All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Collage artist Douglas DeVivo "paint[s] with paper." DeVivo studied Chinese art in Taiwan, where he lived for a number of years and established a design company. He moved back to California, where he was born and raised, in the mid-1990s and has made collage art ever since. See his collages of flowers, swirls, landscapes, mandalas, and waves. They're intricate and layered with imagery that keeps a viewer engaged in discovery. (My thanks to Susan Cornelis for the link to DeVivo's Website.)
✦ Textile artist Morna Crites-Moore, who says she's "defined [by] her love of color", works with vintage linens, antique silks, old sweaters, and buttons and other found objects. Her work can be seen in the "Stitches" section of her Website. Crites-Moore also makes jewelry and takes photographs.
Morna Crites-Moore on FaceBook
✦ A resource for the study of African-American art, the Faith Ringgold Study Room at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, is expected to open in March 2017. Its opening will coincide with the exhibition "Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze", on view beginning March 2, 2017. Ringgold donated her collection of papers about her life and career to the Driskell Center. Once that collection is documented, inventoried, and catalogued, it will be available to researchers and the public.
✦ For artists who want to "create random with abandon", my friend Seth Apter has created a workshop on DVD: Card Play: Mixed-Media Techniques for Small Works of Art, available at the Interweave Store or through Seth's own online shop at the altered page. Watch a demonstration of Card Play at Seth's blog.
✦ Grace Rawson, a photographic hand-colorist for Whites Aviation in the 1950s, is the subject of Greg Wood's and Peter Alsop's interesting short below. Rawson talks about the art of hand-tinted images.
(My thanks to Loading Docs for the link to the video.)
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Visit the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland at College Park to see "Willie Cole: On Site". On view through November 18, the exhibition features 19 three-dimensional works created by the African-American artist between 2006 and 2016. Cole is known for repurposing everyday objects; among the materials he used for the works in this show are found wood, used shoes, and recycled water bottles, nearly 5,000 of which Cole reclaimed to create his nearly 30-foot Buddha Chandelier (2013), a site-specific installation, for the gallery. A print publication accompanies the exhibition, which will go on a national tour beginning April 7, 2017.
Willie Cole, With a Heart of Gold, 2005-2006
Shoes, Wood, Screws, Metal, and Staples
85" Diameter x 16"
Photo: Jason Mandella
Image: Alexander and Bonin, New York
Willie Cole at Alexander and Bonin
✭ The Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has mounted an exhibition of the work of the important printmaker Garo Antreasian. Titled "Garo Antreasian: Innovation in Print" and on view through the end of the year, the exhibition explores six decades of Antreasian's printmaking, focusing on his contributions to printmaking techniques and standards, experimentation with commercial materials and methods, role as Tamarind's first technical director, and Tamarind production. Complementing the exhibition are photographs and letters, the artist's own writings, and various items from Tamarind's archives.
Watch "The Early Days: Discussion with Garo Antreasian" (YouTube).
Antreasian's most recent book is Garo Z. Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art (University of New Mexico Press). The 368-page book has 160 color plates and 92 color photos.
Michael Abatemarco, "Set in Stone: The Artistic Life of Garo Z. Antreasian", Santa Fe New Mexican, February 26, 2016
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✭ Two video installations by Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, originally produced in 2014 for the European contemporary art biennial Manifesta, are on view in "Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals" at the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, until January 1, 2017. The three-channel installations — Marianna (The Fairy Doll) and The Gymschool, St. Petersburg — offer, respectively, portraits of youths studying to be dancers and rhythmic gymnasts. In the works, Dijkstra seeks to portray how the young dancers explore self-identity while seeking to present a particular image of themselves that conceals their emotions and vulnerability.
Dijkstra's 11-part series on the transitions experienced by a young Bosnian refugee, Amerisa (1994-ongoing), a new museum acquisition, is included in MAM's thematically organized exhibition "The Lives of Others: Portraits from the Photography Collection", also on view until January 1.
In the video below, Dijkstra talks about Amerisa:
Rineke Dijkstra at Vincent Borrelli (Photography Books)
✭ Last week saw the opening of "No MAN'S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. The exhibition, which continues through January 8, 2017, presents work by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries, including Nina Chanel Abney, Cecily Brown, Mira Dancy, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Yayoi Kusama, Suzanne McClelland, Wangechi Mutu, Solange Pessoa, Elizabeth Peyton, Roseal, Analia Saban, Dana Schutz, Mickalene Thomas, and Rosemarie Trockel. The 59 paintings and sculptures on view address the process of making and are focused on images of the female body. Artist and gallery talks are among related events.
A 270-page catalogue with essays accompanies the exhibition.
Catalogue Cover Art
The Rubell Family Collection, Miami
"NO MAN'S LAND" at RFC (You'll find links to the artists here.)
✭ In Poughkeepsie, New York, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College continues through December 18 "Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of the 1930s and 1940s from the Steven and Susan Hirsch Collection". The exhibition comprises 47 paintings and drawings for possible murals celebrating the American worker during the Great Depression. Among the artists represented: Edward Chavez, Anton Refregier, John Ruggles, and Judson Smith. See the exhibition link for related events, which include a musical performance on October 13 by Bruce Molsky.
Anton Refregier (American, b. Russia 1905-1979)
Raising of the Bear Flag, Detail Study for Mural
Rincon Annex Post Office, San Francisco, California
Tempera and Watercolor on Composite Board
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Gift of Susan and Steven Hirsch, Class of 1971
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