Friday, May 19, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Three years after debuting her sphinx Sugar Baby in "A Subtlety" at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refining Plant, Kara Walker is taking on two new public works projects. Read Doreen St. Felix's feature article "Kara Walker's Next Act" at Vulture to learn what's on Walker's artistic radar.

✦ How does an artist respond to a war that has ravaged his country? Damascus-born artist Wissam Al Jazairy paints the reality of Syria. Watch a short film featuring Al Jazairy's  paintings.

Wissam Al Jazairy on Tumblr and Flickr

Syria.Art on FaceBook

Read Diana Al Rifai's "Anatomy of a Revolution Through Art" at Al Jazeera; and "Wissam al-Jazairy" at Syria Untold. 

✦ Nancy Perloff, author of Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art (Getty Research Institute, 2017), explores zaum, an experimental language used by Russian painters and poets, in an interview with The J. Paul Getty Trust's president Jim Cuno. Both audio and a transcript of the interview are available at the iris, The Getty's blog.

Cover Art

✦ Work by England's MacKenzie Thorpe is on view through May 29 at New York City's AFA Gallery. For information and images, see the gallery's exhibition page for Thorpe.

Mackenzie Thorpe on FaceBook

AFA Gallery on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✦ Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has crafted a response to the humanitarian crisis caused by conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His Law of the Journey, on view through July 1 at the National Gallery in Prague, is featured in Hyperallergic; read Dorian Batycka's "Ai Weiwei Floats a New Project About the Refugee Crisis".

✦ Following is the trailer for Linda Hatendoft's The Cats of Mirikitani (Brightwide Films), a film about an elderly homeless man, Jimmy Mirikitani, who uses art to heal from the trauma he suffered during WWII and on the streets of New York City, especially after 9/11. The documentary won numerous awards following its 2006 premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

ArtHouse Films

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In New York City, The Grolier Club continues through July 29 its exhibition "The Revival of Calligraphy: 1906 to 2006". Drawn from public and private collections, the show features calligraphic art by more than 70 Western artists. The San Francisco Public Library's Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering and private collectors are among those who have loaned calligraphic art for the show. Read about the exhibition at the blog of Fine Books and Collections magazine. A full-color catalogue is available.

The Grolier Club on FaceBook and Flickr

✭ Next up in Penland School of Crafts' John & Robyn Horn Gallery, Penland, North Carolina, is "Within the Margins | Contemporary Ceramics". Opening May 30 and running through July 16, the exhibition is curated by Steven Young Lee.

Penland on FaceBook and YouTube

✭ More than 1,000 artifacts, images, video clips, music, and oral histories comprise "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South", an 8,000-square-foot "centerpiece" exhibition at Levine Museum of the New South. Charlotte, North Carolina, and its 13 surrounding counties are the exhibition's focus, illustrating profound changes in the South since the Civil War. The museum has created six "environments" that offer visitors interactive, hands-on experiences in a one-room tenant farmer's house, a cotton mill, a mill house, a chapel that was within one of the first African American hospitals in the South, a Belk department store, and a lunch counter for local sit-in leaders; the sixth installation includes an opportunity to see and touch seed cotton. A selection of installation photos is available at the exhibition link above.

Installation Photo: Barber Shop

Levine Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

Museum Blog

✭ On view through September 4 at Missouri's St. Louis Art Museum is "In the Realm of Trees: Photographs, Paintings, and Scholar's Objects from the Collection". Presenting photographs, paintings, and decorative works by Chinese artists,  the exhibition also features contemporary photographs by American Michael Cherney, the set titled Sacred Tree on Mount Lu, mounted on a folding screen; acquired by SLAM in 2016, this exhibition marks the first time the set has been shown. Ink monochrome paintings on hanging scrolls and scholar's objects that depict trees as revered subjects also are exhibited. SLAM's curator of Asian art, Philip Hu, curated the exhibition. Cherney is based in Beijing, China.

Michael Cherney at Photography of China and Qui Mai

SLAM on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ In the East Building Tower of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., you'll find "Theaster Gates: The Minor Arts", a new body of work, continuing through September 4. Featured are Gates's towering library constructed of old copies of Ebony magazine; a landscape painting created from roofer's tar on yellow Naugahyde; the floor of a Chicago high school gym; and other works repurposed from the outdated and left-behind, yet acquiring value through the stories they tell us. The exhibition is free. A related, comprehensive monograph about Gates, which includes a survey by Lisa Lee, an interview by Carol Becker, and Gates's own writings, as well as 220 illustrations, is available.

Monograph Cover Art

NGA on FaceBook and Instagram

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