All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ His fascination with nature and the properties of glass make Bill Hawk of Reidsville, North Carolina, a "challenged" and inspiring glass artist. Read about Hawk's Lost Wax glass casting process. (My thanks to John Cannell for the introduction on FaceBook to Hawk's marvelous work.)
An article about Hawk, "Lily Pads Inspire Gardner's Passion for Art", appeared in ionOklahoma magazine.
✦ The Katherine E. Nash Gallery at Regis Center for Art Galleries, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has organized "Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta", comprising 21 of the artist's films and 26 related photographs. Continuing through December 12, the exhibition also includes a short documentary by Raquel Cecilia, filmmaker and archivist of the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Cecilia's feature-length film Ana Mendieta, Rebel by Nature is in post-production. (Still images may be viewed at the Corazon Pictures Website. The About page includes information about Raquel Cecilia and her films.)
Concurrent is "Ana Mendieta: Documents of a Life in Art", at T.R. Anderson Gallery in the Wilson Library, featuring materials documenting Mendieta's life and artistic career and including a timeline.
In association with the University of California Press, the gallery has published a catalogue, Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta (September 2015), devoted to 104 film works; it contains the first published complete filmography of Mendieta.
Exhibition Catalogue Cover
The exhibition travels to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, where it will be on view February 28, 2016 - July 3, 2016; and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, which will present the show November 9, 2016 - February 12, 2017.
Read "Preview: The Films of Ana Mendieta", Cuban Art News, September 15, 2015. Also read "Ana Mendieta in Rome: interview with Raquel Cecilia", Studio International, November 3, 2014.
Ana Mendieta (1948-1985)
A teaser for Ana Mendieta, Rebel by Nature (Corazon Pictures) may be viewed on Vimeo.
Ana Mendieta Documentary on FaceBook
✦ Coinciding with the opening of its Contemporary Art + Design Wing, Corning Museum of Glass in New York launched GlassApp. Available for smartphone and tablet, the app currently provides information on more than 70 contemporary artworks, videos, artist biographies, and images.
✦ Coming this November: Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear/Grafiteras y Muralistas de America Latina: Arte Sin Miedo (Manic D. Press). The book features interviews with and portraits of artists from Colombia, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico, as well as photographs of their works. The book, in both Spanish and English, is available by pre-order at Art Without Fear/Arte Sin Medio.
✦ Robin Wright profiles Iranian artists Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Shirin Neshat in The New Yorker. Read "Two Iranian Artists and the Revolution" (September 15, 2015).
✦ The following video is in French; if you don't speak the language, turn down the volume and just watch the superb self-taught textile artist Simone Pheulpin at work. Her sculptural creations, inspired by nature, are magnificent. Her materials: strips of cotton, canvas tape, and pins by the thousands.
Watch a second video with Pheulpin on YouTube.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Two exhibitions, "Ann Morton: What Happened Today?/The Collective Cover Project" and "Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project", continue on view through January 3, 2016, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
The former show presents all-new work by Morton, a fiber artist based in Arizona; it comprises two large installations with community-based components: one that examines how printed news and hand-crafted objects resonate separately and in parallel among individuals, the greater Houston community, and the world; and another that uses randomly found objects to explore concepts of place, time, and memory of events and their social, political, and cultural effects. The conception and realization of the project, which includes a large hand-sewn quilt incorporating community members' responses to a question about their day and "modules" comprising a rug of newspaper, are explained at the exhibition link, where images also may be viewed. Also see the interesting posts about Morton's creative process at the center's blog: "Ann Morton: Assembly Process", "Ann Morton: Community and Process", and "Ann Morton: What Happened Today?"
The latter exhibition focuses on endangerment of elephants and the illegal ivory trade and includes life-size objects of exotic woods and other materials and steel and glass forms crafted to look like shrines or altars. Maruyama, an artist, furniture maker, and educator who this year was named a recipient of the San Diego Art Prize, will give a talk at the center on Saturday, November 21. Images and details about the show are at the exhibition link.
Wendy Maruyama on FaceBook
✭ In East Hampton, New York, The Drawing Room continues through October 26 "Antonio Asis: Cercles Concenriques 1961 - 2011". Argentina-born and an artist since age 14, the painter and sculptor has long been drawn to geometric abstraction and optical-kinetic art and fascinated by how color, light, and movement affect visual perception. The exhibition comprises 15 small "bullseye" or "concentric circle" paintings of "vibrating" color as well as larger works from the Geometria Libre series of the 1960s. Images may be seen at the exhibition link.
The Drawing Room on FaceBook
✭ New abstract paintings by Larry Brown are on view through October 11 at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York. Drawing on his interests in science and nature, Brown aims in his new work to visualize the possible catastrophic effects of climate change and global warming. Brown's solo show is one of five, including landscapes by Daisy Craddock, sculpture by Renee Iacone, ceramics by Bruce Gagnier, and mixed-media paintings by Jenny Snider.
✭ Corning Museum of Glass opened its Contemporary Art + Design Wing this past March. The wing includes a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects. On view through March 20, 2016, is the inaugural installation, Kiki Smith's Constellation (1996), one of CMoG's recent acquisitions. Inspired by images from an early 19th Century celestial atlas, it features 26 hot-sculpted glass animals representing animal-themed star patterns, including Corvus, the crow, and Delphinus, the dolphin. The night sky is of hand-made indigo-dyed paper from Nepal. Smith designed the installation, which was produced by Pino Signoretto of Venice. Additional information about Constellation is on GlassApp.
Here's the installation on video:
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✭ In collaboration with The Florida Aquarium, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, is presenting a show of underwater photography, "Marvels of the Reef", through December 30. On view is the work of seven photographers, all of whom have worked with National Geographic. A portion of exhibition proceeds will be donated to The Florida Aquarium's conservation efforts, including animal rescue and rehabilitation.