All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Published this spring, New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919-1933 (Prestel Publishing, 2015) spotlights 150 works by more than four dozen artists, including Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, and August Sander, as well as essays examining the politics of the New Objectivity style and its relationship to Expressionism and other international art movements of the time. Containing 300 color illustrations, the book is by Stephanie Barron and Sabine Eckmann.
Catalogue Cover Art
✦ New print editions by Robert Pruitt, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Osmeivy Ortega, and Hayal Pozanti are available at Tamarind Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lithographs by 15 artists from Botswana also are on offer. An exhibition of the new releases continues through August 1, 2016.
✦ I first came across mention of British artist Emily Jo Gibbs on FaceBook and clicked over to her Website, where I learned she's internationally known for her textiles and metal work. Her hand-embroidered portraits, nature-inspired still lifes, and silk, silver, and willow vessels are beautifully made. Gibbs works on commission and also teaches her craft.
✦ The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its wonderful "Intersections" projects with "Intersections @5". The series has presented 21 artists' work since its beginning in 2009. The anniversary show, on view through October 25, features the contemporary site-specific works of Intersections artists acquired by the museum to date; some artworks were in past installations.
✦ Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night helps explain "turbulent flow":
✦ Below is an interview with Suzanne Lecht, who moved to Hanoi two decades ago and helped establish an international market for post-war Vietnam's contemporary art. (My thanks to PBS NewsHour for the video and link.) The country has undergone a remarkable social, cultural, and economic transformation, as the video shows.
Art Vietnam Gallery on FaceBook
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ The exhibition "Painting on Paper: American Watercolors at Princeton" opens June 27 at Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey. Drawn from the museum's own holdings and loans, the show, which continues through August 30, comprises 90 objects, some rarely available to see, including work by Edward Hopper, John James Audubon, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Jacob Lawrence, and Andrew Wyeth. While subjects, styles, and technical properties of the artworks vary widely, the selections "afford special ways of understanding the nuanced output of many of the nation's greatest artists," says museum director James Steward.
Princeton University Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ An exhibition of William Johnston's color images of the extraordinary, profoundly moving choreographer and dancer-performer Eiko Otake, of the renowned duo Eiko & Koma, continues on view at Pleiades Gallery, Durham, North Carolina. The exhibition, "A Body in Fukushima", can be seen through July 25. Eiko is a solo artist at this year's American Dance Festival; her performance is titled A Body in Places (2014). Johnson's still photos are of Eiko in Fukushima, Japan, which was irradiated during a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Other sites showing Johnston's photographs are Reynolds Industries Theatre and Durham Arts Council's Allenton and Semans galleries. The exhibition was on view earlier this year at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and Wesleyan University Center for the Fine Arts, Middletown, Connecticut.
Watch Eiko's "A Body in Fukushima: Momouchi Summer" and "A Body in Fukushima: Winter 2014". A selection of still images may be seen at each link.
Eiko & Koma on Vimeo
✭ New York City's Michael Rosenfeld Art is presenting through August 7 "It's Never Just Black or White", bringing together mixed media, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by an A-to-Z list of artists, including Robert Arneson, Romare Bearden, Lee Bontecou, Morris Graves, Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Betye Saar, Leonore Tawny, Alma Thomas, and Abraham Walkowitz. Browse online a selection of 70 images.
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✭ "Chuck Close Photographs" may be seen through July 26 at Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill (Long Island), New York. With 90 images, dating from 1964 to today, the comprehensive survey includes Close's black-and-white portraits, small daguerreotypes, studio maquettes, holograms, Woodburytypes, and monumental composite Polaroids.
Tonight, June 19, the museum is showing the excellent 116-minute Chuck Close documentary (2007), the last documentary made by late producer-director Marion Cajori (1950-2006).
A fully illustrated catalogue, Chuck Close Photographer (Prestel, 2014), by Colin Westerbeck and museum director Terrie Sultan, is available.
✭ Paintings from the 1970s by Porfirio DiDonna (1942-1986) of Brooklyn, New York, are on view through July 31 at Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York City. The focus of the exhibition, offered in cooperation with the DiDonna Estate and Nielsen Gallery in Boston, is on DiDonna's grids, which the gallery describes as "mysterious", "meditative", "the marks of [a] unique performance." See images of DiDonna artworks at DiDonna Estate's Website.
A catalogue with an essay by John Yau is available. (Contact the gallery for information).