Friday, September 2, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The video below features the moving paintings of South African artist Marlene Dumas (b. 1953) set to a solo piano score written and performed by Alex Wilson. According to notes about the video, the Dumas paintings were exhibited at Saatchi Gallery.

Survey at David Zwirner Gallery (Images)

Saatchi Gallery Profile of Marlene Dumas (The paintings seen in the video are shown here, with commentary.)

MoMA Lecture with the Artist (2008) A video of the MoMa exhibition, "Measuring Your Own Grave", is also available here.

✦ If you've never seen the wind sculptures at Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont, click here and then scroll down to Wind Sculptures; after the jump, you'll find a sampling in video.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art continues until September 18 "Hard Truths: The Art of Thorton Dial". The show includes 70 of Dial's large paintings, drawings, and found-object sculptures, 25 on view for the first time. It is notable for being the most extensive exhibition yet mounted of Dial's work, which addresses social and political subjects, in particular, the struggles of the historically marginalized, and is born of Dial's own experience growing up in rural Alabama.

A monograph with more than 150 color reproductions, Hard Truths: The Art of Thorton Dial, accompanies the exhibition.

Alabama Public Television produced an award-winning documentary about Dial, Mr. Dial Has Something to Say:

You'll find additional videos about photographing the IMA exhibition, cleaning Dial's artworks, Dial's use of textiles, the materials comprising Dial's work, and more here. All are worth your time.

IMA Blog

✭ Nashville, Tennessee's Frist Center for the Visual Arts has partnered with 10 other Nashville organizations to offer "Connecting Cultures: Children's Stories from Across the World", running through March 27, 2012. All of the featured artworks were ceated by an intergenerational group of more than 200 participants who worked with lead artists to create unique visual narratives about their communities and themselves. The groups involved included Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Kurdish American Youth Organization, Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, YMCA Latino Achievers, and Tennessee Haitian Voice. You'll find at the link videos capturing the experiences of a number of the participants.

Frist Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ If you're passing through Wichita, Kansas, make a stop at Witchita Art Museum to see its ongoing exhibition of Steuben glass from the museum's collections, and then take a peek at "Been in the Dark: What You Haven't Seen Lately", a show of artworks long hidden away and only on view through October 23.

WAM on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Florida's Boca Raton Museum of Art is showing "The World According to Federico Uribe", beginning September 21. The show of the Colombian conceptualist's work will include pieces from the 2008 Animal Farm, an installation of life-sized creatures made from clothes hangers, corks, pencils, sneaker soles, wood, mops, and assorted other materials. In addition to the animals, the exhibition, which will run through December 4, will feature life-sized palm trees, constructed from book spines and fanned pages, and gardens assembled from gardening tools. 

Federico Uribe, Bull, 2008
Wood and Shoe Soles
96" x 72" x 36"
Image: Now Contemporary Art, Wynwood, Miami, Florida

BRMA on FaceBook and Twitter

Federico Uribe (Website)

Selected Images of Artist's Work at Now Contemporary Art

✭ The Denver Art Museum is showcasing the distinctive product design of Olivetti office machines and graphics in "Olivetti: Innovation and Identity", on view through December 31. 

Also on view through the end of the year: "Slight of Hand", presenting in sculpture, paintings, and imagery the embroidery, quilting, weaving, netting, crocheting, coiling, and ikat of 14 contemporary artists: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olga de Amaral, Arlette Gosiewski, Jane Mathews, Tracy Krumm, Rebecca Medel, Norma Minkowitz, Cindy Hickok, Gugger Petter, Carol Shinn, Polly Barton, Lia Cook, Carol Eckert, and Kay Khan. This is an exceptional group of artists, as you'll find after just a few minutes on their Websites.

Image at Left: Norma Minkowitz, Legs I, 1974 
Neusteter Textile Collection, By Exchange

Image at Right: Jane Mathews, DAM Crazy Quilt, 2006
Neusteter Textile Collection
Helen Strange Patterson Memorial Fund and Mrs. Katherine Kicks
By Exchange

DAM on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ On view until October 16 at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington, is "Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry". The exhibition includes more than 130 works by more than 90 artists from 25 countries and is the largest collection of contemporary Latin American jewelry on view in the United States. Go here for images.

BAM on FaceBook and Twitter

Holidays Are Coming. Think Ahead!

It's not too early to begin thinking about special gifts for the holidays. Please visit Transformational Threads and help support the work of artists Jennifer Kassing-Bradley, Judith Olivia HeartSong, and Nuch Owen. Images of these talented artists' original work have been re-conceived in exquisite custom hand-embroidery produced exclusively in limited editions for Transformational Threads. These thread paintings are unique, affordable, and ready to frame. 


Louise Gallagher said...

I immediately went off to iTunes to buy his music! What an amazing pairing. Now I have beautiful images in my mind -- and new music to listen to in the car while I drive to the coast today!

And I will visit Transformational Threads -- when I return.

Anonymous said...

i saw the hard truths while visiting indy this summer.
it was hard.
it was draining to read the posted information next to the works.
it works were very large, very heavy. it took five men to hang each peace on the wall.
almost like a cross to bear.

i was spent toward the end...then turned the last corner to see a room full of some of his colourful work. still large, still heavy, but a rest, a lift from the dark and heavy burden of the previous rooms.

yet, in all...many ideas came through that can be transformed. :-)

S. Etole said...

Dumas's work is hauntingly soul-stirring.