Friday, July 10, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Filmmaker Jane Anderson is the great-niece of artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, who in 1925, at age 57, was committed to an asylum, her art — paintings, woodblock prints, charcoals and drawings, sketchbooks — packed in trunks and sent to a relative. Anderson's fascinating documentary about the artist, Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson, received the HBO Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Provincetown International Film Festival in Massachusetts. Below is the trailer:

May this film help restore Wilkinson's legacy. Her artwork is a stunning find.

✦ "Free motion stitching" (or machine embroidery) and 3D printing are just two artistic techniques of   Atlanta's experimental artist Leisa Rich. Nationally and internationally exhibited, Rich also is an imaginative sculptor and installation artist who uses a wide variety of materials in her creations. Rich's work is on view currently in "Intertwined: Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art" at Lamar Arts in Barnesville, Georgia; it travels in August to Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta.

Leisa Rich on FaceBook

✦ So-called "digital activism" is keeping Guerrilla Girls Broadband busy and taking the feminist artists well beyond the original group's boundaries. Read a conversation with the former's members at The Brooklyn Rail.

Guerrilla Girls on FaceBook and Twitter

Guerrilla Girls Broadband on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Mexican artist Inaki Bonillas, a sculptor, installation artist, and photographer, has been commissioned by Dia Art Foundation for a Dia Artist Web Project. When completed, his aesthetic and conceptual Words and Photos project, on which he is collaborating with programmer Ivan Abreu and design studio Taller de Comunicacion Grafica, will comprise a database of approximately 3,800 images and a substantial index of associated words, the relationships of which can be explored through the mapping. The project launched last month. 

✦ A good feature article on Debora Moore, a Seattle glassblower currently exhibiting her Glass Orchidarium at the city's Northwest African American Museum.

✦ A selection of illuminations for Dante's Divine Comedy found in an Italian manuscript may be viewed online at The Public Domain Review.  The illuminations date between 1444 and 1450. Dante completed his epic poem in 1320.

✦ In the short video below, guest curator Tumelo Mosaka talks about the Perez Art Museum exhibition "Poetics of Relation". The exhibition, on view through October 18, was inspired by the writings of Edouard Glissant (1928-2011) and seeks to relate how Miami is defined culturally by diasporic communities. Images are available at the exhibition link above.

See Edouard Glissant's Poetics of Relation, translated by Betsy Wing, at University of Michigan Press.

The Edouard Glissant Website is in French.

Perez Art Museum Miami on FaceBook and Twitter

Exhibitions Here and There

Maryville Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington, opens tomorrow a new exhibition, "An Abundance of Riches", presenting woodcuts by American printmaker and sculptor Andrea Rich of Santa Cruz, California. Inspired by nature and by past masters including Albrecht Durer and Japanese Ukiyo-e, Rich sometimes uses as many as 20 blocks to produce a single final image. The exhibition, which continues through November 15, features 40 of Rich's beautiful prints of flora and fauna. All the works on view come from the collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Read about Rich's artistic process.

Andrea Rich, Thistle, 2001
Woodcut on Hosho Paper
20" x 24", Edition 4/30
Collection of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Maryville Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ In Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art continues through August 3 "Changing Perspectives of Native Americans", an exhibition that seeks to show through art by European and American artists' "shifting attitudes" toward Native Americans in the 19th Century. 

Crystal Bridges on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ New abstract paintings by Dan Colen of New York City are on view in "Dan Colen: Shake the Elbow" at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Colen's paint is multi-colored chewing gum, an unorthodox material that he "piles, globs" on his canvases with gestural strokes a la Jackson Pollock. Colen works with a variety of "low-cultural ephemera".

Dan Colen at Saatchi Gallery

Albright-Knox on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center is the site of the first major solo exhibition in the United States of Brazilian artist Albano Afonso. On view through August 30, the show, "Albano Afonso: Self Portrait as Light", features photographs, installations, projections, and luminous objects. View installation photos at the exhibition link above and view the exhibition pamphlet (pdf) with photos. The latter includes a brief introduction to Afonso's artistic practice. Read "New Joint Exhibit Is U.S. Debut of Brazilian Artist" in Cincinnati.

Here's an introductory video tour:

CAC on FaceBookTwitter, YouTube, and Vimeo

✭ A site-specific installation of reliefs cast from Hydrocal plaster and originating in compositions of salvaged studio detritus are on view in "Ruby Sky Stiler: Ghost Versions" at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut. The exhibition, continuing through October 25, includes multiple casts of Stiler's works that have been designed as a tiled repeat pattern. Read an ISSUU publication on the exhibition. 

The Aldrich on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

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