All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Immersive art is everywhere, including New York City, where the exhibition "Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures", at the Cloisters, offered its own four-day virtual reality experience last month: 5-minute sessions exploring an intricately carved 16th Century prayer bead. The exhibit itself continues through May 21.
✦ Contemporary Italian mosaic artist Dusciana Bravura crafts some of the most beautiful mosaic sculptures I've seen.
✦ Did you know that there is a Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon? MoCAM is accepting proposals for 2017 shows. See the inaugural exhibit "Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of Empire".
✦ Explore hand-drawn, interactive miniatures in Hidden Folks. Offering more than 120 targets, it's available in 14 languages and three modes (normal, sepia, and night). Here's its trailer:
✦ A new Website has been created to showcase the drawings of artist Edward Henrion (1928 - 2016). His wife, the artist Marilyn Henrion, introduced his work in 2011 in Sweet & Lovely and Top Hat. A third book, Mickey Rat, has been published posthumously. See Publications for additional information. Work from the first two books is featured in online videos.
✦ Iraqi artist Hassan Massoudy's book Calligraphies of Love (Saqi Books), published in Arabic and English, is inspired by love poems by Paul Eluard, Kahlil Gibran, Ibn Zaydoun, Rumi, and John Keats, among others; it releases in the U.S. next month. The book features more than 70 gorgeous color illustrations by Massoudy, whose first New York solo exhibition, "Words, Breath, Gesture", recently concluded at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Continuing through April 16 is "Tony Oursler: Imponderable", at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. The artwork (2015-2016) is described as "an immersive feature-length film inspired by Oursler's own archive of ephemera relating to stage magic, spirit photography, pseudoscience, telekinesis, and other manifestations of the paranormal." The film, screened daily, is 90-minutes long. Film-related selections from Oursler's archive also are on display.
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✭ ArtYard, a nonprofit organization in Frenchtown, New Jersey, founded by a group of artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers, opened last week "Through the Unfrequented Sky", featuring sculptures and other objects, photography, installations, and prints by Peru-born Cecilia Paredes. The award-winning Paredes is best known for her images of camouflage-painted bodies arrayed against or within patterned surfaces. A selection of exhibition images is shown at the link. The exhibition continues through June 12.
✭ In Dearborn, Michigan, the Arab American National Museum is featuring the solo exhibition "Drawing in the Diaspora: Comic Art & Graphic Novels by Leila Abdelrazaq" through April 19. On display are original illustrations from Chicago-born Abdelrazaq's zines and comics, including her graphic novel Baddawi and the short comic Mariposa Road, behind-the-scenes process drafts, a hand-painted mural, and works such as illustrations and prints created for politically or activist related events. A poster of the mural is available to purchase.
✭ A selection of paintings and drawings by Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, and Mary Cassatt, among others, is showcased in "Inventing Impressionism", on view through June 11 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. The exhibition, which features several works on paper that are rarely on view, including Edgar Degas's pastel Six Friends at Dieppe and Claude Monet's A Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil, explores the artists' creative processes and materials. Images are shown at the exhibition link above.
✭ On May 7, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, opens "John Graham: Maverick Modernist", featuring approximately 55 paintings and a selection of works on paper made over four decades. The exhibition, which continues through July 30, examines Graham's early and late styles and the figurative artist's influence over Abstract Expressionists such as Lee Krasner and David Smith. An illustrated, 152-page catalogue, edited by curator Alicia G. Longwell and containing interpretive essays and a reprint of Graham's 1937 article "Primitive Art and Picasso", is available from Prestel.
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