All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Photographer and 2003 Guggenheim Fellow Tanya Marcuse has produced this year a new, large color series: Woven; she shot the photos in New York's Hudson Valley. Selections from Woven, as well as Fruitless and Fallen, are on view through July 31 in the Project Gallery at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Be sure, too, to see Marcuse's Website images of wax agricultural models (Bountiful), wax anatomical models (Wax Bodies), and undergarments, armor, and museum forms (Undergarments & Armor).
✦ Harvard has released a video, "A Flower Facelift in Glass", showing how Glass Flowers in the Harvard Museum of Natural History have been restored. (The video was posted last month at the Botanical Art & Artists blog.) The Glass Flowers Collection re-opened May 21, 2016. A book titled The Glass Flowers at Harvard (Harvard University, 1992) is still available, as is Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models (Corning Museum of Glass, 2007).
Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants
Making a Mark (Blog at Botanical Art & Artists) on FaceBook
✦ A brief feature on the watercolorist Lilias Trotter, the subject of the excellent documentary Many Beautiful Things: The Life and Vision of Lilias Trotter, appeared in The New York Times in mid-May. Read "An Artist Rediscovered After a Missionary Life". See my post "Lilias Trotter: Painter and Missionary" for information about the film (the trailer is in the post) and selected resources on Trotter.
✦ Annette Seeler has published Kathe Kollwitz: The Sculptures — Catalogue Raisonne, Part One (Hirmer, 2016), in German (see cover image below). In addition to the print edition, the catalogue is online and may be downloaded.
✦ Art21 has been posting on its blog a series of creativity exercises for children. Read "Museums: A Critical Exploration", in which fourth-grade students visit the St. Louis Museum of Art. One activity, designed to help students understand the importance of diversity, included watching the Kerry James Marshall video below.
✦ My June 16 Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life featured the superb work of draughtsman Alexander Landerman.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ West Virginia's Huntington Museum of Art is presenting "A Talent Forgotten: Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson", July 2 to September 18. Huntington is the first art museum in the state to own some of Wilkinson's work; moreover, the show is the first major Wilkinson exhibition in almost a century. As well, it is the first to bring together so large a number of her paintings. An illustrated catalogue is available.
Wilkinson, who was born in Wheeling and died in Huntington, is the subject of the documentary Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson (Michelle Boyaner and Jane Anderson, co-writers and executive producers), which will be shown at the museum August 23. See the film trailer in my All Art Friday ("Spotlights" section) dated May 20.
✭ In Washington D.C., Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery continues through July 15 "Gretchen Feldman | The Healing Studio", the first annual exhibition commemorating an artist or artists and their artistic responses to their experience of cancer. Feldman, a painter and textile conservator died of lung cancer in 2008.
Partnering in the exhibition are Sam Feldman, husband of Gretchen Feldman for 53 years and founder of National Widowers Organization, and American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger.
A panel discussion, "Turning Grief Into Healing", including Sam Feldman, is slated for June 18 (tomorrow), 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Gretchen Feldman Website (Six galleries of her work may be viewed here.)
A full-color catalogue, Gretchen Feldman | Love Letter to Earth (see image below), that accompanied a 2012-2013 exhibition at American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, includes a selection of Feldman's watercolors. The catalogue (from the artist's estate) is available through Blurb.
Catalogue Cover Art (AVAM Exhibit)
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery/Smith Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ The concept of "wonder" serves as the unifying theme of the exhibition "Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomena of Wonder", continuing at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. On view are works by 23 international artists, each of whom explores some facet or facets of wonder via artistic expression: perceptual/visionary, technological/scientific, philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear. Among the featured artists are Jen Bervin, Sharon Ellis, Hope Ginsburg, the Institute for Figuring, Nina Katchadourian, and Fred Tomaselli. (A complete list and links, plus a selection of images, are provided at the exhibition link above.)
The catalogue (Prestel, August 1, 2016; see image below) that accompanies the exhibition features essays on the history of wonder, wonder and psychology, literature, science, and unusual natural and paranormal phenomena, as well as artist interviews and special artist projects. Contributors to the catalogue include clinical psychologist and author Kay Redfield Jamison, writer/blogger Maria Popova, graphic designed Stefan Sagmeister, poet Mary Ruefle, and filmmaker San Green, among others.
The exhibition will continue through March 2017.
Catalogue Cover Art
MASS MoCA on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ The Museum of Art at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, has mounted a show of Paul Strand's photographs of New England. Continuing through August 7, "Paul Strand in Vermont: 1943-1946" features more than two dozen silver gelatin prints, 28 of which have been loaned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also on view is a Deardorff 8" x 10" large-format view camera that Strand used.
✭ Continuing through August 28 at Noyes Gallery at Seaview, Noyes Museum of Art, Galloway, New Jersey, is "Diane Tomash: Plein-Air Paintings and Prints". The prints are monotypes. Tomash is a Noyes Museum Associate Artist.
Diane Tomash on FaceBook