Friday, May 30, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ One hundred forty-five drawings by writer Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) have been compiled in the newly released Kurt Vonnegut Drawings (Monacelli Press, May 13, 2014). The selection was made by the novelist's daughter, painter Nanette Vonnegut; Peter Reed, a friend of Vonnegut who has written extensively on the latter's work, contributed to the volume. A touring exhibition of the drawings is planned.

See Vonnegut's screenprints and sculpture.

✦ Art historians Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P. Waterman have published The Book of Miracles (Taschen), a facsimile edition of Renaissance illuminations that depict fantastic and miraculous phenomena. Reproduced in its entirety, The Book of Miracles includes a description of the manuscript, which was created around 1550; a complete transcript of the text, and an introduction in which the codex is viewed in its cultural and historical contexts. Images are available at the link.

Cover of The Book of Miracles

✦ The porcelain and mixed media work of Janice Jakielski are fun, imaginative, and often beautiful and haunting (see, for example, her Sweet Melancholia and the Case for Infinite Sadness). (My thanks to Hannah Stephenson for the link to Jakielski's Website.)

✦ You'll find an interesting if too brief interview with artist, architect, and writer Maks Velo at the British Council blog Voices; read "Imprisoned for Henry Moore influence: interview with Albanian artist Maks Velo".

✦ Edited by Barry Rosen and comprising three slipcased volumes, Chihuly on Paper (Abrams, April 2014) brings together glass artist Dale Chihuly's graphite, charcoal, and acrylic works on paper. The set includes an illustrated chronology, an essay by New York writer and poet Nathan Kernan, and a list of collections.

Crafting-a-Future, under the auspices of Craft Alliance in St. Louis, is a mentoring program in contemporary craft media for high school students. Paired with local artists working in jewelry, metals, glass, fiber, clay, and graphics, the students learn field-specific concepts and techniques, build a portfolio, and exhibit. Students in grades 9-12  are eligible to apply for the program. Classes are held on Saturdays from September through May.

Craft Alliance on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Exhibitions Here and There

Todd Knopke has installed two site-specific fabric installations in the atrium of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Collages, the floor-to-ceiling installations are on view through July 20. Read a description and view images of "Todd Knopke's Deluge" at FLLAC's blog Off the Wall; you'll find a link in the article to a sneak peek.

FLLAC/Vassar on FaceBookYouTube, and Vimeo

✭ Santa Fe's Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is presenting through July 31, 2014, "ARTiculations in Print: Prints from the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts". The selection on view includes work by Rick Bartow, Wendy Red Star, John Feodorov, Lillian Pitt, Truman Lowe, Marie Watt, and others who collaborate with Crow's master printer Frank Janzen.

Printmakers at Crow's Shadow (Use this link for information about the artists and for images of available work.)

MoCNA on FaceBook and Twitter

Bronx Museum, New York, is the site of "Art is Our Last Hope", the first solo show in the United States of Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky. The exhibition of 140 artworks encompasses video, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures. Images of art works may be seen at the exhibition link above.

Martha Schwendener, "Hope Under the Grip of Oppression" (Arts Review), The New York Times, January 10, 2014

Antonio Sergio Bessa, "Paulo Bruscky" (Introduction and Interview), BOMB Magazine, Fall 2013

Bronx Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Ceramist Kathy Venter is exhibiting her impressive life-size sculptures in "Kathy Venter: LIFE" at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington. Continuing through June 15, the solo exhibition, a survey, includes a first-time-on-view series MetaNarrative. Venter creates her figures by hand-coiling and pinching from bottom to top, using no molds and no internal armature for support. Her surface treatments are inspired by Tanagra figurines from Ancient Greece. 

John K. Grande's exhibition catalogue, published last year by The Gardiner Museum, where the exhibition originated, is available. 

Cover of Exhibition Catalogue

Video of Artworks at Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2013

Bellevue Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Contemporary work by North Carolina potter Alexander Matisse is being shown at Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, New York, in "Alexander Matisse: New Ceramics". On view through June 8, the ceramist's beautiful new works (see the 43-page online exhibition catalogue of stoneware) are being shown in conjunction with "Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation"; Henri Matisse is Alexander Matisse's great-grandfather. The latter show includes more than 60 etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, and linocuts.  

East Fork Pottery (Founded by Alexander Matisse in 2010), Marshall, North Carolina 

Memorial Art Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

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