All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Paper folding is a fine art and few have mastered that art as Richard Sweeney has. Be amazed! Sweeney's work is on view in "Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami" through April 12 at Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, Massachusetts. Sweeney offers paper sculpture workshops in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
In this video, Sweeney crafts a piece of paper jewelry inspired by the Quatre collection at Boucheron:
✦ British-born painter Noel Paine, who maintains studios in Vienna, Austria, and Lazio, Italy, cites "conceptually abstract" ideas as the foundation of his beautiful landscapes (I especially like his Italian series), which are full of brilliant color and shapes, and sometimes quite lush. Paine's recent exhibition in London included not only new paintings but also drawings and etchings. Watch a demonstration video of Paine at work in Italy.
Noel Paine on FaceBook
✦ If you are looking for a good winter read, pick up a copy of Christopher Simon Sykes's David Hockney: The Biography, 1975-2012 (Nan A. Talese, 2014). It's the second of two volumes (the first covers 1937-1975) and is absorbing and enlightening. I had not realized until reading this the extent to which Hockney has used technology, from fax, to phone, to iPad, to video.
✦ Beauty and intricacy are hallmarks of Amy Cheng's serene, lushly colored paintings and works on paper. Her mandalas are exquisite. Her public installations can be found in a variety of locations, including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Jacksonville (Florida) International Airport, and New York City's 25th Avenue subway station. Chen teaches in the art department at SUNY New Paltz.
✦ The short below features Candela, an installation created for the Victoria & Albert Museum by designers Felix de Pass and Michael Montgomery and ceramist Ian McIntyre during the 2014 London Design Festival.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Winter exhibitions have opened at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. Among them is "Identidad", a solo show of works by Silvia Levenson, a glass artist of international renown who pays homage to Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo human rights organization in Argentina. On view through March 15 are Levenson's 111 glass pieces of baby clothing, a representation of the number of solved cases of "disappeared" children.
AU on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ Continuing through March 8 at San Antonio Museum of Art is "Picasso: Nelson Rockefeller's Picasso Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit". Fourteen of 18 hand-woven tapestries from Kykuit, the Rockefeller's family estate and a National Trust property, and two loaned from private collectors in Mexico City are in the exhibition, which marks the first time the tapestries, which were adapted from Picasso paintings, have appeared together outside the estate. A catalogue with color plates (see image below) accompanies the show. Check the events page for exhibition tours, gallery talks, and lectures. Learn about Cubism in this interactive exercise.
✭ At The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, installations by Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh, and Russell Maltz are on view in "Same Difference", running through April 12. The artists' works, which take advantage of the museum's architecture, include abstract canvases by Grabner, ceramics by Leigh, and paintings by Maltz that incorporate plywood sections. (To learn more about each of the works, go to the exhibition link.)
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✭ Save the Date: On March 21, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, opens "Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower". Described as the "first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th Century", the ticketed exhibition, which will run through June 21, will spotlight an estimated 70 paintings by more than 30 artists, including Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri Matisse. (See the pdf of images. Artworks come from public and private collections.) Organized chronologically, the exhibition will cover the topics "18th Century Paintings", "The Lyon School", "Early Impressionist Influences", "Henri Fantin-Latour", "Impressionist Practice", "After Impressionism", and "20th Century Explorations" (descriptions).
A range of related events, including drawing and painting sessions, a trunk show, and family and children's activities is scheduled. Among the latter: puppet shows, Zany Umbrella Circus, and a 19th Century Paris tent sale of books and prints.
A catalogue, Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century France (Yale University Press), will be available for purchase.
Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ On view through March 15 at London's Victoria & Albert Museum is "Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design, 1913-1933". The exhibit features more than 150 theatrical production designs, for both costumes and sets, by Russia's avant-garde, including artists Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitsky, and Varvara Stepanova. Also showcased are stage designs by Sergei Eisenstein. Most of the works on display are from A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum in Moscow and St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.
El Lissitzky, 1923 Costume Design for Sportsmen
from Portfolio "Die Plastische Geschtaltung der Elektro-Mechanischen
Schau 'Sieg über die Sonne' for Victory Over the Sun" (Unrealized)
Lithograph on Paper
St. Petersburg Museum of Theatre and Music
Russian Avant-Garde Theatre Exhibit on Pinterest
Russian Avant-Garde Theatre Exhibit Blog
V & A Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vimeo
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