All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ History, art, and artifacts are celebrated in The Collections: The University of Texas Press (UT Press, January 2016), a new book surveying more than 80 collections in the university's holdings, including selections from Harry Ransom Center, Blanton Museum of Art, and Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs. Edited by Andree Bober, the book also has more than 800 color and 117 black-and-white images. Click the title link above for a look inside.
✦ Canadian artist Floyd Elzinga takes his inspiration from nature. His metal pine cones (and cones from other trees) and landscapes of steel are especially impressive. Elzinga also makes art playful; see a selection of installations, including a zippered lawn.
✦ Human trafficking is the subject of the metaphorical Red Sand Project described at Hyperallergic. Visit Molly Gochman's Website to learn more about the social justice project.
✦ The Creators Project spent some time "Looking Back at 15 Years of Wikipedia and Art" (January 15, 2016).
✦ You have until February 14 to see "Graphic Novelist Residency: Eleanor Davis" at Ohio's Columbus Museum of Art. Davis is a wonderful illustrator and cartoonist.
✦ Here's a preview for the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition "Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse", on view in London through April 20:
Read a review of the exhibition, described as "thrillingly cosmic", in The Guardian.
✦ The subject of a recent feature article, "Social Fabric", in American Craft (February/March 2016), Karen Hamilton talks in the video below about how she came to be an artist. Visit Hamilton's Website to view a selection of her historical narratives, weavings, and portraits. Additional videos are accessible from her Website.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ On view through April 3, "You Go Girl! Celebrating Women Artists", at The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, brings together work by more than 50 artists, including Berenice Abbott, Elaine de Kooning, Audry Flack, Jane Hammond, Georgia O'Keeffe, Betty Parsons, Miriam Shapiro, Emma Stebbins, and Jane Wilson. Drawn from the museum's collections and dating from the late 19th Century to today, the artworks are representational and abstract. Among the media are prints, oils and watercolors, photographs, and sculptures. See a selection of images from the show.
Marguerite Zorach, Moonlight, 1910
Oil on Panel, 16" x 12-3/4"
Gift of Baker/Pisano Collection 2001.9.288
✭ The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., is presenting "Artists' Books and Africa" through September 11. This is the first exhibition focusing on African artists' books in the Smithsonian Libraries' Warren M. Robbins Library and NMAfA. View the online exhibition, if you can't get to Washington.
Here's a six-minute film that introduces some of the artists whose wonderful work is on exhibit:
✭ Architecture as concept, metaphor, and practice is examined in "Architecture of Life", the inaugural exhibition, continuing through May 29, at California's Berkeley Art Museum | Pacific Film Archive. Located in BAMPFA's new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition of more than 200 works occupies every gallery. On view are scientific illustrations and architectural drawings and models, in addition to sculpture, oil paintings, photographs, prints, and other artworks in a wide range of media. At the exhibition link, you'll find a list of related programs by month and images of a selection of objects in the show.
Accompanying the show is a 362-page exhibition catalogue, Architecture of Life (University of California Berkeley & Pacific Film Archive, 2015), with 280 color illustrations. Among the essayists contributing to the catalogue is Rebecca Solnit.
Catalogue Cover Art
✭ In Arizona, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art continues through May 1 "Betye Saar: Still Tickin'". A retrospective, the exhibition is organized around three themes: nostalgia and memory, mysticism and ritual, and the political and racial. On view are multimedia collages, assemblages, sculpture, works on paper, and re-conceived installations. View four images from the show.
SMOCA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ Danforth Art Museum and School, Framingham, Massachusetts, is presenting a two-part exhibition that draws from works in the permanent collection: "The Memory Palace: Domesticity, Objects, and the Interior". The first part, continuing through February 28, features the work of Lindsey Beal, Marie Craig, and Molly Lamb. The second part, continuing through March 6, showcases work by Leslie Graff and Astrid Reichwitz. The works on view are in a variety of media, including installations. Artist and gallery talks are scheduled. Visit the main exhibition page and individual exhibition links to view images and obtain more information about the participating artists.
✭ Photographs by the late Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) are on view through March 20 in "Tiny: Streetwise Revisited" at Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. The exhibition draws from Mark's 30-year-long Streetwise series and includes both a forward and backward look at the Seattle pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, drug dealers, and other down-and-out youth Mark continued to photograph over decades. ("Tiny" was a 13-year-old prostitute when Mark met her; the mother of 10 children, she died in 2015 at age 75.) This is an important exhibition; the series documents a range of challenging issues — homelessness, poor health care, drug addiction, lack of education, poverty — and serves as a record of how those problems became intergenerational.
A catalogue, published last fall by Aperture and including essays by Isabel Allende, John Irving, Martin Bell, and Mark, is available (see image below).
Catalogue Cover Art