Friday, September 12, 2014

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Another great resource goes online! Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, D.C., last month made available online, free from restrictions, almost 80,000 images. Under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license, the images may be used for any purpose, provided FSL is credited as the source. Read the announcement about the Digital Image Collection and view a selection of the images for re-use. The Public Domain Review also has published a selection of images.

D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers has issued the first major monograph, Emilie Brzezinski: The Lure of the Forest, about the career of the marvelous monumental wood sculptor Emilie Brzezinski. The 200-page book includes 180 color and 20 black and white images of Brzezinski's work created between 1974 and 2013. 

Monograph Cover

Brzezinski, who lives in McLean, Virginia, was the subject of a feature article in The Washington Post Magazine this past August: "Emilie Brzezinski Is Her Own Kind of Power Player: An Artist With a Chain Saw" by Frances Stead Sellers. The feature includes a brief video and a slide show. A solo exhibition of the same title as the monograph is scheduled to open at Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C., on September 16, and will continue through December 27. (I plan to see it.)

CBS Sunday Morning Feature on Emilie Brzezinski (2002)

✦ A practitioner of Kundalini meditation, California painter Jamie Brunson has translated her contemplative states into quiet visual language in her series Lattices & Veils. Read his Artist Statement about the series to learn how he "conjoins" her studio and meditation practices.

✦ The unique vessels and wall discs of Irish ceramics artist Sinead Fagan are wheel-thrown and distinctive in color, which is achieved with a firing process known as saggar. Decorative-only, the beautiful pieces have won a number of awards and are found in both public and private collections. Fagan's work may be seen in galleries in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Waterford.

Here's a brief look at some of her work at Mill Cove Gallery, which seeks to promote and highlight the excellence and diversity of Irish ceramics:

✦ Today's video, Coloring the Landscape (Chris Farina, Rosalia Films), features Nici Cumpston, who talks about her process of hand-coloring photographs. Winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and associate curator of Australian art at Art Gallery of South Australia, Cumpston was  in residence from January 17 to May 18, 2014, at the wonderful Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. See more of her beautiful works.

Nici Cumpston on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Colorado's Aspen Art Museum continues through October  26 "Mainly Drawings", the first survey of the drawing practice of German-born painter Tomma Abts. Abts won the Turner Prize in 2006. The exhibition spotlights 41 abstract works from 1996 to the present (some are being shown for the first time) and new works created expressly for the show.

An exhibition of Abts's work runs through October 25 at David Zwirner in New York. The first at the gallery since 2008, the show features all new work. (Read press release.)

Aspen Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ The first exhibition of its kind devoted to a gorgeous calligraphic script developed in 14th Century Iran, "Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy" opens September 13 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. The show, which will run through March 22, 2015, features more than 20 works from the years 1400 to 1600 that relate how the script transformed from a tool to convey the written word to an artistic form. The work of four master calligraphers — Mir Ali Tabrizi, Sultan Ali Mashhadi, Mir Ali Haravi, and Mir Imad Hasani — is spotlighted; also included are examples of calligraphic tools and accessories and a demonstration video of techniques. Tours of the exhibition are scheduled throughout the run. Read the press release for additional information. Browse a selection of images.

Freer | Sackler on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

✭ The 2D high-definition video projection The Ocean Within (2013) by German-Brazilian artist Janaina Tschape continues on view at St. Louis Museum of Art through October 19. It is, according to the exhibition notice, exemplary of the artist's "great interest in the ocean and her characteristic interpretation of it as mysterious, dreamlike, and fantastical." Take some time to visit Tschape's Website, where you'll find images of beautiful paintings, mono prints, cut-outs, and more.

SLAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Tschape's work is included in the current National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition "Total Art: Contemporary Video", continuing through October 12. Visit the exhibition page with video clips and scroll to the end for Tschape's Lacrimacorpus (2004).

Janaina Tschape on FaceBook and Twitter

Montana Museum of Art & Culture, at the University of Montana in Missoula, is showing through September 27 a selection of lyrical recent work by award-winning painter Sandra Dal Poggetto, who uses abstraction and wood, wire, feathers, and other appropriate fragments from the natural world to explore philosophical and aesthetic conceptions of our landscape. A solo exhibition from Dal Poggetto's ongoing American Folk series, "Meditations on the Field", also includes the artist's selection of objects from the museum's permanent collection that she has re-contextualized to illustrate how humans relate to the natural world, both apart from and as part of the landscape.

Sandra Dal Poggetto, American Fork #4, ca. 2010-2011
Oil, Oil Pastel, Charcoal, Graphite, Buckskin on Canvas
83.5" x 79.25"

A roundtable discussion with the artist is scheduled for September 25. 

Listen to a radio program with Poggetto, who lives in Helena, at Reflections West.

Sandra Dal Poggetto on FaceBook

MMAC on FaceBook

✭ Continuing through September 28 at New York City's Museum of Biblical Art is "Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden". Among the 19 artists exhibiting in the show are Barnaby Furnas, Jim Dine, Mark Dion, Naomi Reis, Lina Puerta, Mary Temple, Fred TomaselliAlexis Rockman, and Matt Collishaw. The artists explore metaphors, the ways humans have tried to re-create a "perfect garden", and questions of dominion over and stewardship of nature. A slideshow is available at the exhibition link above. Read Artnet's review (complemented by color images), "You'll Fall for 'Back to Eden' at the Museum of Biblical Art" (pdf).

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