All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ The Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, Douglas Crimp is the author most recently of Before Pictures (Dancing Foxes Press/University of Chicago Press, 2016), an autobiography and cultural history covering the late 1960s through the 1970s, when Crimp lived and worked in New York City as a gay man and art critic. It also recounts events leading up to Crimp's involvement in the 1977 group exhibition "Pictures" at Artists Space—a show that made the careers of Troy Brauntuch, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, and Philip Smith.
Among Crimp's other published writings are 'Our Kind of Movie': The Films of Andy Warhol (MIT Press, 2012; paper 2014), Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics (MIT Press, 2002), and On the Museum's Ruins (MIT Press, 1993; paper 1995). In addition to teaching, Crimp continues to curate.
Read Sarah Cowan, "Before Pictures: An Interview with Douglas Crimp", The Paris Review Blog, November 8, 2016.
Listen to Crimp's conversation with professor Jacquelyn McCroskey at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in October 2016.
✦ Enjoy these wonderful examples of paper sculptures by Patty Grazini. (My thanks to friend Ann Martin at All Things Paper)
Patty Grazini on FaceBook
✦ This East Bay Times article, "Asawa's Great Work Relevant to Anti-Muslim Bias", includes a photo of Ruth Asawa's marvelous publicly commissioned sculpture, The Japanese American Internment Memorial (1994) in San Jose, California.
Internment in World War II of Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)
✦ Another very good read from last month: Tim Chambers's "Dorothea Lange's Censored Photographs of FDR's Japanese Concentration Camps" at Anchor Editions' blog. Included are a number of suppressed photographs from the National Archives.
Also see Linda Gordon's and Gary Y. Okihiro's Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment (W.W. Norton, 2006):
Dorothea Lange Photographs at Library of Congress (Images from Farm Security Administration Collection)
✦ The VA Center for Women Veterans is partnering with the Veteran Artist Program to encourage veterans who are women to share their stories through creative projects. This March, CWV and VAP will showcase art by 10 women at 10 Va medical centers throughout the United States. Digital still prints of paintings, photography, and mixed media will be featured on storyboards that also include biographical information and before- and after-military photographs of each veteran.
✦ In the Louisiana Channel video below, Terry Winters: Unintended Things to Happen, the artist talks about his artistic approach to painting, printmaking, and drawing:
Terry Winters Website
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Contemporary South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere's first American museum exhibition is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Continuing through January 16, "Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams" features Wa Lehulere's "deleted scenes" from South African history, which he restores to the historical narrative via ephemeral, found, and notional means. The work on view ranges from new sculptures to paintings to wall carvings; also included is a video of the artist's performance work Echoes of Our Footsteps (A Reenactment of a Rehearsal). The exhibition is ticketed. A gallery talk is scheduled for January 10, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kemang Wa Lehulere is Deutche Bank's "Artist of the Year" 2017. In 2015, he was named the "Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art".
Here's a video with the artist from 2014:
✭ A selection of Javanese batik is on view at the Dallas Museum of Art through September 10, 2017. The exhibition, "Waxed: Batik from Java" is drawn from the museum's own collection, which was established in 1982. A second installation of the cloths will be on display beginning in March. Images are available at the exhibition link.
✭ Plan to engage all your senses when you visit "Bitter | Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate" at Michigan's Detroit Institute of Arts. The ticketed exhibition continues through March 5.
✭ On view through March 5 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., is "Photography Reinvented", featuring selections from the collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, who have pledged a gift of more than 30 photographs by such important photographers as Thomas Demand, Andreas Gurksy, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff, Vic Muniz, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall. The exhibition showcases 18 artists' work.
A 106-page catalogue with 71 illustrations, 68 in color (image to right), accompanies the exhibition. Included are essays by senior curator Sarah Greenough and four others.
Save the Dates! Notable Exhibition Abroad
✭ Described as a "once-in-a-lifetime exhibition", "Cezanne Portraits" will feature more than 50 of Paul Cezanne's portraits from collections throughout the world, including works on public display for the first time. Among the latter is Cezanne's Self-Portrait in a Bowler Hat (1885-1886).
Curated by John Elderfield, the exhibition opens in Paris at the Musee d'Orsay, on June 13 and continues there through September 24. It next travels to London's National Portrait Gallery, where it will be on view from October 26, 2017, through February 11, 2018. It concludes at Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art, where it will be presented from March 25, 2018, through July 1, 2018. Read the press release for full details.
A fully illustrated catalogue with 170 reproductions and an introductory essay by Elderfield and others will accompany the exhibition.