All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Marking the 20th anniversary of its Johannes Vermeer exhibition, our National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., will display, beginning tomorrow, Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663). The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has loaned the marvelous oil painting to the NGA, which will also be showing other Vermeer paintings, such as Girl with the Red Hat (c. 1665-66) from the NGA's own collection. You'll have until December 1 to view the work (go to the Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries in the West Building, Main Floor, Gallery 50C).
✦ Cai Guo-Qiang, whose work I've seen here in the United States, is known for his dramatic artwork that goes up in flames. Most recently, Cai built in Quanzhou, Fujian, his extraordinary Sky Ladder, a gift to his 100-year-old grandmother and his other family members in China. See images and read an ArtNet news feature about the installation, which was destroyed June 15, 2015, in less than three minutes: "Cai Guo-Qiang's 1650-Foot Flaming 'Sky Ladder' Finally Succeeds" (August 13, 2015).
✦ An artist new to me, thanks to The Paris Review: Aidan Koch of New York City. Browse her mixed-media drawings and special projects, including comics and a series inspired by Degas, After the Bath.
Aidan Koch on Tumblr
✦ Did you miss my new Artist Watch column featuring Maggie Matthews? It posted yesterday at Escape Into Life.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Salma Arastu, whose gorgeous work I had the privilege of featuring last year in my Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life, opened in a new exhibition, "Painting Prayers: The Calligraphic Art of Salma Arastu" September 13 at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. The solo show continues through December 6. An informational brochure and a video are available at the exhibition link above.
Salma Arastu, So that you know each other III, 2014
Acrylic on Wood, 15" in diameter
© Courtesy of Artist
Salma Arastu on FaceBook
✭ If you missed my June Artist Watch feature on Maysey Craddock, head to New York City and see her work in person at Sears-Peyton Gallery. Maysey's solo exhibition there, "Langsam Sea", continues through October 10. New and wonderful work!
Maysey Craddock, Lost Bay, 2015
Gouache and Thread on Found Paper
48" x 38"
© Maysey Craddock
✭ If you are in New York City, you won't want to miss "Linn Meyers: Here Is What I Know Is True". One of our local favorites, Linn Meyers (I first saw her work at The Phillips Collection) is at Sandra Gering through October. Images of some of her eye-catching, labor-intensive ink on mylar drawings are on the gallery site.
Linn Meyers on FaceBook
Sandra Gering Inc. on FaceBook
✭ Francesco Clemente's Encampment (2012-2014), an installation of multiple parts comprising 30,000 square feet, continues through January 2016 at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. The exhibition marks the first time Clemente's six painted canvas tents, sculptures, and paintings are shown together as a complete ensemble. Clemente's large sculptures Earth, Moon, Sun, and Hunger and ink and watercolor paintings described as "erotically charged" also are on view. See installation views and read the details at the link above. An exhibition brochure is available.
✭ Continuing through December 23 at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: "Tamarind Institute and the Rebirth of Lithography". The exhibition features prints by Garo Antreasian, Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989), Roy DeForest (1930-2007), Robert DeNiro Sr. (1922-1993), Rafael Ferrer, Francoise Gilot, Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992), Nicholas Krushenick (1929-1999), George McNeil (1908-1995), Kenneth Price (1935-2012), Deborah Remington (1930-2010), Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne (1918-2011). Wayne was instrumental in establishing Tamarind Lithography Workshop (now, Tamarind Institute), in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1960. Tamarind continues to train master printers and publish and sell their work.
Krannert Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter
Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ Photography, film, sculpture, and installation works by British artist Mat Collishaw go on view September 25 at The New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom. To celebrate this major survey, the first in more than a decade in a UK public gallery, the gallery and The Library of Birmingham jointly commissioned a limited-edition print, Third Degree, available through the gallery shop. The exhibition, on two floors of the gallery, continues through January 10, 2016. View selections of Collishaw's work at his Website.