All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ This Christmas you might want to consider Art History Paper Dolls (Chronicle Books, August 2014) for all the emerging artists or art students on your gift lists. Created by illustrator Kyle Hilton, the stocking stuffer features stand-up art world masters: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marcel Duchamp Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, M.C. Escher—and, in a bow to women, Georgia O'Keeffe. There also are more than 100 "props" for an interactive experience. Some examples: Toulouse-Lautrec appears with his own Parisian nightlife, Dali with a surreal lobster telephone, van Gogh with an impressionistic bouquet of sunflowers and that famous severed ear. The challenge will be to keep the play art-historically accurate, or not!
Kyle Hilton Illustration (Website)
✦ Sculptor and installation artist Novie Trump, who formerly was executive director of Lee Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia, and founder and director of Flux Studios in Maryland, where I first saw her work, can now be found in Jerome, Arizona. Flux Studios itself has moved with Trump to a new home in Jerome, where it features contemporary fine art and craft and participates in the First Saturday Art Walk. Our area misses both. Trump is a terrific artist.
Novi Trump Blog
✦ Ontario-born Ellen Jewett, who also is a professional animal trainer, creates otherworldly mixed-media sculptures that encompass an assortment of creatures and beasts of burden. They're astonishing narratives individually and collectively. Jewett's work can be found at her Etsy Shop.
✦ For a project titled The Exceptional and the Everyday: 144 Hours in Kiev, computer science professor Dr. Lev Manovich of City University of New York worked with a research scientist, a doctoral student of art history, a Web developer, and several advisors to analyze use of Instagram during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution (February 17-22). Encompassing 13,208 Instagram images shared by more than 6,000 people in central Kiev, the effort produced a series of visualizations, including a single visualization with all 13,000+ images, an analysis of pattern interpretations, an essay reviewing popular visual themes in the images of the revolution, a timeline of "top tags", a review of use of multiple languages, an essay about social media's use as political speech, and other data. (My thanks to Walker Art Center blog for the link.)
✦ In the video below, from PBS NewsHour Art Beat, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, chief curator of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, discusses the enduring popularity of sculptor Alexander Calder:The museum's exhibition "Calder and Abstraction: From Avant Garde to Iconic", continues through January 4, 2015. A quick exhibition overview is provided view this video.
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Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum is showing through August 30, 2015, "The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster". Among highlights are a centennial celebration of the work of Rev. Howard Finster, the late Ingo Swann's huge and out-of-this-world paintings, Terrence Howard's sculptures, and cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell, plus peeks into the spiritual life of Jimi Hendrix. An incredible show!
Exhibition Quotations (pdf)
✭ Paintings from the 15th to 19th centuries, including Botticelli's The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (exhibited for the first time in the United States) and John Singer Sargent's Lady Agnew of Lachnaw, are featured in "Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery", on view through February 1, 2015, at The Frick Collection, New York City. Lectures and other related programs are scheduled throughout the exhibition's run. A catalogue with 53 color illustrations accompanies the show.
Here's a video introduction to the exhibition:
The 10 works at the Frick will travel with an additional 45 in 2015 to de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (March 7 - May 31, 2015) and Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth (June 28 - September 20, 2015). (The larger exhibition is titled "Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland".)
✭ Also in New York City, The Metropolitan Museum's "Kimono: A Modern History", on view through January 19, 2015. The exhibition showcases gorgeous examples of kimono from as early as the Edo period (1615-1868). More than 50 Japanese garments are on display, including not only those custom-made for the wealthy but pieces made for the public. Three contemporary kimono created by designers whom the Japanese government has designated as "Living National Treasures" are featured. A 140-illustration catalogue on the design, function, and meaning of kimono accompany the exhibition (see images at the exhibition link). Tonight the Met Museum is presenting a gallery event, "Get Wrapped Up: Poetry and the Art of the Kimono" beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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✭ The National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., continues "The Architectural Image, 1920-1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection" through May 3, 2015. Featured are 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings by artists such as Howard Cook (1901-1980), Mark Freeman (1908-2003), Gene Kloss (1903-1996), Louis Lozowick (1892-1973), Charles Turzak (1899-1986), and Grant Wood (1892-1942).
Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ London's Dulwich Picture Gallery has mounted an exhibition of work by "Canada's van Gogh", Emily Carr. Titled "From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia", the exhibition, continuing through March 8, 2015, is the first in the United Kingdom dedicated to Carr. In addition to a display of Carr's forest scenes and of her sky paintings, beach scenes, and landscapes, the show offers a look at Carr's small watercolors, drawings, sketchbooks, and writings, and includes archival photography.
Here's a brief video introduction:
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition (image below).
Visit the Emily Carr Website at Vancouver Gallery. You'll find there images of a selection of Carr's works, a biography, and various educational resources. Additional information is found on the Vancouver Gallery page and the National Gallery of Canada page for Carr. Also see the Art History Archive.
The Guardian offers a selection of Carr's paintings ("Emily Carr at Dulwich Picture Gallery - In Pictures") and an exhibition review.