All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Ten book designs by Massimo Vignelli (1931-2014) are deconstructed in Vignelli Drawings (RIT Press, 2014), from Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. In addition to revealing Vignelli's page grid, the book includes images of hand-drawn sketches and photography. The book marks the first time Vignelli's creative process has been uncovered for readers. (Additional images are on the above link to the book's title.)
Ellen Lupton, "Remembering Massimo Vignelli, the Innovator Who Streamlined Design and Changed the Industry Forever", Smithsonian Magazine, May 29, 2014
✦ If the idea of winter has you dreaming of fresh fruit, visit glass artist Kathleen Elliot and revive yourself by browsing among Eliot's natural botanicals, among them a beautiful plum branch. Eliot's blog will keep you inspired.
✦ In October Tania El Khoury's interactive sound installation Gardens Speak was featured at Fierce Festival, an international are festival in Birmingham, England. The installation presents the oral histories of 10 people who have died in Syria's civil war and been buried in gardens in Syria, to prevent the Assad regime from using the martyrs' deaths for its own political purposes, plus found audio representing the deceased's final moments of life. A description of and five images from the performance piece are at the Fierce Festival site; additional information is available at the artist's Website. Be sure to read Sonia Harford's article "Next Wave Festival: Speaking for the Silenced", which provides insight into El Khoury's conception and realization of the fascinating, visually haunting, and moving work, as well as Paul Mason's article "Gardens Speak - The Art of Syria's Tragic War" and Lyn Gardner's "Gardens Speak: The Sound Installation Unearthing Syria's Backyard Tragedies". At approximately the 2:35-minute mark in this video from ArtsadminUK, El Khoury talks about her brilliant installation.
El Khoury co-founded Dictaphone Group, a research and live art collective in Beirut, Lebanon, that seeks to reclaim and redefine public space.
✦ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., has created from its collection a new offering for children: NGAkids Art Zone for iPad. An interactive app with a sketchbook for freehand drawing and personal exhibition space, NGAkids Art Zone features sections in portraiture, landscapes, seascapes, still lives, action painting, color field, and more. It is designed especially for children ages 9-11. Try it yourself, however, and discover your own latent artistic talents! The NGA encourages users to share their artworks made with the app on social media, using the hashtag #ngakids.
✦ Below is the trailer for Richard Walsh's A Thousand Words, a documentary about art and autism. Profiling five artists, it was filmed on location at Bittersweet Farms, an Ohio farmstead community for adults with autism. (The documentary was funded successfully on Kickstarter.)
A Thousand Words on FaceBook and Vimeo
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art continues through January 4, 2015, "Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present", which features approximately 50 works by more than 30 artists who, in curator Janelle Porter's view, redefined fiber art. The exhibition is organized around two themes: "Warp and Weft: The Grid" and "Formless Fiber: Softness Meets Gravity". Among the artists represented in the show are Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olga de Amaral, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawny, Claire Zeisler, Rosemarie Trocel, Ernesto Neto, and Haegue Yang. (A complete list is at the exhibition page. For additional information about the exhibition's organization, read the press release.)
The show, the first in 40 years to examine the development in fiber art of abstraction and dimensionality", will travel to Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (January 30-April 5, 2015), and Iowa's Des Moines Art Center (May 8-August 2, 2015).
A catalogue is available. (See image below.)
Read an in-depth review of the exhibition at TheArtEry: "A New History of Fiber Artists Who Tried to Turn Craft Into Art", by Greg Cook.
✭ At the University of Florida at Gainesville, the Harn Museum of Art is presenting "Art, Technology and the Natural World", a show of 30 international artists who explore how technology is altering our concept of nature and affecting society, ethics, and culture. In addition to examining Andy Warhol's substantial contributions (38 screen prints and polaroids are on view), the exhibition looks at geopolitics in Africa, our senses, and technology's effects on physical, intellectual, and emotional life; it also includes a contemporary model of Wunderkammer ("Cabinet of Curiosities"), conceived by Sean Miller. Included in the show, which continues through July 26, 2015, are works by El Anatsui, Kehide Wiley, Hester Merwin Ayers, William Kentridge, Mark Dion, Olafur Eliasson, Yayoi Kusama, Jan Kaneko, and Haegue Yang.
✭ Regeneration and enlightenment as aspects of spiritual growth and renewal are the focus of "Morris Graves: Visions of Metamorphosis", on view through December 7 at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon at Eugene. The show draws from works in the museum's permanent collection. Graves founded the Northwest School, which included artists Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, William Cumming, and Guy Anderson.
Morris Graves (1910-2001), Hold Fast to What You Already Have
and I Will Give You the Morning Star, 1943
Gouache, Watercolor, and Pastel on Paper
30-1/2" x 20-1/2"
Gift of Autzen Foundation, 1965:24
Vicki Halper and Lawrence Fong, Morris Graves: Selected Letters (University of Washington Press, 2013) See a video about the book.
Holland Cotter, "Morris Graves, Mystical Painter of Nature, Is Dead at 90", Obituary, The New York Times, May 8, 2001
✭ Maine's Portland Museum of Art is featuring local artist Aaron T. Stephan in "Aaron T. Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy, and Steal", on view through February 8, 2015. In his solo exhibition, part of the museum's Circa series, Stephan showcases a suite of recent prints that appropriate Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and a sculptural installation comprising "drooping" pedestals, all emblematic of his "take-offs" on American modern and contemporary art.
Aaron T. Stephan, An Awkward Meeting of Painting and Sculpture, 2012
Latex, Mahogany, and Brass
Portland Museum of Art Purchase, 2012.40
Image Credit and © Aaron T. Stephan
Aaron T. Stephan Gallery
PMA on FaceBook and Twitter
Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London currently holds the largest artwork created by American sculptor Richard Tuttle. The Tate commissioned the New Jersey-born Tuttle for the huge space now filled with I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language, an installation that uses swaths of three boldly colored fabrics sourced from India and in both man-made and natural fibers. Tuttle's piece has been on public view since October 14 and can be seen through April 6, 2015.
In this brief TateShots video, Tuttle speaks about art and his artist residency at the Getty Institute in Los Angeles.
Read Rachel Spence's "Interview with Tate Modern Artist Richard Tuttle", Financial Times, September 26, 2014.
Tuttle also is the subject of a five-decade survey of his work at White Chapel Gallery. That exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Tate installation, is on view through December 14.