All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Artist, art instructor, and author Pam Carriker has a new book coming out: Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker: Techniques for Drawing and Painting Faces (North Light Books, March 2015). Now available to pre-order, the book includes a face-mapping technique to allow drawing without a model, color combinations for realist skin tones, demonstrations for drawing facial features, and expert tips — from selecting the correct drawing pencil, to working with reference photos, to using transfer techniques.
✦ The Arts Council of England has launched Create, a journal that explores the value of arts and culture. Read the first issue, which contains sections on culture, education, economics, and society.
✦ Iris Scott has made a fine art of finger painting. In this video, she explains how she got started:
See Scott's wonderful work at Cole Gallery and Horizon Fine Art Gallery.
Iris Scott Website
Iris Fingerpaintings on FaceBook
(My thanks to Judith HeartSong for a link to one of Scott's videos.)
✦ Actor Timothy Spall portrays painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) in director Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics, 2014), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Here's the trailer:
Turner Artworks at Google Cultural Institute
Mr. Turner on FaceBook
✦ In the video below, from Wexner Center for the Arts, contemporary artists, curators, and architects Carroll Dunham, Joan Semmel, Michael Mercil, Laura Lisbon, Diana al-Hadid, Steven Holl and Kerry James Marshall share their thoughts about Alberto Giacometti. Giacometti was one of the artists spotlighted in the Wexner's exhibition "Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection", which concluded December 31.
Transfigurations: Contemporary Voices on Modern Masters—Giacometti from Wexner Center for the Arts on Vimeo.
Wexner Center for the Arts on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In Oceanville, New Jersey, the Noyes Museum of Art continues through January 18 its solo exhibition "Janet Sullivan Turner: Retrieval and Rebirth". On view are Turner's assemblages comprising parts of cars (e.g., front-end grills), factory machine parts, mannequin forms, and industrial detritus (metal, plastic, iron, tin, glass, and the like). Some of the works contain thousands of found objects. View images of her work.
Noyes Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
Noyes Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ Ongoing at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, is an exhibition of work by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). On view through February 15, the 21-year survey. "Giving Up One's Mark: Helen Frankenthaler in the 1960s and 1970s", showcases some 17 paintings and a selection of works on paper, including monumental, mural-size canvases and much smaller paintings. An admission fee is charged to see this special exhibition. Workshops are scheduled January 13 and 17, and February 7 (check the exhibition link for details).
✭ Formerly of Yugoslavia and now an art professor at the University of Richmond (Virginia), Tanja Softic is exhibiting her gorgeous prints and drawings through March 21 at Turchin Center for the VisualArts at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Concerned with "concepts of locating oneself in ever expanding notions of universe and society and the nature of memory", Softic describes her artistic vocabulary as including "elements of landscape, microscopic life forms, architectural details and renderings, obsolete geographical maps, astronomical charts, and anatomical fragments" that serve to visualize "displaced existence". See images of recent works on paper and her series 27 songs and Migrant Universe. Softic will be giving a talk about her work in the exhibition on February 6.
Read "In Residence: Tanja Softic", Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, August 7, 2014.
✭ Three installations by Rita McBride are on view in "Rita McBride: Public Tilt" at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Arena, a modular, tiered construction being shown for the first time on the West Coast and "programmed" with activities activated by viewers (see image below); National Chain, a grid of metallic units suspended from ceiling rafters; and Toyota, a sculpture of rattan presented on an angled pedestal. The exhibition continues through February 8.
Rita McBride, Arena, 1997-2014, Installation at MCASD
Photo Credit: Pablo Mason
Rita McBride Website
MCASD on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
Notable Exhibit Abroad
✭ Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located 25 miles north of Copenhagan, is presenting "Paula Modersohn-Becker", the first major exhibition in Denmark of the German Modernist painter (1876-1907), who was a close friend of the poet and writer Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). The exhibition, on view through April 6, showcases approximately 100 paintings and 40 drawings by the artist, who is recognized for her landscapes and figure paintings, especially representations of women and children.
Liegende Mutter mit Kind II, 1906
Additional images may be seen at the exhibition link above.
Diane Radycki, Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist, Yale University Press, 2013
Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen