All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Drawn to the hand-made, photographer Melissa Zexter lends a personal touch to her images by adding hand-stitching. The results, called "embroidered photography", are unique and eye-catching. Read an interview with Zexter at Textile Artist and then head to her Website to see images of her embroidered portraits and other work, including her imaginative "maps" and landscapes.
✦ Is there a young reader in your life who appreciates art? Author Amy Novesky has penned a new children's book, Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois (Abrams Books, March 2016), illustrated wonderfully by Isabelle Arsenault. The nonfiction picture book, available in print and in e-format, shows the deep influence on Bourgeois of her mother, a master weaver.
View additional images from the book at Novesky's Website. Other images by Arsenault may be seen at The Guardian.
✦ If you failed to reach London in time for the Marlborough Gallery's April group exhibition, do the next best thing and view the catalogue online: "Sculptors in Print: Louise Bourgeois, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, and Kiki Smith".
✦ Save the Date! Beloved and deservedly acclaimed Washington artist Linn Meyers, who has created a site-specific, hand-drawn, 400-linear-foot work, Our View From Here (2016), for the Hirshhorn Museum's 2nd level inner circle galleries, will be giving an artist talk at the museum on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Her marvelous commissioned wall drawing, though temporary, will be on view through May 14, 2017, after which date it will be painted over. Shots of the drawing are included in the Washington City Paper's article on the piece.
✦ Congratulations to abstract painter Anne Shami Cherubim-Sundaram, an emerging artist who received in April a Distinguished Artist Award from ArtAscent bi-monthly magazine. I met Anne some time ago and have delightedly witnessed her continual development. She's a lovely and engaging person with an excellent eye for color and composition.
✦ The short film below features glassblower Andrew O. Hughes of Brooklyn, New York. It was shot by Vanessa Gould for POV/PBS in 2013.
Andrew O. Hughes, Glassblower, Brooklyn Glass from Green Fuse Films on Vimeo.
Andrew O. Hughes on FaceBook
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates its gift of 179 works in the Lanford Wilson Collection with the exhibition "Taking Center Stage: The Lanford Wilson Collection of Self-Taught Art", on view through July 3. Included in the lineup are folk and self-taught artists such as Clementine Hunter, William Hawkins, David Butler, Vestie Davis, Felipe Archuleta, Bessie Harvey, and Joseph Yaokum. The media include paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. An illustrated catalogue with an 1993 essay by Wilson and color images of work in the show is available.
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✭ Continuing through May 27 at the Black & White Gallery/Project Space in Brooklyn, New York, is "Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez: Travelers & Settlers". The exhibition comprises Friedemann-Sanchez's multi-narrative installation about identity, memory, and gender; it features paintings, sculptures, objects, and mixed media that "together and in different voices weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, punctuations, [and] silences about hybridity and cultural ownership." The exhibition marks the artist's first show at Black & White Gallery/Project Space. Earlier this year it was presented at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. Friedemann-Sanchez's Artist Statement, Process Statement, and biography are provided at the exhibition link. View installation images.
✭ Last week, Rockville, Maryland's Artists & Makers Studios opened its May shows: "The Otis Street Arts Project" and "Elements of Nature", both continuing through May 26. The former spotlights eight area artists, who all work out of the same art space: Sean Hennessey, David Mordini, Jenna North, Alma Selimovic, Liz Lescault, Art Drauglis, Gloria Chapa, and M.L. Duffy; the latter showcases Alison Sigethy's and Carol Talkov's wonderful collaborations on the four elements (Earth, Water, Air, and Fire).
Otis Street Arts Project (Mt. Rainier, Maryland)
✭ A regional juried exhibition, "Deeply Rooted", at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, presents 30 works by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) members from Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Each work interprets the meaning of "roots". The show concludes August 7. A reception is planned by Saturday, June 11. See the participating artists list and view images of quilts in the exhibition.
✭ On view at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Ft. Worth, is "Louise Nevelson: Prints", lithographs by Nevelson (1899-1988) created at Tamarind Lithography Workshop between 1963 and 1967. (Tamarind was founded in Los Angeles in 1960. Now known as Tamarind Institute, it is part of the University of New Mexico's College of Fine Arts in Albuquerque.) The exhibition runs through July 31.
Notable Exhibition Abroad
It is not too early to book tickets for "Picasso Portraits", opening October 6 at London's National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition, co-organized with Barcelona's Museu Picasso, will showcase more than 75 portraits, some being shown for the first time in the United Kingdom, from all periods of the artist's career and in all media. The works include loans from international institutions as well as private collections. The show will run through February 5, 2017.
A catalogue by Elizabeth Cowling, emeritus professor of art history at University of Edinburgh, is available that examines the complete range of Picasso's portraiture, from formal and posed work to caricatures, sources of inspiration, and innovative approaches that defied traditional representational depictions. The 256-page book includes 200 illustrations.
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