museum collections. Read "Who are you calling a packrat?" in NIU Today for more information about the shows and participating artists.
MIU Art Museum Blog
✭ Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery becomes the site May 10 of Kara Walker's first large-scale public project: "A Subtlety, The Marvelous Sugar Baby", described as "An Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant". Presented by Creative Time, the installation will encompass the 90,000-square-foot plant. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant", the artist will be honored during Creative Time's spring gala.