All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ As part of its Syrian Voices project, the PBS NewsHour ArtBeat interviewed a group of Syrian artists dedicated to recreating ancient Syrian monuments, including the World Heritage site Palmyra, destroyed by terrorists. The artists are using materials they have salvaged from their refugee camp. Read about the remarkable project in "Using Only Materials from a Refugee Camp, Artists Recreate Syria's Lost Treasures" (February 3, 2016).
✦ A new series, "Artists & Communities Conversation", has debuted at Americans for the Arts. Over 10 months, artists and arts practitioners will talk with established and emerging community arts leaders about the artistic process, collaborative initiatives, and arts projects to enhance community life or ignite social change. The first conversation, between choreographer Liz Lerman and Deana Haggag of The Contemporary, a Baltimore museum, was posted in late January.
✦ The 2016 National Arts Action Summit, which encompasses Arts Advocacy Day, takes place March 7-8 in Washington, D.C. More than 500 grassroots advocates will gather to promote policies and public funding for the arts.
✦ Walter Martin ("The Walkmen") released his new album, Arts & Leisure, January 29. A number of the songs are art-related; Alexander Calder, Michelangelo, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Vincent van Gogh, John Singleton Copley, and Vermeer are just a few of the artists mentioned. For additional information about the album, read "Walter Martin Arts & Leisure". Here's the album trailer:
✦ Lesley Dill, who works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a wide variety of techniques and media, is the 2016 Artist in Residence at Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, California. Dill will give a lecture that features an excerpt from her opera (March 14) and give gallery demonstrations (March 15-17). There also will be an exhibition, "The Poetic Voice", comprising selections from the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation.
I've long admired Dill's prints (see her work at Tamarind Institute and Landfall Press) and artist books.
✦ A sponsored project of the arts services nonprofit Fractured Atlas, Central Booking in New York City provides a space for exhibiting artist books and prints (Artist's Book Gallery), art- and science-related group exhibitions of all media (HaberSpace), and workshops, meet-ups, and other creative initiatives (OffLINE). On view through March 27 is "Insecta" in HaberSpace; the exhibition includes work by Beverly Ress, book artist Ilse Schreiber-Noll, and more than 20 other artists.
Central Booking on FaceBook and Twitter
Exhibitions Here and There (College & University Museum Edition)
✭ The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, is presenting through June 6 "That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated". Part of worldwide events marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the exhibition features a selection of paintings, prints, photographs, and books that showcase centuries of artistic engagement with the Bard's plays and, in particular, Wellesley's deep interest in the playwright's works. Drawn from the college archives and special collections, the show features examples of Shakespeare-related art by Eugene Delacroix, Max Beckmann, and Rockwell Kent. Gallery talks and film screenings are among the exhibition-related programs.
✭ On view through April 2 at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, is "Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists from Iran". The featured artists are Faramarz Pilaram, Parviz Tanavoli, Chohreh Feyzdjou, Shiva Ahmadi, Shahpour Pouyan, and Barbad Golshiri, all of whom were born between 1937 and 1982 and are either pioneering modernists or emerging artists based in Tehran or working abroad. In addition to showing individual artistic practices, the show examines the influence of Persian heritage as manifested in ornamentation, poetry, architecture, and Sufism. The show of approximately 90 works includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, mixed-media installations, and video. An illustrated publication (image below) is available in print and as a free e-book. Exhibition-related programs include film screenings, gallery talks, and panel discussions.
Exhibition Publication Cover Art
✭ The layered body prints and gestural abstract paintings of Keltie Ferris are featured in "Keltie Ferris: Body Prints and Paintings", continuing through April 2 at University Art Museum at the University of Albany. Giving special attention to the evolution of the body prints, which include black-and-white impressions and colorful serial progressions, the exhibition also includes Ferris's largest painting to date.
Keltie Ferris, A+R+G+O, 2015
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
96" x 130"
Keltie Ferris and Mitchell-Innes & Nash/New York
The video below, from Art21, shows Ferris at work in her Brooklyn studio:
✭ Continuing through May 8 at University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, is "New Technologies and Victorian Society: Early British Photographs from the UMMA Collection". Featured are images by Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick Evans, Peter Henry Emerson, John Thompson, Charles Scowen, Henry Fox Talbot, and Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre.
✭ Selected work by German painter Corinne Wasmuht may be seen through June 12 at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Part of SCAD's annual deFINE Art program comprising exhibitions, lectures, performances, and other public events, this is Wasmuht's first solo museum show in the United States. Described as providing an "immersive", "virtual reality-painted" experience, the large-scale work draws on Wasmuht's own photography, Internet sources, and images from life, landscapes, and nature to examine our dependency on electronic devices and corresponding diminishment of interpersonal relationships.
SCAD Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter