Friday, June 27, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The colored pencil drawings of Art Venti of Los Angeles may be unlike any you've ever seen before. (My thanks to Elsa Mora for the link to Venti's extraordinary work. See Mora's post of May 13, 2014.)

✦ I needed but one look, and I was won over by the paintings, drawings, murals, and textiles of French artist Claire Basler. Nature clearly is her muse.

✦ Award-winning Transylvania-born Andrea Dezso draws, paints, embroiders, cuts paper, sculpts, and creates one-of-a-king artist and pop-up books, "tunnel" books, animations, illustrations, and site-specific installations. The multi-genre artist calls herself a storyteller whose "visual narratives range from the mystical to the absurd. . . I am drawn to the visually unusual, weaving together psychological, historical, and ornamental themes, and find unspeakable beauty in the natural world." Her art has appeared in the New York City subway and abroad at a U.S. Embassy. Dezso teaches at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Explore her Website and also see her work at Nancy Margolis Gallery and Pucker Gallery.

Andrea Dezso on FaceBook

✦ Here's how a dozen artists responded to the topic of climate change. See Andrew Brown's Art & Ecology Now (Thames & Hudson, 2014), featuring more than 340 illustrations of the work of 95 artists and artist cooperatives.

Raymond Pettibon: To Wit (David Zwirner) was published at the end of April. The 188-page book documents Pettibon's preparations of artworks for a 2013 exhibition at David Zwirner, New York City, and includes an essay by Lucas Zwirner, "A Month With Raymond", an interview with Pettibon, and photographs by Andreas Laszlo Knorath.

Cover of Raymond Pettibon: To Wit

Raymond Pettibon at Art21 and David Zwirner

✦ A six-part conversation with James Turrell at Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, is available on YouTube. In Part 1, Turrell discusses his piece Gard Blue (1968), which was on view at the museum in May. Read the announcement of the donation of Gard Blue to the museum.

ARC, Spencer Art Museum Blog

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Forty-four paintings for "Janet Fish: Master of Light & Shadow" remain on view through July 27 at Alabama's Huntsville Museum of Art. The exhibition includes major works on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art, as well as other institutions. A catalogue (see image below) with an essay by Karli Wurzelbacher accompanies the show (it may be ordered through the museum or booksellers).

Catalogue Cover

Janet Fish at DC Moore GalleryNancy Doyle Fine Art, and Ro Gallery

Huntsville Museum of Art on FaceBook

✭ West Virginia's Huntington Museum of Art is presenting through August 10 "Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Jeanne Quinn". On view is Quinn's Floating, comprising porcelain, wire, paint, and electrical wire. In addition to alluding to the history of decorative arts, the installation is described in exhibition notes as "a porcelain chandelier that references multiples, materiality, and the human body. By suspending hundreds of precisely arranged ceramic objects, Quinn pushes ornament into space. . . The scale envelopes, suggesting the softness and movement of textiles. Space itself becomes the place of decoration; the installation, a stage; the viewer, an actor." 

Huntington Museum of Art on FaceBook

✭ The traveling exhibition "Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise" continues through August 31 at Georgia Museum of Art, in Athens. The largest presentation (nmore than 130 objects) of Newcomb arts and crafts in 25 years, the show features work from various periods, underscoring women's enterprising role in promoting art to improve women's status. Featured are examples of the well-known pottery, metalwork, jewelry, bookbindings, and historical artifacts. An early-evening lecture, "Newcomb's Designers: A Conscious Revolution", is scheduled for August 28. A selection of exhibition images is available at the link. Also see Smithsonian Institution's SITES page for the exhibition, which will travel to Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas, in September of this year; Gardiner Museum in Toronto in February 2015; and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, in July 2016.

Newcomb Pottery Website (Newcomb College Center for Research on Women)

Georgia Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ This year, Storm King Art Center, one of my favorite outdoor sculpture parks, is presenting "Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition", an exhibition both of Zhang's principal sculptures and source materials, preparatory drawings, and video. I first saw some of Zhang's work at the Asia Society in New York City (see "Zhang Huan: Altered States") and have never forgotten it. A fascinating artist, Zhang draws deeply from the past, in particular from Chinese cultural and religious traditions. Zhang's works remain on view through November 9.

Storm King on FaceBook and Twitter

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