Friday, February 13, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Save the dates! The New York Botanical Garden is presenting "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life" from May 16 through November 1 of this year. This promises to be a not-to-miss event, featuring a dozen original Kahlo paintings and drawings and a "reimagining" of the artist's garden and studio as they existed at Casa Azul in Mexico City. A series of poetry readings, lectures, Frida al Fresco evenings, Mexican-inspired goods and foods, and arts activities for children will give context to Kahlo's life and cultural influence. Tickets will be required. Read Charlotte Burns's article in The Guardian, "Re-creation of Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in New York to Show Different Side of Artist".

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✦ If you are looking for an artist residency, you might start your search first with ResArtis, a worldwide network of artist residencies and residential art programs.

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✦ If you are not familiar with The Methodist Modern Art Collection, take a few moments and browse. You will be rewarded with some extraordinary finds, including works by Elisabeth Frink, Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Graham Sutherland, and Sadao Watanable, among other renowned artists. Expert commentary accompanies the online images.

✦ A new 19-part video series from The Getty was announced in mid-January to demonstrate tested classroom strategies and techniques for meeting Common Core educational standards through arts integration. The online series, which is free, covers such topics as interpreting ancient art in social studies, building analysis skills through art, connecting sculpture and writing, and applying knowledge at a museum. Read Sandy Rodriguez's post "19 New Videos Show How to Engage Students with Art" at The Getty Iris. The video below provides a series overview.

✦ There is no end to what creative artists do with paper.  Just take a look at the work of Hawaii's Wendy Kawabata to see why. Kawabata makes handmade sewing needle perforations through paper, producing artworks that are as inspired as they are stunning. (My thanks to The Jealous Curator for the link.)

✦ Craftsmanship is being celebrated through February 22 in "It's All Material" at Anchorage Museum in Alaska. The exhibition includes video demonstrations of contemporary artists' inventive uses of natural materials. In the short below, June Pardue talks about fish skin and how she sews it to create her objects.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ New York City's Rubin Museum of Art continues "The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide" through April 13. The exhibition consists of a series of fifty-four 18th Century Chinese paintings, shown for the first time in the United States, each depicting the centuries-old meditation practice that is judged to "unlock the secret" of using the mind to transform reality. Each painting is a step toward visualization of Buddha Sarvavid Vairochana and his meditation practice and rituals, which typically were communicated orally and not shown in the form of visual art. Lending the exhibition artistic, religious, and historical context are sculptures and paintings.

Visualization (This is an interactive image comprising Leaf 10 from an album of the All-Knowing Buddha.)

Cultural Connections (This is an interactive image comprising Leaf 17 from an album of the All-Knowing Buddha.)

 An exhibition preview:

✭ The artists Milton Avery, Nancy Graves, Grace Hartigan, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, and Mark Rothko are among those represented in the exhibition "XL: Large Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection", continuing through March 29 at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Browse a checklist of artworks featured in the exhibition. 

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✭ Collectors of prints take note: stellar artists from Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts are exhibiting through March 14 in the nonprofit Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center, Eugene, Oregon. Every print on view is original, hand-pulled, and fully documented. The list of artists includes Rick Bartow, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Wendy Red Star, and Marie Watt; see the complete list. Prints available through Crow's Shadow and artists' biographies may be viewed on the institute's Website.

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✭ The solo exhibition of work by Alaska resident Ashley Lohr continues through March 1 at Anchorage Museum. Lohr's oil paintings are described as explorations of imagery, realism, abstraction, texture, and light in interior spaces and structures that are purposely "disrupted" to create unexpected perspectives.

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✭ Art once again finds resonance in nature, science, and technology in the marvelous sculptures of Yuriko Yamaguchi on view through May 31 in "Interconnected" at Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa. Fashioning organic objects from nets of wire and resin forms she casts from dried potato curls, onion ends, leaves, seed pods, and other natural, found materials, the artist, born in Japan and long a resident of Washington, D.C., examines how we "interconnect" with each other and the natural world.  As she states on her Website, her view is that "art is not separable from science, philosophy, social, economic, or political reality." 

On May 7, at 7:00 p.m., area artists will talk about Yamaguchi's work. Yamaguchi's artistic inspiration and process are described in a press release and in text accompanying some images of her work on her Website, where you'll find photos of her installations, as well as prints and drawings (also wonderful). Installation photos are available on the museum's FaceBook page. 

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition—a don't-miss show! 

Yuriko Yamaguchi at Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, California; and Howard Scott Gallery, New York City

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