All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ On November 24, Yale University Press will publish Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out, by his son, writer and psychologist Christopher Rothko, who chairs the board of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Read an excerpt from one of the book's 18 essays, which, among other topics, address Mark Rothko's commissioned works, his works on paper, his writings of the 1930s and 1940s, his appreciation of music, and his role as father.
✦ Sophia Khan, the subject of one of my Artist Watch features at Escape Into Life, is offering from September 14 to October 12 a four-week online watercolor workshop, "Let's Paint the Beauty of Italy: A Unique Online Watercolor Workshop". The workshop will include a tutorial, access to a private, dedicate Webpage providing step-by-step illustrated exercises, a private group page on FaceBook, and watercolor tips and techniques.
✦ The resource-sharing Creative Exchange offers a number of toolkits for artists, arts councils, community organizations, and other art-related groups. Among them are "Artists' Health Fair", "Pop Up Museum", "The People's Creative Toolkit", and the forthcoming "Work of Art: Professional Development for Artists".
✦ The nonprofit Chicago Artists Coalition is dedicated to artists' advocacy and professional development, and champions collaborative partnerships and development of innovative resources. In addition to offering educational opportunities and promoting leadership in the arts, the coalition sponsors exhibitions. Forthcoming on September 18 is "The ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art".
✦ Sister Jacques-Marie was the "true initiator" of Matisse's Chapel of the Rosary, Vence, France, according to the artist. See the trailer for A Model for Matisse (2005), directed by Barbara Freed. Read "Matisse and the Nun" at ArtNews. [Note: I have visited the chapel; seeing it was one of the highlights of my first tour of France.]
✦ Below is A Portrait of Pat Carey (2011), a documentary about the late San Francisco activist and artist. (She died in May 2013 at age 93.) The film, by Anson Musselman, includes many of Carey's drawings and portraits and interviews by those who knew her.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Continuing through September 27 at Clark Art Institute is "Whistler's Mother, Gray, Black, and White". A collaboration with Colby College Museum of Art and Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, the exhibition offers a selection of Whistler's prints and drawings, Japanese woodblock prints, and cultural ephemera. The heart of the show is the artist's iconic painting Whistler's Mother.
The Website for the exhibition includes links to a checklist of works, an image gallery, and a timeline and provides brief profiles of the artist and his mother Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler.
Read The Arts Fuse review of the exhibition.
✭ Pastel works by Rae Smith and Rhoda Yanow are on view through September 20 at Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey. The internationally exhibited artists also are teachers.
Rhoda Yanow Art on FaceBook
Noyes Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ At Colby College Museum of Art, 65 paintings, cutouts, and collages, some of which come from Katz's own collection and others from major public and private collections, are on show through October 18 in "Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s". Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue (Random House/Prestel) of the same title (see image below), which includes color and black-and-white illustrations. Click the exhibition link above for a selection of images and related articles and other features. A wing of the museum is dedicated to the work of Alex Katz.
Alex Katz Website
Colby College Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo
✭ Wall-mounted low reliefs, such as Leonard Baskin's bronze Owl; mixed media floor installations, and other sculptures, including Louise Nevelson's Thrones, John Newman's Fuchsia Unfurls in a Gilded Cage, and John Bisbee's Zero, may be seen through September 27 in "3D: Contemporary Works from the Farnsworth". The Farnsworth Art Museum is in Rockland, Maine.
✭ Drawing from its own collection, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, continues through October 18 "Playing with Perception: Photographs by Florence Henri". The early 20th Century artist (1893-1982), who studied painting with Fernand Leger and others, used mirrors to create reflections, distort images, and challenge reality.
Florence Henri at Aperture, Bauhaus Online, and Jeu de Paume (The latter mounted an exhibition of Henri's work earlier this year.)
Notable Exhibition Abroad
Copper wire is the material of choice of London-based Alice Anderson. More than 100 of her works currently are on view at London's Wellcome Collection. A highlight of "Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects", which runs through October 18, is "The Studio", an immersive experience that "extends into the gallery" the artist's creative process by allowing visitors to help "mummify" with copper wire a 1967 Ford Mustang and smaller objects. See the preview below and images of a selection of works on view.
Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue that includes commissioned new photography of the artworks and essays by Wellcome Collection senior curator Kate Forde (Read Forde's "The Art of Memory") and scientist Israel Rosenfield. See image below.
Catalogue Cover Art
Alice Anderson's Website
Alice Anderson's Travelling Studio on Tumblr
Wellcome Collection on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube