Friday, June 15, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The paintings and drawings of Anne Harris are remarkable, beautiful in their exquisitely painted ugliness. Carl Belz has described them as "compelling" for the stories they tell, ". . . each one different, . . . reflecting a facet of the self within, the modern self ever questing on its own to know its ever-evolving identity."

✦ Pop artist Andy Warhol, Surrealist Rene Magritte, Finland-born ceramist Maija Grotell, Ghanaian sculptor Vincent Akwete Kofi, and American painter Robert Henri are among the deceased artists, musicians, and authors whose names are now officially attached to Mercury impact craters. Go here for the International Astronomical Union's approved list. To see an image of the Warhol crater, go here.

✦ A new international award for emerging photographers, Rudin Prize (named for New York City real estate developer Lewis Rudin), was announced by the Norton Museum of Art in May. The first award, which carries a $20,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the museum, is to be awarded this December. More about the annual award and the nominating panel, which includes conceptual artist John Baldessari and photographer Graciela Iturbide, is here (pdf).

Norton Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ The barter network OurGoods describes itself as "a community of artists, designers, and cultural producers who want to barter skills, spaces, and objects." On its site, you'll find featured projects and barter stories, as well as event listings.

A Blade of Grass awards unrestricted grants to artists who live and work in the New York City Metropolitan Area, have demonstrated financial need, and create work that complements the organization's mission. In July, the group will post guidelines for grants to New York City-based public charities. Check the Grants section of the nonprofit's Website for details.

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✦ Put some unforgettable color in your day when you view Guggen' Dizzy, a wonderful series by Mia Wen Hsuan Liu, who used 60,000 admission tickets, colored masking tape, a motor, and plywood to craft her delightful creations. (My thanks to Ann at All Things Paper for the link. Also see this feature article about Liu that Ann mentioned.)

✦ The video below, with William Wegman, was produced for The Morgan Library & Museum's recent exhibition "In  the Company of Animals", which looked at how artists, writers, and composers use or have used animals to think about and create art.

"In the Company of Animals" Online (You'll find here a selection of images and additional video.)

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Two paintings by Clyfford Still, 1949-A-No. 1 (1949) and PH-1033 (1976), and an untitled canvas by Joan Mitchell (c. 1960) are on view at the Norton Museum of Art through September 2. Also on view until this fall: "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey", featuring more than 170 works, including pen-and-ink illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings, and ephemera.

Norton Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

Note: Still's 1949-A-No. 1 (1949) sold for $61.7 million at Sotheby's on November 9, 2011. See "Still Painting Fetches $61.7 Million as Protesters Cry 'Shame'", Bloomberg, November 10, 2011. Images of that painting and of Still's PH-1033 (1976) accompany the article.

Milwaukee Art Museum recreates Belle Epoque Paris with "Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec & His Contemporaries", on view through September 9. More than 100 French posters from 19th Century Paris, including some banned by censors, are included in the exhibition, which is accompanied by a catalogue and complemented with gallery talks. Also featured are rare preparatory drawings, as well as watercolors, maquettes, and proofs revealing the process from conception to final execution. Visit the dedicated exhibition Website for artist biographies, a dictionary of French terms, an image gallery, and a brief history of French Milwaukee. The show will travel to Dallas Museum of Art this fall.

Jules Cheret, Folies-Bergere: Loie Fuller, 1897
Color Lithograph
Collection of Jim and Sue Wiechmann
Photo Credit: John R. Glembin

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MAM Blog, Under the Wings

✭ More than 100 artworks by more than 60 artists from throughout Canada are featured in "Oh, Canada" at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Adams. On view through April 1, 2013, the exhibition is the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever mounted outside the country and includes a number of commissions. A huge full-color catalogue accompanies the show.

MASS MoCA on FaceBook and Twitter


✭ San Diego's Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting through December 1 British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien's nine-screen video installation Ten Thousand Waves. The film, which took four years to make and was inspired by the 2004 Morecambe Bay Tragedy, was filmed on location in China. A catalogue is available.

Julien, a Mellon Visiting Artist at Columbia University's School of the Arts, discusses his work in this video, filmed during the 2011 World Leaders Forum.

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Save the Date

The 8th Annual Art in Odd Places Festival is scheduled for October 5-15 in New York City.


Hannah Stephenson said...

As always, these are great. The Guggen' Dizzy pieces are so fun-- I loved those. And the Anne Harris pieces are odd and unsettling...

S. Etole said...

Enjoyed the doggie video. It's interesting how animals respond to a camera over time.

Anonymous said...

i might just have a look at the video...

Anonymous said...

yep...that was good.

Hiyacynthia said...

Ooh, those Anne Harris paintings are strange and intriguing!