Friday, February 19, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The 9th International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now) is March 26. SWAN Day events, which last year took place in 26 countries, celebrate women's creativity in all aspects of life.

WomenArts/SWAN Day on FaceBook

✦ American Craft's juried Baltimore show takes place this weekend (through Sunday) and features more than 650 artists and artisans who make jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home decor (ceramics, lighting, glass work).

✦ Take a look at the work of contemporary art quilter Katie Pasquini Masopust, and you'll understand why "Wow!" is a common reaction. Widely collected, Masopust's quilts range from realistic landscapes and figurative pieces to the vividly abstract. Masopust, who is planning to move soon from New Mexico to California, also is an author and an instructor who demonstrates her techniques all over the world. Currently, Masopust is featured in "Not Your Grandma's Quilt" through March 4 at Palette Contemporary Art and Craft. (Read Wesley Pulkka's article about the show, "Katie Masopust's Art Begins a Renewed Interest in Fiber Arts",  in the Albuquerque Journal.)

Katie Masopust on FaceBook

✦ Yesterday's Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life showcased the work of illustrator Manuja Waldia. She's so talented!

✦ China-born and now U.S.-based Shulin Sun is a master at combining traditional Chinese and contemporary Western painting techniques. Some of his nature-inspired images in ink and color seem to explode on paper; others appear as intricate networks of lines and abstract massed forms. I particularly like his series Ice and Fall.  Work by the artist is in a group exhibition at Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey, through March 13 (Leaves 24); and in "A Touch of the Blues" at The Arc Gallery, Chicago, through February 27 (Ice 2). View the online gallery.

Shulin Sun on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, has picked up the latest trend and fashioned it into an exhibition, "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period", the first significant look at the photographic process's historical trajectory by a U.S. museum.

On view through April 24, the show traces the rise of "blueprint photographs" in the botanical photogenic drawings of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), and the technique's use by past and contemporary artists. The exhibition is organized thematically (botanicals, landscapes, abstraction, portraiture) and includes work by Henry Bosse, Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922), Edward Sheriff Curtis, F. Holland Day, Annie Lopez, and Christian Marclay (see Christian Marclay: Cyanotypes). A selection of images and information about a project with Clark University art history students is available at the exhibition link above. The students' research will be included in an essay in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. The museum also has published Frederick Coulson: Blueprints of a Golden Age.

Additional information about cyanotypes and some of the works in the exhibition may be found in the press release (pdf).

The Open Studios program at WGBH prepared a video on cyanotypes.

Read Joshua Lyford's article "Worcester Art Museum Presents 'Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period'" in Worcester Magazine (January 7, 2016). Also read Ted Loos's feature article "Cyanotype, Photography's Blue Period, Is Making a Comeback" in The New York Times (February 5, 2016).

Note: In April I will be featuring a cyanotype artist in my Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life.

Worcester Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Rockford, Illinois, native Stephen Warde Anderson, an "outsider" artist, is the subject of "The Wonderful World of Stephen Warde Anderson" at Rockford Art Museum. On view through May 30, the exhibition includes the short Fantasy Tableau by documentary filmmaker Kate Balsley. On March 24, Anderson will give a lecture at the museum.

The video below shows a selection of paintings Anderson made between October 2008 and September 2013:

Stephen Warde Anderson on FaceBook

Rockford Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ More than 70 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints by Jackson Pollock are on view in "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots" at Dallas Museum of Art. Continuing through March 20, the exhibition is only the third U.S. museum show devoted solely to Pollock. Some of the works have not been seen for more than 50 years. Included are 31 of Pollock's black paintings (1951-1953). 

Listen to a Modern Art Notes podcast with curator Gavin Delahunty, which aired January 7.

DAM on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Portraits by Native American photographers Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, and Will Wilson are showcased alongside the pioneering work of ethnologist and photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) in "Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy" on view through May 8 at Oregon's Portland Art Museum. Featuring multiple volumes from Curtis's The North American Indian, the exhibition examines Curtis's continuing influence on the interpretation of Native American culture and encourages a critical appraisal of Native representation in photography. 

Here's a peek at the exhibition:

Portland Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Post-war abstract expressionist Norman Lewis (1909-1979) is the subject of "Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis" at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Presenting approximately 90 paintings and works on paper from public and private collections, as well as archival materials from the Lewis estate, the exhibition, which may be seen through April 3, is a comprehensive examination of Lewis's innovative contributions to American art. Socially aware and a political activist, Lewis was a member of the Harlem art community. In his practice, he used representation and abstraction, geometric and organic forms, and incorporated his views of civil right issues using a highly expressive palette. The "procession ritual" figures prominently in his work.

The show will travel in June to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Ft. Worth, and in September to Chicago Cultural Center.

An illustrated catalogue (University of California Press, 2015) accompanies the exhibition.

Catalogue Cover Art

PAFA on FaceBook and Twitter

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