All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Geologist and visual artist Anna Kaye, whose work is found in private, corporate, museum, and international collections worldwide, draws deep inspiration from nature; most recently, she has been creating stunning and meticulous works on paper with charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor (see images and descriptions 2011-2013). Her trompe l'oeil oil paintings of broken glass from her Vitreous series are spectacular, as are her Shallow Water oils and 3-D paintings titled Inside Out. Take a look at her time-lapse videos of areas originally destroyed by fire and now coming to life.
Anna Kaye Drawings at Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver
✦ The Norman Rockwell Museum has digitized approximately 50,000 images from the Norman Rockwell Photographic Print Collection. The black-and-white photographs are found on the museum's Website under "View the Collections". Read "Norman Rockwell Photographs Now Accessible to the Public and Researchers for the First Time".
✦ To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco (1541-1614), the Embassy of Greece and SPAIN Arts & Culture presented in October the exclusive premiere of El Greco: An Artist's Odyssey, a documentary, with filmmaker Carroll Moore of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Currently, the NGA is showing the 30-minute film in conjunction with its exhibition "El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration", which continues through February 16, 2015. The NGA owns seven paintings by El Greco; its exhibition showcases 11 paintings, including several from Dumbarton Oaks, The Phillips Collection, and The Walters Art Museum. Related anniversary exhibition are taking place through February 1 in New York City, at The Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (including works on loan from the Hispanic Society of America).
✦ Visual storyteller Orly Avineri, whose work I first encountered through my friend Seth Apter (see Seth's The Pulse of Mixed Media), teaches art making and visual journaling; she describes herself as "an avid collector of words, memories, sights, colorful people, experiences and more." The author of One Artist Journal and 14 Artist Journals, Avineri most recently published In My Bones: A Visual Journal. (The books also are available through Amazon.) Visit Avineri's blog, where she generously shares her art and includes information about her workshops and retreats. Her mixed-media imagery is terrific.
Cover of In My Bones
✦ The work of self-taught paper-cut artist Jupi Das of Pennsylvania will leave you in awe. In the video below, Jupi, who appeared recently at the Washington Craft Show (I had a chance to see her work and meet her), talks about her extraordinary art (photos cannot do it justice):
Jupi's Art of Papercutting on FaceBook
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., features 46 works by 12 contemporary artists in "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art". A highlight is James Prosek's temporary, site-specific mural, What once was is no more: Passing like a thought, flight into memory (see time-lapse video of installation below), which depicts now-extinct passenger pigeons making their way though American chestnut trees, also largely absent now from the eastern United States. Some other artists whose work is included are David Beck, Rachel Berwick, Lorna Bieber, Barbara Bosworth, Petah Coyne, Walton Ford, and Fred Tomaselli. The exhibit, which continues through February 22, 2015, corresponds with two notable anniversaries: the extinction in 1914 of the passenger pigeon and the enactment of the Wilderness Act in 1964.
View a selection of the exhibited work in this online gallery.
SAAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ A comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the work of Isa Genzken continues through January 4, 2015, at Dallas Museum of Art. Nearly 200 works, many on view for the first time in the United States, are included in the show, which features pieces in all media created over the last 40 years, from paintings, photographs, drawings, and collages, to artist books, film, and three-dimensional work. A catalogue with 320 illustrations accompanies the exhibition.
Dallas brings the traveling exhibition to its conclusion; the retrospective opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (read Ulrike Knofel's article "MoMA Retrospective: The Strange Brilliance of Isa Genzken" at Speigel Online International and Peter Schjeldahl's "Views from the Edge" for The New Yorker) and then went on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
This is Isa Genzken (MoMA Video, 22:12 minutes)
DAM Installation Video
DAM on FaceBook and Twitter
Uncrated, DAM Blog
✭ On view for the first time at Baltimore Museum of Art are 26 narrative prints that address social issues through myths, folk lore, religious stories, and fairy tales. The exhibition "On Paper: Alternate Realities", continuing through April 12, 2015, features two complete portfolios by Raymond Pettibon and Trenton Doyle Hancock and new acquisitions of work by Wangechi Mutu, Amy Cutler, Chitra Ganesh, Toshio Sasaki, Iona Rozeal Brown, and William Villalongo. The centerpiece is Enrique Chagoya's eight-panel, accordion-bound work titled El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico (The Return of the Macrobiotic Cannibal) of 1998, in which images of comic book characters and Catholic iconography are juxtaposed with medical illustrations and images of Maya in overcoats and alien spaceships. The piece is a combination woodcut, color lithograph, and chine-colle print.
✭ At the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, you'll find "Vida y Drama de Mexico: Prints from the Monroe E. Price and Aimee Brown Price Collection". On view through February 1, 2015, the show features approximately 50 Mexican prints and posters from the more than 125 given or lent to the gallery; most come from the Taller de Grafica Popular (People's Graphic Workshop), a Mexico City art collective founded in 1937. In addition to U.S.-Mexican relations, the prints and posters contain anti-war messages, protest messages, images of political heroes and villains, and messages supporting workers' unions.
Alberto Beltran, Vida y drama de Mexico: 20 anos de vida
del Taller de Grafica Popular, Linocut, 1957
Publisher: El Taller de Grafica Popular
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A., 1960, LL.B, 1964
and Aimee Brown Price, M.A., 1963, Ph.D. 1972
Selection of Exhibition Images Online
✭ The exhibition "American Art Brut" opens December 18 at Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York City. Cavin-Morris carries work by emerging and established self-taught, contemporary, and indigenous artists, as well as those who specialize in studio ceramics.
Cavin-Morris Gallery on FaceBook and Tumblr