All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ If you cannot travel to see a special blockbuster exhibition, look for Exhibition on Screen and check local listings for a list of the season's offerings. Now in its second season, which began October 2014 and will conclude this spring, Exhibition on Screen is presenting five behind-the-scenes high-definition films that may be screened in any of more than 1,000 theaters in more than 30 countries. Among the current season offerings are Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA, Rembrandt from the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Upcoming are Vincent van Gogh — A New Way of Seeing (beginning April 14) and The Impressionists from the Musee du Luxembourge Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art (beginning May 26). You'll find previews and a link to locating showtimes and tickets at each title.
✦ Museums Advocacy Day is February 23-24, in Washington, D.C.
✦ The first participant-driven, discussion-based unconference, "Telling Untold Histories", will be held at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey on April 10. The concept involves bringing together historians and historical organizations, librarians, museum professionals, and others to talk about complex topics such as slavery, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. Meeting participants set the agenda. Read the About section of the Website for registration details and ground rules.
✦ High-resolution images of Chinese jades and bronzes, Islamic art, and Asian and American paintings are among the 40,000 digitized artworks made available to the public for non-commercial purposes by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. The online site for exploring and downloading the images is Open F|S. Viewers may browse by object type, topic, name, culture, language, place, date, or on-view status.
✦ Today's feature video is Patience (2007) by paper-maker and book artist Randi Parkhurst of The Language of the Creative Hand, which offers additional videos of Parkhurst's marvelous work. View Parkhurst's online portfolio; all of her work is hand-painted papers complemented with natural objects. I love her Jewel. A resident of Olympia, Washington, Parkhurst conducts art workshops in bookbinding, paper embellishment, and other subjects related to artist books.
(My thanks to This Is Colossal for the link.)
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ The University of Virginia's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Study Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, is showing "New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press" through May 17. The Papunya Tjupi is a nonprofit Aborigini-owned community art center in a remote Australian desert; it represents more than 100 artists who produce, in addition to prints, acrylic paintings on canvas, baskets, jewelry, and wood work known as "puny". Cicada Press is in Sydney at the University of New South Wales Art & Design.
Isobel Gorey Nambajimba, Kapi Tjukurpa (Water Dreaming), 2014
Photo Credit: Cicada Press
The exhibition presents 14 prints, a relatively new medium being explored at Papunya Tjupi. Included are aquatints and intaglio. On March 26, at Kluge-Ruhe, Michael Kempson, Cicada's master printer, is scheduled to talk about the prints and the press's eight-year partnership with Papunya Tjupi.
Martha McDonald Napaltjarri, Untitled, 2009
Photo Credit: Cicada Press
I have visited Kluge-Ruhe; a jewel in Charlottesville, off UVA's campus proper, it presents exquisite work. (Read my review and commentary, "Looking at Cicada Press's 'Black Prints' Exhibit", July 18, 2013.)
Kluge-Ruhe on FaceBook
Papunya Tjupi Arts on FaceBook
Cicada Press on FaceBook (Cicada Blog)
UNSW Art & Design on FaceBook
✭ Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, continues through February 18 "British Invasion", showcasing 56 prints, drawings, sculpture, paintings, and other works from the 1950s through 1970s. Among the artists represented in the show are Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth, and David Hockney. Most of the artworks come from the collection of the Bechtler Family.
William Scott, Composition (Detail), 1959
Gouache and Pencil on Paper
28 cm x 38 cm (11" x 15")
© 2014 William Scott Foundation
✭ The exhibition "Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection" remains on view at Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, through April 19. On view are a number of recently documented artworks by Joseph Becker and other artists (including Henri Lovie, Edward F. Mullen, James E. Taylor, S.A. Coleman, Edwin Forbes) who reported on, documented, and created scenes of life observed during the Civil War for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Many of the 85 original drawing being shown (see representative images at exhibition link) were made on battlefields or around soldiers' barracks; locations include Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg. An exhibition catalogue from University of Chicago Press is available.
Online Exhibition Website: First Hand — Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection (This was part of the originating exhibition at McMullen Museum at Boston College.)
A number of related programs are scheduled, including "Art of Commemoration with General Parker Hills" (February 7), "Art of War" (February 21), and "Teaching the Civil War for the 21st Century Student" (February 28).
✭ Continuing through March 29 at Florida's Palm Springs Art Museum is "Jennifer Karady: In Country, Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan". The narrative photography exhibition, which takes a surrealistic approach to the subject matter, showcases Karady's color images of soldiers under warfare conditions, though the scenes of battle are as likely to be at home as abroad and to involve family members. Each photograph has accompanying text derived from soldiers' own words. A number of the photographs are viewable at the exhibition link. Eighteen photographs and soldiers' comments may be viewed at Soldiers' Stories on Karady's Website.
Active-duty military enjoy free admission to the exhibit.
Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ In London, Gagosian Gallery opens February 9 with "Henry Moore: Wunderkammer—Origin of Forms", curated by The Henry Moore Foundation's director, Richard Calvocoressi. As part of the special exhibition, Moore's maquette studio (current home of the foundation) will be recreated. It was at the maquette studio that the great sculptor drew inspiration from shells, bones and animal skulls, and stones or other things that he collected, casting them into plaster. The show will explore how Moore's found objects sometimes saw new life in sketches, maquettes (studies), and finished bronzes. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, which will run through April 2.
Photo c 1968 of Moore's Maquette Studio
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