All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ New to me is the wonderful work of Rebecca Hutchinson. Her installations are terrific and her prints (linoleum cuts, woodcuts, mono prints, and chine-colle on handmade papers) are beautifully made. Currently, she is showing her paper clay ceramic pieces in "Patterns of Nature", on view through October 26, at Ohio's Canton Museum of Art.
✦ The one-hour documentary James McNeill Whistler: The Case for Beauty (Film Odyssey) premiered this past summer and was shown in mid-September on PBS Arts. Focused on Whistler's life and career, with actor Kevin Kline portraying the painter, the documentary is by Karen Thomas.
✦ More than two dozen stories about everyday life in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia are documented in "Stories of Change" at World Press Photo. All the photographers and videographers are from North Africa and are alumni of the "Reporting Change" program of World Press Photo Academy and Human Rights Watch. The interactive site, available in English and German, includes information about the visual storytellers and a timeline of events. A book of the same name has been published (see cover image below). Plans are to offer the book in French and Arabic (currently it is available in English and German) and online.
✦ About a month ago on Twitter I was sent a link about the author portraits of Carl Kohler (1919-2006), an artist unfamiliar to me. Among the portraits are those of James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Joyce Carol Oates, Apollinaire, Edith Sodergran, and Marina Tsvetajeva. Though his figurative drawings are of interest as well, Kohler's highly varied and expressive portraits make the deepest impression on me. Kohler's work is in numerous public collections, including that of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. Read Maggie Galehouse's article "Carl Kohler's Funky Take on Famous Authors" (August 19, 2014) in the Houston Chronicle. An exhibition of the portraits in Houston concluded in September.
Carl Kohler on FaceBook
✦ The video below is a brief introduction to the beautiful portraits and exquisite figurative drawings of Richard Morris. Morris is an instructor at 3 Kicks Studio in Pasadena, California. Watch a demonstration video by Morris.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Annette Bellamy's solo exhibition of sculpture in "Floating" continues on view through November 2 at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts. Bellamy's work is inspired by her decades-long vocation as an Alaskan commercial fisher. The sculptural forms in this show, the artist says, reflect her idea of transformation. Bellamy, who exhibits in Alaska and nationally, also is a potter.
✭ The circus is the all-encompassing theme for "Circus: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs", on view at RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, through February 22, 2015. Works, including watercolors, drawings, lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts, by Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, August Sander, Charles Demuth, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Paul Klee, among other artists, are included.
Charles Demuth, Bicyclists, ca. 1916-1917
Watercolor and Pencil on Paper
© Charles Demuth
Gift of the Fazzano Brothers 84.198.1178
Courtesy of RISD Museum, Providence, RI
✭ On October 19, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the opening of "Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Aldrich Collection 1964-1974, Part II, Richard Artschwager, Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra". The exhibition will continue through April 5, 2015. It will include a number of new contemporary artists' projects reflecting the influence of the period, including Mary Beth Edelson's Six Story Gathering Boxes, Kate Gilmore's A Roll in the Way, Ernesto Neto's The Body That Gravitates on Me, David Scanavino's Imperial Texture, Cary Smith's Your Eyes They Turn on Me, and Jackie Winsor's With and Within. Images and details available at exhibition link above.
✭ The exhibition "Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound" opens October 24 at Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. The first comprehensive U.S. survey of the work of Scott (1943-2005), who was born with Down syndrome and isolated by profound deafness, living for years in an institution for people with disabilities, the exhibition offers a look at Scott's sculptures, three-dimensional objects or assemblages, and a selection of works on paper. The show will continue through March 29, 2015. A catalogue will be available. Be sure to visit the Website Judith & Joyce Scott. Betsy Bayha made a 26-minute documentary, Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott (2006), a preview of which is available on YouTube.
✭ Continuing through December 1 at Ohio's Canton Museum of Art is "Dante's Inferno: The Illustrations of Amos Nattini". The exhibition features 34 color lithographs created by Nattini for a special edition of The Inferno published in 1928 in Milan, Italy. A copy of the book has resided in archival storage at the Canton for some years; the Canton acquired it in 1942 from Canton Public Library, which received it from a Cleveland physician in 1929. The lithographs had been removed from the book around 1982. Complementing the show is a selection of books about Dante from Walsh University Library.
"Amos Nattini's Dante" at Graphic Arts Blog, Princeton University