Friday, March 25, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ New York City's Morgan Library is showing through May 22 "The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives". More than 70 items are included in the exhibition, including the diaries or working journals of Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Bronte, Kingsley Amis, John Steinbeck, and Anais Nin. 

For those unable to travel to see the exhibit, the Morgan offers an online exhibit that includes selections from the diaries of John Newton, John Ruskin, Sir Walter Scott, Tennessee Williams, and others. 

Also of note is the series of podcasts of readings from selected journals and diaries, a downloadable audio guide to the exhibition, and a curator's blog that features posts on the practices of diary-keeping throughout history. 

Morgan Library on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Works by German contemporary artist Franz Erhard Walther, including a selection of the artist's muslin pieces Handlungsstucke (Action Pieces) from the 1960s, are on display at Dia: Beacon, Beacon, New York. On view until February 13, 2012, "Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action" is the artist's first solo museum show in the United States since 1990. It features 26 artworks, one of which, the complete 1. Werksatz (First Work Set), comprises 58 fabric elements. The show, according to curator Yasmil Raymond, is intended to provoke viewers' consideration of Walther's "meditations on art as temporal, subjective, and self-guided acts of doing", of delineating action through form to challenge the perceptions and experience of both artist and viewer. 

Dia Art Foundation on FaceBook and Twitter

Franz Erhard Walther Website (Under Construction Currently)

Joshua Mack, "Franz Erhard Walther: Work as Action", Art Review, October 22, 2010

✭ Also in New York City is Tibor de Nagy Gallery's exhibition "Jane Freilicher: Recent Paintings and Prints", through April 16.

Jane Freilicher, Window, 2011
Oil on Linen, 32" x 32"
© Jane Freilicher

Ten images — evocative cityscapes and still lifes, including the one above, some no larger than 8" x 10"   — may be viewed online. 

Freilicher (b. 1924), who generally is credited with developing the style known as "painterly realism" and has been described as "a poet of the intimate", had her first solo show at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, in 1952, and has exhibited there many times since. She studied with Hans Hofmann and while at Columbia University with art critic and historian Meyer Schapiro. Her work is in many publication collections, including those of The Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of Art. In 2005, Freilicher received a Gold Medal in Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

The gallery offers for sale a number of recent publications on Freilicher's work, including Changing Scenes (2009), Recent Paintings (2008), and Near the Sea: Paintings 1958-1964 (2006). 

Klaus Kertess, Jane Freilicher, Harry N. Abrams, 2004

Tibor de Nagy on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Washington, D.C's Smithsonian American Art Museum recently opened "To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America". Curated by Alexander Nemerov of Yale University, the exhibit, on view through September 5, includes paintings by Ault, all made between 1943 and 1948, and work by 22 other artists, including Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth

George Ault, Bright Light at Russell's Corners, 1946
Oil on Canvas
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lawrence

A George Ault Film Series, including Gaslight (April 7), It's a Wonderful Life (April 14), and The Seventh Victim (May 5), complements the exhibition.

Review, Philip Kennicott, "To Make a World, as Glimpsed by Painter George Ault", The Washington Post, March 15, 2011 (Images accompany the article.)

✭ Sixty prints spanning the period 1900-1950 are on view until April 27 at Louisiana Art & Science Museum, in Baton Rouge. The show, "Recording America: Printmaking 1900-1950 from the Herbert D. Halpern Collection", brings together lithographs, aquatints, etchings, drypoints, and silkscreens by such artists are George Bellows, John Sloan, John McCrady, Claire Leighton, Ruth Staff Rose, and Caroline Durieux. 

A separate show of prints by Durieux is on view through April 23.

From October 2, 2010, through January 2, 2011, LASM featured sculptor Keith Sonnier in his first major museum show in Louisiana, "Keith Sonnier: Fort Crevecoeur". The exhibit included a dozen large works that Sonnier created between 1981 and 2000 in response to his Louisiana origins. The pieces were made of neon, metals, plastic, bamboo, wood, and various found objects. An informative article about Sonnier and the LASM show is here.

✭ Work of the marvelous visual storyteller Jerry Pinkney, a five-time Caldecott Honor Medal recipient, is on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum through May 30. "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" features the artist's wonderful watercolor paintings and highly detailed drawings. Included are original illustrations for The Lion and The Mouse, The Little Match Girl, Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales, and John Henry, among other beloved books, as well as illustrations for site-specific historical commissions, including those for African Burial Ground Interpretive Center in New York City, National Parks Service Carver National Monument in Missouri, and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Ohio.

Below is a video in which Pinkney shares his life in art. It's well worth the 12 minutes you'll spend watching it.

Norman Rockwell Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube


Louise Gallagher said...

What a wonderful Friday sharing.

I watched the video -- how gracious he is describing how the teacher didn't give out the scholarship applications -- and how he explained his choice to his father.


Thanks Maureen -- you've started my Friday with an inspiring burst of beauty and wisdom.

Stephanie said...

Great post. I recently stumbled upon a new Internet project for the arts that looks very promising, called Art of Me. The web address is . It is not trying to sell anything, but rather it seeks to provide an online space where talented actors, musicians, writers, dancers, and other artists, can display and discuss their works, collaborate with each other, and interact with fans.

Maureen said...

Stephanie, thank you. I'll check out that link.

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Maureen said...

Thank you, Dan.

Kathleen Overby said...

Those journals would have to be under locked glass - I'd want to touch them! I too loved the graciousness in the video. :)

Anonymous said...

i looked through the oils of jane freilicher, and i am most attracted to the ones of floral arrangements with city background. they seem to have the most fun character and depth.

of george ault, the white cloud is odd and creepy, but, i like it. also, the studio reminds me of something of a mix between van gogh and norman rockwell. i like the red stove in this one.