All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Paper is the primary medium of graphic designers Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman, and from the French duo's hands come some of the most colorful and intricate sculptures ever made. Their clients include Hermes, Microsoft, Centre Pompidou, and Time magazine. See their Website, Zim & Zou, to view their marvelous hand-crafted art.
Zim & Zou on FaceBook
✦ Here's a preview of "Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World", at the Hammer Museum through May 7. The exhibition, the first North American retrospective of the artist's work, will travel to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in June; Whitney Museum, New York City, in November; and Remai Modern, Saskatoon, in March 2018.
A 320-page catalogue (Prestel Publishing) accompanies the exhibition.
Catalogue Cover Art
✦ Read about The Arts Commission of Toledo, Ohio, and its Artomatic 419, the state's largest non-juried art event.
The Arts Commission on FaceBook
✦ Artist Marie Watt of Portland, Oregon, has collected from residents of Steuben County and the greater New York community blankets, quilts, afghans, and blanket-like cloth with which she will create a 14-foot-high Blanket Stories installation for the Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York; the monumental sculpture will become part of the museum's permanent collection. Watt's project, which will include on attached tags owners' personal stories and histories of their donations, will go on view as part of the museum's "Marie Watt: The Western Door" exhibition opening May 5. See the Call for Blankets (the deadline was February 15) for additional information about the project. Other Blanket Stories projects are detailed at Watts's Website.
Artist Marie Watt
✦ The internationally exhibited contemporary artist Sopheap Pich creates massive rattan and bamboo sculptures inspired by abstract geometrical structures, organs of the body, and vegetal forms. His materials also include burlap, beeswax, and earth pigments that he collects from around Cambodia, where he was born. He recently had a show at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City.
✦ Below is the trailer for the documentary Proceed and Be Bold (20kfilms.com, 2008), about self-proclaimed "Humble Negro Printer" and artist book-builder Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., a former computer programmer. The feature-length film about the letterpress printer and the social and political art he made to address issues of race, gender, equality, and artistic expression can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. See the gallery of Kennedy's prints.
Kennedy Prints, Gordo, Alabama
Proceed and Be Bold on FaceBook
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ More than 30 painting, prints, and drawings by artists in the Francis and June Spiezer Collection of Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois, are on view in "The Others". Among the featured artists are Stephen Warde Anderson, Phyllis Bramson, Susanne Doremus, and Hollis Sigler. In addition, 18 glass, metal, and ceramic sculptures from the collection, including exquisite work by Joel Philip Myers, Lino Tagliapietra, and John Littleton and Kate Vogel, are on display. The show continues through May 29.
✭ In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art, East Building, has installed "In the Tower: Theaster Gates", a new body of work, The Minor Arts, made from discarded and ordinary objects, such as archives of Ebony magazine and the gym floor of a Chicago high school. Several of the pieces in the show were created for the site. Admission to the exhibition, which opens March 5 and concludes September 4, is free.
Theaster Gates at Art21
✭ More than 250 items, including Henri Mattisse's Jazz; manuscripts of David Foster Wallace, Julia Alvarez, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; "spirit photographs" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the hat that was paired with the green curtain dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind are featured in "Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center", continuing through July 16. The center is at the University of Texas at Austin.
✭ On view at Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, New York, is "Leandro Erlich: Port of Reflections". Recipient of the 2017 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, the Argentine artist presents an installation of five colorfully painted rowboats that are reflected in and seem to float above dark waters. Also on display are a selection of models and photographs of Erlich's work. The exhibition continues through July 30.
Neuberger Museum of Art on FaceBook
✭ Artist-run galleries are the focus of "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965", on view at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, through April 1. Work from 14 such galleries has been arranged in five thematic groupings: Leaving Midtown, City as Muse, Space and Time, Politics as Practice, and Defining Downtown. Within these groupings are cooperative and non-coop gallery models, installation and performance spaces, conceptual art exhibitors, galleries addressing the civil rights and other social movements, and a gallery that fostered the rise of the Pop and Minimalism art movements. A 296-page, illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Also see the online catalogue (pdf).
Catalogue Cover Art
✭ Opening March 10 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., is "Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum". An examination of Apfelbaum's printmaking innovations, including her use of striking color, form, and abstraction, the exhibition includes 10 selections from NMWA's own collection and from loans. The show continues through July 2.