Friday, October 21, 2011

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ A new investment model that makes arts a generator for economic development, ArtPlace was announced September 15 by director Carol Coletta. In a post at ArtWorks, the blog of the National Endowment for the Arts, Coletta describes how the consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions plans to use ArtPlace to revitalize our towns and cities. Take some time to browse the site to get an idea of some of the creative projects that have received grants to provide economic opportunity throughout the country. 

ArtPlace on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ The Radev Collection of 800 artworks, including a Modigliani portrait of Soutine and works by Duncan Grant, Ben Nicholson, and Graham Sutherland, is being catalogued and added to a dedicated Website. The collection, amassed by picture framer Mattei Radev (1927-2009), was bequeathed to artist Eardley Knollys who, in turn, left the artworks to Edward Sackville-West. Through the efforts of curator Julian Machin, the artworks are coming into public view.

Radev Collection on FaceBook

Of related interest: Mark Brown, "Radev Collection: Tale of Three Art Lovers to be Told in New Touring Exhibition", The Guardian, September 18, 2011

✦ Below is the trailer for Corinna Belz's documentary Gerhard Richter Painting:

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ A solo exhibition of the marvelous paper art of Ronnie Jolles opens October 30 at Katie's Coffee House in Great Falls, Virginia. The show, running through November 30, will include Jolles's newest work. Jolles uses paper from all over the world and acrylics, achieving a masterful painterly effect that delights with its layered textures. See selected images of her work here.

Jolles most recently showed her work at the McLean ArtFest and also participated earlier this month in the Great Falls Studios Tour, which is where I first met her last year. She's also scheduled for the American Craft Council show in Baltimore, Maryland, in February 2012.

Ronnie Jolles, Peaceful Reflections
Layered Paper and Acrylics, 20" x 30"
Used With Permission of the Artist

✭ Anyone for a few hoops? If you in New York City, head  to the Bronx Museum of the Arts to see Orange Tree, Alexandre Arrechea's 20-foot steel sculpture with "branches" of basketball hoops intended to represent fallen fruit. On view through January 2, the sculpture offers just one comment on the role of streets sports in urban culture. 

Interview with Arrechea on Havana Cultura (Spanish)

The Bronx Museum is the administrator of the smARTpower℠ project of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United Sates Department of State. Under the auspices of smARTpower℠, 15 U.S. artists are sent abroad to work with local artists and youths to create community-based art projects.

Bronx Museum on FaceBook

✭ In Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts continues through December 4 "Xu Bing: Tobacco Project". Xu Bing, considered one of China's most innovative contemporary artists, looks at the production and culture of tobacco, drawing on his visits to tobacco farms and warehouses, as well as cigarette factories in Virginia. In addition to new work, the exhibition includes work from two earlier projects, one at Duke University, where Xu Bing was an artist-in-residence in 2000 and created his first "Tobacco Project", involving his study of the history of the Duke family, and the other, "Xu Bing Tobacco Project: Shanghai",  at the Shanghai Gallery of Art, for which he created in 2004 "Traveling Down the River", a  30-foot-long cigarette over a reproduction of a hand-scroll of a celebrated Chinese painting; burning, the cigarette scorched the image, thus "inscribing time as a serpentine scar and the journey as a residue of ash." Fascinating work!

This video details Xu Bing's project:

Of related interest: Lilly Wei, "Puff Piece", ARTnews, September 15, 2011

VMFA on FaceBookTwitter, and YouTube

✭ Jane Hammond's haunting monumental installation "Fallen", which I first noted in this post (an installation shot is included), when her work appeared at the VMFA, is on view through December 17 at Flag Art Foundation in New York City. For this appearance, the installation began with 4,455 unique, hand-made leaves, each inscribed with the name of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq. (In its first showing in New York in 2005, it had more than 1,500 leaves.) The artist has been working on the installation, which has been acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art, for seven years; she continues to add leaves as more soldiers die.

This is an especially moving work, so if you're in the City, don't miss it. The exhibition is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Flag Art Foundation on FaceBook and YouTube

✭ Also in New York City, at the Heller Gallery, is "Mutable Materiality", presenting the contemporary glass artistry of Josepha Gasch-Muche (images of work available currently at Heller is here). The exhibition is on view through November 12. 

From November 12 to December 24, the gallery will be showing the beautiful work of third-generation wood turner Matt Moulthrop (images here) and second-generation wood turner Philip Moulthrop (images here).

✭ The Sitka Center on the northern Oregon coast is holdings its 18th Annual Sitka Art Invitational, "The Ecology of Art: Collaboration and Connection", in Portland, Oregon, November 5-6.  Each of the 120 invited artists was asked to invite another artist of choice and then encouraged to collaborate in creating a new work or works. The result is an anticipated 450 artworks for the benefit show and sale. I'm delighted to note that my friend the painter Randall David Tipton is among the invited artists. He collaborated with David Trowbridge.

Tipton also is appearing with painter Molly Reeves through November 29 at The Narthex Gallery at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. The exhibition, "The Inner Landscape of Beauty", is inspired by the writings of the late Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue.

(Click to enlarge poster.)


Louise Gallagher said...

So much rich texture and beauty here.

I'm swimming in joyful gratitude.

Kathleen Overby said...

ILove RJ's paper painting. Happy textures and colors.

the sad red earth said...

The Belz documentary on Gerhard Richter promises a fascinating look into a creative process. I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

Joyce Wycoff said...

You continue to amaze me. Another great Friday. Appreciated knowing about ArtPlace and was fascinated by Gerhard Richter.

Anonymous said...

I had a look into the Gerhard Richter video. And a few more videos while i was in youtube.

He has some big scrapers...

S. Etole said...

Fascinated by the link to Richter's video. Enlarging the poster enabled me to see Randall Tipton's painting. I've always enjoyed his work.