Friday, August 22, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

The Langlais Art Trail is a recently launched site that maps the more than 40 Maine communities and more than 50 institutions with art by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977). It provides information about museums, libraries, parks, and schools where the artist's work may be seen and enjoyed. Langlais and his wife Helen Friend Langlais lived on a 90-acre property in Cushing, Maine, that Kohler Foundation of Wisconsin (dedicated to preserving art environments and collections)   purchased. Colby College, which received more than 2,900 of Langlais's artworks as a bequest, donated the works to the foundation, which has undertaken to conserve them and place them in nonprofits in Maine and elsewhere. View the Art Trail Map. A sculpture preserve is expected to open this fall and will be accessible to the public.

✦ The Centre for International Light Unna has established the International Light Art Award, an artistic competition intended to "support and promote light artists". The first awards (first through third) will be made in Berlin in January 2015, in time to coincide with UNESCO's International Year of Light 2015. (The CILU Website is in German and English. My thanks to The Creators Project for the link.)

Light 2015 on FaceBook

Electric Objects claims, "There's more art on the Internet than in every gallery and museum on Earth." That presents a problem ("But many of these beautiful objects are trapped.") in search of a solution: "a new way to bring art from the Internet into your home" via a high-def screen and an integrated computer called EO1. Learn more about this creative project at EO's Kickstarter site. EO also has launched the search for an Artist in Residence / Beta; in fact, it will select 10 artists to explore and report back on its prospective platform.

✦ In collaboration with The University of Washington Press, New York City's Rubin Museum of Art published Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine (2014), the catalogue to the Rubin's terrific exhibition, which I viewed this past April (see image at right). Edited by Theresia Hofer, the book contains more than 200 images as well as essays on contemporary practice, pharmacology, astrology, history, and more. The exhibition, "Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine" remains on view through September 8; watch the preview video.

Exhibition Website

✦ The video below, from Art21, features Marela Zacarias working on her Art in Embassies commission Red Meander (2014), destined for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Read the process notes, "Marela Zacarias Goes Big & Goes Home" by Jonathan Munar, too. Additional videos are available on Zacarias's Website at the link above.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Hawaii's Honolulu Museum of Art recently opened "Loomless: Contemporary Fiberworks from the Museum's Collection". Continuing through January 25, 2015, the exhibition features the work of Colombian artist Olga de Amaral, Norma Minkowitz, Joan Livingstone, Ferne Jacobs, Barbara Cooper, and John Davis, among other contemporary and innovative artists whose techniques include paper making, stitching, assemblage, sculpture, and use of other nontraditional materials such as leather, paint, and wood.

Honolulu Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

✭ Continuing through September 7 at Seattle Art Museum is "Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mystic and the Mystical". The ticketed exhibition features the work of Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson; together they were known in the late 1930s and 1940s as the "Northwest School" of modern art. Images, videos, an interactive timeline, biographical information about the artists, and educator resources are found at the exhibition link. A catalogue, co-published with The University of Washington Press, accompanies the show. SAM has a particularly rich collection of the artists' work.

Catalogue Cover

Here's preview of the exhibition:

SAM on FaceBook and Twitter

SAM Blog

✭ Jepson Center, part of  the Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia, opened August 15 "Whitfield Lovell: Deep River". The exhibition, which runs through February 1, 2015, examines the internationally renowned artist's tableaux, mixed media drawings from the Kin series, and Deep River (2013), a multimedia installation that occupies a 2,500-square-foot gallery space. Also featured are Lovell's charcoal portraits on wooden objects. See the exhibition link above for more detailed information about the show. 

Related programming includes "Blank Page Poetry Performance" on October 16, which will include river stories read by local artists and students, digitally projected text, and drumming and dance; and a free Family Day on November 1.

Witfield Lovell, Kin XLVI (Follie), 2011
Conte on Paper, Shooting Gallery Target
30" x 22-1/4" x 4"
Courtesy of Artis and DC Moore Gallery, New York

Here's a video with Lovell, a 2007 MacArthur Fellow:

Talfair Museums on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Ohio's Cincinnati Art Museum opens "Conversations Around American Gothic" August 30. The exhibition, which will continue through November 16, is a collaboration with Art Institute of Chicago. For the first time at CAM, Grant Wood's well-known painting American Gothic will be shown with his Daughters of Revolution, as well as work by "Regionalist Movement" artists including John Steuart Curry ("Baptism in Kansas") and Thomas Hart Benton ("Cradling Wheat"). 

CAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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