Friday, October 14, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library has created a wonderful online exhibition: "Werner Pfeiffer: Book Objects & Artist Books".  A justly celebrated printmaker, sculptor, painter, and collagist, Pfeiffer has exhibited in solo and group shows all over the world. 

The online exhibition is the digital version of a physical exhibition at Cornell that ended in February 2011, having earlier traveled to several other locations in the United States and Canada. Begin here with a brief introduction to and explanation of Pfeiffer's work and then continue to the next two sections, which examine each type of artwork, book objects and artist books, in more detail. Pfeiffer's work is beautifully conceived and executed.

Pfeiffer's marvelous Out of the Sky: 9/11 is an artist's book that assembles from a series of printed segments into two nearly six-foot tall sculptural models of the Twin Towers. It's Pfeiffer's tribute to those who died on September 11, 2001. This extraordinary artwork was produced in 2006 in an edition of 52 copies.

In the video below, by Pfeiffer's son Jan Pfeiffer, the artist talks about Out of the Sky. Also see online these images of the artwork, which is part of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and this introductory video (also directed by Jan Pfeiffer) that accompanied the artwork on its earlier travels to universities and art galleries. Most recently Out of the Sky was included in "Afterwards and Forward: A Ten-Year 9/11 Reflective Art Exhibition".

Werner Pfeiffer Limited Editions Portfolio

Pfeiffer Works in Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton University

Of special interest: "Memory and the Work of Art" (Pfeiffer was a participant.)

✦ This year marks the 250th anniversary of the publication in 1761 of Laurence Sterne's marbled page in Volume III  of his novel Tristram Shandy. Because the page (numbered 169; see image below) originally was hand-made, the impression in each copy (edition) of the volume was unique. (That, of course, is not the case today, as all are identical.) Examples from the various unique copies reside in the Laurence Sterne Trust collection. 

To celebrate the anniversary, 169 artists and writers were invited to design an emblem of their own work, and every emblem is available for sale by auction, each a donation from its maker. An online exhibition, "The Emblem of My Work", is available here (be sure to click through "older posts" to seem all 77 included online); although the site lists all the artists' names, none of the names is associated with any one emblem; the artists' names will not be revealed until after the auction. A physical exhibition, "Emblem of My Work", is on view until October 31 at Shandy Hall in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Vanessa Thorpe, "Celebrated Marble Image in Tristram Shandy Inspires Fundraising Auction", The Observer, September 11, 2011

Also of interest: "The Black Page" Exhibition (online). Page 73 of Volume I of the original novel (see image below) is a black page marking the death of Parson Yorick; for the anniversary celebration, 73 artists and writers, among them Richard Askwith, John Baldessari, Emma Biggs, and J.M. Coetzee, were asked to create a black page for exhibition and sale by auction.

The Ancient Art of Marbling on Paper and Fabric

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy at Project Gutenberg

✦ Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas has published the forthcoming Retrieved (The Ice Plant, October 31 2011), comprising her images of trained search dogs that assisted in rescue-and-retrieval efforts following the attacks of September 11. A decade after the attacks, Dumas learned that 15 of the dogs were alive, tracked down each one, and visited and photographed each with his or handler. Dumas shot the often moving portraits in natural light.

Dumas, who lives and works in Amsterdam and New York City, is also the author of a number of other books of photography, including Repose (also available at Photo-Eye Bookstore), Pardis, and Heart Shaped Hole.

Retrieved on Tumblr

Michael Slenske, "Photographer Charlotte Dumas Tells the Story Behind Her Portraits of 9/11 Rescue Dogs", ArtInfo, September 12, 2011

Alessandro Cassin, "In Conversation: Charlotte Dumas", The Brooklyn Rail

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Censorship in America is the subject of "Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored" at Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas/Austin. The exhibition, which runs through January 22, 2012, reveals how, in the decades between World Wars I and II, a nationwide effort took hold to remove "objectionable" literature, whether in books, magazines, pamphlets, or postcards, by confiscations, burnings, and other methods. A list of books and movies related to the exhibition is here.

HRC on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ In New York City, Paula Cooper Gallery is showing through October 22 "Roy Lichtenstein: Entablatures", paintings created between 1971 and 1976 that take as their source Greek and Roman examples of the architectural element found above columns of buildings.

Lichtenstein Entablatures in the Tate Collection

✭ The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, has mounted an exhibition of the marvelous "Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series". On view  through January 15, 2012, the comprehensive show features more than 75 of Diebenkorn's Ocean Park paintings, drawings, and prints spanning two decades. The works have been borrowed from private and museum collections and have rarely been seen together. 

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which will travel to the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California (February 26 - May 27), and conclude at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #79, 1975
Oil on Canvas
93" x 81"
Philadelphia Museum of Art
© The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn at The Art Story (This site is an excellent introduction to the artist, offering many related resources, including artistic influences, books, articles, and locations of work.)

The Modern on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Southern California's Orange County Museum of Art has opened "Two Schools of Cool", on view through January 22, 2012. The show pairs collaborating teams of artists representing two generations: John Baldessari and Shana Lutker, Llyn Foulkes and Stanya Kahn, George Herms and Sarah Cain, Allen Ruppersberg and Amanda Ross-Ho, and Robert Williams and Ed Moses. Each pair of artists presents a mixed-media installation, conceived and developed before the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue with interviews with the paired artists accompanies the show.

OCMA on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Award-winning author and inventive illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is the subject of "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" at The Jewish Museum, New York City, through January 29, 2012. The show, the first to pay tribute to Keats, includes more than 80 of the artist's originals, ranging from preliminary sketches, dummies, and preparatory books, to final paintings and collages. A catalogue of the same title accompanies the show.

Among the children's books illustrated by Keats are  DreamsWhistle for Willie, A Letter to AmyPeter's Chair, and The Snowy Day; the latter, published in 1962 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, was the first full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist.

Selection of Exhibition Images

Commentary, Ezra Jack Seats and His Art


Commentary for Context, From Sambo to Stevie: African-Americans in Picture Books

Related Programming

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Here is a charming iMovie about Keats's life, books, and art:

The Jewish Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

The Jewish Museum Blog

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Oh, thanks for this! I do so love book art, and how wonderful to see A Snowy Day again!