Friday, May 27, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✭ Figurative realist painter Lee Price takes an aerial view toward food in intimate settings in this show in its last days at Evoke Contemporary in Santa Fe. In 2012, Price will be exhibiting in Alexandria, Virginia, at Principle Gallery. In 2003 she was commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to design and execute diorama backdrops for the Behring Family Hall of Mammals permanent exhibition. Her current work may be viewed here.

✭ The sculptural garments of Erica Spitzer Rasmussen comprise a wide mix of materials, from camel and horse hair to bottle caps, to gold leaf and wax, to matchsticks and rubber, to examination table paper and spot bandages, to tea bags and Chinese cookie fortunes. Each of her works, which may appear in the shape of a corset, kimono, dress, bustier, or collar constructed from fabric or cast hand-made paper, speaks to such subjects as identity, ancestry, birth and motherhood, and illness and death. In her Artist's Statement, Rasmussen describes her garments, many of which are wearables, as metaphors that "can encompass narrative qualities, illustrate and dissolve bodily fears, or act as talismanic devices."

Mason Riddle, "Intimate Apparel", American Craft, April/May 2011

✭ A new site DesignersAndBooks features commentary by and showcases the reading lists of preeminent architects, critics, designers, and writers on design. Also included at the site are bookstores that focus on design and "My Reading List", a feature that allows users to create a list of design books.

Designers & Books Blog

✭ Partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, more than 1,300 museums throughout the United States and Puerto Rico are participating for a second year in the Blue Star Museums project, offering free admission, from Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 30 - September 5), to active duty military personnel and their families. Follow the Blue Star Museums blog for news of exhibitions, museum staff interviews, and unique destinations.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ The North Carolina Museum of Art is presenting "Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women" through November 27. Comprising work by North Carolina artists from the museum's permanent collection and also loans, the exhibition presents images of women from youth to old age in painting, video, photography, and sculpture from the 1970s to the present. 

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✭ In Millville, New Jersey, at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, contemporary glass artists who take their inspiration from nature are appearing in "Cycles and Symbols: Nature in Glass". Among artists whose work is showcased are Christine Barney, Yasuko Miyazaki, Sibylle Peretti, and Mark Zirpel. An installation, The Communal Nest, created by Susan Taylor Glasgow, is on display in the center's lobby; Glasgow asked artists from around the world to contribute the glass twigs that make up the piece, as well as a quote that Glasgow transferred onto vellum strips and wove into the "nest". The show runs through October 16.

Wheaton Arts' GlassWeekend 2011 is June 10-12. A gallery exhibition and sale will be open to the public on June 11 and 12. Featured guest artists include the internationally renowned Richard Royal of Seattle, Washington, and Giles Bettison of Australia. Royal, who began as a hot glass sculptor, was an assistant to Dale Chihuly and one of the first artists-in-residence at Ireland's Waterford Crystal Factory. Bettison, using a technique of his own creation, creates studio glass that has the appearance of woven textiles.

✭ Opening June 7 at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, is "Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities". Organized around four themes — Unnatural Environments, Apocalyptic Archaeology, Dreams and Memories, and Voyeur/Provocateur  — the show, which runs through September 18, aims to reveal how materials and process convey meaning. It includes recent work and site-specific installations by contemporary artists from around the world, including Amy Bennett, Joe Fig, Jonah Samson, Michael Paul Smith, and Alan Wolfson.

Alan Wolfson, Canal St. Cross-Section, 2010
Mixed Media, 27" x 23-1/2" x 19-1/2"
Private Collection, England
Photo: Les Bernstien

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Tate Performance in Solidarity with Ai Weiwei

On April 30, British "Walking Artist" Hamish Fulton staged at Tate Modern "Slowalk", a public gesture of solidarity with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

For my other posts about Ai Weiwei, go here and here.


Louise Gallagher said...

"Nothing exists apart from the memory of that." -- the final voice on the Ai Wei Wei slowalk piece -- fabulous and powerful and I'd like to add my steps.

The thing about your all Art Friday's Maureen is -- I want to go to each exhibit, each museum, be there and experience -- so I am grateful for this medium where I can have a virtual experience, and for you for bringing it all to my desktop.

Thanks my friend!

Kathleen Overby said...

"After 40, dear, it's all patch and repair." Erica's birthday advise. Her studio sounds intriguing.

Anonymous said...

cool and interesting stuff....