Friday, March 27, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ David Zwirner Books has published Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978, with texts by curator, writer and lecturer Jeremy Lewison and novelist Claire Messud. The book, containing more than 60 color plates thematically organized and offering an overview of the artist's themes and styles, coincides with an exhibition at David Zwirner of Neel's drawings and watercolors that covers the same period. The exhibition continues through April 18.

David Zwirner represents the estate of Alice Neel (1900-1984). The artist's work is found in collections around the world. 

Cover Art
Alice and Jose, Pastel on Paper, 1938

Website of Alice Neel Estate

David Zwirner on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ "Wolff" is a new art history iPad app. Created by Greg Bryda, it was launched officially at last month's College Art Association 2015 annual conference in New York City. Read a Yale Daily News article about the app.

✦ Take a half-hour to view "Illinois Artists at Work: Cannot Live Without" at WTTW Arts Online. Featured in the documentary are five artists: Allison Ruttan, a visual artist; Daniel Borzutzky, a poet; Jeremiah Huissebos-Spofford, a project-based artist; Cynthia Oliver, a choreographer and performer; and Kathleen Ginther, a composer.

✦ I serendipitously came across a link from Orion magazine that led to images of the sculpture of Jennifer Maestre, born in South Africa and based currently in Massachusetts. As her Artist Statement notes, the inspiration for her work is the sea urchin and nature generally. The sculptures' foundation comprises colored pencils, as well as nails and other materials, such as beads. Full of surprise, all the work is extraordinary.

✦ The 3:34-minute video below, taped in 2014 by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and released last month, features Brice Marden, whose lyrical work I remember seeing for the first time many years ago in New York City. Marden talks about his approach to abstract painting and how abstract paintings may serve as "vehicles to take you to some other place."

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Wellesley College's Davis Museum, Wellesley, Massachusetts, has mounted the first museum exhibition in the United States of acclaimed Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli. The retrospective, which continues through June 7, features work from the 1960s to today; his oeuvre extends to paintings, prints, ceramics, rugs, and jewelry. He also is a poet, scholar, and art collector.

This video offers a selection of work in the exhibition:

Also see "Parviz Tanavoli Interview" on Vimeo.

Here's a short televised conversation with the artist:

Davis Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ On view through May 24 at Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, is "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade".  The first exhibition in more than 50 years to concentrate on Bauermeister's work, the exhibition brings together the artist's optical lens boxes, assemblages, stone reliefs, drawings, and other works created between 1962 and 1972. 

In addition to a selection of images, the exhibition page includes links to an introduction to the artist and her work, the artist's use of natural materials (sand, stones, honeycombs), the lens boxes, hand-written texts and words as embellishments on the lens boxes, the artist's themes and motifs, methods, and a sound-space collaboration with German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. 

A catalogue with more than 60 color plates and 71 black-and-white images accompanies the exhibition.

Catalogue Cover Art
"Palette", Painted Wood, Glass, Optical Lenses, Ink, 1966

Extracts from Open Atelier: Mary Bauermeister (Documentary) on Vimeo

SCMA on FaceBook and YouTube

✭ In Stanford, California, Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center continues through June 15 "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers — Highlights from the Marmor Collection". Drawn from a donation of some 200 contemporary artworks, the exhibition features a selection of works on paper by the abstract painter and theorist. 

Cantor Arts Center on FaceBook and YouTube

✭ Just days remain to see! In Massachusetts, Boston University Art Gallery's "DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition" comprises 60 black-and-white photographs of indigenous peoples from around the world. This is the show's U.S. debut (it first went on view in 2011 at the United Nations in Geneva; see video). The photography is by Dana Gluckstein. Gluckstein has produced a book, Dignity: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, sales of which benefit Amnesty International.

BUAG at Stone Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, is presenting "Area 919: Artists in the Triangle*", a survey of work by Casey Cook, Andre Leon Gray, Harrison Haynes, Lavar Munroe, Hong-An Truong, and Stacy Lynn Waddell, among others. On view through April 12, the show includes paintings, works on paper, video installations, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media. See a selection of images from work in the exhibition. (*The eight-county Triangle comprises the cities of Raleigh and Durham and the town Cary and Chapel Hill.)

Nasher Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

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