All Art Friday
HAPPY JULY 4!
✦ The wire and paper sculptures of Odine Lang are inspired. (My thanks to Elsa Mora for the link.)
✦ The University of California Press is the publisher of The Phillips Collection's Phillips Book Prize, awarded biennially by the museum's Center for the Study of Modern Art for new research in modern or contemporary art. Winning authors receive $5,000 and publication of their manuscripts. To date, the center has sponsored publication of five books: Alicia Volk's In Pursuit of Universalism: Yorozu Tetsugoro and Japanese Modern Art (2010), Terri Weissman's The Realisms of Berenice Abbott (2011), Andre Dombrowski's Cezanne, Murder, and Modern Life (2012), Lauren Kroiz's Creative Composites, Modernism, Race, and the Stieglitz Circle (2012), and Robert Slifkin's Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art (2013). Charles F.B. Miller's Radical Picasso: Surrealism and the Theory of the Avant-Garde is to be published in 2015 and Joyce Tsai's Painting After Photography is slated for publication in 2016. Excerpts from the books are available at the links. The next application deadline is January 15, 2016.
✦ It was inevitable: Ai Weiwei Whoops!, an online game that allows anyone to drop and smash a vase. The game even tells you how much property damage has been done.
✦ Barrie Tullett, senior lecturer in graphic design at Lincoln School of Art and Design, has published Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology (Lawrence King Publishing, 2014). The collection features exceptional work from around the world, from the earliest days of the typewriter to today, in addition to essays and interviews with typewriter artists.
✦ Here's an Art21 video that looks at the making of Kara Walker's A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), on view until July 6 at Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, New York:
Read Nathan Kensinger's "Artist Kara Walker Says Farewell to the Domino Sugar Refinery", Camera Oscura, May 23, 2014.
Blake Gopnik, "Rare One for Sugarcoating: Kara Walker Creates a Confection at the Domino Refinery", Review, The New York Times, April 25, 2014
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ "No Two Alike: Ceramics Invitational", running through September 6 at Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi, features the work of five artists: Jeremy Jernegan, New Orleans, Louisiana; Bertic McPherson, Mobile, Alabama; Brian Nettles, Pass Christian, Mississippi; Kevin O'Keefe, Gulfport, Mississippi; and Charles Smith, Mobile. The show highlights the artists' variety of styles, unique firing and glazing techniques, and innovations in ceramic forms.
✭ John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Arts/Industry residency program with a retrospective survey of nearly 350 works created over four decades by its artists-in-residence. On view through August 31, 2014, "Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation" also includes a 300-page book of the same name. Among the artists represented in the show are Denise Pelletier, whose new work On Coming to Be and Passing Away, comprising 500 vessels, is installed; Chris Antemann, Clayton Bailey, Tom Joyce, Ron Fondaw, Richard Notkin, and Elizabeth Turk. Online you'll find a brief history of the program, artist stories, a timeline, and a gallery map of artists' names and works in the exhibit (14 galleries of sculptures, tile works, installations, mechanized pieces, functional works, and more).
✭ In Charlotte, North Carolina, the Mint Museum is presenting through August 10 "Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Crafts, Design & Fashion". Dating from the mid-19th Century to the present, the works in the exhibition, drawn entirely from the museum's permanent collection, illustrate the evolution of floral ornament in modern and contemporary applied art. The exhibition is organized by flower type to show how the many different uses of the same botanical or floral image. Textiles, decorative ceramics, furniture, fiber art, jewelry, and glass objects are on view. The museum has created a mintwiki for the exhibition that includes images, artists, text, and videos.
✭ Approximately 50 large neon letters that viewers may touch, rearrange, and even wear are featured in "Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert" at Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington. Continuing through January of 2015, the multimedia exhibition aims to challenge notions of how art can be experienced in a museum setting.
Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert, Transient Light Graffiti, 2013
Installation and Performance
100-Letter Word-Building Set, Battery-Operated
L.E.D. Channel Letters
Photo Credit: Ian Lewis
Jen Elek Website
Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek at William Traver Gallery (Resume)
Interactive Pinterest Art Board
Museum of Glass on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ On view at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is Judy Byron's solo exhibition "Continenta Drift (Being Here and Being There)". Included in the survey, which examines the visual influence of Brazil, China, and Ghana on Byron are works on paper and audio archives. The exhibition continues through August 17.
Judy Byron, Feather Headdress. Indian Market
(Manaus, Amazonia, BR), 2013
Color Pencil on Paper
26" x 40"
Judy Bryon at Brooklyn Museum
The museum's other summer shows are "Syzygy", presenting 19 oil paintings and photographs and two meetal sculptures of William Newman; "Passionate Collectors", highlighting favorite watercolors, pastels, collages, and photographs collected by members of the Washington Print Club, celebrating its 50th anniversary; and "The Franz and Virginia Bade Fund: Second Act", a look at work by artists who were awarded grants from the Bader Fund during its first 13 years. All the shows run through August 17.
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