Friday, May 9, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., launched the first of its NGA Online Editions, "Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.'s Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century", on April 24. Slated to document eventually more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, Online Editions aims to provide open access to NGA's permanent collection catalogues. Future releases are to include "Italian Paintings of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries", "American Modernism", "Italian Paintings of the Sixteenth Century", "Renaissance Plaquettes", and "French Paintings of the Nineteenth Century". A Web-based interactive book to aid users will be made available. Additional information is in a press release.

The Getty Foundation has initiated an Online Scholarly Catalog Initiative. Among other institutions involved with the Getty effort are The Art Institute of Chicago, Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, and Walker Art Center.

✦ Annie Vought's cut paper works, some of which are quite large, hide and reveal simultaneously. Vought, of Oakland, California, says she sometimes uses as many as 500 blades to create a single piece. (My thanks to Hannah Stephenson for the link to Vought's Website.)

In the Make: Studio Visit with Annie Vought

✦ The work of Iraqi-Kurdish painter and installation artist Walid Siti, most recently shown at New York City's Taymour Grahne Gallery is inspired not only by his homeland but also by politics and war in the Middle East. The often-metaphorical and allegorical pieces (view images) are beautifully realized, thought-provoking, and can be visually stunning. I'm drawn especially to his Silent Mountains, Family Ties, Constellation, and, among his more recent work, his Ladders series.

✦ I first saw David Merk's stone-and-glass engravings on Montreal ArtBomb and then went in search of him online. The New Hampshire-born Merk, who lives and works in Montreal, Canada, notes his deep fascination with fossils as an influence; see, for example, his Scared by Death series. His latest body of work, titled Fork in the Road, is about wastefulness and our disposable culture — a serious subject that Merk leavens with humor.

✦ Below is a collaboration between painter, sculptor, and installation artist Carol Brown Goldberg and filmmaker Anthony Szulc: The Color of Time (2012). The digital video and 16 mm film, which can also be seen here at Goldberg's Website, had its premiere at American University's Katzen Arts Center and received the Award for Excellence at the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, California.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Through June 22, the Getty Center, Los Angeles, is presenting "Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads". The exhibition examines the tradition of illumination and its role in Eastern and Western Christian cultures. Six Greek masterpieces and work from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum are showcased. Images are available at the exhibition link above.

The exhibition "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections" is on view at Getty Villa through August 25. A full-color catalogue accompanies the show. A downloadable app is available to tour the exhibit.

Of Interest: "Witnessing Byzantium: The Green Perspective", Audio Lecture by Sharon E.J. Gerstel of University of California, Los Angeles

✭ A mixed-media and mixed-genre exhibition, "Double Mirror", has opened at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. Continuing through June 1, the show of work by 30 Korean and Korean-American contemporary artists explores how an under-recognized group has challenged, changed, and re-conceived the issues of "physical, mental, and virtual immigration". The exhibition is curated by Inhee Iris Moon.

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✭ Modern German prints and drawings from the Kainen Collection are on view through June 29 at the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Part of a bequest of 781 artworks, this exhibit comprises more than 100 German drawings, prints, and watercolors by such artists as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), Walter Gramatte (1897-1929), and Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948).

Exhibition Checklist (pdf)

Audio Presentation

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Russian Dancers (Russisches Tanzerpaar), 1909
Lithograph in Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black on Wove Paper
42.3 cm x 49.6 cm (16-5/8" x 19-1/2") Overall
Ruth and Jacob Kainen Collection, National Gallery of Art

Ruth Cole Kainen Obituary

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✭ "The Thrill of the Chase: Drawings for the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection" continues through June 15 at The Art Institute of Chicago. Featuring 97 drawings from the 16th Century through the mid-20th Century, the exhibition includes early Italian, French, and Spanish artworks, works by John Constable and Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and works on paper by such masters as Piet Mondrian, Giorgio Morandi, and Pablo Picasso. Last summer the institute was the recipient of more than 600 prints, 190 drawings, 150 Chinese and Korean ceramics, and Japanese illustrated books collected by Dorothy Braude Edinburg and donated in memory of Edinburg's parents. (Read the announcement about the gift.) A selection of images in the show is available at the exhibition link above.

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✭ Opening May 24 at Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa: "Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber". On view through September 7, the exhibition includes more than 70 works by 50 artists from the United States and abroad. Weaving, knitting, soft sculpture, embroidery, felting, and other techniques are represented in the exhibited works. 

Karen Hampton, The Model, 2011
Layered Digital Prints, Hand-Stitched
Photo Credit: Karen Hampton

"Local Threads", featuring fiber art and textiles by Rowen Schussheim Anderson, Astrid Hilger Bennett, Tricia Coulson, Mary Merkel Hess, Dawn Wohlford, Amber O'Harrow, and others from the Quad Cities region, will serve as a companion exhibition and run concurrently.

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