Friday, June 1, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ A survey of New York City artists by WAGE finds that of 577 respondents, 58.4 percent receive no form of payment, compensation, or reimbursement for participating in an exhibition in a nonprofit space or museum. The summary of the survey is here.

Kyle Chayka, "Advocacy Group W.A.G.E. on What Its First Survey Tells Us About How Artists Are Treated in NYC", Interview, ArtInfo, April 27, 2012  

✦ Beginning July 3, Andrew Wyeth's Chadds Ford studio in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania opens to the public for the first time. Visits will be limited to 14 people per tour.

✦ Through the explOratorium's Artist-in-Residence program, visual artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers enjoy unique opportunities to collaborate with scientists and educators to create original exhibits, performances, public programs, and film and other projects that explore physical and life sciences, as well as human perception and cognition. Selected art projects may be viewed here. Also see the information about Osher Fellows, which brings artists, scholars, authors, and scientists to the museum, and the Cinema Arts program.

✦ In the video below, "crochetdermist" Shauna Richardson talks about her "Lionheart Project" for which she created  three giant — and delightfully extraordinary — crocheted lions for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Each of the 30-foot lions is hand-crocheted and will be displayed in a taxidermy-style case in Nottingham. Her project, Richardson says, takes its inspiration from Richard the Lionheart.

Crochetdermy Studio of Shauna Richardson

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) is the subject of "Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong" at Asia Society in New York City. On view through August 5, the exhibition, the first major retrospective celebrating the artist, features work from the mid-1970s to 2004. Ink painting (shui-mo hua) has a long history in China, originating in the Tang Dynasty, but Wu went beyond tradition, experimenting with bright colors and a liberal use of wash and abstracting his landscapes with the intent to "express the transformations in space and time that occur in my mind." 

Asia Society on FaceBook and Twitter

Wu Guanzhong at China Online Museum

Wu Guanzhong Obituary, The New York Times, June 30, 2010

Of related interest: The British Museum is exhibiting through September 2 some 40 modern Chinese lnk paintings.

✭ New York City's Luxembourg & Dayan gallery presents through June 30 the works of the Italian-born Domenico Gnoli (1933-1970). Eighteen paintings and a half-dozen rare drawings from the period 1964-1969 have been brought together for the exhibition. The video below, with painter Yannick Vu, the artist's widow, offers a brief look at the show. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Gnoli became known for the texture of his paintings, which he achieved by mixing sand and acrylic.

Press Release (pdf)

"The Overlooked Italian Post-War Artist Domenico Gnoli", Art Market, November 8, 2011

Domenico Gnoli at Escape Into Life and Thoughts That Cure Radically

My thanks to ArtInfo for the video.

✭ In Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts is exhibiting through July 31 "Mamacita Linda: Letters between Frida Kahlo and her Mother". The selection of letters on view are part of the Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers, which the museum received as a gift in 2007. In the collection are more than 360 unpublished letters from 1930 to 1954, many of them between Kahlo and her family.

NMWA on FaceBook and Twitter

Broad Strokes, NMWA Blog

✭ At the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia, printmaker Donald Depuydt is exhibiting lithographs and etchnings through June 17. 

Donald Depuydt on Flickr

✭ A solo show of Alice Neel "Late Portraits & Still Lifes" is up on the walls of David Zwirner gallery, New York City, until June 23. All but two works were painted in New York and made between 1964 and 1983. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, a checklist for which is here.

Installation Views

Alice Neel Website

Alice Neel Documentary

✭ Opening June 5 at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is "Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings", comprising approximately 80 drawings dating from 1948 to the present. This is the first major museum show dedicated exclusively to Kelly's close-up studies of plant forms; the museum first showed some of Kelly's plant drawings in 1969. Matthew Marks also had a gallery showing in 1992 that included 30 works on paper from 1960 to 1992. A fully illustrated book of the drawings in the current show is available.

The film Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments (2007) will be screened June 19 (included in admission).

Kimberly Chou, "Ellsworth Kelly Explores the Secret Life of Plants" (Interview), Speakeasy, The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2012

Carol Vogel, "True to His Abstraction", The New York Times, January 20, 2012

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