Friday, September 23, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Due out in early October is James Attlee's Graham Dean (Unicorn Publishing Group) a book about acclaimed figurative artist Graham Dean. (See my Wednesday Artist column of June 29, 2016.) Attlee surveys Dean's four-decades-long career, examining his early post-Pop images, urban realist paintings, and current monumental watercolors of the human body (they're exquisite).

Cover Art

The book will be available internationally, and also at Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton, United Kingdom, Dean's hometown. 

Among Attlee's other books are Gordon Matta-Clark: The Space Between (2014).

Coinciding with the book's release is a solo exhibition at the gallery, which will run from October 8 through November 6; it's the first major show of Dean's work in Brighton in 20 years.

Graham Dean, White Noise, 2007
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 77 cm x 91 cm
(Image included in Graham Dean)

Graham Dean on FaceBook

✦ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., is host to Drawing Salon, a series of free workshops open to the public, ages 18 and older, led by practicing artists and museum educators. Drawing materials are provided. Upcoming programs address "Hudson River Landscapes" and "American Modernism". Other topics, beginning in 2017, are "Dutch Seascapes", "The Shaw Memorial", and "Calder's Mobiles". For dates and other details, see Drawing Salon or download the 2016-2017 schedule (pdf).

✦ Beginning September 28, Marianne Lettieri will conduct at the Berkeley, California, Center for the Arts & Religion at Graduate Theological Union a 15-week class introducing activities and responsibilities of art display and gallery management in religious contexts. The course will include lectures, reading discussions, conversations with artists, and field  trips. In addition, attendees will collaborate on a culturally significant exhibit at Doug Adams Gallery. The course is open to the public. Register online.

The solo exhibition "Marianne Lettieri: Reflections" at San Francisco's Museum of Craft and Design continues through January 22, 2017. 

CARe Doug Adams Gallery on FaceBook

✦ Hieronymus Bosch has been dead for 500 years but his Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1500) continues to fascinate. The Public Domain celebrates the three-panel painting with a selection of close-ups.

✦ More than 100 photographs of New York City are featured in a volume of street photography by Lee Friedlander: Street: The Human Clay (Yale University Art Gallery, September 20, 2016). Also included are images of Atlanta, Buffalo, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Last year, the gallery released Friedlander's Portraits: The Human Clay.

Cover Art

✦ Highly detailed, the miniature graphite drawings of Mateo Pizarro contain narratives waiting to be written. Pizarro's artworks have been featured at This Is ColossalTwisted Sifter, The Inspiration, and Juxtapoz.

Mateo Pizarro's Micro Barroque Series (Also see his Ancient Beasts on Behance and DesignWrld.)

Mateo Pizarro on Instagram and Behance

✦ Contemporary street artist and filmmaker Nils Westergard of Richmond, Virginia, signs his painted and stenciled pieces, which include murals, with a butterfly. His street art can found throughout the United States, as well as abroad—in Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, and Austria, among other nations. See Westergard's studio art.

Nils Westergard on FaceBook

✦ Below is The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art, about an exhibition at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, that concluded in January 2016. The show presented more than 80 objects by such artists as Kenneth Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos—all part of the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection or the gallery. An exhibition catalogue with 139 color illustrations is available.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Utah State University's Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah, is presenting "Lighting the Fire: Ceramics Education in the American West". Its objects drawn from the museum's important ceramics collection, the exhibition surveys the work of more than 20 ceramists who, through innovative teaching, helped position clay as a fine art medium in the mid-20th Century. A list of the potters whose work is on view is at the exhibition link above. The exhibition continues through December 10.

NEHMA on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ On view through December 9 at CARe's Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley, California, is "The Hermitage of Landscape: Works by Nicholas Coley". Earlier this year, Coley had a solo exhibition of recent plein air paintings at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco. See a selection of Coley's paintings.

Nicholas Coley, Canal by the Railroad Tracks, 2016
Oil on Canvas, 48" x 60"

Nicholas Coley on FaceBook

Fort Mason Center on FaceBook

✭ There's still time to see the installation "Living Hive" at Virginia's Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The show, which continues through October 9, presents conceptual artist Elsabe Johnson Dixon's bee-keeping project, which includes Dixon's sculpture of a honeybee hive. Dixon created the hive, which is now wax-covered, as part of her exploration of bees' activities and reactions to human-made structures.

Read Denice Thibodeau's article about the exhibition, "Combining Love of Art and Nature, Project Charts Honeybees Reacting to Man-Made Structure" in The Danville Register. View images at the article link and on Dixon's FaceBook page.

Elsabe Johnson Dixon on Square Space,  FaceBookInstagram, and YouTube

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History on FaceBook

✭ A show of jewelry at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, continues through January 8, 2017. The exhibition, "All That Sparkles. . . 20th Century Artists' Jewelry", celebrates the craftsmanship and creativity of 20th Century artists who used the art form to explore texture and color, as well as new techniques and materials. It features work by artists in Bechtler's collection, including Raffael Benazzi, Alberto Giacometti, Alicia Penalba, and Niki de Saint Phalle. The jewelry is shown with examples of "more conventional" artwork by such artists as Harry Bertoia and Claire Falkenstein.

Helen Schwab, "'All That Sparkles...' Shows Thought", Charlotte Observer, July 28, 2016

Bechtler Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

✭ In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Veronique Wantz Gallery is presenting work by local painter Kei Gratton in the solo exhibition "Within/Without". The all-new works can be seen at the gallery through September 8.

Veronique Wantz Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ At the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas, you'll find "Abhidnya Ghuge: Flight of the Canyon", a site-responsive installation comprising thousands of woodblock-printed paper plates whose designs are inspired by organic patterns in nature. The plates hang precariously above the space where viewers walk. The installation is on view through November 27. At the exhibition link above is an artist talk and additional images, including close-ups, of Ghuge's beautiful artwork.

Installation View
Abhidnya Ghuge, Flight of the Canyon, 2016
Woodblock-Printed Paper Plates, Acrylic Polymer, Paint, Wire Armature
Dimensions Variable (Installation Site-Responsive)
Collection of the Artist
Photo Credit: Turk Studio

Abhidnya Ghuge Website (Take some time to view Ghuge's other installations, sculpture, mixed media, public art/commissions, and drawings. She is a remarkably talented multidisciplinary artist.)

Abhidnya Ghuge on FaceBook

Crow Collection on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

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