All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Simon Abrahams, an independent art historian, manages the site Every Painter Paints Himself | Art's Masterpieces Explained. Visitors to EPPH may study art by theme; view image galleries; read essays; explore museum artworks; and read articles about artists. Abrahams also maintains a blog.
✦ Plan to take part in Slow Art Day, Saturday, April 9, at a museum in your city. Participating venues are listed on the SAD Website.
✦ Save the Dates: April 10-12, Makers' Mart Arts & Craft Fair, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Reservations are not required but the museum has an admissions fee. (Read the FaceBook description of the fair.)
✦ French botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist Michel Garcia will be visiting the Minneapolis Textile Center July 11-16. The center's first Margaret Miller Artist-in-Residence, Garcia will conduct two workshops, "Color from Plants: A Natural Dye Workshop" and "Natural Indigo Vat"; he'll also give a lecture. Garcia is the founder of Couleur Garance ("Madder Color) in Lauris, France.
Michel Garcia Website (In French)
✦ Have you visited The Feminist Art Project at Rutgers? An international collaborative initiative, TFAP promotes feminist art events, artist calls, education, and publications via its Website. Artists may post their exhibitions, lectures, and other art-related activities on the TFAP online calendar at no cost. It maintains an excellent annotated list of blogs and links, including regional group blogs and social media, that is continually updated. Also see TFAP's Feminist Art Resources in Education, which offers lesson plans, multi-media resources, K-12 reading lists, and more.
TFAP on FaceBook
✦ Here's a look at the largely self-taught painter Silvia Pelissero, best known as Agnes-Cecile:
Agnes-Cecile on FaceBook, Tumblr, and YouTube
✦ The video below introduces Tressa Sularz, whose solo exhibition "Dancing My Way Home" is on view through April 30 at the Textile Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sularz, a featured artist in the National Basketry Organization Quarterly Review in Fall 2015, moved toward more sculptural forms after serious health issues challenged her ability to continue making baskets.
Textile Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
National Basketry Organization on FaceBook
Tressa Sularz on FaceBook
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Continuing through August 7 at Denver Art Museum is "Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry", comprising more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, and sculptural forms. Included are a selection of historic European tapestries, 20th Century collaborations between artist and weaver, and works by solo artist-weavers. Countries represented, in addition to those in Europe, are Turkey, China, Peru, and Mexico, as well as the American Southwest.
The museum offers a selection of behind-the-scenes videos about tapestry creation and use, symbols and motifs, repair, and cleaning and stabilization.
✭ The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, is presenting "Sightings: Mai-Thu Perret", multi-disciplinary, installation-based, performative work by the Swiss-born feminist artist. Reflecting Perret's interest in utopian societies and a secular Kurdish community in Syria, the exhibition, continuing through July 17, includes paintings, ceramics, eight life-size figures in various media that represent an all-female militia, and two stage performances. The latter are scheduled for June 2 and June 4, one a restaging of Perret's Figures and the other a newly commissioned piece titled o, which will take place in more than one area of the museum.
Images from the exhibition may be viewed at the link above. Also see these images.
Read Cassandra Naji's "Interview with Artist Mai-Thu Perret: Switzerland's Utopian Feminist" at The Culture Trip (January 2016).
✭ Work by Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Romare Bearden, Tarleton Blackwell, Tyrone Geter, Leo Twiggs, and others is showcased in "Spoken: African-American Art in the Collection", at Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina. On view through June 12, the show takes as its inspiration the lyric "Lift Every Voice and Sing". An audio tour is available.
In the video below, curator Will South talks about the museum's acquisition of Tyrone Geter's I Don Old, I Don Tire But I Ain't Done Yet (2013):
✭ Idaho's Boise Art Museum has mounted "Adonna Khare: The Kingdom". Continuing through May 29, the exhibition presents Khare's large carbon pencil drawings of animals in worlds other than their own. Khare is the 2012 recipient of ArtPrize, a competition involving more than 1,500 artists from around the world. Images may be seen at the exhibition link above.
Here's a video with Khare in her studio:
"Menagerie", a fashion show inspired by Khare's drawings, is slated for April 23.
Adonna Khare on FaceBook
✭ At Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, you'll find "Erin Shirreff", the first large museum survey in the United States of Shirreff's work. Continuing through May 8, the show features the Canadian artist's interrelated bodies of work, which encompass photographs, cut-metal and poured-plaser assemblages, overlapping photographs and collages, and photographic canvases. A catalogue with 98 illustrations and essays by the curators, accompanies the exhibition (see image immediately below).
Catalogue Cover Art
Erin Shirreff is spotlighted in this Art21 New York Close Up, "Erin Shirreff Takes Her Time":
Erin Shirreff at Sikkema Jenkins