All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Forthcoming is Alex Katz, This Is Now (Yale University Press, August 14, 2015), featuring images of work dating to the 1950s and including essays by curator Michael Rooks, art critic Margaret Graham, and artist David Salle, as well as poems by John Godfrey and Vincent Katz, the artist's son who also is an art critic, curator, and translator. The publication, featuring 100 color illustrations, is focused on Katz's landscape paintings and their themes of nature, perception, time's passage, and notions of the sublime. The catalogue accompanies the exhibition "Alex Katz, This Is Now", on view through September 6 at Atlanta's High Museum.
Cover of Alex Katz, This Is Now Catalogue
Alex Katz Website
✦ Do you know about W.A.G.E.? That acronym stands for Working Artists and the Greater Economy, a New York-based activist organization founded in 2008 that is "focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that subcontract their labor." See the list of institutions currently W.A.G.E.-certified.
✦ The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin now has an open-access policy that it issued recently in conjunction with the launch of "Project REVEAL"; one immediate result is free access to more than 22,000 images of materials in its manuscript collections. The images, which anyone may use for any purpose, without restrictions or fees, are available through the digital collections portal. The center does request that public use of the images include attribution. Read the center's announcement.
✦ You'll want to take more than a single look at the work of mosaic artist Jeanne Opgenhaffen.
✦ Take some time to browse Sonya Clark's Website. Clark, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Craft/Material Studies, works with hair, beaded prayers, cloth, combs, and other materials, creating finely made and profound installations and objects. Clark's Three-Fifths (2010) is in "Featured Objects" through July 30 at Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington.
✦ Today's video from Art21 features ceramic sculptor Arlene Shechet, subject of a 20-year survey, "All At Once", at Institute of Contemporary Art Boston through September 7. Shechet talks about her artistic practice and techniques in making cast paper reliefs.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ New York City's AFA Gallery opens "Electric Storm" on July 9. The exhibition presents more than 20 functional sculptures by artist and actor Tanya Clarke, who addresses current ecological issues using such materials as steel and hot, hand-sculpted colored glass. The full exhibition is on view through July 23, after which available works may be seen in the showroom through August 30.
Visit Clarke's Liquid Light Website.
AFA Gallery New York on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ California's San Jose Museum of Art continues "Jose Clemente Orozco | Figure Studies" through August 23. The exhibition showcases 23 figure studies, many for the first time, loaned by the Michael Wornick Collection. An in-depth presentation is available online: Introduction, Jose Clemente Orozco's Studies in the Michael Wornick Collection, The Collector's Perspective (An Interview), Works in the Exhibition (Slideshow), Related Murals, Biography, and Additional Resources.
✭ On view through August 30 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is "Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75", drawn primarily from the museum's own print collection. Included are more than 100 works by 40 artists, including Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi, May Stevens, Richard Anuszkiewicz, William T. Williams, and Liliane Lijn. A slideshow and audio guide are available at the exhibition link.
✭ Continuing through November 15 at Indianapolis Museum of Art is "Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life Into Art", the artist's first solo museum show. Grabner is an abstract painter, installation artist, sculptor, and photographer and also draws and works in video. She's a curator, professor, and critic as well. For this exhibition, the museum is presenting work in all her media, including a monumental installation of her weavings and sculpture; debuting is Grabner's new photographic series inspired by the 2014 season of the Indianapolis Colts. In addition to other events involving the artist, the museum is sponsoring a master class for current BFA and MFA students on October 29.
Michelle Grabner at James Cohan Gallery
✭ Opening July 30 at Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, is "The Summer of '68: Photographing the Black Panthers". The exhibition, which will remain on view through October 30, spotlights the important work of photographers Pirkle Jones (1914-2009) and Ruth-Marion Baruch (1922-1997), whose images, given to the museum in 2013, are presented for the first time.
View a video produced for an exhibition of Baruch's photos: