Friday, April 7, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ An in-depth history of Carel Fabritius's famous  work The Goldfinch (1654) is now available as part of an online interactive exhibition at Mauritshuis in the Hague. Titled "The Goldfinch, a Bird's-Eye View", the marvelous virtual exhibition relates as well Fabritius's influences and styles and techniques and the goldfinch's significance in art. Video, audio, pop-up historical facts, animations, and CT scan studies are used throughout to tell the story of the relationship between bird and painter. (The online exhibition, one of the finest I've ever seen, is available in English.)

Mauritshuis on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✦ Tomorrow, April 8, is Slow Art Day, and it's expected that more than 175 art venues worldwide will be participating. To help you make the most of the annual event, see The Art of Seeing™, a 6-step visual literacy process created by the Toledo Museum of Art.

Toledo Museum on FaceBookInstagram, and YouTube

✦ A new museum opened in France in late March: Musee Camille Claudel. Though known as Rodin's assistant and lover, Camille Claudel was an accomplished sculptor. Read "Overshadowed by Rodin, But His Lover Wins Acclaim at Last" in The Guardian.

✦ Save the Dates! The Smithsonian Craft Show, at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., is set for April 27-30.

✦ A complete edition of the work of Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943), who died in Auschwitz, pregnant, age 26, has been published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth in Berlin: Charlotte Salomon | Life? Or theatre? (Overlook Press, April 2017). The subject of David Foenkinos's novel Charlotte (Overlook Press, 2016; trans. from the French), Salomon also has been the subject of a documentary (Death & the Maiden by Yael Lotem), an opera, and a ballet. The 840-page book features not only Salomon's gouache paintings and drawings but also texts and musical annotations. (Other editions also are available.)

Cover Art

A new biopic about Salomon, featuring animations of her paintings, is forthcoming from Bibo Bergeron (see "Bibo Bergeron Set to Direct 'Charlotte Salomon' Animated Biopic'" at Variety).

The Charlotte Salomon Foundation, Amsterdam, owns Salomon's works, which are housed in Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. (See entry for Salomon at Jewish Women's Archive.)

✦ Paper artist Helen Hiebert's 2016 retrospective at Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and the Waldo Library at Western Michigan University was accompanied by a catalog of her wonderful work: The Secret Life of Paper: 25 Years of Work in Paper by Helen Hiebert. The 84-page book is available via Hiebert's Website. 

A few sample pages:

✦ An Institute of Arab and Islamic Art is slated to open next month in New York City. Read "Arab Cultural Institute to Open in New York" in The Art Newspaper.

✦ Following is a lovely documentary, The Big Cloth, from Nick David and Jack Flynn, that relates the process of making and the art of weaving tweed. (My thanks to The Atlantic.)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Rutgers University's Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey, is presenting through July 30 "Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude", which features a selection of posters donated to the museum by a former Guerrilla Girl and a selection of work by artists Pat Adams, Emma Amos, Ida Applebroog, Jackie Ferrara, Bonnie Lucas, Howardena Pindell, Joan Semmel, and Joan Snyder.

Guerrilla Girls on FaceBook

Zimmerli Art Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ A critical survey of the work of Honore Sharrer (1929-2009) is on view in "A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honore Sharrer" at Ohio's Columbus Museum of Art. Showcased in the exhibition, which runs through May 21, are 45 of Sharrer's paintings, as well as sketches, prints, photographs, and ephemera. A catalogue (image below) accompanies the show. 

Catalogue Cover Art

Columbus Museum of Art on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ Idaho's Boise Art Museum is featuring Idaho artists in its "Idaho Triennial" juried exhibition, on view through July 16. Included are works by Boise's Ashley Carlson, the 1st Place Award winner; Meridian's Inna Raw, Juror's Merit Award winner; Boise's Reba E. Robinson, Juror's Merit Award winner; and work by 21 other Idaho artists. Some 917 entries were submitted by 180 artists; the guest curator, John D. Spiak, selected for the show 41 works by 24 artists.

Boise Art Museum on FaceBook

✭ Block prints by Atlanta-based printmaker and educator Michael Ellison (1952-2001) can be seen through May 21 in "Urban Impressions" at Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. The colorful prints, all figurative abstracts, offer representations of urban life in Atlanta during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Michael Ellison, Waiting Room

Georgia Museum of Art on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ If you find yourself in Massachusetts, make plans to see the many wonderful exhibitions on view at MASS MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). Among them are "Nick Cave: Until", continuing through August, and "Barbara Takenaga: Nebraska", a wall mural from the painter's series Nebraska Paintings. Of special note is "Spencer Finch: Cosmic Latte", a new installation comprising 150 light fixtures and 417 incandescent bulbs suspended from the ceiling of an 80-foot-long gallery. The commissioned piece goes on display in May. See Current Exhibitions and Upcoming Exhibitions for details about other exhibitions at the museum.

Spencer Finch, Cosmic Latte, 2017
Light Fixtures and Incandescent Bulbs 
One of Three Versions
Dimensions Variable
Photo: Douglas Mason

MASS MoCA on FaceBook and Instagram

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