All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ The first of a five-volume, limited-edition set of never-before-published images, The Unknown Berenice Abbott, has been published by Steidl. Volume 1, titled Berenice Abbott New York 1929-1931, comprises Abbott's early photographs of the city, including both its landscapes and its architecture. The remaining volumes will be, in order: Berenice Abbott The American Scene 1930-1935, Berenice Abbott Deep Woods: The Logging Photographs, Berenice Abbott Greenwich Village 1935-1950, and Berenice Abbott U.S. 1, U.S.A. Additional details.
✦ The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, has made available for downloading and public use some 600 images of American artwork. Among the works are rarely seen paintings by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and John La Farge. See the section of The Walters Website titled New Eyes on American Art.
✦ The distinctive, energetic, and colorful paintings of the widely exhibited Lucinda Parker go a long way to explain why she is so admired. Her often large-scale work is cubist, abstract, geometrical, and vibrant. Read "Lucinda Parker" at Art in America, a review of her recent show at Laura Russo Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and watch "Oregon Art Beat: Painter Lucinda Parker".
✦ By now, my readers know I am a huge fan of cut-paper work. Recently I was introduced to the gorgeous artistry of Toronto-based Christine Kim, who also is an illustrator and installation artist. Find some time to be awed by Kim's paper orbs, cut-paper collages, and other wonderful pieces.
Christine Kim on FaceBook
✦ Daylight is publishing in September #Sandy: Seen Through the iPhones of Acclaimed Photographers, which will include work by more than 20 photographers, including Benjamin Lowy, Wyatt Gallery, Michael Christopher Brown, and Stephen Wilkes. The book is available for pre-purchase. Its launch is scheduled for November 4 at Hous Projects Gallery in New York City. See a trailer at Vimeo. Thirty-three images are on view at the #Sandy Website.
✭ The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., is presenting five novels by Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova (1894-1980), including From My Childhood (1929), considered the first graphic novel to be created by a woman. Also on view is an unpublished work, The Artist on Her Journey, comprising 52 original woodcuts. The exhibition, "The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova", will continue through November 14.
See pages 10-11 of Artists Without Authors by David A. Berona (pdf) for a brief critical analysis of the artist's work.
✭ A selection of the beautiful abstract paintings of Basil Alkazzi are on view through July 27 at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. "Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings", is accompanied by a full-color catalogue published by Scala Art Publishers. The exhibition of more than 30 gouache and watercolors on hand-made paper, dating from 2003 to 2012, has been traveling since the late summer of 2013.
Scale Art Publishers Page for Catalogue (A view inside the catalogue is available at this link.)
Basil Alkazzi on FaceBook
✭ If you are visiting New York City this summer, be sure to stop at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where Chinese-American artist Xu Bing's huge Phoenix has been installed since March. Comprising two birds, Feng (male) and Huang (female), each weighing 12 tons and measuring, respectively 90 feet and 100 feet long, Phoenix is suspended in the Nave. The installation, crafted between 2008 and 2010, is made up of construction materials and debris that Xu Bing salvaged from building sites across Beijing. Visit the Art page for a link to the current exhibition and images.
Read Carol Vogel's article "Phoenixes Rise in China and Float in New York", The New York Times, February 14, 2014 (An 11-image slideshow is available at the link.)
Save the Date
✭ New York City's Alexandre Gallery will present "Will Barnet: A Tribute" from November 20, 2014, through January 10, 2015. The exhibition will comprise five of Barnet's paintings and related work and be accompanied by a catalogue. The gallery represents the Barnet estate. (Barnet died in November 2012.)
The video below features Barnet talking about his long and productive career and about his painting Male and Female (1954), which was on view in the Whitney Museum exhibition "Signs & Symbols" in 2012.
Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ Annely Juda Fine Art in London is presenting "David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring", a lovely series of landscapes inspired by the Yorkshire Wolds. The exhibition continues through July 12. See color images (from iPad) at the exhibition link above.
Read Hockney's "David Hockney's Yorkshire Spring Drawings", The Guardian, April 18, 2014.