All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Walker Art Center has published digitally Volume 1 of its Living Collections Catalogue: On Perfomativity. Take some time to explore it. It's just one example of how museums are using the latest tools and technologies to promote scholarly interests in art and improve access to art history information. Art Institute of Chicago has released online its interactive Monet catalogue. (Read "Monet Goes Digital".) A digital publication about Renoir is soon to follow. Marvelous resources! (My thanks to The Getty Iris blog for the links.)
✦ The Public Domain Review, a favorite site of mine, recently published photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron: "Julia Margaret Cameron in Ceylon: Idylls of Freshwater vs. Idylls of Rathoongodde". Included is an interesting story of Cameron's move to Ceylon with her husband and the influence of her new environment on her photography.
✦ Disability Arts International is a relatively new Website that promotes the work of artists with disabilities. The site, developed by the British Council, includes films, blogs, and collaborations among artists worldwide. The resources section provides case studies, searchable databases of organizations, and arts policy. Artist and company profiles may be searched by art form, country, or curated lists.
✦ If you've been to the wonderful Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., you know the museum has its very own wax room by Germany's Wolfgang Laib. Most recently, Laib celebrated the completion of an underground wax chamber, more than 130 feet long, titled From the Known to the Unknown—To Where is Your Oracle Leading You (2014). Laib created the permanent installation on the grounds of La Ribaute, Barjac, France, a site that formerly was a silk factory and is now Anselm Kiefer's studio.
Read a post about Laib's new wax room for Kiefer at Experiment Station, the Phillips Collection's blog. Phaidon in 2013 published a post about Kiefer's studio.
✦ Today's video, from Art Beat at PBS Newshour, features sculptor and painter Humaira Abid, a Seattle resident originally from Lahore, Pakistan. View her portfolio.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In "Postcards from America: Milwaukee", at Milwaukee Art Museum, 11 Magnum Photos artists — Bruce Gilden, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jacob Aue Sobol, Alec Soth, Zoe Strauss, and Donovan Wylie — present their perspectives on such subjects as the State Fair, highway infrastructure, women laborers, and students in Black River Falls. The photographers visited Wisconsin between August 2013 and April 2014 to create a collective body of work that provides an opportunity to see the region anew through outsiders' eyes. The exhibition continues through September 28. The exhibition images will become part of MAM's permanent collection.
✭ You have another couple of weeks to see "Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art" at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. On view through August 31 are more than 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, as well as books, watercolors, and photographic prints, by such well-known visionary or self-taught artists as Mose Tolliver, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, and Howard Finster, among others. Works by more than 30 artists are on exhibit. (See the checklist.)
FLLAC on FaceBook
✭ Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, continues through November 23 "Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators". Focused on innovations in traditional techniques and materials, the exhibition features the work of some 50 past and present fiber artists, including Olga de Amaral, Linda Behar, John Cardin, Lia Cook, Eric and Martin Demaine, Arline Fisch, Chunghie Lee, Karl Lonning, and Jane Sauer. Highlights include a quilt woven from mylar and holographic film and a "Whisker Organ", comprising real cat whiskers that play organ music when stroked.
Anastasia Azure, Landau for the Maharaja, 2009
Plastic Filaments, Silver, Copper, Brass, Nylon Monofilament
36" x' 36" x 15"
Photo Credit: M. Lee Fatheree
Fuller Craft Museum on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ The exhibition "Kathe Kollwitz: A Social Activist in the Era of World War I" continues through November 16 at Dallas Museum of Art. Drawn from the museum's collection, the installation spotlights lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints by Kollwitz (1867-1945). Complementing these are artworks by Ernst Barlach, Max Pechstein, and Max Pollak.
Kathe Kollwitz Museum, Berlin
DAM on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ Oregon's Portland Art Museum is presenting through September 21 "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden", a special exhibition that explores the art, design, and evolution of the most famous garden in Paris, France, and celebrates its designer Andre Le Notre (1613-1700). Included in the show are more than 100 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings by acclaimed European and American artists of the 17th through 20th Centuries, among them Pissarro, Manet, and Cartier-Bresson. A full schedule of programs and events, including lectures and tours, is ongoing. View the Image Gallery. A fee is charged for admission to the exhibition; tickets may be purchased in advance online.
In this interesting video, curator Richard Putney discusses the life and accomplishments of Notre: